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Rhodes, Ryan not on same page about starting spot

New York Jets safety Kerry Rhodes has played well enough in the two weeks since he was taken out of the starting lineup that he thinks he’s earned the right to start again.

But the question of whether or not Rhodes is a starter is starting to aggravate Jets coach Rex Ryan.

“If Kerry feels better about it, I’ll start him,” Ryan said. “If he feels better about it, go ahead, run out there, you’re starting. Take [Jets defensive end] Marques Douglas with you. I don’t care.”

There also seems to be a dispute about what actually constitutes “starting.” Being in the base defense isn’t necessarily the same thing as being on the field for the first play of the game, as the Jets won’t decide which defensive unit they put on the field for the first play Sunday until they see what offensive personnel the Buccaneers put on the field. But Rhodes is apparently confident that he will be on the field at the start of the game.

“I’ll be in there for the first snap. If that’s starting, it’s starting,” Rhodes told reporters. “Who knows at the end of game? I may go up in the press box with you guys and watch it. We’ll see how it goes.”

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5 Responses to “Rhodes, Ryan not on same page about starting spot”
  1. bearsrule says: Dec 11, 2009 1:14 PM

    Sounds like Coach Cryan has just about had enough and I don’t blame him. Some of these players think they are owed a starting position. I’d let him start right away….start cleaning out his locker, that is. Make an example out of this clown and cut his ass.

  2. tacious says: Dec 11, 2009 1:23 PM

    “I’ll be in there for the first snap. If that’s starting, it’s starting,” Rhodes told reporters. “Who knows at the end of game? I may go up in the press box with you guys and watch it. We’ll see how it goes.”
    Ditch this bitch now! If I were Rex, I would pull a Gruden and Keyshawn his ass for the rest of the season, then trade him for a decent draft pick this winter.
    Time to get rid of this immature distraction!

  3. aec4 says: Dec 11, 2009 1:29 PM

    We can’t get rid of this guy fast enough.

  4. Hap says: Dec 11, 2009 1:38 PM

    “It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish.”
    It’s not who you start, it’s who’s standing at the end.”
    This a contract year coming up?

  5. slipkid says: Dec 11, 2009 2:56 PM

    he betetr hope they use the nickel a lot…

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