Rex Ryan, Head coach of the New York Jets loves a good trash-talking. Bill Belichick, Tom Brady, doesn’t matter. Ryan is always good for a sound bite or two.
As for the Jets opponents this week, the Pittsburgh Steelers? Don’t expect much trash-talking from Ryan; at least, not yet. Here’s Ryan’s take on certain Steelers.
Ben Roethlisberger: “He’s got the heart, he’s tough, everything you look for,” Ryan said of Big Ben. “He’s a competitor, a fierce competitor. He’s everybody’s kind of quarterback.”
Troy Polamalu: “The guy is an amazing player,” Ryan said. “[He] and Ed Reed(notes) are the two best safeties I’ve ever seen. When they always say he plays like his hair is on fire, I think [it’s true] and his hair is ridiculous.
“How don’t you love watching the guy play?”
Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin: “I have a great deal of respect for Mike Tomlin,” Ryan said. “He’s one of my favorite coaches.”
Ryan’s respect from Tomlin comes from the 2007 season when the Steelers beat up on the Baltimore Ravens (Ryan was def. coor), 38-7. In that game, Ryan said, Steelers fullback Carey Davis(notes) was talking trash with then-Ravens (and now Jets) linebacker Bart Scott. Tomlin heard it and sent Davis back into the game and ran an isolation play for him, setting up a physical, one-on-one confrontation with Scott.
“On the next play, Bart separated the kid’s shoulder,” Ryan said. “That’s one of my favorite stories.
“It told me a lot about Mike Tomlin, like, ‘You know what? OK, you’re running your mouth, go get him them.’ He’s kind of that kind of guy. He’s a man’s man and his team plays like that.”
Time will tell if Rex opens up some more on the Steelers, but for now, all is quiet.