Different coaching styles lead Colts' Caldwell, Jets' Ryan to AFC title game
Jim Caldwell is as comfortable being a soft-spoken offensive wizard as Rex Ryan is as a brash defensive guru. Like their styles or not...
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Jim Caldwell is as comfortable being a soft-spoken offensive wizard as Rex Ryan is as a brash defensive guru.
Like their styles or not, the contrasting rookie coaches have their teams in the AFC Championship Game with a Super Bowl berth on the line Sunday.
"You might try to draw parallels between Rex and I, or our two teams, in how they handle different situations," said Caldwell, the Indianapolis Colts' coach. "The great thing about this game is that it requires an immense amount of authenticity, so you have to be who you are."
That's what Ryan has been saying since the day he was hired as New York Jets coach a year ago. Yes, he'll say what's on his mind and make some cringe with his sometimes outlandish statements. Ryan is also quick to point out that this is who he's always been.
"I think you better believe in yourself, you better believe in your football team," Ryan said.
Ryan's daily news conferences are guaranteed to get at least one chuckle. With the AFC title game two days away, Ryan was still as loose as ever Friday, poking fun at himself — as always.
"I always go into men's stores and I'm like, 'Where's your men's section at?' " the rotund Ryan said. "It's like, 'What do you mean? We have double-X.' And, I'm like, 'Yeah, who is that supposed to fit?' "
Meanwhile, Caldwell takes a less-colorful, more humble approach, staying away from controversy. But don't mistake that for not being competitive.
"One of the things he has preached to us this year is that we are going to be the hunters," linebacker Gary Brackett said. "No matter what someone else has to play for, no matter what attitude, bravado, whatever it is they bring in here, we are going to be the hunters."
• Defensive end Gaines Adams was remembered for his enormous talent, quiet humility and an amazing smile that drew people to him throughout his football career.
"They all talked about that smile," Tommy Bowden, Adams' coach at Clemson, recalled.
More than 1,000 family members, friends, fans and teammates gathered at Rock Springs Baptist Church in Easley, S.C., to celebrate the life of Adams, the 26-year-old defensive end who died Sunday from an enlarged heart.
• The NFL has drawn the most viewers for the divisional round of the playoffs in 16 years, with an average of 33 million per game.
Sunday's Cowboys-Vikings game attracted 37.7 million viewers, the most-watched program on TV since last year's Super Bowl.
• New Orleans TE Jeremy Shockey missed practice with a sore right knee.
• Minnesota WR Percy Harvin (migraines) missed his second straight practice.
• Houston LB Brian Cushing will not play in the Pro Bowl because of several injuries. He dealt with foot, knee and rib injuries, as well as a broken finger, this season.
• Oakland finally made a coaching decision, bringing Mike Waufle back as defensive-line coach. The move comes as head coach Tom Cable's status remains in limbo nearly three weeks after the end of the regular season.
• Washington hired Sean McVay as an offensive assistant on Mike Shanahan's staff.
• Online court records show that a $70 million lawsuit filed against Baltimore LB Terrell Suggs has been dismissed. Candace Williams, the mother of Suggs' two young children, was suing him for assault and battery.