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Rex Ryan justifies talking up Revis, while continuing to talk up Cromartie

If the Jets crave attention, they have to be willing to tolerate one of the big things that comes with it.

Scrutiny.

And the biggest source of scrutiny remains the holdout of cornerback Darrelle Revis.

Coach Rex Ryan, who meets seemingly at infinite length with the media on a daily basis, recently bristled at the notion that the bouquets he has lavished on Revis has helped make Revis think he’s the best defensive player in the game, and that he should therefore be paid accordingly.

“I’m just going to be myself,” Ryan said Thursday.  “I’ve stated all along the kind of player I think
Darrelle is.  People want to throw that in our face that we should not say it,
but the tape doesn’t lie.  This guy is a heck of a football player.”

So then, on Friday, Ryan continued to heap praise on his new BFF, cornerback Antonio Cromartie.

“We know we have a great corner,” Ryan said of Cromartie.  “That’s why we traded for him. That
is a top-leveI [trade].  [We know] we have a big time corner here.  Obviously,
he’s one of the elite corners in this league.  Does it make it easier?  We’re
business as usual.  We’re trying to put a great defense and offense out there
regardless of who’s here or who’s not here.  I wouldn’t look at it that way. 
Darrelle’s issue is a different thing.  We’re just happy that Cromartie is
getting better.  He’s trying to do it our way.  He doesn’t have the know-it-all
mentality.  He [knows] that Dennis Thurman is a great coach and he’s leaning on
him.  That’s exciting to me because you can see that he has been at this level,
but he has an even higher ceiling.  We’re really excited about how he is coming
along.”

Yes, and they’ll continue to be excited until Cromartie begins to believe the things that Ryan is saying — and when he decides that he wants more money.

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34 Responses to “Rex Ryan justifies talking up Revis, while continuing to talk up Cromartie”
  1. Cushing Will Kill You says: Aug 7, 2010 2:03 PM

    Yeah, but how does he justify eating Revis?

  2. Karlos Long 5877 says: Aug 7, 2010 2:11 PM

    The Jets are a Joke. This is the most overrated team in NFL history. It’s too bad they won’t live up to the expectations and will end the season at .500

  3. aec4 says: Aug 7, 2010 2:13 PM

    You obviously do not like Rex Ryan.

  4. ccoolahan14 says: Aug 7, 2010 2:19 PM

    So I guess we’re not going to get an article about how the ref said that THEY RIGGED THE STEELERS SUPER BOWL in 2005? It’s only the biggest NFL related story of (at the very least) the week! What would you expect from a site run by Steelers fans. Steelers games are rigged so that they win, Ravens games are rigged to make them lose and with each year, we only get more evidence of it (and not surprisingly, this culminates in the most rigged game of all time each time the Ravens play the steelers). Seems a little weird that the Ravens are just “undisciplined” every single year, despite the fact that Brian Baldinger just went to Ravens practice and said it was the HARDEST PRACTICE HE HAD SEEN IN AT LEAST FIVE YEARS- sounds like an undisciplined team to me! Oh, this is the same team who led the NFL in penalty yards last year. But the NFL isn’t rigged, right? It’s pure coincidence that the ref didn’t see the most obvious block in the back I’ve ever seen on the biggest play of the game when it occurred literally 1 foot in front of the ref and handed the steelers their second rigged SB in 3 years…..right?

  5. robert ethen says: Aug 7, 2010 2:22 PM

    Rex also expounded at length on the virtues of Adolph Hitler, Attila the Hun, and Benedict Arnold, until the last reporter yawned and glanced at his watch.

  6. promin1 says: Aug 7, 2010 2:24 PM

    “I’m just going to be myself,” Ryan said Thursday.
    And whats that Rex… An overweight fat slob that has sunk the Jets season with his big fat mouth?

  7. JaggedMark says: Aug 7, 2010 2:26 PM

    And then Ryan went on to say that Donovan Warren is the best back up CB in the league.

  8. jth23 says: Aug 7, 2010 2:27 PM

    I know this sounds crazy! BUT is it 100% completely out of the realm of possibility that the Jets would look to trade Revis? Now would obviously not be a good time, but their number 2 and 3 cornerbacks are new to the Jets (and their system), but are loaded with potential. If Cromartie picks up his game of a couple of years ago when he led the League in int’s, and 1st round pick Kyle Wilson comes in and shows that he can fulfill 1st round expectations, I think the Jets would be smart to at least see what they could get for Revis. I know he is a qb, but if Cutler is worth 2 1st rounders(+), what is Revis worth? A guy who just turned 25 and is almost unanimously recognized as the best cb (a premium position in the NFL) in the League. If Revis does decide to hold out in to the season, and gives Cro and Wilson a chance to play, and they ball out, his value to the Jets lessens dramatically. Under those circumstances, they could re-sign Cromartie at the end of this season to a much more team friendly deal, and collect a lot of high draft picks for Revis.
    At the end of the day, I don’t think there are too many players out there that will actually sit out game time. I think the Jets will figure out a way to keep this guy. This was just a hypothetical. But if I were Tannenbaum, I would definitely not hesitate to kick the tires on his worth to other teams.

  9. BigBear123 says: Aug 7, 2010 2:34 PM

    Immature prima donna players.
    Rex talks up his second and third chins all the time, the 1st and 4th don’t get jealous and demand more attention.

  10. tom coughlin's coat holder says: Aug 7, 2010 2:40 PM

    …rex ryan would talk up a ham sandwich.

  11. spudz says: Aug 7, 2010 2:44 PM

    Florio would you please give it a rest with the Fat Rex and Jets stories…..

  12. Santonio'sBluntWrap says: Aug 7, 2010 2:47 PM

    Bah Floriho! I hate the Jets as much as the next educated guy, but this is BS. Rex is the anti-Reid. He really believes in the players he has and he wants them to know that. He wants them to know because these young boys need guidance or they end up on your turd watch. Of course, that’s what you’re banking on, isn’t it? Reid just eats ho-ho’s and watches his kids go to prison.
    I hate the Jets, but Rex Ryan is a great guy in my IMO.

  13. slutnuts says: Aug 7, 2010 2:55 PM

    ccoolahan14 says:
    August 7, 2010 2:19 PM
    So I guess we’re not going to get an article about how the ref said that THEY RIGGED THE STEELERS SUPER BOWL in 2005?
    _________________________________
    dummy, a ref saying he missed 2 calls is a little different than him saying he “rigged” the whole game..and you’re right, the nfl hates the ravens and thats why they never win, except the year they won the superbowl, and numerous playoff games since..we get it you dont like the steelers, try and come off a little more like a man, and not like a 12 year old girl bleeding for the first time.

  14. NYMets says: Aug 7, 2010 3:15 PM

    The Jets are so stacked, so loaded with talent, that the best defensive player IN THE LEAGUE can go out to the woodpile and spank his monkey all season and the Jets are still gonna win the damn thing!

  15. FriendOfYourMom says: Aug 7, 2010 3:17 PM

    Slutnuts…dead on. Due to that little girl’s whining I now hate the Ravens more than I did. And I am not even a Steelers fan.

  16. DanFoutsBeard says: Aug 7, 2010 3:18 PM

    Rex Ryan is hilarious. This is the wrong ego to inflate, especially in a contract year. Just wait until Cromartie plays selfishly, makes costly mental errors, refuses to tackle anyone, and teammates start to hate him. Chargers beat writer Kevin Acee claims that he’s never seen a player so disliked by teammates in all his years covering the team, and they are so glad he is gone. Trust me, the Jets and their fans will get seduced by that athletic ability, then soon realize the guy is pretty much legally retarded and can’t be counted on.

  17. phillyfinsfan says: Aug 7, 2010 3:20 PM

    It’s a long season, Rex. Silence your blow hole, dive down to deeper waters, and don’t surface again until September.

  18. ccoolahan14 says: Aug 7, 2010 3:28 PM

    slutnuts says: August 7, 2010 2:55 PM
    dummy, a ref saying he missed 2 calls is a little different than him saying he “rigged” the whole game..and you’re right, the nfl hates the ravens and thats why they never win, except the year they won the superbowl, and numerous playoff games since..we get it you dont like the steelers, try and come off a little more like a man, and not like a 12 year old girl bleeding for the first time.
    ———–
    Great, let’s prove that you’re an idiot. The ref made calls that “impacted the game”- Refs deciding the outcome of a game= a rigged game. And by your really intelligent logic, the 2002 Lakers-Kings OBVIOUSLY wasnt rigged because the Kings won THREE playoff games in that series! Never mind the fact that an NBA ref admitted that the game was rigged. Ravens games can’t be rigged because they have won a game in their history! Let’s ask this: when is the last time the Steelers “beat”* the Ravens and there WASNT a controversy over the officiating? You’d have to go back to 2007! Let’s reverse it, name ONE TIME in HISTORY the ravens beat the steelers and there WAS a controversy about the refs. Idiot.

  19. ampats says: Aug 7, 2010 3:36 PM

    Cromarite is one of the elite corners in the league ????
    Sounds like Rex is spending alot of time in Santonio Holmes room because only someone stoned out of their mind could make such a ridiculous comment.

  20. Cushing Will Kill You says: Aug 7, 2010 3:46 PM

    We like your enthusiasm, NYMets, but please don’t ever mention monkey spanking again.
    Thanks,
    The World

  21. KoaMisiFan says: Aug 7, 2010 4:03 PM

    @Cushing
    He can’t stop. He looks at his poster of Dan Marino and does that regularly. Like the jests losing……it’s in his DNA.

  22. FriendOfYourMom says: Aug 7, 2010 4:04 PM

    CCoolihan….Relax, take a xanax or something. Your ranting about fixed games only against YOUR Ravens is sounding ridiculous. A ref admitting a MISTAKE that impacted the game does not = Rigging. It’s obvious you have Steelers-envy.

  23. MrHumble says: Aug 7, 2010 4:07 PM

    I would think a smart fan would want rex to shut the hell up, all he does is stoke the fires of his players to demand more money……what a freakin’ village idiot. These guys are suppose to be professionals but yet rex finds it necessary to stroke their fragile egos each and every day……the rest of the league knows how “good” cromartie and the other jets players are and no matter what rex says it isn’t gonna change other teams opinions so the only motive can be that these “all pro players (in rex’s mind)” need to be tittie fed and stroked becuz their actions on the field aren’t producing the desired results. Even after rex’s ole’ man was proven wrong a couple dozen times he still flapped his jaws……and the apple hasn’t fallen far from the tree.

  24. Cushing Will Kill You says: Aug 7, 2010 4:31 PM

    Thanks for the clarification, Koa. You’re probably right.

  25. SomeFans says: Aug 7, 2010 4:43 PM

    njmut- STFU! You and wrecks are clueless. 6-10 if you get several lucky bounces.
    Pats and Dolphins fight it out for the division.

  26. MrHumble says: Aug 7, 2010 4:52 PM

    News flash: Rex Ryan was talking up the team’s water boy and thought the dude in charge of the team’s dirty laundry would be named all-pro this year.

  27. Champ Daily says: Aug 7, 2010 5:41 PM

    It’s obvious alot of you morons are anti-Jet. Its more than apparent that this team is a playoff team. Last year they were 9-7, and though they did back in the playoffs, they won 2 big playoff games on the road. All that, and they still improved themselves over the offseason. Where would you even have the faintest idea that they wouldn’t be a playoff team…I can understand alot of you hating them, but how can you honestly say they won’t be a good team this coming season…GET A CLUE IDIOTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  28. jcdavey says: Aug 7, 2010 7:41 PM

    i don’t dubt cro can be good playing solely man to man coverage, but he sems too undisciplined as a person, and it’s been translating to the football field the last couple seasons, that and all the stress he has been putting on his hips in his love life, has caused them to be brittle haha

  29. TheSleepness says: Aug 7, 2010 8:12 PM

    jus sayin…the superbowl had TERRIBLE calls TERRIBLE….that ultimately may have decided the game.

  30. monropoobah says: Aug 7, 2010 8:29 PM

    ampats there are those who talk smack and have unrealistic expectations among jets fans. but your need to put them down makes you petty and small. i’d rather be them and suffer the disappointment of the 7-9 season you think lies ahead (very probably wrongly) than be you and view life through your eyes.
    you’re a sad sack

  31. Ezmfe says: Aug 7, 2010 11:05 PM

    I think Revis should ask for a million for every AFC championship the Jets have won
    Because there fans talk like they have 10 but yet still have 0

  32. Doug says: Aug 8, 2010 3:55 AM

    Rex also expounded at length on the virtues of Adolph Hitler, Attila the Hun, and Benedict Arnold, until the last reporter yawned and glanced at his watch.
    __________________
    Not really in good taste.
    Per Cromartie – his contract is up this year. He’ll want more money. We know this. Wilson is the heir apparent to the starting CB spot, with Cromartie working as a solid stopgap. This year, maybe a short term or franchise tag contract next year and then it’s Wilson’s. I’m sure glad to have him in the meantime.
    All of our irresponsible hooligan players are really causing trouble aren’t they? You want to call the Jets a bunch of animals, you can. It’s not true. Cromartie never actually did anything wrong except have sex with willing partners. Holmes smoked weed. LT…just got cut. By the way, he caught a sideline pass from Sanchez last night over David Harris’ head and took it 70 yards to the house.
    As long as Rex Ryan is there, he gets what he needs out of his players. Revis will be back when it counts and the Jets are extremely loud and brash – which makes for a lot of news for you guys to bash, and fun for me to see them back it up when we play your team.
    Also, JESTS is old and not funny. It’s like DOLTfins…just silly and not funny. Come up with something new. It’s been a while

  33. GRpatriot says: Aug 8, 2010 8:47 AM

    NY media is loving Rex now, but when things start to go awry they’ll eat him alive! A lot of things can and will happen between now and January.
    Team building is not a strong suit for the Jets. The FO went and got troubled big name players without taking care of the core members of the Team. LT is a prima donna “old” running back, Holmes couldn’t stay out of the lowlights in Pittsburgh and Cromartie, well there’s a guy who” can’t take care of his kids, not even liked by his own team-mates!” Now there’s discent among the nucleus of the team. Revis, Mangold etc…should’ve been taken care of 1st!
    Woody and Tanabuam have no clue and the guy who suppossed to be the leader, just can’t seem to shut up. He’ll be himself? Head Coach, Head Cheerleader! Hope springs eternal in NY with the Jets, but watch out when a little adversity creeps in and the whole thing implodes from within..

  34. KoaMisiFan says: Aug 8, 2010 11:11 PM

    @Doug
    That’s a joke right? Cromartie did nothing but “have sex with willing partners.”? Who the hell do you think is paying for those kids he keeps producing? The willing partner? I kinda doubt it. I’m sure you can appreciate paying high taxes to take care of them, but not me. And, if you think Cromartie is you need to think again. Why did they have to pre-pay him? Oh yeah, so he could pay some child support. As for LT’s stupendous 70 yard TD? Is he so good that he can make your All-World defense look that bad? You jests fans are just way too funny.

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