It’s the day after the Jets version of the apocalypse, ladies and gentlemen. Life without Darrelle Revis, at least for 2012, has officially begun.
For anyone that didn’t see Rex Ryan’s press conference yesterday, it was tough to watch. Coach Ryan has never looked more out of it, even when the team has been eliminated from playoff contention or the playoffs. It’s understandable, losing your best player, and arguably the best defensive player in the league is certainly tough to take. You ever have someone say to you, “You look like you’ve just lost your best friend”? That’s what Rex looked like yesterday.
It’s also time to move forward. Rex talked about keeping the team’s morale up after losing a great player like Darrelle:
I look at it this (way). This is a team game, and as a team, we have to step it up. Our guys, I think, will respond. We certainly have to accept the challenge, and we’re going to come out and compete. We might do it a little differently, but we’re certainly going to give it our best shot, without question. Is it a major blow when you lose a great player like Darrelle Revis? Of course, (it) absolutely is, but this is a football team. I think we showed that yesterday, too. There were plenty of times to get down in that game, but we kept fighting and kept believing in each other and that’s why we found a way to win. That’s (what) it’s going to take, it’s going to take everybody we have, pulling together like we are, and just keep competing, and we’ll see what happens at the end of the day.
He talked about the need to be more aggressive to compensate for the loss:
You have to. The big thing we have to do is stop the run better. If you’re focused on trying to stop the run so much, you’re not going to be as aggressive coming after a quarterback when you’re not stopping the run. I think that’s our biggest thing right now. When you look at it defensively, even though we’re in first place in our division, when you look at it, we have to step up and stop the run better. These two opponents, you better step up, you have the 49ers and then you have Houston coming up. Both of these teams can really run the football, so that has to be it. If you want to get pressure on the quarterback, you have to stop the run on early downs.