Rex Ryan: No Super Bowl guarantee this year

CLIFF BRUNT AP Sports Writer Published:

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Jets coach Rex Ryan offered no guarantees this year.

A year ago at the NFL scouting combine, a confident Ryan guaranteed that New York would win the Super Bowl. The Jets had reached the previous two AFC championship games, and Ryan felt the team was on the cusp of greatness. Instead, New York finished 8-8, missed the playoffs and watched the New York Giants beat the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl.

In his return to the combine on Thursday, Ryan was apologetic. Before a single question was asked, he said the guarantee was a "huge mistake," an honest attempt to motivate his team that backfired.

Ryan said he'll still be outspoken, but he won't say things that hurt the team.