Rex Ryan Has Something To Prove against the Baltimore Ravens

Jarrett CarterAnalyst IAugust 24, 2009

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 14:  Head coach of the New York Jets Rex Ryan during warms up against the St. Louis Rams during their preseason game at Giants Stadium on August 14, 2009  in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

So I’m reading this article in the Baltimore Sun about the Baltimore Ravens excitedly switching to a 4-3 base defense this year. Ray Lewis loves it, and it’s a return to the form that helped the squad win a Super Bowl in 2000.

But leave it up to the hometown paper to bury what should’ve been the lead to an entirely different story on tonight’s game between the Ravens and the New York Jets; Rex Ryan returning to Baltimore with a major chip on his shoulder.

"I want [the Ravens] to know that my guys are playing like Jets and we’re to be taken seriously," Ryan said. "The fact that I got passed over for the coaching job there...does that mean anything? Maybe it does."

"I will always think it was BS," Ryan said. "I always thought I was the right guy for the job."


Really? So we have a coach who knows the Ravens' tendencies, motivated by being passed over for the head coaching job of the Ravens. We got two former Ravens in Bart Scott and Jim Leonhard who know the full capabilities of their former teammates, playing with a hyped up Jets team coming to town to win one for their new coach?

We don’t get scared in Baltimore, but I’m feeling a little more than anxious about this one.

Yeah. That's the right word. Anxious.


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