New York Jets Coach Ryan: If We Don’t Play Better Brees Will “Throw for 700 Yards”

By Alan Schechter

Oct 27, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan on the sidelines during the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Cincinnati defeated New York 49-9. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Aside from it being a big game for the Jets this week, it’s a big one for coach Ryan. It’s always a big one when he goes up against his brother, and that is what Rex does this weekend, when the Saints come to down. Rob Ryan has done a good job with his Saints, his defense right outside the top ten (12), and tied for ninth in the league against the pass.

The game won’t be easy for the Jets’ defense either. We all know what Drew Brees and company can do, and I am sure the film from the Bengals’ game has the Saints’ offense licking its chops. That fact was not lost on Rex Ryan this week:

Every year is different. Your focus better be on New Orleans. This team is 7-1, I believe what their record is (was corrected that New Orleans’ record is 6-1), 6-1, oh shoot, that’s not foreshadowing (joking) (laughter). Man, but 6-1, whatever they are, that’s a pretty good football team, so obviously we have our work cut out for us. We have to improve in a hurry in a lot of areas, and the challenge, if we don’t play better pass defense than we did this past week, he’ll (Drew Brees) throw for 700 yards. Clearly, we have to improve in that area, (that’s) just one example of how we have to get better.

Normally I would call that exaggeration, but if the Jets play that badly,Brees might approach that high a number. Well, no not really, there probably isn’t enough time in a game for him to throw for that many yards. But needless to say, the Jets have to improve, and quickly.

Otherwise, it will be an ugly day at MetLife on Sunday.