Jets’ Coach Rex Ryan Knows the Team Must Focus on the Titans
Sep 22, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan during the game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
The Jets are shaking up the world! OK maybe that may be pushing it a bit, but they are certainly performing much better than any of the “experts” expected. If anyone had the Jets at 2-1 and the Giants at 0-3, they would be very rich right now because they are probably the only one that believed that.
They are just one win away from finishing the first quarter of the season at 3-1, for beyond anyone’s expectations. Despite that, coach Rex Ryan knows the focus cannot be on the record, it must be on the opponent coming up:
Well again, we’re a long ways from there. Obviously we’ve got to accomplish that (still). We’ve got a heck of a test right in front of us with Tennessee, so we’ll address it then. It’s amazing a quarter (of the season has gone by). I do like to address it in the quarters, but we’ll get there first. It is amazing you want to get out of the blocks. There’s no question about that. To look back on it, where we are now, this game right now in front of us, obviously you’re playing in a very hostile environment. Tennessee does a great job, their fans are great. It’s a big home field advantage to them, so we have to make sure we overcome that. The focus has got to be great when you’re there and you’re going against a very physical football team that’s not a surprise if you look at them. Ok, Mike Munchak’s the coach. I get it. There’s no doubt. They put a lot of resources in that offensive line this offseason and it shows. You have two really good guards with (Chance) Warmack the first-round pick, and then obviously (Andy) Levitre from Buffalo (and) the two former Pro Bowl tackles, so it’s a good offensive line. Very physical. They run the ball. You know they’re running it and they still run it, so it’s that kind of mentality with that group. And then on defense with Greg Williams coming over, you recognize that as well. They’re blitzing almost 50 percent of the time. (That is a) very aggressive team.
Rex is absolutely right. He has to keep the team focused on one game at a time, it is the only way they will be able to continue their surprising success.