Jets Back Up the Talk Against the Patriots

Jets Back Up the Talk Against the Patriots


To some, Rex Ryan hasn’t put himself in a very positive light with his personalization of the last couple games… calling out Colts quarterback, Peyton Manning, and later Patriots coach, Bill Bilichik. That in itself seemed ridiculous to many, since Manning is simply doing what he gets paid millions of dollars to do: win games….and  he does it well. Unless there was a behind-closed-doors incident between the two, it’s doubtful Manning ever felt anything personal toward an apposing team’s coach. At least, not until that game

Feeling like that against another coach is a little more understandable, especially since Ryan and Bilichik know each other well. But his comments were not without respect. He made it clear that he recognizes the achievements of those he’s speaking of, and especially Belichik, who he described as possibly the greatest NFL coach of all time. Ryan just aimed to be the best coach that day.

The words of Antonio Cromartie may have been more heartfelt, dropping the f-bomb along with more colorful language in regard to Tom Brady. Of course, Cromartie plays directly against Brady, and personal feelings between them would be understandable as well, and the trash talk between players is common. Ryan, however, didn’t back away from Cromartie’s words, and actually supported them… reiterating that you’re not supposed to like your opponents, especially this time of year.Bilichik

The Patriots, have certainly caused many personal feelings for many NFL fans. But fans are not the coaches of other NFL teams that are about to play the Patriots in the second round of the playoffs, and making those feelings public.

Then I began to consider that maybe Rex Ryan isn’t quite as crazy as he appears to be by picking fights with a few of the greatest the NFL has had at what they do. It could simply be a more aggressive method of motivation for his young quarterback and the rest of his team. An athlete rarely plays harder than when personal feelings are involved. The Jets players absolutely love their coach, which is even better than his players simply respecting him. He’s taken many bullets for his players, and is the perfect example of the “player’s-coach.” If it’s personal to Rex Ryan, it will be personal to his team. Besides, although Mark Sanchez is only a second year quarterback, he has already beaten the Patriots before.

In the beginning, it almost appeared that the Jets were handing this game to the Patriots with a bow on it. They shot themselves in the foot the whole way during their second drive of the game. Sanchez tripping Shonn Green after the handoff on first down; LaDainian Tomlinson being blocked by his own lineman; and then, after salvaging the drive, Nick Folk missed the 14 yard kick that would have put them up three points. Still, the Jets defense maintained their resolve, handing Brady his first interception in nearly four hundred games, and later forcing the Patriots to settle for only a field goal.

The Jets’ defense continued to play havoc with Tom Brady, and after forcing another punt with under thirteen minutes left in the second quarter, the Jets’ offense began getting comfortable. After a short TD toss to Tomlinson to go up 7-3 at the 10:30 mark, they forced another couple Patriot punts to get the ball back again with two minutes to go in the half. With 33 seconds left, Sanchez converted one of the biggest third-down plays in his career for a touchdown pass to Braylon Edwards.


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