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Monday, November 11, 2013
Rex visits 'Nawlins for intel and gumbo

By Rich Cimini

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Rex Ryan celebrated his win over the New Orleans Saints by visiting New Orleans during the bye week.

Mostly, it was a fact-finding mission, according to Ryan. The New York Jets' coach flew down to the Big Easy last weekend to spend a couple of days with his twin brother, Rob, the Saints' defensive coordinator, picking his brain for intel on the Buffalo Bills.

At least that was the company line.

The Saints defeated the Bills, 35-17, only two weeks ago, but who knows the Bills better than Rex Ryan? He's 7-2 against the Bills, including a 27-20 win in Week 3. Ryan admitted there may have been a ulterior motive for the trip, namely gumbo and jambalaya. He also wanted to see his nephew, a 6-foot-3, 285-pound high-school sophomore, play football.

Ryan maintained his usual bye-week approach, giving the team six consecutive days off. It hasn't worked too well in the past, as his Ryan is 1-3 in games after the bye week. A year ago, they lost to the Seattle Seahawks, 28-7.

This time, he doesn't expect a letdown because of the positive vibes he felt at the facility among players and staff.

"We were struggling (last year) and I don't know if I felt that energy," Ryan said.

We'll see. As Ryan likes to say, the proof will be in the pudding.