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‘Stay in the Present, Hope There’s a Future’

Posted by Randy Lange on December 28, 2011 – 5:26 pm

Updated, 6:37 p.m. ET

Rex Ryan wasn’t his usual ebullient self, no doubt because his Jets have their backs to the wall this week heading toward Miami on New Year’s Day. But he said he and his Jets are as confident as they can be in the position they’re in.

“I think our attitude’s good,” the head coach assessed. “We wish we controlled our own destiny. We don’t. But shoot, we’ve still got a shot at the playoffs. I think the attitude is great and we’re all excited to play.”

The Jets could surely have a range of emotions for this one: bummed out because they had control of that destiny for the past two weeks only to lose games at Philadelphia and home against the Giants, yet energized because they know that this week their only paths to the postseason require a win over Miami (plus some help from three of their friends).

“Everything you do in the offseason, all the practices, training camps, minicamps — well, no minicamps this year — all the games, the whole season, is to get to where you have a chance at the playoffs,” Ryan said. “Obviously you’d like to be in a different circumstance, but it’s a lot easier when there’s a chance to make the playoffs to motivate your guys. It’s right there in front of us. That’s not an issue.”

If LB Aaron Maybin’s approach is an indication of his teammates’ mood this week, Rex is right.

“It’s do or die, and it has nothing to do with the Miami Dolphins,” Maybin said. “It has nothing to do with anything else other than this is what we put ourselves in. We need to get a win. However that needs to happen, whatever we need to do, when we come back into the locker room down there, we have to have a victory.”

If only it were that easy, it would already have been done. But the Jets’ mistakes and inconsistencies have led them to this juncture.

“This is the first time I have ever been in a situation like this,” WR Plaxico Burress said late today. “We left everything get out of our own hands. All we can do is go out there and win this game and see what happens. If we do get in, great. If things don’t work out, we have nobody to blame but ourselves.”

Ryan is still voting for the Jets getting in.

“I’m confident we can right the ship this week,” he said. “That’s all that matters right now. It doesn’t matter what happened behind us. We’ve got to focus on right now, stay in the present and hope there’s a future.”

Ryan on the Pro Bowl Jets

Ryan is, as he said, like every other NFL head coach when it comes to Pro Bowl time. In his first comments after Tuesday night’s announcements of the AFC and NFC all-star squads, he had a few comments on the three Jets who have been named to the roster and the three who are alternates waiting for the call if and when injuries and the Super Bowl pulls players away from their positions.

Rex on AFC starting CB Darrelle Revis: “I’m proud of the fact that Darrelle made the first team. If he didn’t, there shouldn’t be a game.”

On reserve O-linemen Nick Mangold and D’Brickashaw Ferguson: “Obviously both guys are deserving. That [Mike] Pouncey, we’re playing [Maurkice] Pouncey’s twin brother [in Miami]. He must be real good if he can start over Nick Mangold. I know he’s a great player, but I think Nick’s the best center in the league.”

First alternate kick returner Joe McKnight: “From where he was last year, the improvements he made, I think that’s impressive as well and we told him that he should be really proud of himself.”

Ryan saved his most robust statements for his two second alternates, LB David Harris and G Brandon Moore:

“Let the facts speak for themselves — David Harris has five sacks, four interceptions, probably twice as many as any other linebacker. … I told him we are going to get him to the Pro Bowl next year. All he has to do is play exactly how he played this year but take a dance class this summer, do something. If there’s ever a guy that’s deserving of it, it’s David Harris.

“And Brandon, statistically he’s the only guard in the league that has not given up a sack or a hit on the quarterback. Now, he came off hip surgery so he wasn’t blocking people on their backs the way he did the year before because he’s getting healthy, but maybe you ought to look at that. The guy’s a pretty good player. I told him, ‘It’s because you’re not very nice.’ If he was nicer, maybe he’d get more votes.”

Rex Cetera

Jets injury picture is OK. LB/ST Garrett McIntyre (knee) is the only player who didn’t participate in today’s practice. Six were limited — CB Marquice Cole (knee), DT Mike DeVito (knee), G Brandon Moore (hip), S Eric Smith (knee), RB LaDainian Tomlinson (quad) and DE Muhammad Wilkerson (knee). Ferguson (foot) was the only new name on the full-go list.

“We’re concerned with Garrett a little bit. We’ll see how he does during the week,” said Ryan. “I’m really not sure about his availability. I feel good about everybody else.”

For the Dolphins, they will be without LT Jake Long, who was placed on injured reserve today after suffering a torn right biceps on Christmas Eve vs. the Patriots.

Regarding Miami’s injury report, four players were DNPs today: RB Reggie Bush (knee), T Marc Colombo (ankle), CB Jimmy Wilson (hamstring) and LB Karlos Dansby (non-injury-related). WRs Brandon Marshall (knee) and Edmond Gates (groin) were limited during team drills. TE Anthony Fasano (head) and CB Vontae Davis (elbow) practiced full.

Rex said LB Ricky Sapp will be signed from the practice squad to the 53-man roster. He will take the spot vacated with the waiving of WR Eron Riley announced Tuesday night.

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29 Responses to “‘Stay in the Present, Hope There’s a Future’”

  1. By GaryC on Dec 28, 2011 | Reply

    Kenny Britt, Ray Rice, Jamal Westermann, all went to Rutgers,we got Westermann. Vlad Ducasse, Victor Cruz,both went to UMASS, we got Ducasse.You cannot make this stuff up.

  2. By Hans on Dec 28, 2011 | Reply

    So Spicer, what makes you think KC has nothing to play for? Crennell is playing to make his interim HC job permanent! And Orton is trying to prove to Denver that the choice they made was a horrible one (and it was, Tebow is so one dimensional its not funny, and its about time people start seeing him for what he is: a glorified running back). Texans are already in the playoffs sure, I’ll buy that. But don’t tell me that KC doesn’t want anything.

  3. By joe on Dec 28, 2011 | Reply

    You guys remember the scene in dumb and dumber when Jim Carry character asks the girl =WHAT ARE MY CHANCES ,she replyied about1 IN 2MILLION.Carrys character was estathic=SO I DO HAVE A SHOT. REX your supposid SB CALIBER team HAS NOT WON A GAME IN CLOSE TO A YEAR AGAINST A TEAM WITH A WINNING RECORD.

  4. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Dec 28, 2011 | Reply

    Funny title for a piece on Rex, considering his view of football is so firmly rooted in the past. Hans, in the Narcissistic Rex Ryan Jet Universe, we’re the only team that’s still playing for anything because to admit otherwise would expose the barrage of lies, half-truths, and puerile emotional outbursts that is the average Rex press conference. It’s a little like the way he talks to us like we’re children about our slow-to-develop, decidedly average QB (“Is he perfect?”). I find it all insulting and increasingly boring and since I was rooting for this team practically before he was born, I’m increasingly tuning him out. Neither he nor this team look like anything remotely special. Good ESPN piece today by McManus on Mr T’s miserable yr.

  5. By GaryC on Dec 28, 2011 | Reply

    look if people think teams tank games, and this will make jet fans happy, why don’t the ravens tank the game and that will get them back at Rex for accepting the jets job.Ahh, think about that one.

  6. By sal on Dec 28, 2011 | Reply

    hope the rerun of the last two years ends the same, but hope they make up for the mistkes by getting over the hump this year. A secodary I was proud of needs to step it up a notch!

  7. By wayne on Dec 28, 2011 | Reply

    When are guys gonna start giving Mike Tannenbaum the credit he deserves for building this team? Somehow he gets a pass…..The Giants find and develop WRs, Jets get other teams’ malcontents….Can’t find RBs, S, LBs…..He throws away picks trying to make the big splash, instead of trying to create depth and develop homegrown talent. Rex tried to sell everybody the tripe about this being a better team than last year because he had no choice. What was he going to say? Aw what a bunch a stiffs I got this year, Just end the season?……………….By the way, think Jason Taylor isn’t relishing the chance to put a period on this Jets season?

  8. By Howie D on Dec 28, 2011 | Reply

    ADVICE TO SCHOTTY: This might be your last game as Jets OC, so come out with guns blazing. Do things you’re not accustomed to, make believe the first down marker is 20 yards deeper than it really is, watch some films to see what a bomb really looks like and throw a couple, let the running proceed if it’s working. It’s nice and balmy in Miami, have a few drinks, soak up the sun and tell MS to just wing it rather than “executing” the predictable stuff. Throw caution to the wind. What do you have to lose? Nothing!

  9. By Howie D on Dec 28, 2011 | Reply

    Congrats to Pro Bowlers, especially Revis. I know this is a total team sport, but Darrelle has almost single-handedly won at least 3 games for us this season. He’s also, without doubt, our MVP as well. Thanks, Darrelle.

  10. By scjoe on Dec 28, 2011 | Reply

    GaryC, don’t forget Colston (Hofstra) either. That said, I really don’t have a problem with the Jets draft picks in general, as I have said before, every team has it’s hits and misses, my concern is more with the trades where valuable draft picks were lost (Favre, Sanchez, Greene etc) and the team did not get the better of the deal. Also to often good players were lost where we got no compensation to speak of. (Vilma, Chad, Cotchery, Woodhead, etc.) Even Rhodes, who is probably better then anyone we have on this roster today at the safety position.

  11. By cgb on Dec 28, 2011 | Reply

    post christmas wish can the jets isolate 1 wideout and send him deep on single coverage and have mark S. at least get the ball in the air in the same general direction.

  12. By davetharave on Dec 29, 2011 | Reply

    Even if a miracle occurs and the Jets get into the playoffs they’re going to get their heads handed to them immediately. Who could we beat in the playoffs ? It’s futile. Everyone else in the playoffs has already beaten us within the past year. I’m just hoping Miami doesn’t humiliate us this weekend.

  13. By Jimmer on Dec 29, 2011 | Reply

    Last week, Revis did play like the best CB in NFL history. But it seems to me that when he does have help over the top, that’s where the ball goes. He is surely the best playing today. But when he has that help, he doesn’t look so good.
    Mangold, yup, best in the NFL.
    Harris, yeah, he’s a pro-bowl guy.
    The rest, not sold on them.

  14. By IRA on Dec 29, 2011 | Reply

    It is sad that it has come down to this. It reminds me of 1993, 97 and 2000. All collapses at the end of the year when they had their playoff spot in their own hands.
    Can only hope they beat the Fish and we get the breaks we need.
    Maybin has been quiet since the Redskins game. We could sure use a few sacks or FF’s this week.
    Everybody have a happy and healthy New Year and lets hope Sunday night we can be talking about a playoff game in Houston for the Jets.
    GO JETS!!!!

  15. By GaryC on Dec 29, 2011 | Reply

    Look,I have brought up the name Fassel many times as the new jet oc.Sean Payton coached under him, so he learned a lot under Fassel,I mean Kerry Collins got to a Super Bowl under him,and as we all know, he lays the cards on the table,he also was on Stanfords coaching staff when Elway was there,this guy has offensive coaching ability, where Rex doesn’t have to come within 50 yards of him to know what the next play is.Fassel has the skins on the wall to prove that he is good,and I think he would be happy back in the nfl.

  16. By Tom Spicer on Dec 29, 2011 | Reply

    Gary C, You & I can do a better job of scouting for this team then the Jets & those guys are paid millions of dollars. As of right now unless some guys have MAJOR turnarounds we have not had a good draft in 4 years!

  17. By patty on Dec 29, 2011 | Reply

    hope for the future:
    1. Pass Rushers
    2. Safetys
    3. 6’6 Tight Ends
    4. Linebackers who can cover tight ends
    5. Offensive Front Line called WALL STREET
    6. McElroy
    7. Tom Moore

  18. By patty on Dec 29, 2011 | Reply

    PS: 8. Hope the Jets lose so they can get a better draft pick.

  19. By Tom Spicer on Dec 29, 2011 | Reply

    Hans, I try to be as positive as possible I just dont see everything that we need to happen happening.

  20. By Tom Spicer on Dec 29, 2011 | Reply

    There is a old saying & it goes if you have 2 QBS you have no QB unless the Jets are getting a Peyton caliber type guy do not bring in a QB. Should we bring in somebody better than Brunell as a backup yes. But do not replace Mark as the starter unless we get a pro bowl type upgrade.

  21. By Karan on Dec 29, 2011 | Reply

    I think we’ll get the #6 seed.

  22. By Tom Spicer on Dec 29, 2011 | Reply

    Also & follow me on this one if you have 1 deep threat YOU HAVE NO DEEP THREAT! This is the NFL teams give saftey help over the top & take away your 1 deep threat (Holmes). In todays NFL you need multiple guys that can stretch the field.

  23. By GaryC on Dec 29, 2011 | Reply

    Scjoe, let’s get serious, the best deal the jets made was trading Herman to the chiefs for a 4th round pick which turned out to be Leon Washington.I know it was a compensation pick,but we haven’t made a deal like that in a long time.

  24. By GaryC on Dec 29, 2011 | Reply

    Jet Fan Tom, me commenting on some of the characters that seem to be running the ship now,let’s see if Keller wants to remain here next year that is contract is up or he comes back out here to the midwest and maybe gets a deal with the bears,who also need a receiving tightend that they traded olsen to the panthers,we will really see if the Love of Rex theory continues.

  25. By GaryC on Dec 29, 2011 | Reply

    Tom Spicer, that is what the jets should do, It cannot get worse,select 7 jet posters bring them to radio city and in each round the jet poster gets to select the college player and see if we do better than selecting Gholstons,Ainges,Benders,ducasses,wilsons,Zach Potters.

  26. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Dec 29, 2011 | Reply

    I think we can put Love of Rex Theory to rest in general by now, GaryC.

  27. By Howie D on Dec 29, 2011 | Reply

    SCJOE: Good point about our trade values. That’s a direct reflection on management. I was not impressed with what I saw of Mike T on Hard Knocks, even though it was just a TV show. The blunders we made this past summer were also disappointing. Rhodes was definitely better than what we have and you can look at others like Brad Smith, Leon Washington, etc. I don’t expect them to get it right 100% of the time, but it’s safe to say that our management is not among the NFL’S upper echelon.

  28. By cgb on Dec 29, 2011 | Reply

    for a long time i was upset at losing woodhead. He adds that extra dimension out of the backfield or in the passing game same goes for leon W. like b. harper did in the late 70’s and early 80’s . Did mr. T. ask the coaching staff wich players we needed to run an effective offense?Did shotty stand up and say something?I dont know the answers to these questions. but there decent questions to ask . pete k., alan fanaca, leon W., thomas jones, b. edwards,cotchery,d. woody, b. smith, and of course d. woodhead mentioned obove. I realize some of these players were at the end of their careers but even 1 or 2 more years would have helped us. all these players lost for little or no compensation. We should have retained them anyway.

  29. By joe on Dec 30, 2011 | Reply

    Since ITS APPARENT TO SOME THAT what needed is more deep threats THATS IT THATS THE ANSWER There is a TEAM in the NFL NAMED THE INDY COLTS .Year in year out they are known for having recievers that put up astronomical numbers WAYNE GARSOHON ECT.THIS YEAR THOUGH for some VERY STRANGE REASON no one is hearing anything from ALL THESE GREAT RECIEVERS I WONDER WHY.You guys can live in a FANTASYLAND all you want sooner or later you will wake up and realize ITS ALL IN THE QB ACCORDINGLY SANCHEZ AINT THAT QB.

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