Jets coach Rex Ryan said after Friday's practice that cornerback Darrelle Revis told him about the speeding ticket he received on Thursday morning while rushing to a team meeting for which he was late. Ryan said it should serve as a lesson to everyone in the organization.
"Obviously, you have to slow down," Ryan said. "He was running late, but that's not an excuse. You'd hate to see anybody be careless where you put somebody else at risk and put yourself at risk. That's a reminder for all of us."
Ryan has spent the week discussing the questionable playing status of Revis, who has a sore left hamstring. While Revis himself exhibited some ambivalence about playing, Ryan said it will come down to how well he handles the long flight to Denver. The Jets left a day early Friday after practice and will have a light workout in the Mile High City on Saturday morning.
"We'll have a light practice out there, and by then, we'll make our decision," Ryan said. "If he's not feeling well, then, we're not going to do it. I will say I've been impressed by the way he's looked the past couple of days. We'll see what happens when we get out there."
One way to slow down Denver's prolific passing attack is to run a ball-control offense featuring the running of LaDainian Tomlinson and Shonn Greene. Ryan was asked if that might be difficult to sustain at Denver's altitude, as if the Broncos never had a great ground game for many years under coach Mike Shanahan before the current edition of Broncos, who have a combined 105 yards rushing in their past three games.
With a laugh, Ryan replied, "If we're dehydrating our running backs, I'll take it. I'll sign up for that right now."
Ryan predicted the Broncos will put nine defenders in the box if that's what it takes to stop the Jets from running after yielding 233 yards rushing to Baltimore last week. "That's an embarrassing thing for a defense, so, they're going to put them down there [in the box]. Sometimes, it leads to big plays with the passing game and the running game. You can stop them at the line of scrimmage, but all of a sudden, it pops and there's nobody back there. It's going to be interesting to see how they commit to stopping the run."
With the Yankees playing Game 1 of the ALCS tonight in Texas, Ryan was asked if their legacy of 27 world championships might somehow inspire the Jets. He said, "We'll lock arms with the Yankees" if it will help the Jets win their second Super Bowl since the 1968 season. But the really interesting thing is that Ryan said he's a fan of all New York area teams, including the Giants.
"I want the Giants to win in the NFC because I think it's great for our town, for our stadium and for this area," Ryan said. "I'd love to meet them in the Super Bowl. We'll sign up for that."
But first, Ryan would love to see his team win in Denver to reach its bye week at 5-1. "That would be huge for us, and we expect to win," Ryan said. "We know it's going to be hard. That's a tough place to play. They're all in orange. Their fans, their jerseys are orange, and here come the Jets. That's the beauty of it. If we come out of this 5-1 going into our bye week, that's exactly where we'd like to be."