Running highlights from Rex Ryan's Monday news conference...
On the win... I don't know if I did our fans justice. It's the truth. It was amazing for me but it was also amazing for our players. They said they couldn't hear themselves, but that's perfect. I can't wait to see what our fans are going to be like when you have the hated Patriots, I mean, this kind of rival coming into our stadium. I don't think our fans need any more prompting. ... That team right there had more vertical passes than any team in the league last year. For us to keep them to two explosive plays was good. I think we had seven explosives. The three turnovers to no turnovers was huge; we'll sign up to that every week.
On Sammy Watkins not being targeted until the third... I think sometimes it's going to be like that. Whatever the plan is. Quite honestly, we were trying to play keepaway a little bit from Indianapolis and had some more underneath throws. He was open a couple times. Protection broke down. We could've had a 60- or 70-yard touchdown. Is it rare that Sammy went without a catch? Yeah, it'll probably happen once this season. Our focus is to win the game.
On McCoy... They know where he's at. They know where Sammy's at. We'll get going, let's not judge them on one game.
On Gilmore playing on an island... Yeah, he did more than hold up. He thrived. If he comes away with that pick... he had a phenomenal game. The four corners that we had played, all played extremely well with Robey at nickel, Butler coming in. All the guys played well. If we can hold up on the corner, it's going to be fun. It'll be hard to do anything against us on defense. When you feel comfortable on the outside, it makes it a heck of a lot easier.
On Karlos Williams getting the ball late in the first half... We felt great about him. LeSean just had a great run for a touchdown. Put the fresher guy and that's what we did. Pounded him through there. We have two horses back there. We have the thoroughbred, the clydesdale and the in-between guy. We've got some studs back there. Every now an then, OK rook, get in there. He's a big, physical guy who runs behind his pads.
On his special teams... Doesn't get much better than that. That was a huge factor to why we won the game. When you make a tackle on the three-yard line, I don't think I've seen that before. Until my one fake one last year, we got tackled at the six. ... Very pleased there. Our punter was outstanding. And then Carpenter obviously, some of the hidden points, you have a first-ballot Hall of Fame guy in Vinatieri, he misses a kick and we come back and nail it. That was a huge part of the game.
On the run blocking... It wasn't our best. We had a couple guys take a step back. I'll say this: Richie Incognito, whew, he played outstanding. He was outstanding. But we have to better and I know we can get better.
On Mario Butler's play... I've been impressed with that young man for a long time. All he does is make plays. That's what we did. He steps in and that's what you have to do. When you're the next guy up, you have to play to the starter's ability. You have to mentally prepare yourself to be the starter. We have guys who stepped up and they did prepare like you're supposed to and we had guys who were ready to play. Butler's one, Bacarri Rambo's another one.
On Percy Harvin... He's a guy you'll have to account for each week. If you're treating him like just another guy, then good luck to you.
On the Patriots... I don't know if much has changed. They're still the hunted in my mind. They're the world champions, the ones you want to knock off. That hasn't changed a whole lot. ... It's a tough Sunday because of their skill. Great coach, a Hall of Fame quarterback, that's what makes it more difficult than anything else. We don't have to worry about getting our team ready to play. The Patriots are the ones you want to beat. It's not like we're just now preparing for them.
On preparing for Rob Gronkowski... We'll stand by our record against him. He's tough. He's huge. He's a hell of an actor. He's a big, huge dude now. 6-7, 6-8 whatever he is. He moves good. He can adjust on short, long, whatever, he has great body control and he can run better than people know.
On Patriots RB's getting plugged in... I don't think we're going to focus on that kid. I don't even think I could tell you that kid's name.
On his playbook... Each week changes. If you're focused on this, we may or may not use what you see on tape. We're multiple on defense.
On Tyrod Taylor not having game reps with the starters.... I thought he did really well. Technically, he never had a first start. He started, man, give me a break. Ridiculous! I thought he did a tremendous job. He was accurate with the football and made some big plays with his legs as well. Those guys were out for the majority of the preseason, so I'd say that's true. It's also hard because people haven't played against him. But also, in your preparations, it's tough. How are they going to play you? Against Pittsburgh, I don't know how much of that defense New England is going to play against us. I think they'll come down and stop our run. They'll come down with eight guys to stop our run and if they do that you have some issues outside.
On the report on Charles Clay's knee... I don't know who would put that out there. That's the first I heard of it. Probably someone who wanted to keep him, I wonder who was that.
On Mario Williams/Jerry Hughes... They got the ball out fast. Mario played well and Jerry played really well. We gave him a game ball. Sometimes stats can be misleading. Those two guys played outstanding. So was Kyle. Kyle was outstanding in there. He missed a sack so I'm sure that bothered him. He forced two holding calls. ... They're getting the ball out in three steps. Why? Because they know they can't hold it. It doesn't show up in sacks but it shows up in the win column.