FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - Rex Ryan is already guaranteeing one thing.
"This will be as loose a team as you'll ever see going into an AFC Championship Game," the coach said Wednesday as the Jets began practicing for Sunday's contest with the Colts. "Loose because we are going to prepare to the best of our abilities and we look forward to the opportunity to compete against a great football team. We're not afraid to compete against the Colts. We're excited to."
The Jets, trying to adopt the business-as-usual mantra, are confident they won't tense up in the national spotlight. "We understand it's tough sledding," said linebacker Bart Scott, who was limited with an ankle injury, though Ryan said he should be ready Sunday. "But we are not afraid to fail and I think when you are not afraid to fail, it gives you a better chance to succeed."
Leonhard knows his pain
When DE Shaun Ellis whiffed on a sack against the Chargers because he was unable to grab Philip Rivers with his broken hand, most of the Jets had a good chuckle. Jim Leonhard understood Ellis' frustration.
Leonhard broke his right thumb in Week 10 against Jacksonville and has been playing with a cast. "You spend this week trying to figure out what works best for you and what you need to protect it and how you need to change your technique to be successful," Leonhard said.
With Tom Rock