O-line won't need kick start in Pittsburgh

Rex Ryan's midseason wake-up call sparked Jets' offensive line to strong stretch run

Updated: January 18, 2011, 10:12 PM ET
By Ian Begley | Special to ESPNNewYork.com

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- This wasn't Rex Ryan chiding Tom Brady for watching a Broadway play instead of a football game.

And it wasn't Ryan spouting off about a "personal" matchup with Bill Belichick.

This was Ryan, behind closed doors and away from the cameras and microphones, delivering a personal message to his players: If you don't step up, you can forget about the Super Bowl.

Ryan addressed the team the night before its season-altering 22-17 win over the Steelers, ...

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