With the New York Jets wrapping up training camp at SUNY's Cortland campus, head coach Rex Ryan expressed concern over the recent rash of injuries afflicting his football team over the past few weeks.
"I just think we have to get healthy," admitted Ryan. "I think that's the big thing. It's frustrating for everyone, it's frustrating for the players themselves. We have to get guys healthy. We're fortunate we haven't had the major injury. We have had things that they're going to get better from, but that's been frustrating. We haven't had the receivers out there. We have three of our top receivers missing, and that's not a good thing. Other than that, I feel pretty good about where our team is."
Ryan and company have their bags packed and sights set on Saturday night's preseason matchup with the defending champion New York Giants. These same two football squads clashed Week 16 of last season, a loss that all but derailed the Jets' postseason hopes and for the Giants a victory that jumpstarted their second Super Bowl conquest of the past four years. Even though the bitter memories from the Jets' Christmas Eve debacle still linger in Ryan's mind, he's focused on preparing his team for the upcoming season.
"(There are) a lot of things you'd like to erase in your memory, but that unfortunately will stay in there," remarked Ryan of last season's crushing loss to the Giants. "As most coaches, you remember almost all the losses. But that one stung, no question about it. Again, I don't want to rehash all of last season, but obviously you remember those games for sure."
The Jets are entering uncharted waters by trying to incorporate Wildcat quarterback Tim Tebow into their offensive system without hindering Mark Sanchez's development. While Gang Green will attempt to strike a balance offensively, according to Ryan the key to the Jets' success will be the performance of its offensive line.
"Obviously, we have to protect the quarterback going against the New York Giants who's pass rushers are probably better than any team in the league."
Rick Laughland covers the New York Jets for Greenandwhitereport.comblog comments powered by Disqus