New York Jets coach Rex Ryan has rapidly developed a reputation as one of the brashest coaches in the NFL, bolstered by his declaration at the start of the playoffs that his team is the favorite to win the Super Bowl.
But Ryan didn’t sound quite so brash in talking about the AFC Championship Game today, saying that he thinks his defense will have a hard time holding Peyton Manning and the Colts to two touchdowns on Sunday.
“We understand how to keep people out of the end zone for the most part,” Ryan said. “Now Peyton does a better job — they score about as well as anybody. So it’s a huge challenge. If we’re going to keep Indianapolis from scoring 14 points, that’s even a stretch for me to say. But I know one thing: We’re darn sure going to try.”
In two playoff games so far, the Jets have held both the Bengals and the Chargers to 14 points. But after beating the Chargers 17-14, Ryan may be sending a message to his offensive players that they can’t count on 17 points being good enough against the Colts.