When the Indianapolis Colts play the New York Jets on Saturday, in a rematch of last year's AFC Championship Game, they will get yet another opportunity to shut up the loudest mouth in the entire league again.
It' no secret that the Jets head coach, Rex Ryan, likes to talk a lot, and most of the time it's a lot of hot air in my opinion.
Last season, his bold press conferences and interviews took the NFL by surprise, and it was a nice change of pace from the normal old, boring coach comments (cue Bill Belichick). But Ryan is a tired act now and needs to tone it down, especially since his team hasn't done much and is not close to accomplishing the goal he said they would achieve this season and win the Super Bowl.
He said they were going to win it all once they were in the playoffs last season, and the Colts put an end to that dream, beating the Jets 30-17, and Indy will have another chance to shut Rex up this weekend.
Speaking of the Colts, here's what rambling Rex had to say about them: "With Peyton Manning it’s like, ‘I want to beat him,'’' Ryan said Monday. "I don’t know when I’m going to beat him, but I want it to be Saturday. Is it personal? Yes. Is it personal against him, Reggie Wayne, all these guys; (Dwight) Freeney and (Robert) Mathis, and all those other dudes? Absolutely."
Speaking about Peyton Manning and the AFC Championship Game last year: "You lose a playoff game, it's devastating," he continued. "I want to put the shoe on the other foot. I know this team does too. We want him to experience it this time."
Does Rex Ryan need to "shut up"?
Yeah, well that's all fine and good Rex, but Peyton Manning is 5-1 against teams that you coached the defense for, so he obviously has your number and until you beat him in the playoffs, you have no room to talk about him, or anybody else for that matter.
So I will be rooting for the Colts on Saturday, not just because I'm a fan, but also because I simply don't respect the way Ryan handles himself off the field and it would be funny to watch him fall through on his Super Bowl guarantee he made in the preseason.
As for the Colts, who enter their record-tying ninth straight postseason, they go about their business with complete professionalism and speak with their actions on the field, and that is generally what every other team in the NFL does too. So why can't the Jets?
Well, you can ask Rex Ryan that, but until his team wins a Super Bowl like he says they will, Rex needs to stick a foot in it and just shut up.
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