The N.Y. Jets went down to Houston last Sunday, licked the storied Texans, and now are talking like they are the second coming of the Patriots.
Yep, Rex Ryan's team really knows how to handle success, eh? Looks like this big apple didn't fall too far from daddy, Buddy's tree.
On Tuesday, the younger Ryan (pictured) made it clear to Jets fans that, "he is not here to kiss a ring," referencing Bill Belichick's three Super Bowl rings he's won with the Patriots, the Jets foe on Sunday.
It was only only four months ago when the John Candy of coaches said on New York's WFAN, "I never came here to kiss Bill Belichick's rings," which would mean either he needs to get some new material or he has a serious jewelry fetish.
No matter, word is his players just love the guy! He's like the cool parent that let's the neighborhood kids get away with saying swear words and stuff. Neato!
On Thursday, the Jets' free safety Kerry Rhodes outdid his cool coach when he had this to say to the New York Daily News' Gary Myers about playing the Patriots:
“You go out from the first quarter on, from the first play on, and try to embarrass them. Not just go out there and try to win, try to embarrass them. Try to make them feel bad when they leave here. We don’t want to just beat them. We want to send a message to them, ‘We’re not backing down from you and we expect to win this game, and it’s not going to be luck, it’s not going to be a mistake.’ ”
At a time it seems everybody is running their mouths, from congressmen...to star tennis players... to star rappers...maybe we should just give the Jets the benefit of the doubt, and construe all this as some weird kind of childish, motivational self-talk.
Or, maybe, the laugh-a-minute Ryan would be better served reminding his team and himself that talk is dirt cheap, and widely available to all shoppers, but the cost of winning isn't.
Thing is, if any franchise should know this, it's the Jets.
This is a team that hasn't beaten the Patriots at home in eight years. This is a team that hasn't even seen a Super Bowl in 40 years. This is a team that has won three playoff games over the last 12 years, during which time the Patriots have played in FIVE Super Bowls, winning three of them.
But here they are, all big and bad at 1-0, a rookie coach and quarterback at the helm, and talking like they own the NFL. Truth is, they don't even own their own city.
Should the Jets back up their big talk with a victory Sunday, bar the door, Katie, because they will become positively insufferable to deal with, and moving targets in every NFL stadium they visit this year.
Really, the best thing that could happen to this group would be to get knocked off their soap box fast. It'll hurt a lot less that way, because right now, they really don't have that far to fall.
Here's what else is on the Football Friday Menu in the Grill Room:
Take your pick
For informational purposes only...some picks for Week 2 action around the NFL brought to you by folks who most likely know as much about the game as you do:
This Week's Grill Room NFL 100-PROOF lock: Washington over St. Louis minus-9.
Warning: Week 2 might be the most dangerous forecasting week of any football season. Why? Because all the teams have film on their opponents, and are able to set their game plans accordingly.
Week 1 is much more of a guessing game, where, with little else to go on, the best talent often simply wins out. There are loads of so-called experts in the soup line each year after Week 2 because they put too much stock, and money, into what a team did, or didn't do, in Week 1.
With that in mind, and even if we did hit our pick last week right on the number making our patrons in the GR boatloads of cash, don't expect us to go all Rex Ryan on you with this week's offering. We practice what we preach around here, and will let our picks do the talking.
No. 19 Washington was outclassed by the No. 3 Giants last week on the road, but did a decent job limiting the Jints' vaunted rushing game to 103 yards on 31 carries.
This week, the Redskins' defense will face a St. Louis offense that was positively anemic on the road in a 28-0 loss at Seattle.
Expect DT Albert Haynesworth and the gang to play downhill and in the Rams' backfield all day long. The Redskins open at home with an easy 24-10 win over the No. 31 Rams.
Tape it up
Injuries are part of the game around the NFL as this week's injury report certainly bears out.
No. 2 Philadelphia isn't ruling out QB Donovan McNabb for this week's showdown with the No. 11 Saints.
If you can't stop by the Grill Room, here's the college and pro football fare that's cooking on the tube this weekend:
(For our U.S. military viewers and their families overseas the games American Forces Network will be showing are in bold.)
Friday, Sept. 18
Boise State at Fresno State, 9 p.m., ESPN
Saturday, Sept. 19
California at Minnesota, Noon, ESPN
East Carolina at North Carolina, Noon, ESPN2
Boston College at Clemson, Raycom
Duke at Kansas, Noon, Versus
Eastern Michigan at Michigan, Noon, Big Ten Network
Northern Illinois at Purdue, Noon, Big Ten Network
Temple at Penn State, Noon, Big Ten Network
Wofford at Wisconsin, Noon, Big Ten Network
Louisville at Kentucky, Noon, ESPNU
North Texas at Alabama, 12:21 p.m., SEC Network
Tennessee at Florida, 3:30 p.m., CBS
USC at Washington, 3:30 p.m., ABC
Nebraska at Virginia Tech, 3:30 p.m., ABC
Arizona at Iowa, 3:30 p.m., ABC
Michigan State at Notre Dame, 3:30 p.m.
Utah at Oregon, 3:30 p.m., ESPN
Tulsa at Oklahoma, 3:30 p.m., FSN
Indiana at Akron, 3:30 p.m., ESPNU
Virginia at Southern Miss, 3:30 p.m., CBS CSN
Cincinnati at Oregon State, 6:45 p.m., FSN
Florida State at BYU, 7 p.m., Versus
Louisiana-Lafayette at LSU, 7 p.m., ESPNU
Air Force at New Mexico, 7:30 p.m., CBS CSN
Georgia at Arkansas, 7:45 p.m., ESPN
West Virginia at Auburn, 7:45 p.m., ESPN2
Texas Tech at Texas, 8 p.m., ABC
Kansas State at UCLA, 10:15 p.m., FSN
Hawaii at UNLV, 11 p.m., Mtn.
Sunday, Sept. 20
Carolina at Atlanta 1 p.m., FOX
Minnesota at Detroit 1 p.m., FOX
Cincinnati at Green Bay 1 p.m., CBS
Arizona at Jacksonville 1 p.m., FOX
Oakland at Kansas City 1 p.m., CBS
New England at N.Y. Jets 1 p.m., CBS
New Orleans at Philadelphia 1 p.m., FOX
Houston at Tennessee 1 p.m., CBS
St. Louis at Washington 1 p.m., FOX
Tampa Bay at Buffalo 4:05 p.m., FOX
Seattle at San Francisco 4:05 p.m., FOX
Pittsburgh at Chicago 4:15 p.m., CBS
Cleveland at Denver 4:15 p.m., CBS
Baltimore at San Diego 4:15 p.m., CBS
N.Y. Giants at Dallas 8:20 p.m., NBC
Monday, Sept. 21
Indianapolis at Miami 8:30 p.m., ESPN
(All times EST)
(Associated Press photo)