Minutes after Monday night's dramatic win in Atlanta, Rex Ryan made a sarcastic comment about this week's schedule, noting the New York Jets' quick turnaround and the Pittsburgh Steelers' two-week layoff.
After their loss to the Minnesota Vikings in London, the Steelers (0-4) went right into their bye week. They will be well-rested for Sunday's game at MetLife Stadium. As for the Jets, they didn't return home until 5 a.m. Tuesday. The coaches went to work immediately on the game plan, cramming a lot of prep work into one day -- a challenge when facing a non-divisional foe. That they have a rookie quarterback makes it harder, because he has less time to study up on Dick LeBeau's complex defensive scheme.
It doesn't seem fair, but there are always scheduling quirks that can't be avoided. On paper, it should be a mismatch, as the Steelers are off to their worst start since 1968. But they're a proud franchise and they always cause problems for the Jets. The Steelers own the all-time series, 18-4, including two postseason wins.
ICYMI: As expected, QB Mark Sanchez decided to have shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum. It happened late Tuesday, according to the Jets. He's done for the remainder of the season, and likely done in New York. ... Pass-rushing specialist Antwan Barnes went for tests Tuesday on his injured knee. No word on the severity. Ryan didn't sound overly optimistic. ... Yep, the Jets are playing the no-respect card. ... OC Marty Mornhinweg has some Rex in him; he likes to attack.