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Rex Ryan Passes on Guarantee This Time

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The new Rex Ryan is a reduced-bluster coach, which is not quite the same thing as a bluster-free coach.

“I know what everybody’s thinking,” Ryan said Thursday at the start of his news conference at the scouting combine. “The return of the infamous Super Bowl guarantee.”

From the tone of Ryan’s introduction, it was clear that Punxsutawney Rex had seen his shadow: there would not be any guarantees this February, or any future February.

“Obviously, it was a huge mistake to make that guarantee,” Ryan said. He added that he thought last year’s prediction of a Super Bowl title, in the wake of the Jets’ back-to-back appearances in the A.F.C. championship game, would motivate and focus his players. “In hindsight, I think it put undue...

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