Joe Klecko was a brawler, a hostile, cellular and agile struggle machine who by no means would have tolerated any opponent laughing at his head coach.
“I’m a New York Jet and I see Fletcher Cox do that? I woulda busted him. There’s no way I would let anybody from another team do that,” Klecko advised The Post.
This shouldn’t be one other day when C.J. Mosley begins speaking about how no one respects the Jets. It ought to be a day when the Jets, particularly on protection, earn some respect.
Head coach Robert Saleh doesn’t have any gamers or leaders like Klecko, whose exclusion from the Hall of Fame is prison. He was a pressure of nature at three completely different positions on the line of defense, and although Klecko left the fire-and-brimstone speeches to fellow New York Sack Exchange colleague Marty Lyons, he was requested what he would say to Saleh’s Jets within the locker room earlier than the sport Sunday in opposition to the reeling Saints.
“You lose one battle — one effin battle — you better not show up on Monday,” Klecko mentioned. “You better have the balls to just knock the s–t out of the guy in front of ya, and then whoever’s running the football or throwing the football. Because if you don’t take the pride in your own game, OK, you’re not worth a damn. And that’s what it’s gonna take. It all comes down to the individual. It all comes down to the individual. You can’t lose a play and just give up.”
Then he added: “And these guys worry more about their damn money nowadays than anything.”
Saleh lacks the horses, however the ones he trots out received’t get their respect except and till they present up with satisfaction and battle. When Klecko performed, he spoke up typically on sport day, typically on Monday, when he deemed it mandatory.
“If I watched the film and somebody was abused on the field or something like that, and they didn’t come back and make a fool out of that other guy, I’d have words with that player,” Klecko mentioned. “I always told the guys with me, I said, ‘You want to fight with me or leave me alone, or get the hell out of my way.’ And that’s the way it’s gotta be as a defense, you gotta fight together.”
Klecko and Sack Exchange companions in crime Lyons, Mark Gastineau and Abdul Salaam engaged in a feeding frenzy across the quarterback.
“We would put fear in a lot of quarterbacks’ eyes and teams because we were so dominant as pass rushers, and we stopped the run too,” Klecko mentioned. “Once you got past the first quarter, and you weren’t having a good day? Oh, s–t. What are we gonna do? Let’s get tougher here because people are expecting us to do this. It’s enjoyable just to put your finger in the ground. It’s go get it, ’cause here I come, and in 2-3 seconds you better get rid of the ball ’cause you’re going down. Knowing that you can do it and knowing when you get it done, it’s just gratifying as hell.”
And that’s how every member of the New York Sack Exchange checked out it. But Saleh must do a greater job of placing the Jets in place to succeed in opposition to the Saints than he has to date.
“I’ll tell ya what was great, it’s the first time I seen him get fired up,” Klecko mentioned. “That was fantastic. He’s showing me more fire now. He’s had success, you can’t deny that. And anytime you have players, though, you can have success. Good players make good coaches.”
Reminded that Saleh was lighting up the officers, Klecko mentioned: “It’s a violent game played by violent guys in a violent way. It carries over. How can you get mad at one of your kids, so violently mad, and the other three not have the effect of it? The house is gonna be disrupted if you’re upset and you’re dad. And he’s dad. He’s the leader. He’s the guy that makes the wheel turn more or less. And if he greases the wheel with that anger, then it’s a great thing. He’s gotta find it. Nobody else. He has to find it.”
Drew Brees threw 5 TD passes in opposition to Saleh’s 49ers protection in 2019, and Michael Thomas caught 11 passes for 134 yards and one TD in a 48-46 San Francisco victory in December 2019.
Brees received’t be taking part in quarterback (Taysom Hill will likely be) and Thomas received’t be catching passes on Sunday.
On the opposite hand, operating again Alvin Kamara (knee) will return from a four-game absence and Sean Payton is enduring his first five-game shedding streak and the Saints are in desperation mode within the NFC wild-card race.
Klecko was in desperation mode as soon as he heard the taking part in of the National Anthem.
“Once they played the National Anthem my switch went off,” he mentioned. “I was another person. Leading up to the National Anthem I coulda played with the little babies in the corner, I really could.”
Klecko, second in franchise historical past with 78 sacks, was nosed out because the HOF’s Class of 2022 senior nominee by former Raiders extensive receiver Cliff Branch. Everyone who tried to dam Klecko will let you know what an injustice it’s that he’s not in Canton.
“I think it was about winning every down, winning every war, winning every 1-on-1 … if you’re not mad at yourself if you lose one battle, you don’t belong out there,” Klecko mentioned. “And if you do lose one battle, how could I never lose that battle again? That’s how you have to play the game.”
That’s how you need to play the sport, and nobody will likely be laughing at you or your head coach if you do.