Rex Ryan's Monday News Conference

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On what he thinks has contributed to a slow start from Shonn Greene…

I think Shonn played well yesterday.  He was running hard.  I think the formations and the fact that we were down contributed to that a great deal.

On why they replaced Cromartie with Donald Strickland and not Kyle Wilson…

First off, Kyle, he had some cramps and things, so he was actually out of the game for a little bit.  He came back, but at one time, we were like, ‘Ok,’ looking around.  It was one of those deals.  We’ll see.  Strick (Strickland) is an excellent player.  That’s why we brought him back.  He knows our system.  He’s tough, he’s competitive and we can do a lot worse than Donald Strickland.

On Joe Namath questioning the team’s preparation…

I welcome him to come out here and watch our guys prepare.  He’d see a team that, in my opinion, prepares as well as any team I’ve been around.   I disagree with him.

On whether you can make players overconfident…

The great thing is I’m confident with our football team. There’s no question about it. I’ve told you this many times, I’ve never gone into a game I didn’t think I’d win. (I) haven’t won them all, but I certainly think we can and will. I’m not going to change who I am because Joe Namath said something. Namath can come in here, and if he can still throw, we’ll have him as a backup quarterback, but you know what? He doesn’t know our team. He’s on the outside. Even though he’s a Jet, and once you’re a Jet, you’re always a Jet, but he’s on the outside. He’s not in these meetings. I think if he was, he’d be shocked with the preparation.

On the debate between going for the touchdown or field goal on the last drive…

At first, we started the drive, we were going to kick the field goal. If we were stalled at any point, we were going to kick the field goal. Any time you get inside the 10-yard line, I think you’ve got to score the touchdown. When it got down to the two, then, in my opinion, you’ve got to score. If you can’t score from inside the two, you don’t deserve to win it anyway.

On whether he would have kicked a field goal from the nine-yard line…

If we would’ve stalled right at the nine, I probably would’ve kicked it. That’s when you start thinking touchdown, but when it got down to the two, I thought it was a no-brainer that you go for the touchdown.

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