Ryan: 'I'm sure there are things I'd do differently'

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Ryan: 'I'm sure there are things I'd do differently'

FOXBORO - During three-plus seasons as head coach of the New York Jets, it's become clear Rex Ryan has no filter.

That's been tremendous for consumers and people covering the league because Ryan provides storylines.

But Ryan's mouth and the fallout from what falls out of it hasn't helped his team win. The tire-pumping and chest-pumping and "I can lick any man in the place!" bravado has been an impediment to success.

The Jets' declining win totals since the bloom came off his rose in New York and the circus atmosphere around the team are proof. Further proof is that Ryan himself has tried to tamp down his mouth.

This week, he made mention of the fact he would not be "tweaking" the Patriots leading into the game.

I asked him if he looks back on his Jets tenure and regretted being so loose-lipped.

"Yeah, I dont know," Ryan began. "I mentioned that about the guarantee and all that stuff when I was guaranteeing a Super Bowl, but at the time, thats really what I felt. Then when free agency came (after the 2011 labor strife was resolved) and 17 of our players were free agents when the new CBA was announced, that was probably not the smartest thing to say at the time. Id said it before. But, I really thought if we had the same team back, why wouldnt we think that? We got to the conference championship game. But, either way, Im sure there (are things he wishes he hadn't said)."

Every assistant coach, as he climbs the ladder, thinks to himself, "If I'm ever in charge, I'll do this..."

Ryan clearly committed to making things fun, to being glib, to being transparent. But he acknowledged that he's finding things to be different than he imagined at times.

"I came in the league and I have a ton of experience around football," Ryan explained. "Ive been around football my entire life but I never really sat as a head coach before so its a learning experience, no question. Im sure there are things I would do differently, but that specifically? I dont know. At the end of the day, I think the most important thing a the end of the day is that you are who you are and you believe; and I certainly believe things I tell our team about and everything else. So, Im going to stay the course and thats just how it goes."

Ryan is accepting of the fact that, the proclamations that make for good TV, radio and bandwidth, are always going to be used against him when they blow up.

"Well you know, thats just the way it goes," he said. "We kind of understood that and its just like I dont put muzzles on the players or anything else. Ive said from Day 1 that we might not be lined up 100 percent or whatever but, this is football, and it doesnt have to be such a button-up type deal. But I know, I get criticized for that and thats fine. My style is a lot different than obviously a lot of coaches."
Coach has seen what kind of both sides can do, Sanchez said. (When) you come out and say something, it almost puts you in a position where youre supposed to win. And if you win, its like, Yeah, you already said you were going to win. So, who cares? So I dont see any point in it. Its never really been my style. Its just a different approach. And Im all for it.

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Dustin Pedroia taking cues from Tom Brady to extend his career

Dustin Pedroia taking cues from Tom Brady to extend his career

Dustin Pedroia is no stranger to injuries. That's a big reason why he's no longer a stranger to the sometimes peculiar practices of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

In an interview on WEEI's "Bradfo Show," Pedroia told Rob Bradford that he's been taking cues from the five-time Super Bowl-winning QB to help extend his playing career and make his body healthier and more durable.

“I understand what he does and know what he does. I think it’s awesome,” Pedroia told Bradford. “There’s a reason why he’s successful at his age (39), and he looks better now than he did when he first came to the league. You have to be smarter as you get older and learn different styles -- the way to train and the way you take care of your body to be able to perform and stay on the field. It doesn’t matter what sport you’re playing. He’s definitely got that figured out.”

Pedroia, of course, played the entire 2013 World Series-winning season with a torn ligament in his thumb. He's battled through various other lower body and hand injuries over the past few seasons, as well. But in 2016, he had his best season in recent memory, posting his highest OPS since 2011, as WEEI notes.

Part of that is with his own take on the Brady approach -- which focuses more on pliability and resistance training than extensive, heavy weight lifting -- and a healthier overall lifestyle, something Brady is notoriously infamous for having.

"There’s tons of ways to take care of your body. It’s not just get in the weight room and throw weights around,” Pedroia explained. “As you get older, the human body can’t take the pounding if you’re going in there and power lifting. When you’re younger, you can handle some of that. But as you get older, you got to be smarter. Sometimes less is more -- whether that’s weight or reps or whatever. You’ve just got to be smart. And eating wise, that’s a big part of recovery. If you put the right foods in your body, you’ll heal faster if you’re injured or recover faster. It’s like a car, man. Put bad gas in, bro. It’s not going to be the same as good gas.”

He hopes the approach can, at the very least, keep him moving for quite some time.

“I plan on living until I’m 100," he said. "So we’re not even halfway home."

Raptors, in pursuit of Celtics in playoff race, lose Lowry for perhaps rest of regular season

Raptors, in pursuit of Celtics in playoff race, lose Lowry for perhaps rest of regular season

The Eastern Conference playoff race, seemingly altered by the moves -- and non-moves (hello there, Celtics) -- of some of the contenders, just took another twist.

The Raptors, bolstered by the acquisition of Serge Ibaka and appearing poised to make a run toward the top of the standings after a come-from-behind victory over the Celtics on Friday, were hit with a body blow Monday when it was announced All-Star point guard Kyle Lowry needs surgery on his right wrist and may miss the remainder of the regular season.

ESPN reports Lowry is expected to be sidelined from four to eight weeks. Toronto hopes to have him back for the playoffs.

The Raptors are currently in fourth place in the conference at 35-24, trailing Cleveland (40-17), Boston (38-21) and Washington (34-23). Without Lowry, and facing a rough, six-of-their-next-seven-games-on-the-road stretch, Toronto may stop focusing on catching the Wizards and/or Celtics and focus on holding off Atlanta (32-26) in order to hold onto home-court in the first round.

Lowry, 30, who missed the last two games because of the injury, is averaging a career-best 22.8 points per game. He also is averaging 6.9 assists and 4.7 rebounds.