Rex Ryan’s Thursday News Conference

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On how much Ravens NT Haloti Ngata’s presence would factor into a Mangold decision…

Absolutely. I mean, if Nick can’t defend himself or isn’t healthy enough to help us, then we’re definitely not going to do that. But Haloti presents a lot of problems for healthy guys, 100 percent guys. I’m thinking if Nick can get there, if we feel like Nick’s there, then there’s no better guy to have go against Haloti. I mean, they’re the two best at their positions.

On what makes Ngata so tough to play against…

Well, it starts with unusual size. He’s a rare athlete. I mean, a big, big man, but he can bend. He can bend his ankles, knees and hips, plays on power angles. An explosive, explosive guy. He’s tough. He’s a great teammate. It’s too bad that he signed a long-term deal with Baltimore [joking]. No, he really is an amazing talent. And he can hit a speedbag like a professional lightweight. He’s a rare guy. It’s hard to find those guys.

On his run defense giving up 234 rushing yards to Oakland not happening very often…

No, it sure doesn’t. But yeah, if it’s run right at you especially. On the perimeter, it’s still hard to take, but it’s not like it was 8 yards, 8 yards, 10 yards. Those are the ones that will really get you. I can live with this one, but it doesn’t feel good.

On the response of his players after the game especially with the Ravens and RB Ray Rice ahead…

And they’re huge up front. This is a big group. Baltimore’s going to get our best and we’re going to get their best.

On if having a physical team in the Ravens ahead similar to the Raiders is a good thing for the Jets…

If you win, maybe. We’re going to go out. It’s not like we’re not professionals and we haven’t stopped people in the past. We have.

On holding Rice down in last year’s season opener…

Yeah, he averaged 1.4 a carry. We’ll sign up for that right now. Now our calls had to be a certain way to get him to be at 1.4 as well. We’re just trying to find ways to win, that’s it.

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Topics: Alan Schechter, Antonio Cromartie, David Harris, Ladainian Tomlinson, Mike Devito, Mo Wilkerson, NIck Mangold, NY Jets, Plaxico Burress, Ray Rice, Rex Ryan, Santonio Holmes, Shonn Greene

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