New Orleans Saints: New York Jets

Live blog: Saints at Jets

November, 3, 2013
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Chris Ivory: Saints just another game

October, 28, 2013
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Listening to Chris Ivory speak Monday, you wouldn't have known whether he was preparing for a meaningless preseason game or readying for the team that traded him this offseason.

"No special meaning," Ivory said of facing New Orleans this Sunday. "Just another game that we're trying to get a win."

Ivory downplayed playing the Saints for the first time as a Jet. The Jets acquired Ivory for a fourth-round draft pick after three injury-riddled seasons in New Orleans, and he said he doesn't see this as an opportunity to prove to New Orleans it shouldn't have dealt him.

"I feel like you should treat every game like the same. It's just another game. It's just the team I came from," Ivory said. "I don't feel like I have to prove anything. Go out and play and try to come out with a win."

Ivory had a good rookie season with the Saints in 2010, rushing for 716 yards and five touchdowns, but couldn't stay healthy. He played a combined 12 games the next two years, rushing for a total of 591 yards and three touchdowns. With Ivory's injury history, and the Saints already using Darren Sproles, Mark Ingram and Pierre Thomas in the backfield, Ivory became expendable.

The Jets acquired Ivory, and aside for his performance against the Patriots on Oct. 13, he hasn't provided much thus far. Against New England, he rushed for 104 yards on 34 carries. In his other six games, he's rushed 40 times for 126 yards. He has yet to score.

When asked what his best memories were of his days with the Saints, Ivory was brief: "Making plays."

Rex Ryan praises brother Rob

October, 28, 2013
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. --To New York Jets coach Rex Ryan, the work of two opposing defensive coordinators stand out to him this year.

One is former Jets assistant head coach/linebackers coach and current Chiefs defensive coordinator Bob Sutton. The other? It's not too hard to guess.

"I think the two guys in my opinion that are doing the best job in this league are Bob Sutton in Kansas City and then my brother [Rob Ryan] in New Orleans. I don't think it's even close," Rex said. "He took a team that was historically bad, the most yardage in the history of the National Football League, and now I think they're almost a top-10 defense yardage wise, fourth in scoring, with the same players, and some players are out. He's done a phenomenal job. He really has."

The Saints allowed the most yardage in the NFL history last year, but have made a drastic turnaround around Rob. Before Monday's Seahawks-Rams game, the Saints ranked 12th in yards allowed per game, and have allowed the fourth-fewest points. The defensive revival is a big reason why the Saints are 6-1 entering Sunday's game just one season after failing to reach the playoffs.

With a different insight into his brother's system than most, Rex will try to do whatever he can to give his offense an advantage on Sunday. We've already seen in the past he will don a wig and puff out his stomach to imitate his brother.

Rex is 2-0 against Rob with the Jets.

"I know my brother well so if there's any insight or whatever I'll certainly be there to give it," Rex said. "When you look at the job he's done and things like that, they're so multiple. It's a challenge. There is no doubt. It's going to be a big challenge. They are always like one of the best red zone teams in the league, that's a trademark of my brother. He's doing a great job."