Rex Ryan's Monday News Conference

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Here is the transcript of New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan’s Monday news conference, courtesy of the team:

Opening statement…

Obviously, we want to get that game behind us, but we have to learn from it. What we said yesterday basically holds true. You look at the tape, that old saying, ‘It’s never as bad as you think it is, it’s never as good as you think it is.’ That holds true in this game. We did a lot of good things on defense, I mean there were five three-and outs, things like that. But the thing that really hurt us was we never set the edge. We talked about that, and when you play against an explosive player like (Darren) McFadden, that’s the number one thing you have to do. And so I think that was the biggest disappointment. Obviously he ripped us for that 70-yard touchdown run. He had a broken play where he goes for 30 (yards). They run a reverse, we have three guys there and don’t get him on the ground. So, overall it was not up to our standards by any stretch, and quite honestly there’s only one other time I can remember a game like that happening to me, and (I’ve) coached, what, 15 years in the NFL? So it doesn’t sit too well with me or anybody in this organization and the good news is we get to play Sunday. The bad news is that we have to play against a team that is rolling right now. You have Baltimore and then New England right after that. Probably two of the toughest teams that you could face. So, we’re going to find out about ourselves big time these next couple weeks. But, here’s where we are, we’re going to put it behind us. As I said before, I said, ‘It’s a bend in the road, not the end of the road.’ But it’s going to challenge us as coaches, challenge us as players and I believe this team will be up to that challenge.

On what other game Sunday reminded him of…

I was coaching in a game, we opened the season against Washington when I was in Arizona, and they ran a reverse I think for an 80-yard touchdown. I almost think a receiver had 100 yards rushing against us. That was about as bad as it gets. And then I think before that you have to go back to a Morehead State game maybe. But (I’m) not used to getting crushed like that. We played a terrible game against the Giants once, they ripped an 80-yard touchdown run, but the thing I was proud of in that game, we had a kid named Fabian Washington, track down (Ahmad) Bradshaw, made the tackle on the 1-yard line, (and) they had to kick a field goal. So that was good.

On if he is concerned about his defense…

No. Like I say, it’s a long season. We’re certainly not starting off with a bang, but I have confidence that we’ll get it fixed.

On how he approaches the team after a loss like that…

I think immediately after the game it’s more just raw emotions, so you’re not in a teaching mode then, at least I’m not. The next day, you are back to, ‘Let’s correct this.’ So you’re back to being a teacher. These are professionals, there’s no sense yelling at them again. You already had at them once. Again, it wasn’t just about them. It was about me, it was about all of us. But I think that’s more like it. And then as the week goes on, it’s almost like, ‘Let’s get this thing going. How are we going to fix it?’

On Hue Jackson wanting to ‘bully the bully’ and if the Jets don’t have an ‘edge’ this year…

I don’t think so. They got around the perimeter a bunch on us. (They) tried a throwback pass, we covered it and the guy outran us for 30 yards. (They) ran a reverse. I hardly think that’s really bullying us. And you know what? Maybe we’ll get a chance to play them again. I hope so.

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