Rex Ryan has never hesitated calling a shot, but said Monday the time wasn’t right for boastfulness.
The same guy who said “I think we’re going to beat them” prior to last month’s overtime loss took a more diplomatic approach this time through, heading into Thursday’s game with the Patriots.
“We’re behind where we have to be and we can only focus on ourselves,” Ryan said, vua Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News. “I’m not worried about tweaking New England.”
That’s fine by a segment of his players, the ones that don’t mind attaching their names to things.
“Coach has seen what kind of both sides can do,” quarterback Mark Sanchez said. “[When] you come out and say something, it almost puts you in a position where you’re supposed to win. And if you win, it’s like, ‘Yeah, you already said you were going to win.’
“So, who cares? So I don’t see any point in it. It’s never really been my style. It’s just a different approach. And I’m all for it.”
Ryan admitted a sense of desperation, saying his 4-6 team has taken away any margin of error. “We’re just trying to punch our way out,” he said.
Of course, just because Ryan’s taking a low key approach doesn’t mean the local media has to.
This morning’s cover of the New York Post has a smiling Ryan carrying a turkey on a platter, with Bill Belichick’s head photoshopped onto the bird. The screaming headline says “THANKS BILL: Jets lickin’ their chops as butterball Belichick’s brainlock shelves Gronk.
Ah, New York. Don’t ever change.