Jets-Ravens: Rex Ryan and his players learn they'll have to back up all their smack talk this year
With all of the back and forth talk between Rex Ryan and Ray Lewis leading up to the Jets-Ravens game Monday night, we all knew there would be fireworks at New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.
I believe it wasn't that smart to talk as much as Ryan did on the HBO series, "Hard Knocks." He seemed cocky and arrogant and so did his players. When a coach spends that much time talking about how great his team is and how it will win the Super Bowl, you had better back it up. If you call out the linebacker who got you your job in New York, and will go down in history as one of the greatest linebackers of all time, you had better back it up.
Well, needless to say we all know the outcome of this story. Ray Ray and the boys went into the "Hard Knocks" superstars' house with a chip on their shoulders and wore the Jets out. It wasn't a blowout on the scoreboard, and the Jets defense balled out, too. But that Ravens defense showed why teams in the future better think twice before they do a lot of trash talking on "Hard Knocks."
Think about it. Rex Ryan's brash, candid style of coaching from last season put a bulls-eye on his team. But to throw more fuel on that fire was not a good move. If you don't think that every team has circled the date they play the Jets this year, you are kidding yourself.
This Jets team didn't win the Super Bowl last season. As a matter of fact, some would say they lucked their way into the playoffs to begin with. Remember the second-to-last game of the season? The Colts rested Peyton Manning in the second half and the Jets won a game they might not have otherwise.
What I'm saying is that the Jets didn't dominate all season and march into the playoffs. Now that the Jets have gone on a TV series and acted out the way they did, they had better back up that smack talk or else get ready for all the things they've said and done to be thrown right back in their faces.
September 14, 2010; 12:00 PM ET
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