Rex Ryan Stays Close to the Vest in Rivalry Week, and Other AFC East News

Erik FrenzSenior Writer INovember 20, 2012

Jan 16, 2011; Foxboro, MA, USA; New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick greets New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan after the end of the 2011 AFC divisional playoff game at Gillette Stadium. The Jets defeated the Patriots 28-21. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-US PRESSWIRE

Jets head coach Rex Ryan wasted little time getting the talking started leading into his previous meeting with the New England Patriots.

This time around? Mum's the word.

Right now, we’re just swinging. We’re going to focus on our opponents specifically, but anything we do, we’re behind where we have to be. We can only focus on ourselves and just find a way to punch it. We earned where we are, and we just have to find a way to punch our way out. That’s it. I’m not even worried about tweaking New England or anybody else. It’s to the point where we have to focus on us.

This is a big change from the brash, bold talk that we're used to from Rex Ryan, but these are not the same Jets we're used to under him.

Sitting at 4-6 with six games left is not a new scenario for them; in fact, they have made it back from such a spot to get into the playoffs in the past.

What we did in 2009, I think you go back to it as try to get better each day, whether it’s on the practice field or somewhere else. ...We got better as the season went on and I think that’s clearly what we have to do now. If the players can draw from it, then that’s great. Again, we have a ton of work in front of us and a short amount of time to prepare for clearly the best offensive team in the NFL.

It will be interesting to see if any chirping comes from other areas of the Jets locker room; as for whether Rex Ryan will talk to his team about trash talk, the head coach simply said, "We’re just trying to punch our way out, so I don’t know how much of that there will be, but it’s not something I’ll bring up to the team."

Here's some more news and analysis from around the AFC East.


New York Jets

Jeff Capellini of CBS New York thinks that the Jets should continue to make use of running backs Bilal Powell and Joe McKnight if they're going to get back to the ground-and-pound.

Joe Caporoso of looks at Rex Ryan's poor track record in return matches against the New England Patriots.


Buffalo Bills

Howard Simon of WGR 550 Sportsradio explains why the Bills are so glad to have the extra day of practice.

Jay Skurski of The Buffalo News points out that Bills head coach Chan Gailey doesn't see a lot of playing time in the future of quarterback Tarvaris Jackson.


Miami Dolphins

Brian Biggane of The Palm Beach Post points out some areas where the Dolphins have struggled moving the ball on the ground recently.

Andy Kent of points out that rookie wide receiver Rishard Matthews is showing some promise over the past few weeks.


New England Patriots

Stephen Holder of the Tampa Bay Tribune writes that Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib's debut looked awfully familiar from a Buccaneers perspective.

Christopher Price of looks at how often the Patriots receivers have been targeted in the passing game this season.


Erik Frenz is the AFC East lead blogger for Bleacher Report. Be sure to follow Erik on Twitter and "like" the AFC East blog on Facebook to keep up with all the updates. Unless specified otherwise, all quotes are obtained via team press releases.