No Apologies from LaRon Landry

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September 16, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan on the sidelines against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the second quarter at Heinz Field. The Pittsburgh Steelers won 27-10. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE

Head coach Rex Ryan knows that Landry has to make sure his aggressiveness is within the limits of the rules:

“You love the way he plays, the kind of tempo he plays with,” Ryan said of Landry. “But you have to do it within the confinement of the rules, so I think that’s something we really have to look at. The one was a horse collar — I know he was trying to get the guy down and sometimes that happens.”

LaRon talked about a bigger problem on the day, third down. The defense allowed Pittsburgh to convert 8 out of 15 third downs, while the offense went 4-12 on third down.

“The team as a whole didn’t finish,” Landry said.

Yes, the team did nothing on third down, on either side of the football, which was a huge factor. You have to get off the field on third down on defense, and convert when you are on offense. But, Landry’s penalties were a big problem. As much as his big hits can turn the momentum in the Jets favor, the penalties turn the momentum in the other direction.

Play hard LaRon, but play smart. Please!

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