The Jets are licking their wounds today following their 34-24 loss to the Raiders on Sunday, and perhaps one wound came from an unexpected source. Head coach Rex Ryan differed with Jets icon Joe Namath, who on ESPN’s Michael Kay Show this afternoon had some questions about the Jets’ preparation under Ryan.
“I’d welcome Joe to come out here and watch our guys prepare,” Ryan said at today’s early evening news conference at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. “He’d see a team that prepares as well as any team I’ve been around. I disagree with him.”
ESPN’s Website quotes Namath as telling Kay, “It starts at the top. Coach Rex Ryan I think has been doing a great job getting the team to two championship games. But if there’s one thing about the athlete, if you keep telling him how good he is, he’s going to start believing it, to the point that he may not be preparing not quite the way he should. He may be losing some respect for the other team.”
“I’m not going to change who I am because Joe Namath said something,” Ryan said when asked about the comments. “So Namath can come in here. If he can still throw, maybe we’ll have him as a backup quarterback. But he doesn’t know our team. He’s on the outside, even though he’s a jet, and once you’re a Jet you’re always a Jet. But he’s not in these meetings. He’d be shocked at the preparation.”
But Ryan said this week’s preparation will be key after he said he made some specific remarks to the team right after coming off the O.co Coliseum field Sunday.
“I think immediately after a game, it’s more just raw emotions so you’re not in a teaching mode then — at least I’m not,” he said. “The next day you’re back to let’s correct this, so you’re back to being a teacher. These guys are professionals. No use yelling at ‘em again after you’ve already had at ‘em once. It’s not just about them, it’s about me. As the week goes on, let’s get this thing going. How are we going to get this thing fixed?
“Like I’ve said, it’s a long season. We’re certainly not starting off with a bang, but I have confidence we’ll get it fixed.”
At the same time the Jets’ medical and training staffs will continue to fix a few of the Jets injuries. One player who won’t be coming back this season is TE Jeff Cumberland, who suffered a torn Achilles’ tendon early in the second quarter.
CB Antonio Cromartie came down with bruised ribs and a bruised lung, but Ryan said of that injury, “I think he’s more day-to-day. We’ll see how he progresses, how he is Wednesday. It’s painful right now, hard for him to take a real deep breath, but some of these young guys, they recover quick.”
C Nick Mangold, who sat out the Raiders with a high ankle sprain from the Jacksonville game, could be closer to a return for the Ravens, Ryan said. “He’s probably day-to-day as well,” the coach said. “I don’t think he’ll practice Wednesday, but he seems to be progressing, so hopefully we’ll have him back.”
And QB Mark Sanchez suffered a “minor break” of his nose, which is not expected to limit him in his preparations for Baltimore on Sunday night.
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