With all the trash talking and all the bravado that Rex Ryan’s New York Jets brought to New England, none of that looked to hold any merit against Bill Belichick and Tom Brady.
Since the Ryan era erupted two years ago, the Jets seemed to be all talk and no game. Well, relatively no game.
Once the playoffs began last season, Ryan and his Jets wanted to take out the best in the business. Honestly, to reach the top of the mountain, that is the essential way to achieve that goal.
Peyton Manning and the Colts were that obstacle last year, and the Colts eventually captured the AFC crown and a trip to the Super Bowl.
Just last week, Ryan called out Peyton Manning and virtually guaranteed a victory.
The Jets won, and longtime AFC East nemesis New England was next up on the slate. All season long, the New York Jets’ goal was to win the Super Bowl. Ever since the HBO “Hard Knocks” program, the Jets had a firm grasp around the spotlight.
Once Manning and the Colts were in the rearview mirror, Brady and Belichick were the targets; not only on the field but also in the media windmill as well. But when a team in New York is involved, everything gets exaggerated.
Most of the remarks were humorous, some were unable to be fully expressed to due graphic nature and one coach called out the other for a battle at the 50-yard line.
Ultimately, the Patriots were the Patriots, and the Jets were the Jets.
It was perfectly scripted.
However, the home crowd was not impressed. Apparently, the Jets could back up their trash talk with their play on the field.
New England’s virtually unstoppable offense during the regular season hit a winter roadblock. Brady and the Pats only managed to kick a field goal in the first half.
I’m sure most observing the game from the comfort of their couch felt Belichick and the Patriots would come out and light up the scoreboard in the second half.
However, that was not the case.
Rey Ryan’s defense was in the face of Brady and his receivers from the first whistle to the last kneel-down of the game.
As Shonn Greene raced into the end zone with less than two minutes left, the Jets knew the game was over. “Sprinting” down the sideline went Ryan to celebrate with his team.
The party began, as flags from the officials rained down for excessive celebration, but no one wearing white and green seemed to notice. Who could blame them?
From the first day on the job, Rex Ryan said, “I will not kiss their rings,” referring to Belichick and the Patriots. As the two embraced at midfield following the contest, Ryan walked away the winning coach.
With Belichick, Brady and Manning no longer competing for the Lombardi Trophy, the Pittsburgh Steelers remain in the Jets' path.
Ryan and the Steelers are fairly familiar with each other with Ryan’s coaching stint with the Baltimore Ravens. So, the media coverage of every word Ryan says during Monday’s press conference will likely turn into gold with Tuesday’s headlines.
Then again, Ryan did just take out his archrival Bill Belichick in “the second-biggest game in Jets history.” The only thing on Ryan’s mind is getting one of those championship rings, so someone can kiss his ring.
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