Rex predicts a Jets-Ravens rematch ... in January

October, 4, 2010
10/04/10
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You get the feeling that Rex Ryan is tired of talking about the Jets' season-opening loss to the Baltimore Ravens. On Monday, he was asked if that game provided a "wake-up call" to the team, which has responded with three straight divisional wins.

Ryan wasn't buying the wake up-call theory, not at all, saying, "I don't think we needed it, to be honest with you." Finally, he came with this, a classic case of Ryan bravado:

"We're going to be talking about that (game) until we play them in the playoffs, it sounds to me."

Now that's confidence.

Other notes:

Joe McKnight, a two-way player? In an unsolicited remark, Ryan indicated that the rookie running back from USC has enough athleticism to play cornerback. "Who knows? Maybe one day he'll play both ways," he said. Maybe McKnight, who landed in the coach's dog house after a terrible preseason, should concentrate on one position. He made his NFL debut, playing on special team (coverage unit) and making four garbage-time rushes for 12 yards.

• For the second straight season the Jets are 3-1. But this time feels different, doesn't it? Said WR Brad Smith: "I felt like last year was kind of a shock."

• Speaking of Smith, his TD pass against the Bills means he has been involved in four different kinds of scoring plays in his career -- a pass, a rush from scrimmage, a reception and a kickoff return.

• After some shaky moments in the first two games, the offensive line has settled down nicely. In the last two games, it has allowed no sacks and only one QB hit. The bookends, LT D'Brickashaw Feguson and RT Damien Woody, have done an especially nice job in pass protection.

• After an awful start, the Jets are climbing the charts in third-down defense. They pitched a perfect game against the Bills (0-for-10), lowering their conversion rate to 41.8% --tied for 23rd in the league before Monday night. Ryan has made this a persona crusade, saying, "I see us leading the league in third-down defense, just like always."

Rich Cimini

ESPN New York Jets reporter

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