A Nightmare for 'Night Train' Landry

September, 16, 2012
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PITTSBURGH -- New York Jets coach Rex Ryan compared him to Dick "Night Train'' Lane after last week's game, but safety LaRon Landry did not have a performance befitting the Hall of Fame defensive back Sunday afternoon at Heinz Field.

The 6-foot, 220-pound Landry led the Jets with nine tackles and a forced fumble last week. Landy tallied seven tackles during a 27-10 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday, but was called for two critical personal foul penalties that enhanced drives.

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"Football is a physical sport, and this was a tough, physical game, a tough loss for us against a physical opponent,'' Landry said. "I had some critical penalties, for sure, so when I critique myself I'll have to look at it real close.

"I don't want to put myself in that position again, but I'm going to continue to play the way that I play. I like to play physical, and you need to be physical in this league. I just have to be a lot smarter and use better judgment.''

Ryan praised Landry's playing style, but believed his star safety could have played a little smarter against the Steelers.

"I love the way he plays and everything, but you have to do it within the confinements of the rules,'' Ryan said. "So, I think that's something we've really got to look at. ... But we'll make sure he's aware of it, and that's two times now on the sideline that he's been called.

"Love his aggressiveness. Don't want to slow him down whatsoever, but in those situations it's better just to make sure the guy is out of bounds without hitting him. I don't think it was a vicious hit by any stretch of the imagination, but the official said it's out of bounds. Then, obviously, it's illegal.''

The Jets took a 10-6 advantage on Nick Folk's 38-yard field goal with 9:35 remaining until halftime, and the teams traded ensuing possessions. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger got the Steelers rolling on the next drive with two clutch passes for first downs to Emmanuel Sanders and went to him a third time on second-and-six.

Sanders pulled in the pass for a 19-yard gain and a first down at the 27, but Landry was called for a late hit out of bounds. The 13-yard penalty move the ball to the 14. Roethlisberger connected with former Jets receiver Jerricho Cotchery for six yards to the 1 on third-and-three, and tight end Heath Miller was open for the touchdown on the next play.

That gave the Steelers a 13-10 lead to take into the locker room.

"On that play out of bounds, I'm trying to pursue the ball and not really looking at the out of bounds,'' Landry said. "I'm looking at (Sanders), and if he pulls up I'm going to try my damnedest to hit him to stop him from making the catch.''

LaMarr Woodley sacked Mark Sanchez to force the Jets to punt to end their opening possession in the second half, and the Steelers got the ball near midfield. After a short run by Jonathan Dwyer, Roethlisberger found Antonio Brown open for an 11-yard pickup. Landry was there for the stop, but was penalized 15 yards for a horse-collar tackle.

"I really didn't think I tackled him that way, so I have to look at it,'' Landry said.

That put the Steelers in scoring range, and Roethlisberger got Mike Wallace in single coverage three plays later. Wallace made a spectacular catch on Antonio Cromartie, and the Steelers were in control, 20-10.

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