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Rex: ‘They’re Going to Count Now’

Posted by Eric Allen on September 8, 2009 – 4:22 pm

“Now, we’re going to find out where we’re at. We’re playing against Houston. This is an opponent, I believe, that is 12-4 at home over the last two years,” Ryan said today. “If my memory is right, I think they average close to 30 points a game at home. So this is going to be a huge challenge for us.

After 22 coaching seasons — 12 in the NFL and 10 in the college ranks — Ryan finally is the man in charge during a regular-season contest. The Texans went 6-2 at home last season, but one of those losses at Reliant Stadium was a 41-13 pasting at the hands of the Baltimore Ravens in Week 10. Ryan, the Ravens defensive coordinator the previous four seasons, watched his unit hold the Texans to 72 rushing yards that day and also intercept QB Sage Rosenfels four times.

"There’s no question I’ll be excited to see our football team," Ryan said of his new club. "They’re going to count now, so we’re going to find out real quick. The Houston Texans are a heck of a team at home. They’re a good football team. A lot of publications or so-called experts have them winning their division. We know we have a challenge in front of us — there’s no doubt. But I also think they have a challenge in front of them."

Even though he is Buddy Ryan’s son, Rex Ryan took the long road to the top of his profession. Between 1987 and 1993, he served as the DE coach at Eastern Kentucky (1987-88), assistant head coach/defensive coordinator at New Mexico Highlands (1989) and defensive coordinator at Morehead State (1990-93). After a two-year stint in the NFL under his father in Arizona, Ryan returned to college and was a coordinator at both Cincinnati (1996-97) and Oklahoma (1998).

"It was eight years of small-college football. To get this opportunity, there are 32 of these jobs out there, and I’m fortunate to get one," he said. "There are so many great coaches that Woody [Johnson] could have hired for this job, that wanted this job, and I was chosen. That’s amazing. I’m going to try and go out and validate why Woody and Mike [Tannenbaum] made that decision."

Ryan is confident in the football team he will field this weekend in Texas. More than seven months after being hired, the real season is upon Rex Ryan.

"We were able to keep a lot of guys in this organization that were here, a lot of winners here. We were able to bring a few in also and I think it’s a great mix. Hopefully on Sunday we’ll be able to get our first victory," he said. "We know it’s going to be tough. It’s going to take everything we’ve got and we’ll find out if that’s good enough. I can honestly tell you we’re planning on giving it everything we have."

Woodhead Returns

We’ve just received late word that the Jets have added RB Danny Woodhead to the practice squad. To make room for Woodhead, the Green & White released FB Jehuu Caulcrick.

Stepping Up

Neither Shaun Ellis nor Calvin Pace was at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center today. Ellis, who violated the NFL’s substances of abuse policy, is out for this weekend and will be eligible to return to the team Monday. Pace is scheduled to miss the season’s opening quarter for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.

While Vernon Gholston will make the start at OLB in place of Pace, it’s not that cut and dried with the defense line. The Jets will employ a rotation system up front and there are three legitimate combinations they could roll with: 1. Kris Jenkins, Sione Pouha and Marques Douglas, 2. Mike DeVito, Kris Jenkins and Marques Douglas, 3. Kris Jenkins, Sione Pouha and Mike DeVito.

When Pouha and Jenkins are in the game together, Big Jenks would move to end. DeVito didn’t play against the Eagles, but Ryan said he is all right and DeVito told reporters he’ll be set to go.

"If they target me, they target me. That’s what it is," DeVito said today in the locker room. "But that’s what I’m getting paid for, to go out there and do my job."

Newyorkjets.com reporter Kyle Richardson caught up with Gholston and DeVito in the LR and his feature on Nos. 50 and 70 will be posted early Wednesday.

"You’ve got two good football players that are home with Shaun Ellis and Calvin, but it’s not an excuse. We’ve got enough good players on this team," Ryan said. "We’ve got guys who are going to be asked to step up and have a bigger role than maybe they thought they would have. We’ve got confidence. You put that Jets decal on that helmet, you’ve got to be special. You don’t have to go do something Herculean. We just want you to give us everything you’ve got and that’s it. You don’t have to go be Superman. Give us everything you’ve got and we’ll live with the results."

The Big Announcement

Safety Kerry Rhodes caused quite the stir on Twitter over the weekend by stating that "a big announcement" was coming. Well, hours after the Jets officially announced a new partnership with JetBlue, Rhodes revealed his secret.

"The announcement was I was doing a giveaway with the new JetBlue thing that we have going on. A fan can buy a plane ticket to go down to the game down in Miami. I’m doing a giveaway, I’m doing two free tickets and a hotel stay for that Monday night game."

JetBlue, which will sponsor the blog space on newyorkjets.com and also the "Jets Two-Minute Drive" radio show on the site, is offering good rates to get down to Florida for the divisional contest. Rhodes’ offer does not include food and interested fans should probably book a place to stay following the late game.

"They have to find their own places to eat. The hotel is for Saturday and Sunday," he said. "Monday you have to get out of there."


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11 Responses to “Rex: ‘They’re Going to Count Now’”

  1. By briguyintampa on Sep 8, 2009 | Reply

    TWICK OR TWEET? I think we have been tricked!!! Jets fans may be dumb(for being Jets fans) but we aint stupid. Kerry Rhodes needs to show me something extra come sundays after this load of garbage. I don’t know who he thinks he is but he he should not toy with us, not with all of the let downs and shattered SB dreams we already have been dealt.

  2. By MikeMc on Sep 8, 2009 | Reply

    Shep I’m not sure if your conspiracy theory holds water. I’m sure Mr T & Rex are not telling Rhodes or anybody else their plans or dealings. It might have been damage control, but I dont think Kerry had any inside info.

  3. By supercooljetfan on Sep 8, 2009 | Reply

    i think rhodes took one for the team on his twitter and because of the backlash and to save his rep jetblue and the jets let him do a little contest to make it look like its on his behalf…anyone who read his tweets should of knew it wasnt about a big trade but when you dont win a superbowl in 40 years rhodes should of stayed out of it

  4. By Ira on Sep 8, 2009 | Reply

    EA, The Texans are very tough at home. Good to see you write Rex tok care of busniess down there last year. I am sure he used a lot of film of that game to scheme up a gameplan for this week. I don’t expect a blowout but i do expect a win. I have no prblem with the D-line this week and think they will play very well even with Elllis out. GO JETS!!!!

  5. By NYjet_Prime on Sep 8, 2009 | Reply

    @SHep Woodhead is only on the practice squad so he is fair game for any team. So speculating anything on Woodhead is pointless.

  6. By Kevon Scott on Sep 9, 2009 | Reply

    Get your Game Face On~ Stick to playing the Game~ and Protect Our House and Our Teammates Dearly~ Let The Fun Begin~ and Quit all That Squabblin~I Don’t Care To See One Smile Or Stupid Dance until I See That Lombardi Trophy ~ In Your HANDS…

  7. By Texans DieHard on Sep 9, 2009 | Reply

    i hope u guys are ready for schaub and andre to light it up

  8. By MikeMc on Sep 9, 2009 | Reply

    Wow a Texans fan talking smack. Because you’ve won so much right? If we see the Schaub we saw vs. the Vikes I think we’ll be OK. Must be tough livin in the shadow of the Cowboys.

  9. By jak_jatfan on Sep 9, 2009 | Reply

    Texans DieHard yeah your team did do bad against the vikes. but hey it was preseason. but you shouldnt be taunting us with shaub..that guy injured himself running . hes fragile and this being the 1st reg sn game of a ryan defense you know the jets d is looking for sacks. jets by at least 10 points.

  10. By Texans DieHard#2 on Sep 10, 2009 | Reply

    i dont care what d you think you have, our #3 offense will own your d. especially with your odds against our 12-4 record at home going into the season opener. your offense wont hold up either, there are two key players you did not see play on d against the viks. dunta robinson and brian cushing. they will both be playing sunday. wow.. the jets are gonna get stomped on!

  11. By Ray on Sep 10, 2009 | Reply

    Texans DieHard#2, you really need to get out of here. If you leave many more posts I’m actually gonna be overconfident! The more you talk the worse you sound.

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