Ryan might be just what Burress needs

June, 14, 2011
6/14/11
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Plaxico Burress has contemplated playing for the New York Jets, and he admitted the possibility is intriguing to him.

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"It's been thought about," Burress said in a sitdown interview with ESPN. The free-agent receiver was released from prison last week. "I am not going to sit here and front. For me to go to one side to the other side and win a championship in the same [city], how many people have done that? And do I have the capability to lead a team to a championship? Without question."

He also said of he Jets: "Of course, they are appealing. Ever since I came to New York, the fans have embraced me. It is a great city and a great town."

Based on comments about working for surly New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin, Burress would appreciate the chance to work with a more jovial coach such as Rex Ryan, who isn't afraid to welcome a player with baggage.

Ryan has done well with receivers Santonio Holmes and Braylon Edwards and cornerback Antonio Cromartie, three players teams felt compelled to unload.

Burress reflected fondly on his relationship with former Pittsburgh Steelers coach Bill Cowher and noted it was 180 degrees different than what he had with Coughlin.

Cowher "always had an open-door policy to where you could come talk to him or tell him what was on your mind," Burress said. "When that was taken away from me, I kind of felt it was like: 'I'm the coach, you are the player. It doesn't matter what you have to say. You just do what I tell you to do.'

"This is not college. This is professional sports. If you can't sit down and go talk to a man that you are busting your tail for, not even have the respect for anything that you have to say, like I said, the only thing I knew then was to rebel."

And we saw how that kind of arrangement worked out.

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