Calvin Pace rallies teammates with some ‘wise words’

The reunion of Red Ryan and Ed Reed along with the Jets three game losing streak caused the Jets head coach to remember a tradition that used to take place in Baltimore.  In recent weeks, Ryan has used some of his veterans to impart “wise words’’ to the rest of the team.  A while back it was Ed Reed who shared some words, this week it was eleven year NFL veteran Calvin Pace.

Ryan told the New York Post on Friday that while Pace might not talk much, he delivered a impassioned message to his teammates that they took to heart.

“Some guys may only see Calvin Pace as a guy who doesn’t talk much, other guys may see him in a different light,’’ Ryan told The Post Friday. “The man’s smart. He’s an 11-year veteran and he’s telling you a powerful message. The message was great, because it was from the heart.’’

Right tackle Austin Howard, who made it to the playoffs in his rookie year in Philadelphia and hasn’t been back since, was riveted by Pace’s words.

“His message was, ‘Take advantage of what we have in front of us. We don’t know where we’re going to be next year, so take advantage of the here and now. We have to go out there and take advantage of this opportunity, have faith in the guy next to you, have faith that we’re a good team, have faith that we can go out there and win this game.’ ”

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

I’m glad to hear that the message was well received by the players and they appreciate that they still are playing games that matter and are taking it to heart.  That has to be factored into the ultimate decision about this coach and this franchise come the offseason.

Yes, the Jets are mathematically still in the running for the playoffs, but that could all change after this weekend.  With the Ravens and Dolphins in the driver’s seat and the Chargers stating their case, there’s going to be precious little room for error for the Jets.

One of the biggest ways to stay in the hunt is to post what seems an unlikely victory on the road against one of the league’s better teams this year on both offense and defense.  The Jets have a chance, but it is going to come down to pressuring the quarterback, playing airtight in coverage and getting Geno Smith to carry a significant part of the load by decisively delivering the ball on time to matchups that favor the Jets.

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bob
bob

If Rex is there next year I can see Calvin on the field still. I think Calvin has a few more years left contributing in someway for the Jets.

MoSacks MoSnacks
MoSacks MoSnacks

Prediction: Jets win 21-17. Either I end up looking like a genius or I begin a time of bad predictions.

j3tsfan29
j3tsfan29

"The reunion of red Ryan and ed reed",awesome Bassett! I now picture Morgan Freeman's face on Rex Ryan's body. Almost a mixture of shawshenk redemption and the longest yard! Weeee

Bent
Bent

"Right tackle Austin Howard, who made it to the playoffs in his rookie year in Philadelphia and hasn’t been back since"


I love Austin, but I don't think he would consider sitting on the inactive list all year (71 of his 75 snaps were in week 17 as they rested their starters) and then being inactive in a first round playoff loss to constitute an experience of making the postseason.


Hopefully he gets there as a Jet.  Next year (with a contract extension) if this year can't happen.

Hanknaples
Hanknaples

Bassett:

Like I was telling the Kids in your Blog this morning Bassett....I'ts the middle of December with three more games to go this season and they are all talking NEXT years draft !!!!


I told them they sound like Long Lost METS fans saying 'wait 'till next year'!!!!


Shame on them.....they should all be talking about Jets v Panthers, Miami v NE and Ravens v Lions this Sunday !!!


Like I said it is time to......"LETS GET READY TO RUMMMMMMMBLE" !!!!!!!!!!

DarrolRayFanClub
DarrolRayFanClub

It's a weird feeling, and I hate thinking this way, but I just think that this team is not strong enough to win it's last four games, talent-wise. All the motivational speaking in the world cannot make up for a rookie QB that is not at the level we hoped he'd be this late in the year, a beat up playmaking crew that was weak to begin with, etc etc. 


Do I think they can win tomorrow? Absolutely. I'll never doubt this team's resolve under Ryan. They beat NE and NO and beating Carolina would not surprise me. However, I just worry that if they do win, the rhetoric will shift toward 9-7, that they now have the Browns and Dolphins, which are 'easier' teams than the Panthers, so the Jets 'should' win. 


It's the NFL. You can rise up and beat a good team but it doesn't mean you are suddenly a good team too. I am one of the biggest optimists on this site, and I just can't see this team finishing 4-0. That's why I hate this feeling. I want them to finish 9-7 but think it would be just fine and dandy to finish 8-8... and wouldn't it be such a different offseason if they beat the Browns and Miami to finish on a high note, rather than lose to the 4-10 Browns at home, or worse, lose the last game at Miami with a chance to finish 9-7 and reach the postseason.


I'm sick to my stomach thinking of those two losses. Tomorrow's loss would not make me sick. I guess that's it in a nutshell.

Sal Aspromonte
Sal Aspromonte

It would not surprise me if the Jets end up beating Carolina and then lose to the Browns…I also wouldn't be that surprised if we won the last 3 games or lost the rest of our games.

djf1
djf1

how about not waiting until you're in a desperate situation for this sort of thing.  if they won one of those three games, they'd be in much better shape.

levi
levi

I dont see any way we win this game. Well, unless Geno plays "lights out". So, yeah I dont see any way we win. Were not gonna run on them so its up to the pass game and I dont like that idea.

Neil Herschkowitz
Neil Herschkowitz

Let's keep in mind that we beat the Saints, and the Patriots. Sometimes it's not just match ups, it's who needs the game more. If we start out strong this can be a very close game. A creative game plan on both sides of the ball, open up the play book for Geno, and play fearless.

Bent
Bent

@bob I've heard that Calvin thinks he has a few years left too.

kniff
kniff

@Bent What a vast improvement Austin is over Wayne Hunter omg!!

DarrolRayFanClub
DarrolRayFanClub

I guess I am wondering if getting the inevitable out of the way is worth losing the slim chance to re-live 1991 or 2002 or 2009... instead of a gut-wrenching SOJ loss to the 4-10 Browns at home in second to last game, or in the final game with a chance to get in against Miami again.

DarrolRayFanClub
DarrolRayFanClub

@Sal Aspromonte So the only thing that would surprise you is if they beat the Panthers, beat the Browns and lose to Miami, or if they lose to Panthers and Browns and beat Miami. 

djf1
djf1

@Sal Aspromonte I'd honestly be surprised if we win all three.  j

just thinking realistically.


levi
levi

@Neil Herschkowitz We ran the ball well on those teams though, not gonna happen against Carolina.

Hanknaples
Hanknaples

@djf1

Do you mean the Jets and the Mets or the draft and the playoffs?

Hanknaples
Hanknaples

@jetfuel 

Besides, nobody knows what draft positions we'll have anyway !!


Next years draft is all about FANTASY !!!!

a57se
a57se

@DarrolRayFanClub 

The Jets finished 8-8 in 1991 and lost in the wild card round then went 4-12 in 1992.  Was that good times to you?

Sal Aspromonte
Sal Aspromonte

@DarrolRayFanClub @Sal Aspromonte Hahahaha no.  You know how same old Jets both of those scenarios would be.  The Jets would win the first two games and look like they would make the playoffs and then break your heart by looking hapless and losing terribly in the third or probably the more realistic, the Jets looking hapless in the next two games and then look great in the final game and winning it which is nice but then knowing our luck, jump a ton of spots higher in the draft and end up missing out on someone.

Sal Aspromonte
Sal Aspromonte

@djf1 @Sal Aspromonte I don't think its likely that we will win all three but at the same time, I wouldn't be surprised if we did.  Maybe thats me being a homer but this team has done some weird things when all hope has seemingly been lost. 

Neil Herschkowitz
Neil Herschkowitz

Chris Ivory is running over people. I think the passing game if well executed can open up the running game. Like I said, a creative game plan.

Hanknaples
Hanknaples

@djf1 

I agree but I'm sure some think they can do better..LOL !!!

Hanknaples
Hanknaples

@djf1@Hanknaples 

Who's stopping them???  

Besides that is MY opinion....that they sound like LONG LOST METS FANS........which they certainly do !!!!


EDIT  FWIW, I don't think the players or anyone in the Org is talking Draft right now....do you????

Hanknaples
Hanknaples

@jetfuel

Don't worry, the guy with the Service Dog and the Tin Cup got FIRED last season !!!!


Hopefully the guy that replaced him has better aim.....so far not too sure LOL

DarrolRayFanClub
DarrolRayFanClub

@Bent @a57se @DarrolRayFanClub  I didn't say those were great periods of time. I listed the three other seasons where they had losing records late in the season and came back to win on the last day to reach the postseason. Those were not just great times, they were absolutely the best of times -- probably three of the better regular season moments I've ever had as a fan. What happened in later seasons did not take away any of that joy. If the Jets get to 9-7 and make the playoffs this year, I will be ecstatic, and not thinking for a second that tomorrow may not be as great. 


Did you not enjoy beating the Packers in the 2002 finale because they went 6-10 in 2003? That was probably THE best moment I've ever had at a Jet game. The crowd was amazing. 


Sorry, I had to break my self-imposed ban on taking your bait for that ridiculous comment.

Bent
Bent

@a57se @DarrolRayFanClub  Making the playoff in 1991 WAS great times ... they clinched IN MIAMI, knocking the Dolphins out in the process.  It also happened to be an exciting overtime win, where they blew a late lead and then Johnny Hector had like a 60-yard run to set up a late field goal, which Raul Allegre (who they'd only signed days before and had been scraping the paint off the crossbar on extra points and chip shots all day) implausibly nailed from 44 yards.  He then won it for them in OT.

That WAS good times.  They should've beaten the Oilers too ... got down inside the five yard line four or five times and kept coming up empty in a 17-10 loss.

a57se
a57se

@Neil Herschkowitz 

Please tell us what this creative game plan is so we can get it to MM right away!

I'm sure he's been scratching his head all week.

DrJonathanReefer
DrJonathanReefer

Keep the optimism bro! Anything can happen in the NFL and nobody can tell the future.

How many people said the jets had no chance vs the saints, falcons, Pats and even Tampa.