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10.11.2015 08:27
Ryan faces Jets with Enemkpali serving as captain antworten

Saying he's put his time with the J-E-T-S in the P-A-S-T,Bud Dupree Jersey Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan insisted the focus of attention shouldn't be placed on him.

If that's the case, Ryan certainly had a curious way of showing it Monday.

In preparing to face his former team for the first time since being fired in December after six seasons in New York, Ryan announced he intends to designate linebacker IK Enemkpali as one of Buffalo's team captains for the game at The Meadowlands on Thursday night.

Enemkpali, of course, is the player who was released by the Jets for a punch that broke starting quarterback Geno Smith's during a locker room confrontation in August.

''Yeah, I'll get ripped,'' Ryan said, acknowledging some might criticize his motives.

Ryan then justified his by noting he traditionally selects captains based on their ties to his team's opponent.

That was the case in both of Buffalo's games against Miami this season, when guard Richie Incognito was one of several former Dolphins players designated as captains. Incognito was suspended for his role in a bullying scandal while with the Dolphins.

Ryan noted that tight end Matthew Mulligan, a former Jets player, and receiver Chris Hogan, who is from New Jersey, are also expected to serve as captains.

''You know, if IK went out there by himself, maybe that would be a different Randy Gregory Jerseystatement,'' Ryan said. ''But that's not what we do.''

As if the midseason showdown between two AFC East rivals needed any more prime-time buzz, Ryan found a way to up the ante to no one's surprise - including the Jets.

''Love it,'' New York Brandon Marshall said, smiling. ''That's a Rex Ryan move. I mean, are you guys surprised?''

Jets coach Todd Bowles, who replaced Ryan, deflected questions as to whether he considered the Enemkpali's designation disrespectful to Smith and the Jets.

''We just worry about us,'' Bowles said. ''We don't worry about anybody else.''

Enemkpali said he didn't see the move coming when informed by reporters following practice.

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