Rex Ryan: Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola are ‘Wes Welker clones’
|09.10.13 at 1:27 pm ET|
Rex Ryan has a great sense of humor. That’s one reason he broke out in laughter Tuesday when some suggested that Tom Brady had some “struggles” adjusting to his new group of receivers in the Patriots passing game.
“Well I don’t know that I would classify Tom Brady struggling,” Ryan said. “I’d have to see that to believe it. I don’t think he has ever struggled. So, to me, what I saw was a team that could really run the football, and I think in the past they have run the ball, but not with the conviction that I saw in the first week against a pretty darn good front.”
Of course, a big part of Brady’s success was going to Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola early and often. But Ryan also saw a lot more of Stevan Ridley, Shane Vereen and LeGarrette Blount carrying the ball.
“That’s something that obviously looks like New England is going to run the ball more than they’ve done in the past,” Ryan said. “I saw where two receivers, [regarding] your comments that it was a bad game [for receivers], I saw two receivers had over 100 yards. So, [laughing] Oh my goodness. But again, you’ve got a couple of Wes Welker clones over there in Edelman and Amendola. It’s difficult, no question.”
Brady was 29-of-52 for 288 yards and two touchdowns and one interception against Mike Pettine‘s defense. Pettine spent the previous four years as Rex Ryan’s defensive coordinator.
“Mike does a good job at things like that,” Ryan said. “Obviously [it was a] very competitive game. It looked like they were ahead of them, but we’ve seen Brady do that time and time again, where you get that lead and then all of the sudden here he comes and boom, he marches them down the field. That’s Brady being Brady.
“We know New England. New England is very multiple as far as their offense, and defense for that matter, in terms of what they do game plan wise. They may show something one week and then next week be completely different. They are very multiple, and so you may get four wides, you may get whatever that maybe you haven’t seen. But we have gone against each other enough to know that that’s a possibility. But yeah, you will look at the Bill game and you will go back and look at games that you’ve had against them, and you’ll look at other things as well. I think we know each other well. The personnel is different. There has been a lot of talk about their personnel being different, but we’ve got seven new starters on defense and five new starters on offense and two backups to some of those starters on defense. That’s probably new personnel.”
Ryan’s Jets, like the Patriots, are making significant modifications to their practice schedule, going very light this week and stressing walkthroughs instead of heavy practices.
“Very similar. We’ll have walkthroughs every day and then we will have a little practice,” Ryan said. “Ours is about timing and things. We’ll have a little bit more than that, but not much. You just got through playing a game, and it’s about keeping your players fresh. Obviously they have to mentally be focused. It’s a new opponent, so I think that’s the big thing. So, we’re very similar.