Rex Ryan: ‘I Feel More Pressure’ on Sunday’s 9/11 Anniversary Game ‘Than Any Game I’ve Ever Coached’

by abournenesn

Sep 7, 2011

New York Jets coach Rex Ryan is kicking off the 2011 season this Sunday, and he's feeling the pressure.

Not because of the natural pressure that comes with a successful team looking to make it back to — and beyond — the AFC title game. Not because he'll be facing his brother, who is a coach on Dallas' sideline.

But because it's in New York (New Jersey, technically) on Sept. 11, and it's the 10-year anniversary of 9/11, he told Rant Sports.

"It’s different," Ryan told reporters recently. "Like a responsibility. Every week it’s my responsibility to make sure our team’s prepared, but I don’t know. It just feels different to me. The significance of it. I think it's stronger than any game I’ve ever felt. I feel more pressure on this game for whatever reason than any game I've ever coached."

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