Sep 8, 2013; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Alan Branch (90) hits New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) after a pass during the second half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Patriots beat the Bills 23-21. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Rex Ryan on Prepping for Tom Brady on a Short Week


Playing the Patriots is never going to be an easy task, especially on a short week. It’s tough enough to prepare for this team when they have a full week. With only three days, it will only tougher.

Yes, Shane Vereen is missing the game, as is Danny Amendola. It seems that Rob Gronkowski is likely to be out as well. But, as long as that quarterback, we know and love him, is in the game, that team is always dangerous. When he gets that up-tempo offense moving, very little can be done to stop it. Rex talked about the preparation yesterday:

It’s tough, there’s no question it’s tough. They talk about the Eagles being fast or whatever, but if anybody is faster than New England, I sure haven’t seen it and I’ve been around football a long time. They definitely challenge you with their tempo and he runs several different tempos. He can go super-fast, he can go just fast or he can slow it down a little. He does different things. They’re very good at it. Their personnel, they’ll run different personnel groupings on. You have to be sharp. They’ll hold their calls to try to get you to signal in your call late so they can see what you’re in. They do a lot of things that challenge a defense. It is hard to replicate on the practice field, it absolutely is. But there are things you can do (during practice). As I mentioned before, you show the card, you let them break the huddle and as they’re breaking the huddle you signal in your defense. Those are some of the things we’ve done.

He knows that the defense has to be ready to move to keep up:

You’ve got to be quick with your calls. You have to be dialed into your game, into your game plan. Down and distance certainly is part of it and so is their personnel. Sometimes you get your call in too quick and that allows them (to react). You never want to give up a black piece on the chess board, so to speak. You want on defense, the advantage that we have, is that we get to make the last move. And I think that’s something that you never want to give up no matter how fast their tempo is because sometimes they’ll slow it down on purpose to get you (to) make your call. And then all of a sudden they’ll give you a different look. So that’s part of the gamesmanship as well on it. But, certainly you’ve got to be on top of it.

This game will be a true test as to how good this team really is. We will find out tomorrow night.

Tags: New York Jets Rex Ryan Tom Brady

  • Frank Antonelli

    Check out WIllie Colon’s statement below. This is exactly what we need, the players and not the coach talking
    tough. This way they have to back it up because they said it not Rex. Rex can motivate the team behind closed doors and the players can talk it up to the media. This should have been the plan all along.

    “Personally, I’m tired of us being considered as jokes. We’ve got a lot of great ballplayers and a lot of guys with pride on this team. It’s time for us to start knocking people’s doors down, one by one.”

    - Willie Colon to the NY Post on the Jets being a media punchline

    P.S. The betting line is skewed by all the bad media coverage. There is a great chance that we stay well within that line and probably win outright.

    • Alan Schechter

      I love Colon…..just the kind of guy a Rex team needs….can’t wait for tomorrow night

    • matr dontelli iii

      i hope willie’s play warrants keeping him around beyond this year and i hope with all this extra loot we’re gonna have after this season that mr. idzk can stomach spening some of woody’s green – and i just now realized his stupid green tie matches the colour of money, how appropriate, money, like mitt romney, being more important to him than the jets, but i digress – to keep colon around rather than going the cheap route for next year’s line. i like his attitude and i like that he seems to be ‘all in’ as a jet despite all his years in pittsburgh. i also just realized that if you take out a few letters from romney’s name you’ll be left simply with ‘money’. i think i’m sensing a recurring theme here…