According to ESPN.com, the outspoken coach said during Wednesday's news conference that his team's odds to win — 50-1, the longest odds of any team in the postseason — are meaningless to him.
"I wasn't aware of that," Ryan said, "but to me, we should be favorites, so that's fine."
Did he mean the Jets should be favored to beat the Bengals on Saturday? Nope.
"I mean the whole tournament," Ryan clarified. "You know the way that I feel."
The Jets' playoff hopes came down to the last week of the season — and they were impressive against the Bengals, winning 37-0, but this is the same team that lost six of seven in the middle of the season.
The squad definitely has the talent to compete — they finished 2009 with a five-game winning streak — but are they really the best of the best?
They are if you ask Ryan.
"I think we have the best defense, I know we do," Ryan said. "I know we have the best rushing attack. Those are two huge factors in our favor. With a couple of exceptions on our staff, myself probably, I think we have a great coaching staff."
The Jets are a 2 1/2-point underdog for this weekend's matchup in Cincinnati and have not won a title since 1969, when they won their first and only Super Bowl.