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1495 Sports Jets Quotes 11/20/12

1495 Sports is proud to bring these New York Jets quotes for 11/20/12:

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Head Coach Rex Ryan:

Opening Statement:

“On the injury front, right now, I’m not sure if Jason Hill will practice. He has a low back.  Then guys that will be limited, Sione Po’uha with a low back, Kenrick Ellis, knee, Joe McKnight, ankle, Bart Scott, toe, Jeremy Kerley, heel and hamstring, Aaron Berry, quad. And then all these other guys will be full,  Bilal Powell, shoulder, Mark Sanchez, low back, Brandon Moore, hip, foot, Matt Slauson, knee, Mike DeVito, finger, Clyde Gates, shoulder, Jeff Cumberland, wrist, Tim Tebow, ribs, Calvin Pace, shoulder, Stephen Hill, ankle, LaRon Landry, heel and Nick Mangold, thumb.  So that’s the injury list so it looks like we’re pretty healthy.  Obviously, yesterday was more just a walk through and for the most part coming back off a game, but you still need those practice reps. We had probably 50 walk through reps is really what it amounts to, so that’s kind of what you do. We’ll pick it up more today. We’ll get them running around today and then you kind of back down on them on Wednesday.  This has to be a good day of practice for us and we’re approaching it that way.  Our guys know that it’s important to run around and continue to get all that soreness out yet also get your prep for this game.  Obviously, this is an opponent, very multiple on both sides of the ball, sometimes it’s hit or miss on what you’re practicing against. You don’t necessarily know exactly what they’re going to do offensively and, for that matter, on defense as well.  You have an idea and that’s kind of how you approach it, but this is a game where it seems like you have to make adjustments in the course of the game on both sides of the ball. So, as we talked about last week, we knew each other really well, well these two opponents know each other well, and there’s little subtle things that they’ll do offensively and on defense that we have to be sharp with and vice versa.”

On the short week:

“Everything is just crunched down.  This is a week there’s not a whole lot of sleep for coaches, but your players have to get rested as best they can.  Everything you do is trying to get your guys to where they’re popping out of their skin on Thursday. That’s the charge of every coach, to make sure your guys are mentally prepared yet also physically prepared for that kind of challenge that’s in front of them.  As a coach you’re just going.  The guys that it’s really tough on is young Tony (Sparano, Jr.), Mark DeLeone, Jimmy O’Neil (and) Mike Smith.  Those are the guys that really get the brunt of it.  If they have five hours of sleep in the whole week, that’s probably saying something.  But that’s kind of where you’re at.”

On whether the season’s challenges have tested his conviction to stick to his core beliefs:

“No, you really believe in what you’re doing. That’s not challenging if you truly believe in what you do and who you are.  Obviously, the results are, there’s that fine line, well you have to change something or how do you expect there to be change? Yet, your core beliefs are what they are and that’s what’s driven me my whole career that I totally believe in. But are there things that you do through experience that you learn from that add to those core beliefs? I think there (are).  And this is an experience that we’re going through right now.  We’re 4-6 and we’ve been down that road before, yet being where we were at 3-6 at the time we had never been that way before, so there are different things. Each year, it’s different. You have different injury challenges, whatever it is. So each year’s a little different.  I think going into it, I always felt that every assistant coach thinks they’re ready to be a head coach, ‘Oh yeah, no problem,’ and all that.  But I made (mistakes), and people will say you’re making a ton of mistakes right now. Well, that’s probably true, but I made more when I was just coming into this thing in 2009, because one thing that it couldn’t have (been is), I’ve been around football all my life, but you’ve never been in this chair.  They say you can’t buy experience and I believe that’s the truth. But I think right now, I’m more comfortable in this role as a head coach and I’ve learned, and I still learn. Obviously, you’re better now through the experience.”

On how he lifts up others around him:

“I just think that comes natural.  With me, I’m always a very positive person. I love positive energy.  I like that around me.  Obviously, it’s easy to be negative when you’re 3-6 or right now, where we’re at but that’s not going to help you.  You have to be sure of yourself, which I am, and positive that you can get better and I think we have a whole building like that.  And again, with that being said, we’re not even close to where we want to be or need to be.  And I’ve said it all along; I think we have the people, that we can get out of a bad situation just by the work ethic and our belief and the person next to me and the belief in yourself.”

Cornerback Antonio Cromartie:

On if they have to change anything with the injuries in the secondary:

“Not too much, I think the guys that we have, they know what their jobs are and they know what they need to do. I think the biggest thing is making sure everyone is communicating and still on the same page. On the back end, we just have to make sure we go out and communicate. That’s the biggest thing for us, (making) sure every guy is covering the guy they need to cover and (making) sure every guy knows the defense that we’re in. I don’t think too much has changed for us.”

On matching up with New England’s quick receivers:

“It’s a challenge when you look at it on film, but I think what we do a good job of is trying to get our hands on the slot receivers and trying to match up well against them. I think the biggest thing is when we have bigger personnel on the field and they have (smaller) people on the field, that gives us the biggest problems. I think the biggest thing for us is to make sure we match up well and when they go into the hurry-up offense, to make sure we get a call in, line up well, make sure we don’t get a quick count, and when the offense puts in different guys, just communicate on the back end as quickly as possible.”

On if facing Tom Brady helps elevate your game:

“Definitely, just going against one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL, if not the best quarterback in the NFL is always a competitive edge. You always want to make sure that you go up against the best and do well against the best. That’s something I’m always looking forward to, (to) go out and compete against the best.”

Running Back Shonn Greene:

On if it makes it easier to prepare during a short week when you’re familiar with the opponent:

“You can kind of say that, but not really. Any team at any given moment can switch things up from what they did previously in the last game when we played them. We still have to go through our game planning and stuff like that. It’s kind of easier but not really.”

On having three healthy running backs:

“Yeah, that’s a big contributing factor for this game. It’s going to help us out a lot, giving the defense different looks and keeping everybody fresh.”

On if it is beneficial to have three running backs:

“Yeah, absolutely. Like I said, they have different skill sets and I think we can give some defense headaches by having all three of us in the game.”

Safety LaRon Landry:

On playing Tom Brady:

“We just have to be sound in coverage and try to disguise well and execute.  He’s going to be Brady, he’s going to complete passes and he’s going to be great out there. We are going against a tough quarterback.”

On Coach Belichick’s compliments:

“I appreciate the praise but it’s a new game.  What I did in the past and what I have done is in the past.  This is a new ball game and I hope to create something else.”

On TE Rob Gronkowski being out for the game…

“They have TE Aaron Hernandez, (he’s) great and I think he rested last game. He’s definitely going to be fired up to play us and he can fill in the shoes of Gronkowski.  So we still need to play a ball game as if he was playing.”

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