Jets’ Playbook Cover Features a Bloody Eli Manning from Last Year’s Meeting
Rex Ryan is trying to send a message. The Jets are facing a must-win game this weekend against one of their biggest rivals, and they are going to have to get physical if they want to come out on top. That starts with getting after Eli Manning. Manning is having the best statistical season of his career and the Giants passing game has been clicking all season. The Jets’ defense thrives on pressuring the quarterback, and that will be extremely important on Saturday. That’s why Ryan put a picture similar to these ones on all the Jets players’ playbooks this week.
Those pictures were taken during the preseason last year, when Calvin Pace hit Manning and left him with blood gushing from his forehead. Pace said the message this year is simple.
“I guess, do it again, hit him again,” Pace said according to The Star-Ledger. “But they do that every week, depending on who we’re playing. If they can find a good picture they’ll put it on there. So I just happened to get chosen this week.”
Ryan said the cover is perfect to represent what this weekend’s game will entail — a battle between two desperate teams who have been busy trading trash talk all week.