Jets coach Rex Ryan started his news conference with the best news a coach could hear. He said linebacker Calvin Pace (foot) was the only player who was limited in practice, and that while center Nick Mangold (shoulder) and cornerback Darrelle Revis (hamstring) both are on the injury list, they practiced fully.
"That's all we've got," Ryan said of the modest injury list. "We are healthy."
Of course, no Jet's health has been a greater concern than Revis, who clearly was slowed the past two games by his swollen hammy. But Ryan said, "He looked great. You see the competitive spirit. One-on-one he doesn't want anybody to catch anything. He's back to being Darrelle…You have to overcome the mental part [of an injury], and Darrelle has definitely done that."
Because Revis was slowed, cornerback Antonio Cromartie has been assigned to the opponent's top receiver lately. But that might change. Asked if he will go back to matching Revis on the top threat, Ryan hedged just enough to keep people guessing.
"We can be flexible now," Ryan said. Referring to the Packers, who visit New Meadowlands Stadium Sunday, he added, "We'll let them try to figure it out."
Given the Giants' success Monday night in Dallas, it was inevitable that someone would raise the prospect of the 5-1 Jets and 5-2 Giants facing each other in the Super Bowl. Ryan's dad, Buddy, was on the coaching staff with the 1968 Jets when they made their only appearance and won. "I've been dreaming about it since I was this high," Ryan said, holding out a hand at waist level. "But the opponent doesn't matter as long as we're there."
Trying to stay extend their five-game winning streak will be a challenge for the Jets against Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers. "My kid says Rodgers is the top quarterback in fantasy football," Ryan said. He noted that Rodgers is one of the most accurate passers in the game when he's on the run, but the coach loves the fact that it's a home game, where the fan base can join with the defense to add to the Packers' discomfort.
Ryan also praised the work of left guard Matt Slauson in his first season as the replacement for Alan Faneca, saying he can hold his own with any LG in the division -- at least until the Patriots get back injured Logan Mankins. He also suggested wide receiver Santonio Holmes is likely to begin playing more snaps.
"Let's judge his full body of work," Ryan said. "We'll see if he can make a statement."