Super Bowl XLVI: Patriots vs. Giants Is a Nightmare Matchup for Rex Ryan

Justin KeithCorrespondent IJanuary 26, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 18:  Head coach Rex Ryan of the New York Jets looks on from the sidelines against the New York Jets at Lincoln Financial Field on December 18, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Rex Ryan isn't going to kiss Bill Belicheck's rings.

He also isn't going to play "Little Brother" to Tom Coughlin and the New York Giants.

Super Bowl XLVI was supposed to feature the New York Jets, or so thought Rex Ryan. But then again, Ryan also thought Super Bowl XLV would include his team and the same with Super Bowl XLIV.

Instead of his team making it to the big game, Ryan will now be forced to watch the two teams he despises the most both play in the Super Bowl he was supposed to win.

Throughout his tenure as Jets head coach, Ryan has been very outspoken on his view on Bill Belicheck and the Patriots:

I never came here to kiss Bill Belichick's, you know, rings. I came to win. Let's just put it that way. So we'll see what happens. I'm certainly not intimidated by New England or anybody else. . . via Yahoo

He also hasn't backed down when it comes to his opinion about the New York Giants:

Quite honestly, I never came here to be little brother to anybody... There's no way I'm going to be second fiddle. If we were playing the New York Yankees, I don't want to be second fiddle to them. This is the same type of deal. I want to be the best team in football, not just the best team in this city. But we'll start by being the best team in this city. via ESPN



Rex has been unusually quite so far this week leading up to the Pro Bowl and just a week away from the worst possible matchup in the Super Bowl Ryan could ask for.

He wasn't as shy before the AFC championship game, however, when he predicted a Baltimore Ravens victory:

First off, the Ravens are going to win this game. via the Star Ledger

Well, Ryan had yet another incorrect prediction. Of course, the Patriots went on to defeat the Ravens and advanced to Super Bowl XLVI.

All of that being said, Ryan should come out and make another prediction and be his normal, outspoken self. That is who he is and by not coming out and making a bold statement or prediction, it shows a weakness in his perceived persona.

The best thing that New England fans can hope for is Ryan making another prediction going against Bill Belicheck and the Patriots, because every time he does, it seems to blow up in his face.

No matter the outcome of Super Bowl XLVI, Ryan loses. He will either be "Little Brother" to Tom Coughlin or will be kissing Bill Belicheck's four Super Bowl rings.

Maybe in typical Rex Ryan fashion he will predict a New York Jets victory in Super Bowl XLVII the morning after the Super Bowl this year and guarantee he'll get his first ring. Just as he's done the past three seasons.