One by one, players voiced similar stories of frustration and resentment in the Jets’ locker room Tuesday. The loss to Peyton Manning and the Colts in last year’s AFC title game didn’t just eat away at their head coach, Rex Ryan, all summer. It stuck with them too.
“It’s always on your mind,” cornerback Darrelle Revis said of the Jets’ 30-17 loss at Lucas Oil Stadium. “It sticks in the back of your head. It’s a bad taste when you lose that game and this is a great opportunity for us to go up against them again and try to get this win.”
Ryan made it clear Monday that Revis will shadow Reggie Wayne – as was the case in last year’s championship game. And the head coach is hoping for similar results: with Revis on his tail, the Colts receiver mustered just 55 yards on three catches.
Also working in the Jets’ favor heading into Saturday's rematch is the injury-ravaged Colts are without tight end Dallas Clark and wide receiver Austin Collie, who combined for 158 yards and three touchdowns in the title game.
Injuries or not, Revis said his opponent is just as dangerous as it was last year. Why?
Two words: Peyton Manning.
“It’s tough playing chess with Peyton,” he said. “He’s probably one of the best chess players in the world because he understands his game like no other. One of the best. And you’ve got to play and show him different things and make sure he doesn’t remember.
“...I think they have the same approach," he added, when asked about the absences of Clark and Collie. "Those are two key guys on their offense that they’re missing, but like I said after the game on Sunday, they find guys to replace. They’ve got a good system there so they can just put guys in there and they can turn out to be great players.”