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Jets coach Rex Ryan on playing Colts: ‘It’s personal’

01.03.11 at 1:59 pm ET
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Jets coach Rex Ryan talked Monday about his team’s playoff game against the Colts, the team that defeated New York in the AFC championship game a year ago, and said, “It’s personal.”

Since 2005, Colts quarterback Peyton Manning is 5-1 with 12 touchdown passes and two interceptions going against teams for which Ryan has been head coach (Jets) or defensive coordinator (Ravens). The one loss came when Manning was pulled in the third quarter of last year’s regular-season finale because the Colts had already clinched a playoff berth and were resting their starters. Manning is 2-0 vs. Ryan’s teams in the playoffs.

“I don’t know when I’m going to beat him, but I want it to be Saturday night,” Ryan said. “Is it personal? Yes, it’s personal. It’s personal against him, Reggie Wayne, all those guys, yeah. [Dwight] Freeney and [Robert] Mathis and those other dudes? Absolutely.”

Added Ryan: “I want to put the show on the other foot. I know this team does, too. We want him to experience [a loss] this time.”

Former Colts coach Tony Dungy said Sunday night on NBC that blitzing defenses like those of the Jets and Ravens aren’t generally successful against Manning. “I don’t think you can beat Peyton Manning with a  defense that’s just trying to fool you,” Dungy said.

Responded Ryan: “When you get out there [in the media], you’ve got all the answers, but you don’t have to play anymore. I respect everybody’s opinions, but the only I care about is my own.”

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