Let the talking begin

By Marc A. Greenberg

As much as Rex Ryan has been talking for the past year or so, it only makes sense for opposing teams to return the favor. Channing Crowder got into it last year. Yesterday it was Ray Lewis’ turn.  Should be a fun game Monday.

Here is the transcript (thanks to the NY Times):

On Jets Coach Rex Ryan talking about Lewis not being able to call plays on “Hard Knocks”: “I don’t know what Rex said. But look, the bottom line is… I’m going to be very careful with this: We’re talking about the Jets like we’re talking about the Saints. That’s the defending Super Bowl champs, and until they play tonight, that’s the only people that can be dethroned – Drew Brees and the Saints, not Mark Sanchez and the Jets. You know, all this, ‘We’re the Miami Heat of football.’ If you’re all the Miami Heat, we’ve got to be the Lakers because we’re looking for multiple rings. You know what I’m saying? But you listen to all this yap, yap, yap… The bottom line is you’ve got to buckle up your chinstraps. So Rex can say what he wants to say. The thing that Rex, whatever he said, I don’t even want to get all into that because I didn’t see it. But when you talk about what I can’t do, we’re talking about a decade of stuff I’ve done. So we’re not talking about whether I did not want to call one defense or not. Coach Mark Sanchez. Coach your Jets. You understand? My name should not come out of Rex’s mouth unless you’re telling somebody to come block me, which is going to be a very hard damn task come Monday night. So whatever he feels that they want to say, and all these Jets want to talk about this… Man, you’ve still got to play the game. The game ain’t played through tongues. The game is played when you buckle up your chinstraps. So all this pressure he wants to put on his team, I hope they can cash the check that he writes. Yeah, it’s just… It’s what you love. It’s what you love. It’s just a certain point you get tired of everybody talking about something. You can talk about whatever, but the bottom line is there ain’t no man over there that’s just going to flat-out whoop me, so I’m good with that part of it.”