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Reputation at stake as Rex Ryan, Jets take on Colts


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JetNation Editor, Tyson Rauch was interviewed by AM New York. The full article can be found here and also appears below.

Reputation at stake as Rex Ryan, Jets take on Colts

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Rex Ryan’s tough talk is on the line Saturday night as the Jets play the Colts in Indianapolis in a wild-card playoff game, and for fans it could make or break their faith in Gang Green.

After a crushing 30-17 loss to the Colts in last year’s AFC Championship Game, the Jets want vindication. A win could validate head coach Ryan’s season-long boasts and Super Bowl predictions, but a loss would devastate fans.

“If they lose, it’s a season of unfulfilled promises,” said Matt Loede of NFLGridironGab.com. “Rex Ryan made fans believe in these high expectations, but now we’ll see if they can win somewhere they have some demons from a year ago.”

But Nate Dunlevy of Colts blog 18to88.com said all the rematch talk is just that — talk.

“It’s the same jerseys, but these aren’t the same teams they were last year,” he said. “The Colts are not the same juggernaut they were; they’re a shell of themselves decimated by injury.”

Tyson Rauch of JetNation.com agreed.

“A lot’s being made about redeeming last year,” he said, “but this is just one step in the journey to the Super Bowl.”

Dunlevy added that Colts quarterback Peyton Manning — Ryan’s proclaimed nemesis — is back to All-Pro form after a five-game mid-season meltdown despite Indianapolis’ injury-plagued roster.

Ryan last week called out Manning, saying: “I’m going to beat him one day and I just hope it’s this Saturday,” adding that his desire to beat the Colts is “personal.” Manning has a 5-1 record against Ryan-led defenses.

The Jets come in 11-5 after a shaky second half of the season that was lowlighted by devastating losses to Chicago and New England, with the Patriots blowing them away 45-3.

And if the Jets beat the Colts, it’s back up to Foxboro, Mass., to play Tom Brady and the Pats.

But for some fans, all that matters is a good game Saturday.

“I’m just so excited, because the Jets have pulled out some amazing wins,” said Bill Steyert, 67, of Forest Hills. “But of course they’ve looked despicable sometimes.”

He added: “What it comes to is which Jets are gonna turn up: the good Jets or the bad?”

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If the Jets lose.............................they start 0-0 next season.

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Incredible Jets were the only team who thought they could reach the Super Bowl this year.

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Incredible Jets were the only team who thought they could reach the Super Bowl this year.

Yeah, I found that rather stunning as well.

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There is a misconception, fueled by the media hacks, that the Jets fans will be crushed if the Jets do not win the SB. We will be disappointed, but no more than any other year. Most of us like the confidence that Rex shows in the team and we all hope for the ultimate prize, but we are not lemmings following some cult leader off a cliff if we lose. We will move on to the draft and free agency, discussing how we get better for next year. The thought that there will be fan backlash against Rex because of his positive attitude is ridiculous. There are no guarantees and no one knows that better than Jets fans, no matter what the hacks have to say.

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All of the talk this week has really been about Rex but this game is an evaluation of Tanny as well. Tanny went out and traded for Cromartie, signed Pool, and drafted Wilson as a result of the aerial assault by the Colts once Strickland was hurt in last year's game. If we see the same thing - no pressure, and our 3rd and 4th CB's continually beaten then Tanny should take as much, if not more blame than Rex.

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“If they lose, it’s a season of unfulfilled promises,” said Matt Loede

At the end of the season, there will be 31 teams with unfulfilled promises.

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If the Jets lose.............................they start 0-0 next season.

And they'll have a second round pick in this year's draft, too!

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There is a misconception, fueled by the media hacks, that the Jets fans will be crushed if the Jets do not win the SB. We will be disappointed, but no more than any other year. Most of us like the confidence that Rex shows in the team and we all hope for the ultimate prize, but we are not lemmings following some cult leader off a cliff if we lose. We will move on to the draft and free agency, discussing how we get better for next year. The thought that there will be fan backlash against Rex because of his positive attitude is ridiculous. There are no guarantees and no one knows that better than Jets fans, no matter what the hacks have to say.

+1

Well stated.

As for the regular season, we have surpassed last year's win output by two games. Not bad, Rex!

As for the p-p-playoffs, it will be a huge effort just to match what we did last year. Rex has the Jets and Jets fans believing we are going to Dallas.

Let the haters eat crow!!

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