Thursday, January 6, 2011

Rex Ryan's Jets Face Old Demon

Rex Ryan and his NY Jets go into this Saturday's AFC Wildcard Game facing a familiar nemesis - Indianapolis Colts' Peyton Manning - otherwise known as Superman. And IF the Jets can pull it off against Manning's Colts they will be the lucky team to earn a chance to go to New England and play against Tom Brady's Patriots! Joy, joy! Hey Jets fans, we're in The Tournament and that means that anything can happen. Look at last year. Who thought the Jets would have gone as far as they did, before crashing in the second half of the AFC Championship Game against Manning and the Colts. That's why Ryan and Mike Tannenbaum went out in the off-season and acquired the missing pieces on defense that they felt would bring them up to that next level and be able to beat Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts, and Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. Those pieces to the puzzle are namely; Antonio Cromartie playing opposite Darrelle Reevis, and Jason Taylor and Trevor Price playing spot rolls on the line when they need to bring the pressure on the quarterback. Not to mention bringing in LaDainian Tomlinson and Santonio Holmes, two future Hall of Famers, on offense.

They specifically added these guys on defense in order to be able to beat the next two teams and QB's they must face (if they make it to the Divisional round) in the Playoffs. They know that both teams are beatable, and that they did already beat the Pats once this season. But in that first game the Pats WR Wes Welker was injured and out, and the second game the Jets got creamed by Bill Belichik and Brady and company 45-3! But first they must beat Indy by putting their brass' decisions and newest members on defense to the test. Manning doesn't have all of his weapons at his disposal due to injuries but has been raising the level of play of the fill-ins week in and week out. He's the kind of player who can do that.

Lots of people have been criticizing Rex Ryan for being so confident and running his mouth off so much; but what should he do? Say he expects to lose? Should he say that the Jets will never make it to the Super Bowl again? "I wouldn't want to insult Tom Brady now, because then he'll be mad at me and beat us". Is that what he should say? Every team and coach should go in to every game they play expecting to win it. If not, they shouldn't be playing professional football. The Jet's made it to the post-season and should be planning on winning it all. And every team should have that same plan! Isn't that what this thing is all about anyway? I enjoy Rex Ryan's enthusiasm and I think his players thrive on it. I think if anyone can bring them up to that next level it's Rex Ryan. Hopefully he gets his revenge on Peyton Manning and earns that trip to a third game against old Tom Brady. Because, hey you never know. Let's Go Jets!

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