Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comOn many levels, this is a big game this weekend for the Jets. While the Jets are banged up, so are the Patriots. The Patriots might be 5-1, but seem mortal after the Jets close loss to the Patriots back in Week 2. Could a little more focus and effort from the Jets be the difference?
To that effect, in their first day back for practice on Wednesday, Rex Ryan told his players to set their focus solely on New England … and nothing else. Did that message get modified in translation? Quite possibly as the Daily News ran a story about how Sheldon Richardson interpreted the message as players should refrain from sex between now and Sunday.
Ryan, in a team meeting Wednesday, told the Jets they need to be well-rested when Tom Brady and Co. hit MetLife Stadium on Sunday, and, according to Josh Cribbs, added “Don’t do nothing for your wife.”
To defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson, that not only meant avoiding things like taking out the garbage, it also included any activities in the bedroom.
“Most definitely,” Richardson told the Daily News with an ear-to-ear grin, when asked if Rex’s message included hanky panky.
Uh oh! Are Poltergasms™ starting to haunt Morris County?
One player told Kristian Dyer that wasn’t the case.
This was triangulated by Brian Costello in the NY Post, Costello quotes new WR Josh Cribbs on what he says the coach told players and then Costello provides some media insight on the no-sex thread of this story.
“He was like, ‘Rest your legs, you go home, don’t do nothing for your wife,” newly signed kick returner Josh Cribbs said. “Say ‘baby, next week. I’m going to take out the trash next week. I’ll take the kids to practice next week because I got to rest for this game.’ I’m going to tell him to put it on paper so when I give it to my wife I’m like, ‘Hey, Rex said that I don’t have to take out the trash.’ He might get a call from my wife.”
Some interpreted that to mean Ryan was telling the team not to have sex this week. One reporter even told Cribbs he thought he was implying something else, and Cribbs replied, “you all are silly.” Later, Ryan clarified he was not telling his players to abstain.
While the above quote from Cribbs does make the Daily News article, the one about Cribbs response, does not.