With Jets-AFC Championship Game fever spreading, it was only a matter of time before the media would settle in to examine coach Rex Ryan's diet. Yesterday, the Post reported that the inspirational, sometimes emotional rookie coach eats 7,000 calories a day to keep his 350-pound figure: "The coach celebrated Sunday's triumph over the San Diego Chargers by scarfing down a cheesesteak and a beer on the charter flight back home. He was then offered a choice of barbecue chicken, flank steak or a Cobb salad." Of course—a barbecue chaser is required after unlikely victories!

A nutritionist put into perspective for WCBS 2: "Imagine eating a healthy balanced diet for five days and then pushing it all into one day. That's about 7,000 calories... That's on average about 5,000 extra calories a day, which equals an extra 10 pounds a week. Meaning the average person could gain 10 pounds a week from consuming that many calories." Other calorie equivalents: 33 McDonald's hamburgers, 26 Starbucks caramel frappucchinos, 34 Hershey milk chocolate bars. Pass the Alka-Seltzer, please.

Apparently Ryan, who is 6'4", wanted to lose some weight this season, but the Garden State prevented that: "During training camp last July, Ryan said that moving to Jersey had led him to pack on a few dozen extra pounds, noting, 'There are so many Italian restaurants.'" And while some might question Ryan's diet, one fan told WCBS 2, "Wow! That's a little too much. But he seems to be doing his job. It works."