Unlike previous games, especially their divisional playoff last week against the New England Patriots, the Jets were lovey-dovey all week in their comments about their AFC Championship Game opponents.
The Steelers affectionately responded in kind.
Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie offered the best remedy for dealing with Ward's reputed dirty play:
"Grab his ass by the throat and choke the s--- out of him."
Jets safety Eric Smith stopped short when talking about a course of action he has in mind for Ward.
"If I finish what I said and then do what I planned on doing, I'm going to get fined," Smith said, referring to this past week's warning from the league that comments can be taken into account when punishing players for nasty hits.
Smith claimed Ward took multiple cheap shots on the Baltimore Ravens last week.
"It's just unnecessary things like that that make you mad as a defender."
Jets safety James Ihedigbo added: "We're going to deal with [Ward] early so he knows what type of game it's going to be, and that none of that stuff is being tolerated."