Rex Ryan on his Newest Defensive Weapon: Jason Babin

By Alan Schechter

July 23, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan (left) arrives for training camp at SUNY Cortland. Mandatory Credit: William Perlman/THE STAR-LEDGER via USA TODAY Sports

As we talked about earlier today, Rex Ryan LOVES his pass rushers. So to say that coach Ryan was pumped when John Idzik presented him with a gift named Jason Babin, I am sure he was excited beyond belief. At his first training camp press conference, here is what coach had to say:

Well, the fact that he can rush the passer, I think that’s the key. You can’t have enough pass rushers and the thing about Jason, the way he plays, his style of play. When I look at things as a coach, you shouldn’t have to teach effort, but there are some guys that are exceptional in this, and Jason is one of them. He is a relentless guy, (has) a phenomenal motor, and obviously he has got a history of being able to get to the quarterback. Even last year, when you look at it, I think he had 7.5 sacks or something like that. But obviously he is going to bring a lot to the table in that regard for sure.

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  • And this what coach Ryan thinks about what Babin has left:

    I think when you look at the tape from last year, you see that he has plenty left in the tank. It’s not going to be, “Hey let’s just bring in Alan Paige or somebody,” you’re going to make sure. By the way, Alan probably could play. But you do your work and everything else, but the way he plays, I think even the way he practices, I think he’s going to bring that type of intensity and that type of passion, and I doubt we have that same question next year or tomorrow when you see him on the field.

    As I said before, there is really nothing to dislike about this move. Now it’s up to Jason Babin to prove it on the field.