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Rex, tremendae majestatis

Posted by Charles P. Pierce  January 10, 2011 02:59 PM

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(This Blog awards extra Bloggy points to anyone who remembered that the title of this post comes from the Association's masterpiece, Requiem For The Masses. No cheating now.)

It seems that, in all the tabloidy tabloidizing that went on around the New York Jets this season, it became easy to forget that Rex Ryan can coach himself some defensive football. (And, yes, it helped that he was coaching against Jim Caldwell. Does he have any timeouts left?) Ryan put together a game plan that utterly befuddled Peyton Manning, and he did it patiently, and without a lot of blitzing and stunting and bells and whistles. If it wasn't plain vanilla, then it was, at its most extravagant, strawberry or pistachio. Which should be something of a caution to Patriots fans -- the Jets stopped the Colts because they have a lot of really good defensive players who executed a smart, basic game plan to perfection.

Of course, by Wednesday, Ryan is even money to say or do something toweringly stupid and the carnival will begin again.
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