Jets' many penalties aggravating Ryan
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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - Rex Ryan insisted the penalties have to stop. He just isn't sure how to get the message across to his players.
"We have to address the penalty issue," said the Jets coach, who already has used push-up drills in practice as a form of penalty punishment. "We're up for suggestions."
The Jets had 11 penalties, five fumbles and two second-half turnovers during Sunday's overtime win against Detroit.
"It's more about being disciplined and being able to focus,'' Ryan said yesterday. "We have to be dialed in and eliminate those things. It's the accountability that we have to each other that this is not acceptable. Right now we're 27th in the league in penalties and that's a joke."
Ryan also wasn't pleased with having to burn two timeouts to avert a penalty for having 12 men on the field. To combat that issue, he said he'll give more responsibilities to coaches in the booth.
Just kidding, Kerry
Ryan took a dig at former Jets safety Kerry Rhodes while complimenting Santonio Holmes, whose 52-yard catch-and-run set up the winning field goal against the Lions.
"As soon as he caught it, I'm like, 'It's over with. They're not going to catch him,' " Ryan said.
Holmes was caught - by a linebacker - but Ryan said the wideout did a good job of protecting the ball. "Not like Kerry Rhodes," he joked.
Rhodes, now a Cardinal, could have scored his third touchdown of the season on his interception of the Vikings' Brett Favre, but Rhodes was stripped just short of the end zone. The ball bounced through it for a touchback.
"That was a fun poke at Kerry," Ryan said with a laugh. "He's a great player."
Ryan said he'll wait until Wednesday before he talks in depth about facing his twin, Rob, Cleveland's defensive coordinator.
"It's going to be brutal," he said. "There is no doubt, it's going to be bad. I'm sure we'll talk about each other's children, wives, whatever. So, yes, it's going to get ugly."