FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - One minute, Rex Ryan was answering a question. The next, he was ducking for cover.
The coach's news conference Wednesday was cut short when the speakers malfunctioned, creating a steady stream of crackling that mimicked the sound of fireworks.
Unsuspecting reporters jumped in their seats, while Ryan dropped his head behind the lectern. "I know. Three-game losing streak. And I understand. Wow. It's not a good product, so . . . " the coach joked, referring to his 5-7 team.
Winslow takes back pick
Kellen Winslow Jr. declined to talk to reporters, but he took to Twitter to explain his AFC title game picks. "Lol man twitter is very dangerous! I'm a fan of the game also," wrote the tight end, who did not practice because of his normal rest schedule. "Thought we were out of it mathematically but we still got life so forgive me."
Ryan brushed off Winslow picking the Patriots and Broncos in the AFC title game, saying: "I think if he had picked us, we would have had more people saying, 'Oh gosh.' I think he had to exclude ourselves."
Ryan seemed more miffed about Winslow's repeated critiques about their practice efficiency. "Maybe he hasn't had a good practice or something," Ryan said, though he added Winslow is a "dependable guy . . . I have to clean up his comments . . . Some of those things that come out are a negative thing about this football team, when I don't see it."
The Jets had their best offensive practice of the season. Said Ryan: "The ball never hit the ground." . . . S Antonio Allen doesn't think Ed Reed's arrival has stunted his growth, but he admitted he didn't think he'd be sitting "this much." . . . Santonio Holmes was limited by his hamstring and isn't sure how much he'll play vs. Raiders. "We can't dictate what happens on Sundays," he said . . . KR/WR Josh Cribbs landed on injured reserve because of a torn pectoral muscle. He is slated for surgery Friday. Jeremy Kerley (elbow) was limited, along with Antonio Cromartie (hip) and Muhammad Wilkerson (wrist) . . . After the Bucs signed LB Danny Lansanah from their practice squad, the Jets signed LB Tim Fugger.