Rex Ryan compares himself and his confidence to Babe Ruth

Scott McLaughlin
March 21, 2011 - 4:57 am

The NFL is in a lockout, but Jets coach Rex Ryan's mouth is as active as ever. After Sunday's league meetings, Ryan compared himself to Babe Ruth while talking to the New York Daily News about how confident he is in his guarantee that the Jets will win the Super Bowl. "They talk about walk softly and carry a big stick. I love that. I agree with that 100 percent," Ryan told the paper. "But I guess I feel more like Babe Ruth. I'm going to walk softly, I'm going to carry that big stick and then I'm going to point and then I'm going to hit it over the fence." Of course, the Teddy Roosevelt quote Ryan referenced is actually, "Speak softly and carry a big stick," not "Walk softly." Needless to say, Ryan will not be speaking softly any time soon. "It's like he had the courage to do that. I think I've got the courage," Ryan said. "Now granted, I can't hit anywhere close to Babe Ruth and I'm not as good a coach as Babe Ruth was a player. But I still feel the same way. I still feel like, why wouldn't I say it? It's easier for me to say it because I have people with me. Babe Ruth had to walk up there by himself. But if everything was up to me and that we were going to win [if] I'd hit one out, I believe myself I'm going to hit it out. More importantly, I believe in everybody '€” our players, our coaches, the fan base we have established here, everybody in the organization."