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Rex Ryan calls Steelers' late blitz 'bush league'

Head coach Rex Ryan of the New York

Head coach Rex Ryan of the New York Jets looks on during a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014 in East Rutherford, N.J. Credit: Jim McIsaac

Rex Ryan is as peeved as his players are about the Steelers trying to blow up their victory formation in the closing moments of the Jets' 20-13 win Sunday.

"I thought that was kind of bush league," Ryan said Monday on a conference call, referring to safety Mike Mitchell leaping over the line of scrimmage in an attempt to hit Michael Vick and cause a turnover.

"I can understand it in a short-yardage situation; you want to praise the guy for timing it right and all that stuff, there's no question. But in that part of the game, when we're just kneeling on it, I was surprised by it, to say the least. And disappointed."

Mitchell's leapfrog drew the ire of several Jets offensive linemen, including center Nick Mangold, who grabbed Mitchell while he still was airborne and tossed him to the ground. Mangold called it "a dirty play" and right guard Willie Colon said it was uncalled for. A skirmish broke out between the players before the game resumed.

Ryan was visibly upset after the game and was caught on camera shouting what appeared to be a profanity at someone, but he wouldn't say whether he was directing his message at an official. "I think I was saying, 'Thank you,' " Ryan joked.

"What happens on the field stays on the field," he added. "That's where it stems from. It's a very emotional game. Obviously, I've got to do a good job of controlling my emotions. Things happen. I'm sorry if I offended anybody."

Sign of the times

As promised, digital billboards calling for the firing of general manager John Idzik went live at midnight Monday, about eight hours after the Jets upset the Steelers. The billboards -- the brainchild of two Jets fans who created the website FireJohnIdzik.com -- are located on Route 3 in East Rutherford, about a half-mile from MetLife Stadium. The website also announced that a static billboard will be put up Wednesday.

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