And thats Rex's fault? Sorry bud, I'm not buying it. I highly doubt Rex's preparation was any different. In fact, I can distinctly remember him saying that Big Ben is one of the hardest people to prepare for in the league and they were as focused as they'd ever been.
Besides, if you're a player, playing on that stage for all the marbles...you shouldnt need motivation from anyone other than yourself. Period.
The Steelers came out extremely physical. The Jets didnt have an answer. It happens. Its not because Rex Ryan didnt have his team ready. I dont buy that. Not after what they did to Manning and Brady in back to back weeks.
Let's not forget the Steelers had a bye week to rest, and never left the city of Pitt for 3 weeks, while the Jets played 2 physical, and mentally exhausting games, against the 2 best QB's this league has seen in possibly forever, while travelling to their 3rd city in 3 weeks to play, your 100% right. The Steelers were a bad matchup up front for the Jets, they were more rested, and the more physical team, not to mention the more experienced team, playing in their building, and to Rex, and the Jets credit they never quit even after that deflating fumble return for TD right before half, or the failed 4 down goal line sequence.
After remembering how great that season was at times, and thinking back to what Rex was able to accomplish with this team, I really hope the Jets get a new GM who knows WTF he is doing, and also has the balls to override any stupid move Woody, or Rex for that matter would like to make, and get some high quality, high character (Locker Room Leaders, and Sheriffs like TRich, T Jones, Faneca, Woody ect.), and see if Rex can adapt a little with his everybody is the bees knees, even thou they play like dog sh*t, and give him 1 more crack, and by 1 more crack I mean until this salary cap hell, and dysfunctional roster is dismantled, and retooled, (most of this is on the offensive side of the ball, the D is actually set up at 7, of the 11 starting positions if Landdry is re-signed) so I would like to see him get at least 2 more years, and possibly 3 here.
To further defend this thinking of keeping Rex, part of the reason is because I see the potential in how good this D could be if his plan, and scheme is carried out 2, to 3 more years, I would really love to see what it would look like with 2 capable outside rushers, speed at ILB, and a pure center field FS, I think the D-line group is already built, D Davis is piece 1 of 4 at the LB position, keeping Cro, Revis, and Landry has us set there, and set as the best 3 at those 3 positions in the whole league by far! Go get Rex J Jones this draft, and Clowney next year (unless Johnny Football comes out early can't pass on him), (assuming we tank next season running GMC out there with no OL, or skill player offensive talent, and a young learning front 7 still), sky's the ****ing limit for this D as long as he is here, and also the one CALLING THE D PLAYS, their is nothing wrong with your HC calling D plays, most offensive minded HC's call the offensive plays, so I don't see the problem, I actually see a problem if he doesn't if he is the best man suited for the job, **** Mike Petine, or whoever is the D-coordinator in the future. The new GM could also bring along his guy, but not at HC, but at OC knowing Rex don't know sh*t about O, and takes all his ques about the O, and what to do on O from the OC, this could be the new GM's way of demoting Rex to D-Coordinator without Rex even ****ing knowing that's what happened, and I think everyone here would sign up for Rex as our D-Coordinator for the next 5-10 years no?