The lack of trash talk has Jet fans nervous.
After a week’s worth of verbal jabs being thrown from here to Foxborough, players couldn’t wait to whoop the New England Patriots. But rather than take the same approach in the days leading up to Sunday’s AFC championship showdown with Pittsburgh, the Jets were content to praise Mike Tomlin's coaching style, Casey Hampton’s pass-rushing and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s toughness.
But rest assured, the Jets won’t fall flat this week, said head coach Rex Ryan.
“Oh, I can assure you we’re going to play well,” he said during his Friday press conference. “And I can assure you that that team’s going to get everything we have, just like always. We know what’s at stake here. I said it. We want the T-shirt, we want the hate, we want the trophy. I don’t know what else I need to say. That is the truth.
“They’ve had six Super Bowl trophies. If they want to put them on the field, we’ll play them too.”
In other words, the Jets are coming. Hard.
Friday's practice was the best in a week of "outstanding practices," the coach said.
"I feel good about where we are. The preparation's been great. It's just now a matter of going down there and letting it rip."