Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Locker Room Buzz: New York Jets
By Rich Cimini
ATLANTA -- Observed in the locker room after the New York Jets' 30-28 victory over the Atlanta Falcons:
Rex's speech: Describing the emotion of the win, Rex Ryan said "the key word is 'fearless.'" In fact, that was the theme of Ryan's speech to the team Sunday night at the hotel. Several players mentioned Ryan's speech, saying it was a source of inspiration. Said guard Willie Colon: "Rex gave a hell of a speech. It woke us all up. ... Basically, it was, 'Be fearless, let it loose, don't be uptight.'"
Colon noted how pundits had predicted the struggling Falcons would right their season by beating the Jets, adding that Ryan's response to that was, "Damn with that, we have just as much of a right to be on this stage as they do."
Even-keeled Geno: One thing you have to like about Geno Smith: He doesn't get too high or too low -- at least not publicly. The rookie quarterback acknowledged it was a childhood dream to pull out a game in the final seconds, but there was no self-congratulations. He deflected the praise to his teammates, commending his receivers, blockers and runners. And he also dropped a few compliments for offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg, who called a marvelous game.
Quiet Kellen: It's not often a player in the winning locker room declines to comment, but tight end Kellen Winslow opted for that approach. "It wouldn't be a good choice," he said, muzzling himself instead of saying something inflammatory. Clearly, he was upset about something. Smith shed some light, noting that Winslow was "frustrated" throughout the game. In fact, Winslow, who entered the game with a team-high 16 receptions, was targeted only once. It was a big one, though, a one-yard touchdown catch in the fourth quarter. Winslow's status was iffy before the game, as he was listed as questionable due to chronic pain in his knee.