Monday, January 11, 2010

Up next: San Diego

The Jets put on a pretty convincing show on Sunday. Any questions? Well, a few, but the fact is, the team is looking good no matter how you slice it.

Next up, the San Diego Chargers. As much of a challenge as the Bengals may have presented (and several players told me privately that Cincinnati really was not as good as advertised...) the Chargers are a whole different story.

Philip Rivers is scary good. Here's what safety Jim Leonhard said about him today. "He's extremely accurate. The biggest thing with them is they'll spread the ball all over the place. He has a lot of big-time targets that he can distribute the ball to. He's an equal-opportunity quarterback. He's willing to throw to anyone. It doesn't matter, whoever is open, that's where the ball is going. It's really hard to get keyed in on him."

Jerricho Cotchery and Rivers are good friends from their days together at NC State and Cotchery laughed today that he still owes Rivers one for knocking his team out of the playoffs back when they were both in high school.

The most important factor for this team right now may be Rex Ryan. His players speak of how much his confidence and his support has meant to them all season and especially now. The fact that Ryan actually mapped out a schedule for them up through not just the Super Bowl, but a Super Bowl parade made them all sit up and take a second look.

It's one of those things where it's like a proud parent," said Nick Mangold. "(When you have) a parent who believes in you and wants the best for you, you want to go to school to get the good grades, to make them even prouder. You want to go out there and be the best."

Tomorrow is the first open locker room since the win on Sunday. I'm anticipating three media people for every player. Oughta be piles of fun. I'll let you know.

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