Rex Ryan: Jets will play Steelers’ trophies, too
Rex Ryan vows his Jets can beat the Steelers even if Pittsburgh
puts 17 on the field.
Less bombastic than usual this week, Ryan wasn’t quite saying
that Friday. The coach known for his creative inspirational
techniques was just making the point that the Jets don’t need any
extra motivation in Sunday’s AFC championship game on the road
against a franchise as storied the Steelers (13-4).
”We want the T-shirt. We want the hat. We want the trophy,”
Ryan said. ”I don’t know what else I need to say. That’s the
truth. They’ve had six Super Bowl trophies – if they want to put
them on the field, we’ll play them, too.”
As probably every NFL fan knows by now, former Jets defensive
end Dennis Byrd spoke to the team before last week’s game at New
England – and New York responded with a rousing performance in the
upset win. Byrd, who walked again after breaking his neck in a 1992
game, will serve as New York’s honorary captain Sunday. But don’t
expect any special Saturday guest speakers this time around.
”Whatever I think’s appropriate,” Ryan said. ”But I don’t
believe so this week.”
The Jets (13-5) were in this same spot a year ago, going on the
road to face the Indianapolis Colts with a trip to the Super Bowl
on the line. Quarterback Mark Sanchez was a rookie then, and
everything was whizzing by so fast he felt he was just trying to
”I just don’t think I understood how close we were,” Sanchez
said. ”I know we were one game away – it’s easy to say that. You
don’t really see it until two weeks later from the game you lose,
they’re playing in the Super Bowl. You go through the whole
offseason and then you realize your goal again is to make it back,
right there. We were just a quarter and a half away. It’s crazy. It
blows your mind when you think about it.”
Sanchez said his sore right shoulder kept getting better.
Cornerback Drew Coleman (knee), safety James Ihedigbo (right
knee/ankle), and wide receiver-kick returner Brad Smith (groin)
were listed as questionable and limited in practice Friday.
Defensive end Shaun Ellis (knee) did not practice and was also
This time of year, questionable is just a label.
”They’re all going to play,” Ryan said. ”They’re
questionable, they’re playing.”