New York Jets coach Rex Ryan said Monday that the idea that the Jets were a "circus" is one the team can and will use as motivation this season. And after sunday's 48-28 victory over the Buffalo Bills the Jets certainly have the upperhand on the doubters.
Here are excerpts from Ryan's appearance on the Michael Kay Show on ESPN Radio New York, provided by Sports Radio Interviews.
It seems, talking to players, that you were chapped about the team being labeled a circus. Is that true?:
"I was a little bit, because I think our team deserves a lot better than that kind of comment. We are a team. We feel great about each other. We know the kind of work that all these guys are putting in — these assistant coaches and all our players are doing a phenomenal job and working extremely hard. I don’t think that’s really fair. Judge us for who we are right now. We think we’re a good football team and this season, we get to prove it."
Did you use that as motivation?:
"I don’t know about motivation. I think I did tell them that I thought we had the league right where we wanted them. A lot of people weren’t giving us a whole lot of respect because of the fact we struggled scoring in the preseason and things like that. Again, there’s a lot of teams that maybe will show more of their hand, but being a brand-new staff, coming here, we felt confident that, ‘Let’s just show some base things and then unleash everything that opening week.’ That’s basically what we tried to do."