What was coach Ryan’s message to the team:
Everybody has to step up, and that’s it. I remember one game my first year here, I believe we lost Leon Washington and Kris Jenkins in the same game. Those are two outstanding football players, maybe one of them regarded as our best, maybe offensive weapon and one of them is certainly one of the best defensive players in the league, in Kris Jenkins. The very next year, we lose Kris after three plays. We have a history of stepping up. I’ve also had some experiences where you lose some corners. In Baltimore, I think we lost three or four corners in one year. Obviously, that was tough. We just have to pick it up and maybe we play some opponents differently. There’s different ways to skin a cat. You can’t just obviously take away their best receiver with one guy, but again, we’ll find a way.
He also talked about Revis’ mood on the flight back to NJ after suffering the injury:
It’s just disappointing. This guy wants to win. When you think of Darrelle, as great a player as he is individually, this guy is a great teammate and wants to win. He wants his football team to win. I think that’s why he was so excited about this year. We know we’re a better football team than we were last year and we’re committed, every man, every person in this building is committed to that. We see it going in that direction, yet, now we have that injury and he might not be able to help us on the field like he really wants to. Clearly, any time a guy goes through an injury, it’s tough. There’s no doubt. You could certainly see that on his face.
Rex is right on the money about team morale, and that they have to step it up now. Nobody in this league is going to have any sympathy for the Jets following the loss of Revis. Kyle Wilson has to step up, no excuses. Same for Antonio Cromartie, Lankster and Trufant.
Not sure if being more aggressive is going to be the way to go, at least not often. Rex’s aggressive style of defense is more suited to having blanket cover corners. The guys they have now might not be good enough for the aggressive man to man defense that Rex likes to run. In order to compensate, we may need to see a bit more of a zone concept than we have in the past. Time will tell us soon enough.