FOXBORO – Rex Ryan isn’t going to be upstaged by the Patriots. Think New England’s got it hard with all the new players they’ve added on offense?
Ryan says it’s nothing like he’s going through.
Asked Wednesday about processing the Patriots offensive plan and personnel in a short week, Ryan said, “I know there’s been a lot of talk about their personnel but we’ve got seven new starters on defense and five new starters on offense and two backups to some of the starters on defense,” Ryan pointed out. “So that’s probably new personnel.”
Apropos of nothing.
Except to frame his labors as Jets head coach as Herculean so that – if good fortune does happen to be collided with – Ryan will be able to remind folks just what these gritty Jets were overcoming.
Anyway, on this conference call discussing the 1-0 Jets plans for their visit to Gillette Thursday night, Ryan said it will mostly mirror New England’s plans. Light on the practice, heavy on the mental reps.
“You just got through playing a game and it’s about keeping your players fresh,” Ryan explained. “Obviously they have to be mentally focused and it’s a new opponent so I think that’s the big thing.”
Ryan said the unpredictability of the Patriots on both sides of the ball makes them hard to prepare for, but the consistent excellence of Brady is something he expects.
“I don’t know if I’d classify Tom Brady struggling,” Ryan said when Sunday’s offensive struggles for New England were broached. “I’d have to see that to believe it. I don’t think he’s ever struggled. What I saw (from the Patriots in Buffalo) was a team that could really run the football. In the past they’ve run the ball but not with the conviction that I saw in that first week against a pretty darn good front. It looks like New England is gonna run the ball more than they’ve done in the past.”
If they do, it will be with just two fully healthy backs. Brandon Bolden and Leon Washington missed the Bills’ game with injuries. Shane Vereen has a wrist injury and will be down. That leaves Stevan Ridley and LeGarrette Blount to carry the load against a Jets defense that has several new starters.
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