Rex Ryan postgame comments


Credit the NY Times for the transcript below of New York Jets Coach Rex Ryan immediately after the Jets 45-3 loss to the New England Patriots.  Rexy wasn’t too pleased with the outcome.


RR: Obviously, we got outcoached, outplayed, got our butts kicked. I don’t know what else you can say about it. Go ahead.

Q: Rex, is this one of those games where you just throw away the tape and get ready for Miami?

RR: No, we’ve got a zillion corrections to make, you know, because this is a copy cat league and if some team’s successful about something, then you better get it fixed. And that’s what we’ll do, we’ll roll our sleeves up and you know, make corrections.

Q: How humiliating was this loss?

RR: I mean, humiliating, for one night. You know, shoot, I’ll fight tomorrow. I’ll guarantee you that. Humiliating? You know, it’s the biggest butt whipping I’ve taken as a coach, in my career. But, I can promise you one thing. I’ll be ready to play ‘em. I’ll play them right now if they’ll go out and do it again. You know, so that’s the only way I know how to respond. I’ll sit back out there and stick my chin out again.

Q: What would you do differently?

RR: Well, there are a lot of things we would do differently. But again, that list might be a little long right now. I mean, clearly, we got our butts kicked. And like I said, we got outcoached, and we got outplayed.

Q: What was your thinking on the 53 yard field goal?

RR: Well, that was his max, you know. And in warm-ups, he was hitting it. That’s where we thought he was good from and that’s why we went for it obviously. If I thought he was going to miss, I wouldn’t have called it.

Q: Is there one aspect that most troubles you?

RR: Yeah, I’d say our defense gave up 45 points. There have been times when that’s been a whole quarter of a season, at least. You know, giving up that many points. But again, you have to give them credit. I mean, [Tom] Brady was hot. He can burn you and they have a lot of weapons. They did a good job, they protected the quarterback pretty well and gave [Tom] Brady enough time to make some plays, and their guys came up with some big plays for them.

Q: Rex, did you think when Belichick left Brady with a 40 point lead, throwing the ball…do you think that was rubbing it in a little bit?

RR: I mean, probably, I mean, I don’t think he was necessarily trying to rub it in, but this is the same team that took a bunch of shots on us and they had paybacks. I mean, let’s face it, we kicked their butt at our place. So you know, they are trying to come back. So, trust me, we will remember this. There is no question about that.

Q: How do you explain, with a game this important on the line?

RR: I don’t know. I thought we were going to play a great game. I really did. We’ve had … I thought we were having the best week of practice that we’ve had. I mean, obviously, we had the injury to Jim [Leonhard] and that kind of put a damper on us, but our preparation was great. And I thought we were going to have a huge game and it was just the opposite.

Q: Rex, did you guys have any miscommunication issues? Or were they just executing?

RR: Well, they definitely executed. I don’t want to say that we had miscommunication and all that stuff because it sounds like making excuses or something like that. They kicked our butts, they out-executed us and, like I said, they out-coached us.

Q: How concerned are you with the lack of effort?

RR: No, I don’t think it was lack of effort, I just think … I think you short sell the opponent when you say there is a lack of effort. I mean, this team’s done it to a lot of people. I’ve never been of a part of a team, or a game that we gave up this many points, you know, in yards. They have 400 yards. This team can do that to you.

Q: Talk about Mark [Sanchez]’s performance, specifically the interception down in the red zone.

RR: Right. It was a good play on their part. The kid made a good play and you know, overall, we had the three interceptions. And that’s what happens when you get behind by a zillion points.

Q: How much did it hurt not to have [Jim] Leonhard in there?

RR: Nah, we got a lot of good football players and the next man’s got to stand up. Jim Leonhard wasn’t going to make a 45 point difference.

Q: Why did you challenge? You thought the spot was off?

RR: Yeah, that’s why we challenged it. And apparently it wasn’t.

Q: Did you ever imagine this defense giving up 45 points?

RR: Nah, I can imagine us shutting people out. You know, that’s what I think happens, but clearly wasn’t the case. You know, it’s a good football team. They did a great job of coaching. They out-coached us and out-played us.

Q: Were you tempted to challenge the [Tate] 4 yard touchdown?

RR: I was definitely tempted, [but] then up top was telling me it was a touchdown.

Q: Your hallmark has been that this team is very resilient. Were you disappointed as things got out of hand in the second half there?

RR: I think you aren’t giving the opponent enough credit. I mean, we were trying everything. I mean, shoot, they got the job done. But you talk about this team, how resilient this team is and, you know, we have the history to back it up. We’ll fight another day. I mean, as bad as this game is, it counts for one loss. It may feel like three losses, but it counts as one loss and we’ll roll our sleeves up and go to work.

Q: The Patriots have made a lot of changes on offense since you played them, Danny Woodhead specifically. How much of a problem was he tonight?

RR: Well, about 104 yards worth, so that was a problem, obviously. He did a good job. We lost him one time. It was an unintentional pick on one route that he caught. [Wes] Welker was in the back field, trying to get away from [Darrelle] Revis, and he ended up picking our guy that had coverage on him. So that was a smart play. It was unintentional, but it just happened. It was about a 50-yard gain or something like that – at least it seemed like it. But, you know, that’s a good football team. They made some huge plays in the game. All I can say is I give [Belichick] credit. I came in to kick his butt and he kicked mine.

Q: Did you maybe underrate the Patriots coming into this game?

RR: Underrate them? No, I don’t think so. We know that this division goes through New England and we thought we were going to put a strangle hold on it because we would have been up a full game on them and had the tie-breaker on them. Right now, we’ve pushed. We’ve won one; they’ve won one. But that hasn’t changed. Saying that we underestimated them, I don’t think so. They’ve still got Belichick at coach and they’ve still got Brady at quarterback. We’ll never underestimate the New England Patriots.