Jets coach Rex Ryan, who entered the week assuming that his team will be facing a Vikings team consisting of Percy Harvin and a gaggle of slappies at receiver, suddenly has to deal with, for the second time in four games, Randy Moss.
The Jets, if you didn’t know, host Moss and the Vikings on Monday night.
“I have a great deal of respect for Randy Moss,” Ryan said in comments distributed by the team. “He is one of the premier
vertical receivers in the game still. Here we go. I was kind of thinking, ‘I
feel pretty good,’ and then all of a sudden, ‘Hey, Minnesota just traded for
him. There goes sleeping well this week.’ Surely, he be won’t up to complete
speed with everybody else, but my brother said he’s a smart guy. There’s no
doubt he’ll be playing this week.”
And while everyone is assuming that Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis, who continues to pop off about Moss as Revis rehabs a hamstring injury resulting from his holdout, will face Moss on Monday night, Rex says that it’s not yet a sure thing.
“I don’t know,” Ryan said. “We’ll see. He moved out there pretty well today. He’s not
opening up completely, but it was encouraging to get him out on the practice
field. He was working hard. Hopefully, he’ll be ready to go. As far as
matching up with Moss, I really don’t know where he’s going to play. Is he left
side? Right side? Slot? Who knows? I think it’s too early to say. We’re just
now game planning.”
In past occasions, Revis supposedly covered Moss alone, without help. The notion that Revis received no help when facing Moss was debunked last year by a scout who, at our request, reviewed the tape of a game in which Revis supposedly shut Moss down on his own.
Rex also suspects that the Patriots specifically sent Moss to the Vikings in time for the Jets to have to face him.
“Probably so,” Ryan said regarding whether some gamesmanship was occurring. “It’s good for New England the
fact that he is playing this week. It would be real gamesmanship if they trade
him back. That would be the one where it’s like, ‘That’s not right.’
I hope that doesn’t happen.”
That part definitely won’t happen, which means that the Jets won’t have to face Moss three times this year. Unless, of course, both teams end up in the Super Bowl.