Schein: Nine sizzling predictions
Bored by all the vanilla predictions on the eve of the season? Fret no more. Adam Schein delivers nine bold statements. More ...
"What I was kidding was, like 'Oh man, we're going to take a wide receiver,' like he's not my pick," said Ryan, referring to his quotes in a piece by Don Banks of Sports Illustrated. "I love the fact that I'm always trying to convince (the media) that he is my pick. He's definitely my pick now, because I think he is going to have a really bright future."
In the SI story, Ryan was quoted as saying: "Well, nothing told me he would (contribute). Nothing. When I saw the tape (of his collegiate play) I was concerned. But (Jets general manager) Mike Tannenbaum and (senior personnel executive) Terry Brady and all our scouts were adamant about this guy."
Ryan explained he was trying to praise the scouting department, while proving the point that Hill has exceeded his expectations.
Banks on Sunday cleared up some of the confusion over the quotes, saying on Twitter that during their conversation it was "Rex being Rex, tongue-in-cheek."
UPDATE: Hill took no offense to Ryan's comments, saying Monday that he knew his coach was joking.