CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Rex Ryan ain’t too proud to beg – or at least ask nicely to borrow.
The Jets coach said this week he’s talked at length to his brother Rob, defensive coordinator of the New Orleans Saints, about slowing down multi-talented quarterback Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers offense today.
Rob Ryan’s Saints limited Carolina to two field goals through three quarters in a 31-13 win over the Panthers a week ago.
Rex Ryan at first tried to act coy about the open collusion with Rob, but quickly laughed and admitted he’d spent a good deal of time talking with Rob this week in advance of facing the Panthers.
“Oh yeah, without question I’ve already talked to him,” Rex Ryan said.
“Our defenses are two different defenses – he has his own style, so do we. But again, without question I’ve already talked to him about the things he picked up. Just anything you would do against any opponent, but in particular he just played them this past week so I definitely already talked to him.”
Panthers coach Ron Rivera, who coached under the brothers’ father, Buddy Ryan, said he’s not all that concerned about the conspiring siblings.
“I don’t necessarily take a lot of stock in talking to a lot people throughout the league,” Rivera said. “Whether he has something from his brother, that’s great. I know Rex and Rob, and Rex is going to do what he does, I will tell you that. Rex is his own person.
“He may have gotten something from his brother, but he’s going to call his own game,” Rivera added.
Rob Ryan has been more than happy to contribute to the Jets’ cause.
If the Jets (6-7) beat the Panthers (9-4) and the Saints win today at St. Louis, New Orleans would clinch the NFC South.
The Panthers (9-4) can clinch a playoff spot Sunday with a win over the Jets combined with losses by San Francisco and Arizona, and a loss or tie by either Philadelphia or Dallas. However, if Carolina loses Sunday and Arizona wins, the Panthers are suddenly on the outside looking in at the playoffs despite their record.