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Rex Ryan on the Jets: 'If we get in, look out'

Posted on: December 10, 2011 12:21 pm
Edited on: December 10, 2011 12:23 pm
Ryan on Sanchez: 'I want everybody to know that (he) is a pretty good quarterback'. (US PRESSWIRE)

By Ryan Wilson

Two years ago, Rex Ryan's first as the Jets head coach, New York was 6-6 heading into Week 14. They went 3-1 and back-doored their way into the final wild-card spot, making it to the AFC Championship game where they lost to the Colts.

Last season, the Jets started 9-2 before losing three of four. A Week 17 victory against the Bills again landed them in the postseason, and again they made it to the AFC Championship game, this time losing to the Steelers.

New York faces Kansas City Sunday and they're in the familiar position of needing a late-season surge to earn a wild-card berth. As it stands, they're ninth in the conference, behind three teams (Bengals, Titans, Raiders) for the final playoff spot. But the Jets are a persistent bunch, particularly late in the year. Which is why it's reasonable to believe that by the time the Week 17 games conclude, New York will be one of the 12 teams still playing.

That journey starts with the Chiefs. Then the Jets are at the Eagles, host the Giants, and finish at the Dolphins. They'll probably need to go 3-1, maybe 4-0.

“Don’t worry, we’ll take our swing,” head coach Rex Ryan told the New York Daily News' Mike Lupica earlier this week.

Despite Ryan's success in nearly three seasons with the Jets (27-19, two playoff appearances), when the conversation turns to the AFC's elite teams, New York isn't one of them. In recent years, that distinction falls to the Patriots, Steelers and Ravens.

“I understand where people are coming from with that,” Ryan said. “Hey, we’re not in the playoffs yet. But if we get in the playoffs, they’re gonna be talking about four teams. I mean, if we get in, how can you not talk about us? … We can beat all those teams. If we get in, look out.”

(In the Ryan era, the Jets beat the Steelers during Week 15 of the 2010 season, are 3-4 against the Patriots, and are winless in two tries against the Ravens.)

Any success New York has will be because of quarterback Mark Sanchez, who still struggles with consistency, particularly when the Jets are trailing. According to Football Outsiders' passer metrics, Sanchez ranks 19th in total value and 23rd in value per play, just behind Matt Hasselbeck and Cam Newton, and ahead of Josh Freeman and Matt Moore. (In 2010, Sanchez ranked 18th and 28th; in 2009, he was 38th and 35th.)

“I’m not putting him up there with Brady and Manning," Ryan said of Sanchez. "The elite guys. He’s not there yet. But he’s definitely in the next rung.”

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Even that's debatable. But the Jets can't rely on 41-year-old Mark Brunell; they're only going as far as Sanchez takes them.

“He's got the same mentality I have,” Ryan said of his quarterback. “You don’t think I can? I’ll show you. This is a guy who outplayed Peyton Manning in a playoff game, outplayed Philip Rivers, outplayed Tom Brady on the biggest possible stage. And then it’s funny, he’s like eighth in Pro Bowl votes or whatever. And I go, really? Give me a quarterback who wins.”

Sanchez does win, although attributing QB success with team victories is both myopic and naive. We suspect Ryan knows this (you don't see the veteran backup getting first-team reps over the franchise quarterback late in the season in Indy, San Diego or New England), but it does no one any good to admit it publicly.

For now, the focus is on the next month of the season. Ryan and the Jets are going to need Sanchez, which is why the head coach wants fans to support the young quarterback.

“I think our fans definitely understand where we are," the head coach said according to "We’re fighting for our playoff lives, so they understand that. Have we made it easy to be a Jets fan all these weeks? Probably not like we’ve wanted to, but again, the one thing they know from our team is you’re going to get everything we have. Is it going to be good enough? We think it is. Sometimes, it’s not, but we’re going to lay it out there for us and for them. I think that our fans appreciate that. The fact that we’re going to have a double-take on introducing the offense, I want everybody to know that Mark Sanchez is a pretty good quarterback. I think it’ll be good. I think it’ll be a shot in the arm when he comes out to a bunch of applause, because I think that’s what will happen.”

So, please, Jets fans: cheer for Sanchez when he's announced. He'll appreciated it and and at 7-5, New York can use all the help they can get.

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Since: Oct 5, 2007
Posted on: December 10, 2011 6:27 pm

Rex Ryan on the Jets: 'If we get in, look out'

I believe that the "Stupid Meter" for Rex Ryan doesn't go up that high.  I can't say that I'm surprised by his comments, and trying to justify his existance.  He relates to typical New Yorker Jet fans who are not the brightest, Philidelphia is the moronic capital of the world - they are absolute morons in Philly (something in the water?).

Please tell me NY Jets fans why you think you are better than last year?  You are NOT!!
I am of course a Patriots Fan, which you all should be, but there your defense is gone and Sanchez is weak at best.

I'm not saying the Patriots are getting out of the first or second roung but the JESTORS have issues that O-bumma can't resolve (he can't resolve a nose hair)

Since: Dec 10, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 3:44 pm

Rex Ryan on the Jets: 'If we get in, look out'

You. Are. Fat.

Since: Sep 21, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 3:00 pm

Rex Ryan on the Jets: 'If we get in, look out'

Well get in and then talk. You always get in with a 9-7 record. Now the best you can hope for is the 6th seed again. I doubt you will make noise this postseason if you make it.

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: December 10, 2011 1:47 pm

Rex Ryan on the Jets: 'If we get in, look out'

Ryan is like a little kid begging for attention from everyone he comes in contact with. First, he says kooky things that make people laugh because he sounds so absurd. Then, when that stops working, he ups his game a little and gets even more zany and outlandish. Only thing is, that also stops working. Next thing you know, he's appearing online in foot fetish videos, getting an inexplicable frat-boy leg tattoo and yammering away about being the toughest kid in school. It's old. It's been old for years now. Win SOMETHING and then talk. Better yet, win something and then don't. This fat blowhard (who never actually, you know, puts on pads and plays) is writing checks with his loud mouth that his players have to cash. Just shut up. Shut up. Shut up. Please, please shut up for five consecutive minutes. The Packers don't talk. The Manning Colts didn't talk. Brady and the Pats never talk. Tomlin's crew doesn't, either. Here are two life lessons for the gasbag coach of the New York Jets:
1. if you constantly have to tell everyone that you can win the Super Bowl, it means you can't.
2. try a salad now and then.

Since: May 3, 2009
Posted on: December 10, 2011 1:39 pm

Rex Ryan on the Jets: 'If we get in, look out'

Tell that Fat bastard to shut his mouth. Oh no Rex said watch out, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah Blah His no offense, shit defensive team sucks. He never knows when to shut his mouth and just play football. Cant take it anymore. Just empty threats and promises. Big Bad NY Jets give me a break. Its a joke. Let me guess whats next " we will win the super bowl if we get in". Its funny becasue hes saying "IF" we get in. Thats says it all if you where as good as you think you are you wouldnt be fighting for your lives for a playoff berth. Its really comical and its getting old. Rex just please shut up and go lick some toes.

Since: Nov 20, 2007
Posted on: December 10, 2011 1:14 pm

Rex Ryan on the Jets: 'If we get in, look out'

(In the Ryan era, the Jets beat the Steelers during Week 15 of the 2010 season, are 3-4 against the Patriots, and are winless in two tries against the Ravens.)
yeah, but the Jets LOSE when it counts the most, just like last year against the Steelers.  you can have all the regular season wins you want, but i'll take playoff wins any day, especially AFC championship wins.  Rex Ryan is dillusional.  this year's Jets team is NOT as good as last year's team.  not only is Ryan's schtick getting old, they've lost something in the past 365 days and it shows overall on their team.

Since: Mar 6, 2008
Posted on: December 10, 2011 1:06 pm

Rex Ryan on the Jets: 'If we get in, look out'

On the stupid meter of all-time Rex Ryan quotes...where does this rank ?

Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: December 10, 2011 12:58 pm

Rex Ryan on the Jets: 'If we get in, look out'

Ryan's act is getting old.  They are so far from being an elite team its not even funny. 

Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: December 10, 2011 12:49 pm

Rex Ryan on the Jets: 'If we get in, look out'

"if we get in, look out"?  Look out for what, for a 'foot' in the door Rex? Anyway, in all seriousness, the Jets will probably make the playoffs and end up moving up a round or 2 and that's it.  Rex needs to realize that he's facing a big time challenge by being on the road every playoff round.   His needs to win earlier in the season to have them challenge for at least a 1st round bye and then possibly some homefield advantage.   I definitely think Rex has the goods to beat the Patriots or even the Steelers given their current situation, however, the Ravens present a problem and considering playing any of those 3 in a row is too much as a path to the SB.

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