Rex Ryan’s teams (mostly in Baltimore) have lost five of six games to Peyton’s Manning Colts. The only win came when the Colts rested starters in Week 16 last year.
“Is it personal? Yes, it’s personal,” Ryan said Monday.
(That’s not to be confused with Ryan saying “It’s a personal matter.”)
“It’s personal against him, Reggie Wayne all those guys, yeah. [Dwight] Freeney and [Robert] Mathis and those other dudes? Absolutely,” Ryan continued. “You know, it’s funny, I respect the heck out of the guy, but I’m going to beat him one day. I just hope it’s Saturday.”
NBC analyst Tony Dungy pointed out that he doesn’t think you can beat Manning with a blitzing defense designed to fool him. Ryan’s blitzes haven’t worked as well this year, and maybe he doesn’t need to blitz against Manning.
The Jets defense may not be the same this year, but the Colts offense isn’t either. Manning finished 18th in the league in yards-per-attempt, a full yard below last year. Offenses are forcing Manning to take long, slow drives and hope one of his young receivers makes a mistake.
“You lose a playoff game, it’s devastating,” Ryan said. “I want to put the shoe on the other foot. I know this team does too. We want him to experience it this time.”