By Steve Corkran
Wednesday, September 21st, 2011 at 8:49 am in Oakland Raiders.
New York Jets coach Rex Ryan isn’t kidding when he says he does things his way and always keeps his body clock on East Coast time. He spoke with the Bay Area media Wednesday morning, more than 2 hours before the Raiders begin practice.
As usual, Ryan had plenty of interesting things to say, including his love for rookie wide receiver Denarius Moore, how he thinks quarterback Jason Campbell is playing and how serious he was about signing former Raiders cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha to a long-term contract before this season started.
Here are a few tidbits from the conference call with Ryan, with more to come later.
On Moore, whom the Raiders selected in the fifth round of this year’s NFL draft:
“We really liked him, and I’m sure the young man can tell you that,” Ryan said. “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.”
Ryan also said he recalls seeing Campbell before he entered the NFL.
“I just see a guy that has a bazooka for an arm,” Ryan said. “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, ‘Golllyyy.’ He has that kind of arm talent, he really does. He’s got some mobility and now he’s been in the league a long time, so he’s at his best right now. This is probably the best I’ve seen of Jason Campbell.”
Ryan has worked with numerous current Raiders coaches in the past. It’s obvious he holds them in high regard.
“I coached together with Hue (Jackson) and I coached together with John Fassel,” Ryan said. “Bob Wylie, I coached with (him) at the University of Cincinnati. Rod Woodson, of course, as a player. I know a lot of these guys. It’s good. They’re all good guys, passionate coaches. and I wish ‘em the best … except when they play us.”
Ryan dismissed the notion of the Jets being at a huge disadvantage without the services of center Nick Mangold this Sunday.
“Well, just like Darrelle Revis is the best corner in football, Nick Mangold is the best center in football,” Ryan said. “So, clearly that will hurt. There’s only one Nick Mangold in the league, but we’ve had to replace good players in the past. Revis went out for a couple of games last year. We had Kris Jenkins out, really played five games in two years. We’re a team, we’re not just individuals and all that stuff. We’re a team
“We’ll replace them. Next man steps up. As long as long as you’re wearing that Jet decal, you’re expected to play at a certain level and a certain temperment, and the next guy will be Baxter, and I’m sure he’ll do a good job.”
Ryan said the Jets went after Asomugha hard during the offseason and made an offer, which is more than the Raiders did.
“I’d say we definitely went after him,” Ryan said. “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 he’s an outstanding player but that’s one that got away. We did not come off our offer one bit.”
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