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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.

By LaVar Arrington  |  September 14, 2010; 12:00 PM ET
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yeah, the J-E-T-S, will have a lot of humble pie smashed in there face if they don't make a real serious run this year. They walked around with there chest out all preseason.

You see Ray Lewis put a stamp on the end of the game with that big hit on Dustin Keller!


Posted by: gmac78 | September 14, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

LA: you and i must be watching a different game. JETS defense was outstanding, the first play was truly awesome . I agree with you that the Ravens played well, but Jets could have and should have won that game despite all the media hype about the p-owerful and potent ravens with their strong defense and recent offensive acquisitions....Sanchez was awful and if it was any other QB, JETS probably would have won. Jets have to cut ambilical cord with Sanchez....

Posted by: maz3 | September 14, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

JETS defense was outstanding?

Not quite. 3rd downs (even if you take away the 5 given on penalty) were awful. Pass coverage was a liability. Horrible defensive penalties stemming from severe talent mismatches and sloppy coverage. Only 2 sacks (including Flacco's 1st play brain fart)?

Not that they weren't good - stopping the run, creating turnovers, getting pressure and maintaining field position- but outstanding is a stretch.

They had better step it up big time against Tom Brady. The Jets offense is, well, offensive. The defense has to score points off Patriot mistakes to win.

Other than Revis... NY corners are VERY suspect. In a Rex Ryan scheme, that's a bad sign. Revis cant cover everyone. Do you let him cover Moss and have Welker beat you short all night keeping your D on the field like the Ravens accomplished, or do you sic Revis on Welker and have Moss have multiple 50+ yard TDs?

The Ravens brought max protection to stop the formidable NY pass rush, and it worked. Look for other teams to follow suit.

Posted by: trident420 | September 14, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

In the words of Ray Lewis "DONT WRITE A CHECK YOUR A$$ CANT CASH"....NUFF SAID

Posted by: browneyes1 | September 14, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

The other over-rated team in NY has a record of success. The Jets need to drop the stupid attitude and play football. (Of course, they did get spanked by the best D in football, age not withstanding.) Take a lesson from the Giants - they thrive on being under-rated.

NFC East picks in order - Giants, Skins, Cowpies and the feather-heads!

Posted by: fr3dmars | September 14, 2010 6:22 PM | Report abuse

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