Ryan weighs in on Raiders

September 21, 2011, 8:46 pm
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ALAMEDA -- He's one of the more boisterous coaches not only in the NFL, but in all of organized sports. So when Rex Ryan speaks, it's usually entertaining. And with his New York Jets coming to Oakland for the Raiders' home opener this weekend, Ryan spoke via conference call to Raiders beat writers this morning. A sampling, then, of some "Rex-isms" from Wednesday...On how hard the Jets went after free-agent cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha this offseason: "I'd say we definitely went after him. We made an offer to him that we thought was fair and we never came off it one bit. We just made the one offer and he chose to sign somewhere else for more money. Obviously we recognize hes an outstanding player but you know. Thats one that got away. We did not come off our offer one bit.On how different the Raiders appear to be two years after they last played: "I think Richard Seymour is playing outstanding I can tell you that much and he obviously knows the system and everything else. I think hes been absolutely fantastic. They have the size, speed and then the back. Its an offense that features the running back and the vertical passing game, as everyone knows, but theyre really doing a good job. That running back has a lot of speed."
On Raiders rookie receiver Denarius Moore: "We really liked him and Im sure the young man can tell you that. We had him in for a visit. We really did like him. It never worked out for us. I tell you what, he had a huge game this past week with about 150 yards receiving and a reverse for 25 yards. He really did a nice job. That catch he made in double coverage against Buffalo was big time.On if the Raiders might be more dangerous considering their defensive collapse at Buffalo: "I cant tell you that because it never happened to me. I'm not worried about how they feel I'm worried about how we feel."On Nick Mangold's status: "Well, just like Darrelle Revis is the best corner in football, Nick Mangold is the best center in football, so clearly that will hurt. Theres only one Nick Mangold in the league. But weve had to replace good players in the past. Revis went out for a couple of games last year. We had Kris Jenkins, was out, really played I think five games in two years. Were a team, were not just individuals and all that stuff. Were a team, well replace them, next man steps up, as long as youre wearing that Jet decal youre expected to play at a certain level and a certain temperament, and the next guy will be (Colin) Baxter and Im sure hell do a good job."On how he built the Jets in his own image: "I dont know. I was just myself when I came here and were fortunate, Im fortunate to have a lot of excellent coaches with me. Its just something that we believed, its a style, I have one shot to be a head coach in this league and I was going to build it a certain way. Whether its building a bully or playing like a Jet, whatever it is, this is whos coming in. This is our football team and this is how we play, and I guess thats kind of our trademark of how we play. Were a passionate football team, play snap to whistle, play 60 minutes and thats the type of team we have and the type of character we have in our room."On Raiders quarterback Jason Campbell's growth: "I just see a guy that has a bazooka for an arm. He can make all the throws. I remember going to his workout at Auburn, and he was sitting on a knee and threw the ball like 60 yards, and I was like, 'Golly.' He has that kind of arm talent, he really does. Hes got some mobility and now hes been in the league a long time, so I think hes at his best right now. This is probably the best Ive seen of Jason Campbell."On his own quarterback, Mark Sanchez, eating a hot dog on the sidelines the last time the Jets played in Oakland: "Yeah, I think that was more to do with he had some stomach issues or something. We dont think that will be an issue this time."