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Trevor Pryce: “We did stuff I’ve never seen a football team do”

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In time, Rex Ryan’s gameplan against the Patriots Sunday night may go down in history like Bill Belichick’s Super Bowl gameplan against the Rams or Steve Spagnuolo’s gameplan against the Patriots after the 2007 season.

The Jets will have to win two more games for the legend to reach its full potential, but on this Monday morning we’re still amazed.

It was an unbelievable game plan,” veteran defensive lineman Trevor Pryce told Michael Silver of Yahoo! Sports.  “It was out of sight. We did some stuff I’ve never seen a football team do. We flooded coverages, had man schemes that looked like zone, and zone that looked like man.”

Tom Brady spoke on WEEI this morning, explaining that the Jets played heavy zone coverage in the middle of field and relied on their cornerbacks to cover outside.  Peter King notes in MMQB that the Jets had 11 defensive backs active for the game.

ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio reports the Jets only blitzed six times all game.

“Our first reaction was, ‘How are we gonna do this? How is this gonna work?'” Pryce told Silver.   “I mean, 14 years in the NFL, and I’d never seen anything like it. Rex came up with some Madden [expletive], like it was a video game.  He said, ‘Hey, let’s try this.’  And it worked! They couldn’t figure it out.”

Pryce is right.  Even in the fourth quarter, the Patriots only scored three points on their two key drives before tacking on a garbage time touchdown.  Ryan’s plan flummoxed Brady and company to the very end.

UPDATE: Some comments from Jets players after the game:

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59 Responses to “Trevor Pryce: “We did stuff I’ve never seen a football team do””
  1. thetooloftools says: Jan 17, 2011 9:42 AM

    I double dog dare you to run smack on Pittsburgh.

  2. mataug says: Jan 17, 2011 9:45 AM

    if you cannot do that after supposedly watching the game film 20 times, I would fire you as the head coach of my team!

  3. mataug says: Jan 17, 2011 9:47 AM

    but kudos to the Jets’ coaching staff… there were times during the game when it looked like Brady had an eternity to throw the ball and I couldn’t believe that he couldn’t even find one guy open in the coverage

  4. jaysondecandia says: Jan 17, 2011 9:47 AM

    Rex is a great coach, too bad he’s only know for his bravado.

  5. neverend1 says: Jan 17, 2011 9:47 AM

    You mean disguising coverages? Mixing your coverages on a team like the patriots that adjust routes based on the coverages of the defense and the technique of the CB? That’s never been done before? The browns did the same thing who coincidentally rob ryan is the DC and other teams as well. It was the right game plan, but it isn’t rare and lets not treat this new england offense like the greatest show on turf. This team was not a good football team, they just have a tendency of playing uncompetitive games because the teams they play against don’t show up.

    All this proves is what rex ryan hinted too — brady is not as good as Peyton Manning. You can’t fool peyton, but you can certainly fool brady. Nothing about what the jets did confused peyton, just that when he audibled to run blocking schemes that beat the defense the jets were running — the colts blocked it very poorly. Brady won his super bowls because of that great new england defense. And don’t say brady is better than peyton because he is more “clutch”, by that logic about 100 other QBs is better than peyton, right? Haha

  6. discosucs2005 says: Jan 17, 2011 9:50 AM

    In both AFC games, coaching was the only difference. It was obvious Rex Ryan out coached BB. The Patriots looked like the USSR’s hockey team circa 1980. When they got down, BB wasn’t sure what to do or how to make the necessary adjustments.

    Meanwhile, in the other AFC game, you had a lot of mistakes and bad breaks go against Tomlin’s team. But after the half they made huge adjustments, stayed calm, and just out coached the Ravens in every aspect but punt coverage. There was on play in particular in which Ben came out like he was going to run a play on 4th down right before the half. The Ravens defense stayed out on the field while Ben danced around and even motioned himself into the slot. Then the Steelers took a timeout and punted the ball with less than 30 seconds left (or somewhere around there). Had the Ravens known what was going on, they would have called a timeout and forced Pittsburgh to punt and gotten the ball back with over a minute to go. But they got duped.

  7. birdbrainsnj says: Jan 17, 2011 9:54 AM

    He’s genius because he’s not afraid to try different things. Eagles need to bring in his brother! Won’t happen though.

  8. myspaceyourface says: Jan 17, 2011 9:56 AM

    I can’t believe the Jets are still talking about the Patriots. . .

    As a Jets fan that would concern me. . .

  9. richm2256 says: Jan 17, 2011 9:57 AM

    Much as I hate to admit this, this article is spot-on.

    I have watched for ten years as Brady has either totally shredded, or at the least figured out how to beat, damn near every defense that has been thrown at him…….. until last night.

    As great as Brady has been in his career and in this season, the Jets clearly stymied him last night. I couldn’t believe the Brady I was seeing, it seemed like he was completely hesitant to throw the ball, holding on waaaaaay to long trying to find an open man and completely missing him or not throwing to him for SOME reason. That reason was apparently that he didn’t see enough to trust his instinct to throw to that man?

    Kudos to Rex Ryan for coming up with an entirely new scheme that accomplished that. He did it to Manning one way last week, and did it to Brady a different way this week. Not to sound like sour grapes, but I don’t know if any of this will work on Roethlisberger next week, not because he’s any better than Manning or Brady, but simply because his best skill is the busted “improv” play that Ryan was trying to create against Brady last night.

    I’m sitting here over a coffee wondering how the best team in the NFL this year looked so BAD lastnight against a team they so thoroughly handled a few weeks ago. A tip of the hat to Ryan – I might dislike him as a person, but you have to give credit to him as a coach – and to the Jets players who were able to carry out this scheme.

    For one day, Ryan was clearly the better coach.

    For ONE day. A day that mattered the most, unfortunately.

  10. bspurloc says: Jan 17, 2011 9:57 AM

    .
    playing a lot of Madden does 2 things

    causes more depression (recent study) haha
    or teaches u some tricks and do’s dont’s

  11. jvw1982 says: Jan 17, 2011 9:59 AM

    Rex will go down as the best coach in Jet history when its all said and done……which has a list of 3 soon to be hall of famers….Ewbank, Parcells and Belicheat for 15 min……..what he did yesterday will go down as one of his greatest performances…..I do give it to Belicheat, he went out to mid field and told fat boy what a great scheme his D dropped on his #1 ranked Offense, I bet Belicheat is looking at the tape right now admiring the concept that was dropped on him…..Now the Jets have to finish or it will be just another good game by Rex and his D

  12. righthereisay says: Jan 17, 2011 10:04 AM

    One thing I noticed was one of the Jets (maybe #99?) continued to rush past Tom Brady and get behind him, which I believe forced Tom to throw before he usually would because he didn’t know where the guy was. It seemed like almost every play, he was behind Tom, and Tom was tryng to figure out where he was at the same time trying to find an open receiver.

    Kudos to the Jets for their game plan.

  13. PFTiswhatitis says: Jan 17, 2011 10:07 AM

    Fooled Brady? If Crump had not dropped that ball and/or Branch another, everyone would be singing a different tune.

    Not that it matters but how was there no call on that obvious interference on Crumpler down the middle of the field.

    In any case, congrats to the Jets on pulling it out.

  14. pukey60 says: Jan 17, 2011 10:11 AM

    Their fun ends Sunday courtesy of No 92

  15. promickey says: Jan 17, 2011 10:11 AM

    Well it still comes down to players winning football games. There are not many teams that have two defensive backs like the Jets, who can cover like they can. The Jets receivers are also very talented. How many receivers in the NFL can make the catch Holmes made in the end zone. The Steelers may regret getting rid of Holmes because they thought he was more trouble than he was worth. Holmes will give the Steelers a lot of trouble in the AFC Title game.

  16. mandyross84 says: Jan 17, 2011 10:19 AM

    maybe they shouldn’t have gotten rid of moss… regular season success doesn’t change the fact that they could have used moss in this game. Just because it SEEMS like they did better when they got rid of him doesn’t mean that they were better without him.

  17. hooterdawg says: Jan 17, 2011 10:22 AM

    “I have watched for ten years as Brady has either totally shredded, or at the least figured out how to beat, damn near every defense that has been thrown at him…….. until last night.”

    richm2256, it’s not just last night – it’s every recent playoff game. In a baseball analogy, many division winners that feast on lesser pitching all season get eliminated early in the playoffs when they encounter consistently top starters instead of the #4 and #5’s they often get to face to pad their wins. The book on how to beat Brady is out there, but most teams don’t have the personnel to execute the game plan. Teams in the playoffs have the personnel. That’s why Brady has been one and done. I never understand why the media jumps on his bandwagon every year instead of researching his recent playoff resume. He is a good QB, just not great enough to carry a whole team against top competition.

  18. cull1224 says: Jan 17, 2011 10:24 AM

    Won’t take a a thing away from the jets,as they won the game, but if Brady does not throw the INT on the screen pass (opening drive),and if BB does not call that stupid (can I say “asinin**) fake punt right before half-time, which leads to a TD, this is a totally different game. Sour grapes? Perhaps. But where the Pats D did not want to be was on the wrong side of the score early,as that allowed the Jets to kind of open up the playbook. Give the Jets their credit ,but once again, and this is becoming nauseatingly tiresome,the Pats and Brady and BB are failing in crunch time.

  19. mrplow3 says: Jan 17, 2011 10:25 AM

    “The Jets will have to win two more games for the legend to reach its full potential, but on this Monday morning we’re still amazed.”- PFT

    “We did stuff I’ve never seen a football team do”- TP

    Mmmmkay. I hate to be that guy but I just want to throw out one small factoid about this “legendary” defensive performance.

    The league average in points scored this season was 20.6 points per game. That’s average, as in not great and not terrible.

    The Patriots scored 21 points in this “legendary” ,”groundbreaking” defensive effort by the Jets.

    It seems to me if the Patriots had even a medicore defense the Jets would have lost in their “legendary” defensive performance.

    Now, I’m not the worlds smartest man but it seems to me if the Jets give up 21 points of offense to the Steelers with the D they are packing, Rex and company will be watching the SB from home, but hey, I’ve been wrong before.

  20. nsevh76 says: Jan 17, 2011 10:25 AM

    @jvw1982
    I agree with your point, but that’s not the #1 offense. They finished the regular season at #9. Media just wants you to think they were #1.

  21. herokravon says: Jan 17, 2011 10:29 AM

    Sounds like they used up all the coaching creativity to win 1 game. Good luck coming up with something new this week.

  22. phillyjeff says: Jan 17, 2011 10:29 AM

    Can you say let-down against the Steelers

  23. ny82jy says: Jan 17, 2011 10:34 AM

    The pats got dominated. the pats fans keep saying if it wasnt for the crumpler dropped td pass or the botched fake punt it would have been different. HELLO the jets left a ton out there too. This game was dominated by the jets way more than the scoreboard shows. For anybody on here that says Sanchez sux check this stat out. Sanchez has 4 career road playoff wins. thats tied for the MOST ALL time amongst quarterbacks and he has been in the nfl for 2 YEARS. Keep hating people. Sanchez is better than Flacco, Ryan, Freeman and all these other young qbs who people say are better than him. Give some credit to the jets. Of course we are still talkin about the game that was a great win and we SHUT all you haters up by crushing the great Tom Brady..

  24. zoxitic says: Jan 17, 2011 10:36 AM

    righthereisay says:
    Jan 17, 2011 10:04 AM
    One thing I noticed was one of the Jets (maybe #99?) continued to rush past Tom Brady and get behind him, which I believe forced Tom to throw before he usually would because he didn’t know where the guy was. It seemed like almost every play, he was behind Tom, and Tom was tryng to figure out where he was at the same time trying to find an open receiver.

    Kudos to the Jets for their game plan.

    _______________________________

    That was a great observation…you are right.

  25. legomylageman says: Jan 17, 2011 10:43 AM

    Steeler fans, your already getting loud? We already beat you and you HAVE to know your OLine is suspect.

  26. andyprough says: Jan 17, 2011 10:52 AM

    Zoning the middle and playing man on the outside is only about a 40 to 50 year-old scheme. I wouldn’t be surprised if Lombardi and Paul Brown were using it back in the day.

    Unheard of? No- not by a long shot. Effective? Yes, because of the small, slow wideouts for the Pats. The Jets won’t find the going so easy with the Steeler wideouts – Wallace, Sanders and Brown are big and have blazing speed.

  27. Moonman says: Jan 17, 2011 10:54 AM

    I owe an apology to Antonio Cromartie. All week I was predicting he would get severely PWNED by Tom Brady for his comments. And because, well, Cromartie isn’t a very physical corner and his mechanics are poor.

    But the Jets relied on him on coverage and Brady, despite having all the time in the world on some throws, couldn’t hit anyone.

    I just figured with Revis on one side, Cromartie would get picked on.

    He held his own. And I’ll be a man and admit I couldn’t have been more off base.

  28. theandy59 says: Jan 17, 2011 11:04 AM

    There were a couple of things that had to happen yesterday for the Jets to come out of Foxboro with a win. First, they needed to be nearly flawless, both with their game plan, and their execution. Second, they had to hope that New England was less than the flawless Patriots they had been for much of the season. That’s exactly how it played out yesterday. The Jets were certainly the better team on the field, with a better plan and better execution. The Patriots, for their part, made mistakes that we haven’t seen for most of the year. The fake punt call was just terrible, and poorly executed to boot. Offensively, it looked like New England was unwilling to accept what the Jets were offering, namely the run. As a Pats fan it was very frustrating to watch, and while I give credit to the Jets for playing as well as they did, I still believe that the only team that could beat the Patriots this playoff season was the Patriots – they willingly obliged yesterday.

  29. cull1224 says: Jan 17, 2011 11:07 AM

    Why would #99 (we’ll use your #) rush past Brady? Would it not have been more useful to tackle the QB?? AS for leaving a lot on the field,the Pats did leave a lot of gained yardage w/o any pts,and dropped passes out there. Jets were the better team and Sanchez was the better QB. Should be , as he was a top-round QB while Brady was only 199. Let’s not forget that. (Said in jest,but realizing that the B’s on NE have been failing us recently in the playoffs.) Darn, it just sucks to have 2 more wks of football and your team has imploded. How many others out there are bummed out this AM after this sucky loss?

  30. dolphins4 says: Jan 17, 2011 11:09 AM

    There is no way the Jets are going to beat the Steelers.

  31. cull1224 says: Jan 17, 2011 11:13 AM

    Must add this: down 2 scores, 10 or 11 minutes to go in the game, and the Pats’ QB is pulling a McNabb as he wastes 30 sec. per play. The only thing missing was the upchucking. Perhaps that happened after the game. And finally: GET A HAIRCUT TOM! Don’ t care how much money he has, he looked like a bum at the press conference. (and during much of the game too)

  32. ohioraider says: Jan 17, 2011 11:15 AM

    Yes my 2 least favorite teams playing for the AFC championship. It’s not that I don’t think they are good, I just hate the way that they win and how they talk after the game. They are never humble when they win they just instantly want to talk smack and that reflects the coaches. Even when they get a lucky break from a bad call by the refs they always think they won because they were so much better. They could win by one point and act as if they dominated the other team.

  33. juancorsair says: Jan 17, 2011 11:16 AM

    richm2256 says:

    I’m sitting here over a coffee wondering how the best team in the NFL this year looked so BAD lastnight against a team they so thoroughly handled a few weeks ago.

    Give me a break… How can you call them the “best team in football” when they haven’t won a playoff game in three years?

  34. broncsfan says: Jan 17, 2011 11:17 AM

    Two things on Brady:

    1) He really was a big factor in the loss. The Pats literally chewed up half of the 4th Qt to cover around 40 yards of turf, and it was because he kept audibling out of pass plays to run the football or do dink and dunk stuff. Granted, the Jets were giving them the run to shut down the pass, but Brady needed to look over at the sideline, watch his head coach’s head exploding as he screamed for a pass, and realize that run was just no longer an option. He clearly just had no confidence in himself at that point to get the job done.

    2) Brady is still one of the greatest QB’s of all time. If he wins another SB before he retires, which I think is likely, he’ll legitimately enter the tiny handful of names that get bandied about in the “best ever?” debate even outside the cities they played in. Not since Marino and Reeves-era Elway have I seen a QB do so much with so little. I remember looking at this Pats squad last offseason and thinking they would win 9 or at best 10 games and could hope for no more than one-and-done in the wild card round, and would only do even that on the strength of Brady and Belichick. If you told me that it was actually even worse than it looked – that their running game would be led by Ben-Jarvus Green-Ellis and someone named Danny Woodhead, that Randy Moss would hit the veteran wall so hard that he’d be gone before the weather turned chilly, that the team’s answer for losing Moss would be Deion Branch, that Welker really wouldn’t look quite as good as he used to, and that the D would be just as shaky as they looked, I would have written them off entirely. I really think that 90% of the QBs in this league do not take this team to the playoffs, let alone win 14 games. And this is nothing new – he came within a hair of going to the SB in ’06-’07 with a WR corps led by Reche freaking Caldwell and a running game led by a completely spent Corey Dillon.

  35. theytukrjobs says: Jan 17, 2011 11:18 AM

    Yeah whatever to this guy’s comments. Sure I’m not a football mastermind, but it looked like the Jets ran a pretty vanilla gameplan overall. They played a lot of zone, didn’t blitz much, and *gasp* disguised some coverages along the way. Their corners played terrific out on the edge and he had the linebackers mix up the depth and spacing of their coverages nicely. And for not blitzing much they really did get some decent rush on Brady. And the Jets did not make any mistakes defensively, which is usually how the Pats beat you.

    Ryan has a lot of players that like to talk him up. Good for him. He must make his guys happy. But to say his defensive gameplan was unlike anything anyone has seen is a bit melodramatic. It was a simple but balanced attack by a team familiar enough with their opponent to know how to beat them.

  36. ohioraider says: Jan 17, 2011 11:21 AM

    And Rex Ryan probably called up his brother Rob and said “Hey Rob can you help me beat the Patriots? I can’t handle another embarassment like that Monday night game.” And since Rex was so humble about his coaching after the game, it makes even more sense that it wasn’t his game plan because the dude never turns down an oppurtunity to brag–> “I finally beat Peyton Manning!”

  37. therealjcannon says: Jan 17, 2011 11:22 AM

    “We did stuff I’ve never seen a football team do”
    That’s what she said

  38. jimmy1smith says: Jan 17, 2011 11:27 AM

    Did it ever cross your mind that maybe, just maybe, Brady is way-overrated?

  39. kingjoe1 says: Jan 17, 2011 11:33 AM

    “Dear Football God – Please please please please let the Jets beat the Steelers. Remember God, the Steelers, Steve Jobs and Chevy Chase have already have had the devil fulfill their contracts. While I understand Steelers fans have nothing else in their life now that Coal, Steel and wife-beaters no longer are American products, I think they have to venture out and get a life of their own. SO please Mr. Football God remember, make sure the Steelers lose – Rapelisberger does not deserve to end his year on a highnote. “

  40. scheer1852 says: Jan 17, 2011 11:33 AM

    herokravon says:
    Jan 17, 2011 10:29 AM
    Sounds like they used up all the coaching creativity to win 1 game. Good luck coming up with something new this week.
    —————————————————-

    People said that last week after the Jets beat Indy too. And lets not forget that the Jets held Pittsburgh and Rothlisberger to 17 points at home the last time they played.

  41. 1historian says: Jan 17, 2011 11:37 AM

    make sure you’ve got enough beer & stuff for this weekend folks because there are gonna be some GOOD games

    GO STEELERS!!!!

    please

  42. silkyjohnson937 says: Jan 17, 2011 11:37 AM

    @ny82jy sanchez is not better than freeman.

  43. 1historian says: Jan 17, 2011 11:40 AM

    I don’t like Rex Ryan and I probably never will but the man did one HELL of a coaching job yesterday. That game plan was awesome – on BOTH sides of the ball. And Sanchez rose to the occasion.

    I didn’t like saying that but you have to give credit where credit is due.

  44. kirkandhanh says: Jan 17, 2011 11:51 AM

    I’m sitting here over a coffee wondering how the best team in the NFL this year looked so BAD lastnight against a team they so thoroughly handled a few weeks ago.

    ________________________________

    What are you talking about?? The Steelers won! ;)

  45. flash1283 says: Jan 17, 2011 11:51 AM

    jimmy1smith says:
    Jan 17, 2011 11:27 AM
    Did it ever cross your mind that maybe, just maybe, Brady is way-overrated?
    —–
    please tell us how he’s “way overrated”

    He’s played in 4 SB, about to win his second MVP
    and has set a number of records.

    Again I always love it when some jobber sits at his computer and throws out some blanket statement with nothing to back it up.

    How is it that all these people or former players who now work in the media guys like Steve Young or Jaws speak of Brady as one of the all time best? Are they all wrong and you are not?

    They only played in the NFL what do they know.

  46. apopnj says: Jan 17, 2011 11:52 AM

    flummoxed ?

  47. richm2256 says: Jan 17, 2011 12:12 PM

    hooterdawg says:
    richm2256, it’s not just last night – it’s every recent playoff game. In a baseball analogy, many division winners that feast on lesser pitching all season get eliminated early in the playoffs when they encounter consistently top starters instead of the #4 and #5′s they often get to face to pad their wins. The book on how to beat Brady is out there, but most teams don’t have the personnel to execute the game plan. Teams in the playoffs have the personnel. That’s why Brady has been one and done. I never understand why the media jumps on his bandwagon every year instead of researching his recent playoff resume. He is a good QB, just not great enough to carry a whole team against top competition
    ——————————————————-
    Got to disagree with you here. Brady was “one and done” how many times in his career? Just happens that’s how it went the past two years in a row, a trend to be worried about, yes, but not the career you are suggesting here. Over the past ten years, he has shown that he is usually able to rise above the better teams that the playoffs bring. Usually.

    juancorsair says:
    Give me a break… How can you call them the “best team in football” when they haven’t won a playoff game in three years?
    ———————————————————
    Stupid me, I usually ALWAYS call the team entering the playoffs with the best record in the league “the best team in football” ……… what was I thinking?

    Moron.

  48. Deb says: Jan 17, 2011 12:14 PM

    @thetooloftools …

    If we had five Pounceys on o-line, I’d say the same thing. But I’m not sure whether we’ll be playing the third string or the fourth string at tackle, so let’s not be making any double-dog dares on subjects that will ultimately turn on what kind of offensive protection schemes we can manage.

  49. chazzmon says: Jan 17, 2011 12:26 PM

    Jets got beat last time by TE’s and Smurfs in the middle. They challenged the Pats to beat them long and on the outside. They couldn’t. Their WR’s aren’t that good. Pats would be a bad team w/out Brady and if he doesn’t play great they’re very beatable. Nuff said bring on the championship games!

  50. bartpkelly says: Jan 17, 2011 12:31 PM

    The Jets followed the Mangini plan used when the Browns beat the Patrtiots.

  51. freedomispopular says: Jan 17, 2011 12:31 PM

    @jimmy1smith

    That’s what I’ve been saying from the beginning. They’ve always had at least a pretty good defense, and of course BB. I think their success has had more to do with how the coaching staff is able to take no names and put them in a position to look like stars than with having Tom Brady at QB.

  52. aaronrodgerschokes says: Jan 17, 2011 12:31 PM

    mrplow3 says:
    Jan 17, 2011 10:25 AM
    “The Jets will have to win two more games for the legend to reach its full potential, but on this Monday morning we’re still amazed.”- PFT

    “We did stuff I’ve never seen a football team do”- TP

    Mmmmkay. I hate to be that guy but I just want to throw out one small factoid about this “legendary” defensive performance.

    The league average in points scored this season was 20.6 points per game. That’s average, as in not great and not terrible.

    The Patriots scored 21 points in this “legendary” ,”groundbreaking” defensive effort by the Jets.

    It seems to me if the Patriots had even a medicore defense the Jets would have lost in their “legendary” defensive performance.

    Now, I’m not the worlds smartest man but it seems to me if the Jets give up 21 points of offense to the Steelers with the D they are packing, Rex and company will be watching the SB from home, but hey, I’ve been wrong before.
    ——————————–
    Are you really counting that garbage TD when the Jets were playing prevent? And the Patriots were not an “average” offense in the regular season.

  53. herokravon says: Jan 17, 2011 12:58 PM

    Let’s not for get the Steelers defense held the Jets to 13 points in that game.

    Mendenhall averaged nearly 6 yards a carry as well. Yes, Pittsburgh lost and that’s all that matters, but u can’t ignore those facts.

  54. masteel says: Jan 17, 2011 1:06 PM

    I’m a bit giddy so please forgive the upcoming goof on Tom Brady. I live in Massachusetts and I’m a BIG Steelers fan. And it’s been a real long time watching, hearing, getting berated, and just listening to ALL the constant Pat’s great this – and Tom Terrific that – Bill super coach – blah blah blah.

    When it’s all wiped away and you look at the Pat’s team overall. They have young and decent talent on Defense. They have small, talented, but older WR’s. The RB group is ok really – but not big. And the team is stocked with more draft picks. Because of Tom and Bill – with some breaks and a weak division overall, they took a nice ride this season.

    BUT don’t be fooled – the Jets did what SO many other teams should have done, they got physical and pushed the Pat’s around. I mean it is football and that is why the Ravens had success with them – along with the Browns. Get physical, push Brady around, knock the receivers off routes with jams, and just maintain control of the clock – keep Brady off the field.

    Tom Terrific is starting to resemble Tom One and Done.

    GO Steelers.

  55. cull1224 says: Jan 17, 2011 1:19 PM

    1) Dumb decision by the coach before half-time: Jets get no credit for that other than that they were not sleeping on the play
    2) INT on their first drive: I , a couch potato to rival all couch potatos could have intercepted that ball,’cept I would have been tackled where I caught the ball. Jets get no credit for that one either.
    3) Krumpled drops a TD. Yeh, I would have had a shot at that one too.
    Jets get their victory ,they were the better team, but the Patsies gave them lots of help. Go Steelers!

  56. neatz says: Jan 17, 2011 1:47 PM

    Its funny the jets Fan when they were going to Play Pats were saying that the last Loss was fluke or does not matter, now they are reminding the Steelers that they beat them sometime ago.

    Good luck Jets, Steelers unlike Pats have pass rushers who if they Hit Sanchez even half than what Jets did to Brady, Sanchez will throw 5 int.

    I am a Pats Fan but Go Steelers.

  57. neatz says: Jan 17, 2011 3:44 PM

    @masteel

    Weak Divison – AFC East- we have been to 7 AFC championships in last 10 years inclduing this year and 4 superBowls winning 3.

    Pats Beat your steelers so your team must be wussiest team in AFC North and not at all physical. How did your team do against AFC east this year including Miamai and Bills.

    Enjoy your success because in NFL anything can turn against you in a jiffy ask My Pats, Just Wait for Ravens to beat you once in Playoffs and you will not be the same again.

    Give respect to teams like Pats if you want us to respect your team.

  58. Deb says: Jan 17, 2011 4:24 PM

    @neatz …

    I think masteel is feeling giddy because he lives in New England and has heard a lot of people counting chickens before they were hatched. It’s not disrespect for the Pats championship history. Since the Steelers have been around for more than 80 years, spent their first 40 without a single playoff win, and went 26 years between Super Bowls, we are well aware of the fragility of success.

    On the other hand, this will be our 15 AFC Championship game since 1974, and we won seven of those and six Super Bowls. It will be our third AFC Championship game in four years and we’ve won two Super Bowls in five years. So we’ve earned respect whether you want to show it or not.

    To answer your question, we beat Miami and the Bills this year, but the regular season is now irrelevant … as you discovered yesterday.

  59. nwhmpshr says: Jan 19, 2011 11:50 AM

    Well the Steelers snuck into the last two Super Bowl wins without having to go through their nemesis New England. They lucked out again this year not having the Pats in the way.

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