Sunday, November 17, 2013
Locker Room Buzz: New York Jets
By Rich Cimini
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Observed in the locker room after the New York Jets' 37-14 loss to the Buffalo Bills.
Hot Willie: Guard Willie Colon, one of the veteran leaders, wore a T-shirt after the game that said: "Don't Make Me Get Nasty." It was a fitting choice of a attire because Colon got fired up when asked if he still considers the Jets a "playoff team."
"I'm tired of answering that damn question," he told reporters at his locker. "I don't want you to ask me that no more. We're not a playoff team until we're in the playoffs. Right now, we just lost to the f---ing Buffalo Bills. I'm tired of answering that question, so please don't ask me that." At least he said "please."
Somber Rex: Curiously, reporters were kept out of the postgame interview room until Jets officials gave the go-ahead to a security guard at the door. It should be noted that the interview room is adjacent to the locker room, and a yelling coach could be heard through the old walls at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Maybe the Jets didn't want reporters to gauge Rex Ryan's decibel level. If Ryan ripped into his team, he expressed none of that anger in his news conference. He was downcast, almost matter-of-fact as he tried to explain the embarrassing performance.
"We've bounced back before," Ryan said. "We've got some wins over some quality teams, and I think if we take care of the football and we do a better job in coverage, I think we'll have a chance to compete with anybody. But, obviously, if we play like today, we're not going to beat anybody."
Calm Geno: Rookie quarterback Geno Smith was relatively calm for someone who just committed four turnovers and registered a 10.1 passer rating. He beat himself up, admitting he was "awful," but he did it in his usual, even-keeled manner.
"This isn't who I am or who I want to be," he said.