FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - Despite the struggles of his 27th-ranked offense, Rex Ryan is sticking to what he knows: Defense.
Though he occasionally shares thoughts with offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg, Ryan hasn't taken a more hands-on approach with the offense. "Because I'm calling the defense, I'm in those meetings,'' he said Thursday. "So if they're going on at the same time, I'm in the defensive meetings.''
Asked if he should be more involved in the offensive meetings, given the Jets' struggles, Ryan said: "I'll watch tape on the opponent. If I see something I think could help, I'd certainly mention it. This is a capable group. I think I have an outstanding staff on both sides of the ball. I understand we're now 27th in the league in offense, but I think we're better than that.''
Past success against Peyton Manning won't do the Jets any good, Jets defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman said. "He has probably studied all of that stuff already,'' he said. "From what I understand, he has a projector at home and has two or three different guys breaking down tapes for him two or three weeks ahead of time. He has already done that stuff. So if we go backwards, we are probably playing in his wheelhouse.''
Sunday will be the first time the Jets will play the Broncos with Manning at quarterback, but they did face him three times with the Colts. After losing to the Jets, 29-15, in Week 15 of the 2009 season, Manning defeated them, 30-17, in the AFC title game. The following year, the Jets defeated Indianapolis, 17-16, in the divisional round.
Ryan said David Harris' shoulder injury is "significant'' but expects him to play despite a sprained AC joint . . . Former Bronco Eric Decker (hamstring) was limited but will face his former team, barring a setback. "We'll see how much he can play,'' Ryan said . . . Darrin Walls (knee), David Nelson (ankle), Nick Mangold (shoulder) and Willie Colon (knee) also were limited.