Sunday, September 8, 2013
Locker Room Buzz: New York Jets
By Rich Cimini
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Observed in the locker room after the New York Jets' 18-17 win over the Bucs at MetLife Stadium:
1. Giddy Rex: Rex Ryan was ebullient at his postgame news conference. After all, it probably was his most enjoyable victory since the middle of last season. As he approached the interview podium, Ryan said, "Oh, man, we'll take it." His mood was a mixture of relief and pure joy. He channeled his inner Phil Rizzuto, uttering a couple of "Holy Cow" remarks. At one point, he became a headline writer, cracking, "Go ahead and write it: 'Folk Hero.'" And it came in the Nick of time.
2. Took it on the chin: Tight end Jeff Cumberland emerged from the trainer's room with a bandage on his chin. He required stitches after absorbing a vicious hit to his chin strap by Bucs safety Dashon Goldson, who was penalized 15 yards for a personal foul. Cumberland returned to the game in the third quarter. His face epitomized the day for the Jets. Several players returned to the game after getting hurt, namely center Nick Mangold (elbow) and wide receiver Jeremy Kerley (blow to the head). Without a doubt, the Jets showed their toughness.
3. Pacesetter: Linebacker Calvin Pace sat in front of his locker, his back to reporters, going on and on about how the Jets felt disrespected by the so-called experts. He mentioned the ESPN power poll, which ranked them 32nd. "I can tell you one thing," he said, "we're not the worst team in the league."