Ryan: We're going to pressure Brady

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Ryan: We're going to pressure Brady

By Danny Picard
CSNNE.com

FOXBORO -- Rex Ryan has watched film of all the Patriots' games this year, and he thinks most teams are playing the Patriots all wrong.

Ryan said it frustrates him to see teams not puttingpressure on Tom Brady, since -- he believes -- not doing so means you're not necessarily"competing" against Brady and the Patriots' offense. His plan involves plenty of pressure and disguised coverages, something he believes is necessary to stop New England's offense.

"Brady's a guy that, if you just run standard coverages, he'll kill you," said Ryan.

"We're going to pressure him, we're going to mix our coverages, change our coverages, change our blitzes, sometimes go all-out blitz, sometimes simulated pressure, sometimes three-man rush, sometimes four-man rush, multiple coverages," he said. "And that's how you play Brady. You can't just let him sit back and know what you're in."

He knows that by putting pressure on Brady, defenses are going to get burned at times. But it's just the risk you take against one of the league's best.

"There's two quarterbacks in this league, that, when you look at a schedule, if you're a defensive coordinator, you're like, 'Oh gosh, we've got to play him?' Brady and Peyton Manning, those are the two guys," said Ryan. "There's a lot of good quarterbacks in the league, but for my money, those are the two best guys.

"It's not that we're scared of him, or something like that. We just look at it as an opportunity to match yourself up against the best, and that's where I put Tom Brady."

Ryan called his 9-2 Jets team a "resilient group" that's "finding ways to win games." It's something that his Jets team wasn't doing as much of last season. As much as this year's improvement has to do with their own organization as a whole, Ryan praised Patriots coach Bill Belichick on Thursday, saying that he's one of the only coaches that he still learns from each week.

"There are very few coaches that I steal from, but Bill Belichick's one of them," said Ryan. "He's so creative, what he does coverage-wise, how he looks at things, puts traps out there. the guy's an amazing coach. Like I said, the best coach in football. It's not even close. That's a guy that I will study. Each week, I'll just pop their tape on to see what he's doing."

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Branch on reduced role vs. Saints: "Ask Bill"

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Branch on reduced role vs. Saints: "Ask Bill"

FOXBORO - If Alan Branch is worried about his spot with the Patriots, he isn’t acting that way. A notorious slow starter, Branch played just six snaps in Sunday’s win at New Orleans. And to hear him talk, it’s business as usual.

“It’s not like you can practice 3 technique on a store clerk,” said Branch late Wednesday afternoon. When informed that he probably could if he wanted, Branch smiled and noted “you’d probably get arrested for that.”

All kidding aside, it was stark to see Branch’s ample behind stapled to the bench. He earned a two-year contract this offseason, and his presence on the interior has been critical to the defense’s success. But after getting pushed around a bit too often in that opening night loss to the Chiefs, Branch spent a lot more time watching then playing. Did he know that he wasn’t a big part of the plan?

“That’s another question you gotta ask Bill, man” said Branch. “That’s not something I can talk about.”

Branch has - at times - come off as nonchalant about the game. Wins, losses, big plays, no plays, none of it seems to change his demeanor. Knowing that, I asked him if he was frustrated by his lack of playing time.

“I mean every player wants to be on the field so it is what it is,” he responded. 

Does he think that he’ll be more involved Sunday against the Texans?

“I don’t know what they plan to do with me,” he said. “i just need to go in there and keep my head to the grindstone and work.”

That may be Bill Belichick’s plan: sitting the player to motivate him. It would also seem to be potentially the last resort, and with someone who clearly marches to the beat of his own drum, it’s unclear how he’ll respond.

Patriots-Texans practice report: Gronk sits out; Gilmore limited

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Patriots-Texans practice report: Gronk sits out; Gilmore limited

Wednesday's practice participation/injury report for Sunday's Patriots-Texans game:

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

DID NOT PARTICIPATE
RB Rex Burkhead (ribs)
OT Marcus Cannon (ankle/concussion)
TE Rob Gronkowski (groin)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
WR Danny Amendola (concussion/knee)
WR Phillip Dorsett (knee)
CB Stephon Gilmore (groin)
LB Dont'a Hightower (knee)
WR Chris Hogan (knee)
LB Elandon Roberts (thumb)
CB Eric Rowe (groin)
WR Matthew Slater (hamstring)
DT Vincent Valentine (knee)

HOUSTON TEXANS

DID NOT PARTICIPATE
G Jeff Allen (ankle)
CB Kevin Johnson (knee)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
TE Stephen Anderson (concussion)
RB Alfred Blue (ankle)
WR Will Fuller V (shoulder)
CB Jonathan Joseph (shoulder)
G Xavier Su'a-Filo (knee)
DE J.J. Watt (finger)

FULL PARTICIPATION
CB Marcus Burley (knee)
T Chris Clark (wrist)
WR Bruce Ellington (concussion)
TE Ryan Griffin (concussion)