FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Rex Ryan has no message for Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots this week.
Nope, no fightin’ words this time around.
“I’m not even worried about tweaking New England or anybody else,” Ryan said yesterday. “It’s to the point where we have to focus on us.”
After all, the way the usually brash coach sees it, the New York Jets (4-6) need to stay focused after ending a three-game skid Sunday with a 27-13 win at St. Louis.
“Right now, we’re just swinging,” Ryan said. “We’re going focus on our opponents, specifically, but anything we do, we’re behind where we have to be. We can only focus on ourselves and just find a way to punch it. We earned where we are and we just have to find a way to punch our way out.”
The victory was a huge boost to the Jets’ dim playoff hopes. Now, Ryan’s squad has just a few days to prepare for the AFC East-leading Patriots and the teams’ showdown Thanksgiving night.
“We know each other well, but clearly when you look at how their offense is, they can run a zillion different things,” Ryan said. “I don’t know how much of a help (a short week) will be, but I guess we’ll see on Thursday.”
The Jets are tied with Buffalo and Miami at 4-6 for second place — or, last place, depending on how you look at it — in the division, with the Patriots holding a three-game lead. While it appears likely New England will win its 10th AFC East title in 12 years, the Jets haven’t given up on getting back to the playoffs after missing out last season.
Ryan has repeatedly expressed his respect for Belichick and the Patriots, but has also issued bold statements leading up to their matchups. He said, “I want them to know, and they know, that I think we’re going to beat them,” last month before the Patriots pulled out a 29-26 overtime victory.