INDIANAPOLIS -- Rex Ryan hadn't even been asked the question.
The New York Jets head coach stepped behind a lectern at the NFL scouting combine and chatted for a bit about his cameo on "CSI: New York" with general manager Mike Tannenbaum and then somberly switched to what he called "a more serious" topic.
Ryan had a declaration to make.
"I believe this is the year we're going to win the Super Bowl," Ryan said. "The fact is, I thought we'd win it the first two years. I guarantee we'll win it this year.
"The reason I feel that was is this: I know we're an excellent football team. We got a great organization. We're the only team to go back-to-back in the final four -- albeit we never got it done. But I know the players we have. I know the players that we're going to have represent us.
"This is not something I just believe in. It's not just what I want. It's what a whole bunch of people want. That is from our players, our coaches, the entire organization and our fans. Our New York Jet fans want a Super Bowl. I feel it. I sense it. There's no doubt about it. It's my responsibility."
Ryan kept going.
"The reason we're going to win is we're going to lock arms and we're going to find a way to get it done," he said. "From players, coaches, fans, we're going to lock arms and when we do we're going to find a way. I believe it.
"We have to play better at home. We were 5-3. Our fans deserve better, and you know what? I think we're going to figure it out."
Ryan went on even longer until a public-address announcement was made in the media center and forced him to pause.
"I was on a roll, too," he said. "I'm not afraid to stand up here and say we'll get it done."
Ryan conceded the New England Patriots remain the class of the AFC East even though the Jets have reached the AFC Championship Game the past two years and the Patriots have been bounced out of the playoffs without a victory.
He also said a potential lockout won't be used as a crutch either.
"We have no excuses," Ryan said. "None. Whatever it takes, we're going to find a way to get it done. Whatever's dealt to us, we're going to handle."
Ryan later was asked how he can keep making these bold proclamations about winning the next championship and still be taken seriously.
"I don't care what people think," Ryan said. "I care what our organization believes and what our fans believe.
"If we can improve a little more, why not us?"