Rex Ryan’s Tuesday News Conference

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Here is a transcript of head coach Rex Ryan’s press conference from NJ, courtesy of the team:

On what he learned about his team last night…

Well, I think really what we saw is what we kind of expected. This is a resilient team and resilient bunch of guys that. Obviously our expectations are set extremely high. (We have) been disappointed to lose three straight games, but the season is far from over. We really responded the way I thought we would, and that was with a great team effort. In this league, it’s never going to be perfect, but the fact we hung in there and kept working, kept working, it eventually was able to break the game open pretty good.

On the status of the running game…

Well, I’m comfortable playing LT (LaDainian Tomlinson) a lot, because I think he’s still a great back. But when you look at it, things are different. With Shonn (Greene), I think he’s done well the last couple weeks, and he’s a guy that gets better. The more carries he gets, the better he gets rolling. He had 21 attempts. I’d like to see him around 25 a game, but I think it’s just a matter of time. He’s running the ball hard inside, and that’s what you love about Shonn. But again, I do have confidence in LT and maybe (in) some personnel groupings more and obviously the three‑wide situation obviously, (he’s playing more) than Shonn is. But are the numbers always going to be lined up a certain way, I’m not sure on a week‑to‑week basis. But I have confidence in both of those guys. Our running game statistically isn’t as good as where we’ve been the first two years, but it’s still a work in progress to get to that level, but I think we can.

On Plaxico Burress’ chemistry with Mark Sanchez…

Well, I think that’s true, but it just seems like we’re missing just a little bit. I think the first play of the game, I thought we had a chance to get to get the ball to him, and went a different way. (I think) it’s just a little off, but\ I’m encouraged by the fact that we’ll keep working, and I really think as this season goes on, you’re going to see better and better chemistry (in terms of) having the ball thrown to Plax more as the season goes on.

On what he means by a “little off”…

Well, it’s probably a lot of things. Sometimes maybe we come off him a little early and go to maybe to a check‑down. Maybe the timing on a route is not exactly the way we expected it. Maybe the ball is a little behind or a little in front. You know, they’re just the little things that are just slightly off right now, and I think once we (get into) even more of a routine with each other and everything else, I think it’s going to get better, and I really believe that.

On why the defense has been taking a while to get in a rhythm …

No excuses or whatever, but I thought we had a different personnel group on the field a couple of times, and there was a different group in there than we thought. Sometimes that messes with your keys a little bit. You’re looking for a certain thing, where to call a strength to the formation and all that. So we’ve got to tighten that up. I thought we did an excellent job as the game progressed. I thought we did an excellent job of really recognizing the personnel that was on the field. But you’re right, sometimes you calm down, and when a team has a couple weeks, they’re coming off their bye, you kind of expect some different things, and certainly we got a few things that maybe we weren’t real tight on, but I think as the game went on, we obviously fixed those things. But again, we talk about it and we try to emphasize it, you do different things, and we just haven’t been flying out of the gates like you expect. I think the emotion is there, the intensity is there, but we just don’t seem as sharp as we do in say the second quarter and moving forward. But it’s kind of a feeling‑out process. We’ve got to get better clearly as a team in the first quarter.

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Topics: Alan Schechter, Antonio Cromartie, Donald Strickland, Dustin Keller, Kenrick Ellis, Ladainian Tomlinson, Mark Sanchez, NIck Mangold, NY Jets, Plaxico Burress, Rex Ryan, Shonn Greene, Wayne Hunter

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