Following the loss to the Texans last night, a lot of people, myself included, were taking a bit of a silver lining in the fact that the Jets didn’t get blown out. They were in the game into the last three minutes. But, does coach Rex Ryan take any comfort in that:
No. It’s a win business. Absolutely not. We knew we would be in the game, but we thought we were going to find a way to win. That was our message of the week. Obviously, we were disappointed in previous weeks with that performance, but I thought our guys did a great job in practice. I think all of us were excited to play. Like I said, it never worked out. That is a good football team and at the end of the day, they made more plays then we did.
Coach Ryan took full responsibility for the onside kick coming off of the 100 yard McKnight return:
That was me all the way. I came here to win. That’s it. Whatever it takes. Faking a punt in your own territory, going for it on fourth down in your own territory-I came to win. I think when you ask your players to lay it out there and do whatever it takes to win, that’s me included. Certainly, that was us. I went for it. It’s unfortunate we didn’t execute it. I thought we had a really good kick, and their kid (Shiloh Keo) made a really nice play on us. I’m never going to look back and regret going for something. I can promise you that.
Rex will always take it on the chin, and that is to his credit. He shouldn’t be happy about a close game, it is a “win’s business”. The team is judged by wins and losses, not games they are in. We can look at them getting better, but he has to have bigger aspirations than that.