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Ryan: No fear of emotional letdown

Posted by Shalise Manza Young, Globe Staff  January 19, 2011 04:47 PM

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After all of the talking the Jets did last week in the run up to their playoff game with the Patriots, after the way they celebrated their win, it might be hard to get up emotionally like that a week later.

But coach Rex Ryan doesn't worry that New York will have any sort of letdown in the AFC title game in Pittsburgh.

"No. Shoot, the Super Bowl's not played for another three weeks or something," he said this afternoon at the Jets' facility in suburban Florham Park, N.J. "We plan on being there. To do that, it's going to take everything we have to have a chance at it. You thought last week was emotional and all that, just wait until this week."

Unlike last week, when anyone associated with the Jets seemed loathe to give any kind of on-the-record respect to the Patriots, this week they have nothing but love for the Steelers.

Asked why he has such admiration for Pittsburgh, Ryan, wearing a vintage-looking (you know, something that's new that's made to look like it's been well-worn and washed a hundred times) green Jets hoodie with an AFL patch on the right arm, said, "I look at it as the way football's meant to be played.

"This is two hard-hitting, hard-nosed teams getting ready to go at it. Just roll the clock back about 30 years or something, that is the kind of game it's going to be. That's who we are and that's who Pittsburgh is and that's who Pittsburgh has always been...I respect the way they play."

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