Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Rex dresses up as twin brother Rob, adds fuel to the Mangini/Ryan Bowl fire

Not only did Rex put on a show for reporters by dressing up as his twin brother Rob, defensive coordinator for the Browns, during his Wednesday news conference, but he also put a fake bounty on his brothers head.

"There's a rumor floating around that there's been a bounty placed on his head by me,'' said Rex. "Let's be honest, there is a bounty on his head, there's no question. But I'm a little concerned about our guys bouncing off of his belly."

What about your belly, Rex?

Aside from the brotherly love, four Jets sat out during Wednesday's practice. Matt Slauson (knee) and Marquice Cole (hamstring) both rode stationary bikes while the rest of the Jets continued to ready themselves for the 3-5 Browns - a team that is quietly winning games under the radar despite having the toughest schedule in the league.

In fact, their three wins have all come against defending division champions: the Saints, Patriots and Bengals. Their defense has allowed only 13 points in the first quarter of play combined (the Jets have allowed only 10) and in their last 12 games, dating back to last season, the Browns have a winning record of 7-5.

The same old Browns? I think not.

Ladanian Tomlinson and Tony Richardson also did not practice on Wednesday, but their reasons were not injury related.

Slauson, the Jets' fifth round draft pick two years ago and a surprise addition to the run game due to his production this season, could be the first starting offensive lineman to sit since the 2007-2008 season when Alan Faneca, now a Cardinal, was a starter.

Slauson has helped anchor the Jets offensive line alongside Nick Mangold, D'Brickashaw Ferguson, Brandon Moore and Damien Woody. Without Slauson, the Jets running game - which has underproduced in the last three weeks - could find themselves dug deep into a hole this week.

Rob Turner would start in place of Slauson if he is a no-go come Sunday.

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