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Leavin’ on a Jet plane

Posted By Jane McManus On August 19, 2009 @ 9:18 am In Uncategorized | Comments Disabled

Oh, Brett Favre. It is always dangerous to underestimate how much he dislikes training camp.

The former (and briefly at that) Jets quarterback will play for Minnesota next year, which one might cynically think he’d hoped to do ever since leaving Green Bay during the last offseason. At least the Jets don’t have to give up any first-rounders as a result of this, and I imagine plenty of Jets fans are glad he won’t be competing with Mark Sanchez and Kellen Clemens for the starting job.

The Jets are wrapping up camp this week, with a closed practice on Friday and then coming back for closed weekend practices before Monday’s preseason game against Baltimore.

Rex Ryan had a few things to say yesterday, and noted that David Clowney really helped himself in the game against the Rams. Before catching Sanchez’ first NFL pass for 48-yards, I thought he was in danger of losing his position given the addition of Aundrae Allison and the crowd at wide receiver. Allison is the same kind of speedy wide that Clowney is, and you never want to see a mirror image brought in. (Hello TJ? Meet Shonn Greene…)

”(David) Clowney stepped up big time in that game,” Ryan said. “I think that was huge. We all know he can do it. He’s got that blazing speed. It wasn’t necessarily a surprise. You guys (media) saw that last year. He led the NFL in yardage last year in the preseason. Unfortunately, he had the collarbone (injury) so we all know he can do it. But, it was good for me to see with my own eyes also. That was impressive. He really was.”

Then Ryan said this about his big, brash attitude.

“I mean, I probably won’t call out Channing Crowder again,” Ryan said. “That’s one thing I probably won’t do because that really got blown out (of proportion).  I’ll pick on a kicker or something (laughter). No (it’s not a concern). I’m going to be true to myself. I don’t mean to be disrespectful.  I’m not trying to be disrespectful. When I said that about (Bill) Belichick, I’m just letting him know I’m not intimidated by him. He’s got the same position I have. We’re both head coaches in this league. He just happens to have a hell of a lot of Super Bowl rings. I don’t have a win and I appreciate you pointing that out (laughter). I understand that. We’re not going to just tiptoe our way through this thing. You don’t win and beat a Bill Belichick-coached team by tiptoeing up there. We’re going to be ourselves and I’m going to be myself and that’s just the way it is. How much more motivation are they going to get by putting a quote from Rex Ryan on their wall saying I believe in my football team and that I’m not going to be intimidated by a coach or anybody else?  If that’s where you’re going to draw motivation from, hell, we’re probably going to kick your (butt) if that’s the case (laughter).”

And lastly, if any of you visit training camp, I’ve loved seeing your observations in the comments, so keep it coming!


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