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Rex Ryan quizzed by media on Peyton Manning

In an up-and-down season with a rookie head

In an up-and-down season with a rookie head coach (Rex Ryan) and rookie quarterback (Mark Sanchez), the Jets pasted the Cincinnati Bengals, 37-0, in the final game of the season to earn the wild card. After defeating the same Bengals in the AFC Wild Card game, they shocked San Diego in the divisional round thanks to a big game from Shonn Greene and three missed field goals by the Chargers' Nate Kaeding. The dream ride ended in the AFC Championship Game, as Peyton Manning threw for 377 yards and two touchdowns and the Colts beat the Jets, 30-17. Photo Credit: Getty Images

Jets coach Rex Ryan usually is chock full of anecdotes, observations and one-liners, and Wednesday's press conference before his first-round playoff date with Indianapolis and quarterback Peyton Manning was no exception. Here's a sampler of Ryan covering a variety of Manning-related questions:

On why it's so difficult to sack Manning: "Peyton does a great job [getting rid of the ball]. If he knows there's a 'free runner,' he'll just take the sack. He's not going to stand there like [Pittsburgh's Ben] Roethlisberger and try to knock down two guys before he throws the ball."

On using time of possession to keep the ball away from Manning: "The Saints won the Super Bowl last year and held [the Colts] to seven possessions. It was over 400 yards, but it was seven possessions. If we hold them to seven possessions, we'll win the game. I don't think there's any doubt."

On whether the Jets disrupted Manning enough after two early sacks in last year's AFC title game: "See, I'm not the only coordinator or the only guy that Peyton's ever destroyed. It's like I'm his punching bag or something. But [my defense] at least got some arms on him. Some of these other guys he plays against got no arms on him. But I plan on swinging back and we'll see how that works out…We're 100 percent ready. We know you're not going to stop Peyton Manning, but we're going to make enough plays, in my opinion, that we'll win this game."

On how a team can show Manning a defense early that he won't remember later: "Maybe hit him in the head real hard. That's one way. We haven't tried that yet. You're not going to trick this guy too much. It's about how we play physically. Sometimes, you can trick yourself into being out of position, and he burns you. It's going to come down to getting after it, making it a physical contest, being aggressive, disrupting receivers, disrupting where he can't step up in the pocket and make every throw he wants."

On whether Manning or offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen really runs the Colts' offense: "I think Peyton calls the plays…Anybody would be foolish not to use him. He's a rare guy, an exceptional quarterback, smart, sees everything. He probably calls more plays than his dad [Saints QB Archie Manning] used to back when every quarterback called them. I think he's called as many plays as Archie did."
 

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