It's Jets week.
So get over the Saint hangover. And get ready for an interesting week of great Rex Ryan quotes, some Jets fans trolling this blog, some trash talking from both sides and the usual Wildcat disrespect from Calvin Pace ... oops. Hold that thought.
Seems Pace, the Jets linebacker who called the Wildcat "nonsense" after Miami's 31-27 victory Oct 12, isn't going to be in the mood to relaunch his campaign against the offense he "can't respect."
“I’m not doing any talking about what I said earlier,” Pace said via conference call with New York writers earlier this week. “I said it. I meant it. But I really feel like what Channing Crowder said, about, ‘If you don’t like it, stop it,’ was true. That was a true comment. We don’t like it, we’ve got to go out there and stop it. And that’s what we have to do.”
You will remember that there was a little post-game back and forth between the Jets and Dolphins -- not to mention the pregame back and forth -- when Pace made his "nonsense" comment and Crowder responded with the clarity of a renaissance philosopher.
“We ‘nonsensed’ their [butts] all the way up and down the field,” Dolphins linebacker Channing Crowder replied. “Wildcat is an offensive formation .. They have thousands of plays on film about it ... Go stop it.”
Pace, by the way, also ran away from calling Chad Henne a "clown quarterback," another comment he made after the first game.
“I think their running game, and their ability to establish that, helped him,” Pace said when asked about Henne. “Any time you’ve got two backs getting 5-, 6-yards here and there, and they’re doing that, and you have a quarterback where he’s just got to make smart throws, it’s making his job easier.
"Like I said the past couple weeks, we have to get to a situation where we’re making it third-and-9, third-and-10, where Henne has to beat us, instead of just giving him a quick checkdown where a guy can just fall for it for a first down. That’s really going to have to be our main focus for the week, to eliminate the running game, and then make Chad Henne go out there and try to pick us apart.”
Well, you've not heard the last of this stuff. Ryan will talk to the Miami media at 2:35 p.m. today. Mark Sanchez will call in at 5 p.m. and hopefully wait until the call is over before having a hot dog or something for dinner.
The Dolphins practice at 11 a.m. and their locker room opens at 2:15 p.m. [Update: Channing Crowder, nursing an undisclosed left arm/shoulder injury, is not practicing today. Linebacker Matt Roth, who missed practice late last week because of an ankle injury, is back to practicing today.
By the way, coach Tony Sparano was riding some receivers hard during the portion of practice open to the media. After Brian Hartline and Ted Ginn Jr. dropped passes after getting behind the defender, Sparano yelled to the next receiver, imploring him to, "go get the (expletive) football."
As expected, Ginn did not take his snaps with the first-team offense.]
Check back here often today for more updates. I'll have a locker room update, a Ryan update, a Sparano update and a Sanchez update. It should be a full, full day.