Rex Ryan Knows the Packers will be Tough to Beat


Sep 7, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan on the sidelines during the fourth quarter of a game against the Oakland Raiders at MetLife Stadium. The Jets defeated the Raiders 19-14. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Rex Ryan knows that the Jets are entering this weekend 1-0, which is good. Rex also knows that the Green Bay Packers are going to be tough to beat. The Jets will not win on Sunday, with the performance they put on the field last week against the Raiders. Rex talked about the upcoming game following yesterday’s practice:

Again, you face a different challenge. This challenge will start trying to contain Aaron Rodgers who (has) the number one quarterback rating in the history of the NFL. So, obviously, that’s probably a good place to start. And then there (are) challenges on offense. They have a lot of Pro Bowl players over there that can really rush the passer, some playmakers on defense. We know that’s what’s in front of us.

Rex “guesses” that Antonio Allen will have his greatest test this week:

Yeah, I guess. I’d like to see us play Delbarton (High School) or somebody so we might have a better thing. But yeah, it’s going to be a big test, there’s no question about it. It’ll be a big test. But again, this young man stepped up to all the challenges. He came into the league as an outside linebacker. So we converted him to safety, now we convert him to corner. Again, we talk about it all the time – he’s just a football player. That’s how he plays.

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Aaron Rodgers does so many things well, that it is tough for Rex to pinpoint one thing that makes him tough:

I really can’t say one thing because he’s got an arm that (can) make throws every spot on the field. He’s got great movement skills. A lot of times with great quarterbacks, a lot of guys can do one or the other. They can really run well or they can sit back, a Peyton Manning, a Tom Brady, and just pick you apart with accuracy. Well this kid combines accuracy with escapability and I think that’s really what separates him from most quarterbacks in the league.

Putting Jordy Nelson together with Rodgers is as good as it gets, if you ask Rex:

Well, you mentioned it right there, he’s fast. He’s a big guy that can run. (He) had more explosive plays, more 20-yard plus receptions last year than any player in the league. So, you don’t necessarily expect a guy with his kind of guys to be able to get down the field the way he does. So I think that’s one of (the things). The guy’s got great body control on the sidelines. He’s able to get his feet in bounds. And he’s got a knack or something, especially with Rodgers, when he breaks contain, it seems like the ball always ends up going to Nelson. So I don’t know what it is, but those two guys really work well with each other.

Rex will have the guys ready for this one. He is cautiously optimistic that Dee Milliner will be ready to play, which would be huge. It’s going to be a tough one, but if anyone can get this team ready, Rex Ryan can.