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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Mitchell, Hogan reportedly good to go for AFC title game

Mitchell, Hogan reportedly good to go for AFC title game

FOXBORO -- The Patriots haven't had all of their receivers simultaneously healthy and in uniform since they acquired Michael Floyd on waivers last month. That appears as though it could change Sunday. 

PATRIOTS-STEELERS PREGAME

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, wideouts Malcolm Mitchell (knee) and Chris Hogan (thigh) are expected to play in the AFC title game. Tight end Martellus Bennett (knee) is also expected to play, per Schefter. All three were listed as questionable on the team's injury report. 

Mitchell has not seen game action since injuring his knee mid-way through the third quarter against the Jets in Week 16. Hogan suffered a thigh injury against the Texans last week, left the game in the third quarter and did not return. 

Patriots receiver Danny Amendola was also listed on this week's injury report with an ankle issue. Last week, he played in his first game since Week 13.

If Mitchell, Hogan and Amendola are all healthy enough to play, the Patriots will have their choice of five wideouts against the Steelers since Julian Edelman and Floyd are also physically able to suit up. 

Will they all be in uniform? That remains to be seen. The Patriots haven't taken five receivers on their 46-man game-day roster yet this season. However, because all five bring something different to the Patriots offense, perhaps Bill Belichick and his staff will find it valuable enough to activate all five.

If the Patriots opt to take the receiver-heavy route, they'll have to go lighter elsewhere -- perhaps de-activating a core special teamer -- in order to make room.