Kristian's Quick Hits: Pesky Jets await Saints and Ryan Rivalry
by Kristian Garic, email@example.com,posted Oct 31 2013 7:53AM
The New York Jets have been inconsistent to say the least this season at 4 and 4. However, New York is 3 and 0 this season coming off a loss, and 3 and 1 overall in Met Life Stadium.
Rookie quarterback Geno Smith has a flare for the dramatics leading the Jets to come from behind victories in all four wins this season. Smith has also played poorly in their four losses. "He's had three or four of these come from behind or game winning drives; for a young quarterback that's a big thing to build on. He's got a strong arm, and you can see that. You can see the confidence from his teammates when they're late in games and it's close. It's a pretty good trait," Saints Coach Sean Payton said when asked about the rookie signal caller.
Rob and Rex Ryan have faced each other five times as NFL coaches, Rex has won all five games. Typically in the week leading up to previous match ups one or the other takes a friendly jab at their fraternal twin brother. Rex started it this week.
One reporter this week asked Rex, "Did you worry about your brother just living in a place like New Orleans?"
"What, how big he could get?" Rex Replied .
The reporter added, "It's a crazy place.
"He probably fits right in," Rex chuckled.
When Rex read the injury report to the media Wednesday he added to the sibling rivalry. On the back of the report was a picture of his brother Rob with a caption, "Sorry about that Jets." The photo was the picture taken a couple of weeks ago in New England during the Saints last second defeat at the hands of Rex's biggest rival. Next to Rob Ryan's photo was a picture of Rex Ryan with the caption, "Wish I could look as good as my twin."
It's playful, and I'm sure when we speak to Rob on Friday, he'll have a retort for Rex. In the meantime, the players say Rob has been all business this week.
"Somebody told me that Rob was 0 and 5 against his brother; we have to change that this week," Saints linebacker Curtis Lofton said.
Ivory gets a shot:
The Saints traded running back Chris Ivory to the Jets back in April, for a fourth round pick that helped them trade back into the third round and select nose tackle Jonathan Jenkins. "I think a lot of Chris, and I think it's an opportunity that worked out well for both sides," Payton explained. After missing most of training camp with a sore hamstring, Ivory has seen an increased workload in recent weeks. Ivory says he holds no hard feelings for Sean Payton and the Saints, "He (Payton) loved everything I did there. I don't think he wanted it to go through. He and his staff thought some things through and felt like that was the best thing for them to do," Ivory said on a conference call with local media. Ivory is averaging 3.1 yards per carry on 74 runs for 230 yards and 0 td's this season.
Safety Kenny Vaccaro sat out of practice Wednesday listed with concussion symptoms and a sore back. The following players also missed practice; G Jahri Evans (hip), S Malcolm Jenkins (knee) WR Marques Colston (knee) and Tyrunn Walker (knee). WR Kenny Stills (knee), TE Jimmy Graham (foot), and LB David Hawthorne (knee) S Roman Harper (knee) were limited in practice. RB Mark Ingram did not even appear on the first injury report of the week.