Rex Ryan Press Conference 9/5/11

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On the challenge the Cowboys offense presents…

It’s brutal, I mean it starts with [Tony] Romo. That’s a guy that, he’s a Brett Favre type, a guy that can make every throw, that moves well. I remember we played him one year. We had some free runners and then we couldn’t get him down. He’s one of those really elusive guys and he will remind you of Favre, every now and then you’ll see one go underhand from him or something like that. But the guy is a very talented quarterback and then you look at his receivers, start with the tight end [Jason Witten], he caught almost 100 balls or something last year, a big, fast guy, a complete tight end. And then you have Dez Bryant, the young kid from here [Miles Austin] — they’re loaded. Felix Jones probably only runs a 4.3 in the 40, so they have tons of weapons, that’s for sure.

On his father Buddy Ryan delaying treatment to be able to watch “the Ryan Bowl” …

It’s going to be great to have him here. I know this is huge for him, he’s looked forward to it for a long time.

On the five players that were picked up over the weekend, including S Andrew Sendejo

No question. I don’t think I will, but I’m sure our offense will. That’s part of the gamesmanship I’m sure. But we brought the young man in here because we think he has a lot of traits that we like. He’s a smart kid, not just as a safety, but we’re looking at him more as a special teams contributor than he would be as a safety. But we think he has that kind of ability, but we’re excited to see him and we’ll probably play him this week on special teams.

On how hard it is to work in new guys that are picked up after training camp…

Yes it is, you’re sitting back and one of these young offensive linemen are going to have to step in there and play, and would be our seventh guy this week. So you hope you don’t have to play him, but you have to coach them up. Obviously we have Bill Callahan coaching our offensive line, but it’s going to be a huge challenge to get him up to speed. But we have two shots at it. So we’ll see what happens. But I think when you look at the young man from Dallas, I think on special teams, the way [special teams coach Mike] Westhoff is, Westhoff will hold up a card and say, “You’re that guy.” So I think we can do that.

On what he has learned about Plaxico Burress on and off the field…

Well, the little I’ve been around him for about a month now, he has been great. I mean, he has been fantastic. He has a smile on his face, he’s excited to be here and he’s a good teammate. He’s always encouraging guys and I love his energy out there. He’s been fun to be around.

On what he remembers about the night when Plaxico Burress shot himself…

No, I really don’t remember that. I really can’t remember that one.

On what his thoughts were when he found out about Burress’ incident…

No, I think I was so involved in getting ready to play somebody else, it was kind of in one ear and [out the other]. That’s about it. I never really thought about it.

On whether he feels a responsibility to New York to win the game on Sunday against Dallas…
I guess so. I think maybe that’s it. For this whole region, this whole area. I know it’s football and we’re not talking about life or death or anything like that, but I don’t know, that’s kind of how I’m taking it. It’s my job. My job is to get this team ready to go and we will, but I can’t explain it, why I feel this way or whatever, but I do.

On how concerned he is about his father’s health…

Anytime you have cancer again, there is a huge concern.

On who would backup John Conner at fullback…

We have [Matthew] Mulligan that can do it, as well, so we’re definitely cross-training Mully to do that.

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Topics: Alan Schechter, Darrelle Revis, Derrick Mason, Greg Mcelroy, Jim Leonhard, John Conner, Mark Brunell, NFL, NY Jets, Plaxico Burress, Shonn Greene, Tony Romo

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