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Rex Ryan postgame comments

09.14.10 at 8:40 am ET
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Here’s a sampling of thoughts from a subdued Rex Ryan following the 10-9 Jets loss to the Ravens on Monday night (with thanks to thejetsblog.com) …

Opening Statement:

This is obviously a very disappointing loss. That goes without saying. Every loss is tough. You have to tip your hat to the Ravens. Both of us knew it was going to be this kind of game. The two teams are built very similarly. They won the important downs, (especially) third down. We converted 1-of-11 on third down and they were 58 percent. That stat alone gets you beat, let alone 14 penalties. You have to give them credit.

We weren’€™t close in rushing attempts and completions, and that’€™s one of our staples as an organization. They ran the ball 34 times, and that’€™s important. I don’€™t know how many balls they completed, but it seemed like a bunch. One thing about this ‘€“ it is a long season. It is one game, and I will say this: As everyone knows, I have confidence in every man in our locker room. There’€™s no question. We weren’€™t at our best today, but that’€™s a credit to the Ravens. I know we can get better, and that’€™s the challenge to us. We have to get better, and I believe we will.

Ryan was asked about the penalties (The Jets were flagged 14 times for 125 yards)

In the first half alone, I think we gave up five first downs on defense on holding calls, pass interference, and all that kind of stuff. That’€™s not who we are or how we play. We pride ourselves on being one of the least penalized defenses in the league. Today was a joke. They just threw it up there ‘€“ shoot, I don’€™t blame them. Hope for a completion or a penalty. We’€™ve got to do a better job than that, and I believe we will.

Nose tackle Kris Jenkins left the game in the first quarter with a left knee injury, the same knee that required an operation to repair a torn ACL in October 2009.

Obviously, it’€™s a huge loss. There are very few Kris Jenkins out there. Baltimore has one in Haloti Ngata, who’€™s a great player. That’€™s a huge loss. I have no idea what the extent of the injury is, so I’€™m hopeful that it’€™s not serious, but clearly it was enough for him not to return to the game. We’€™re definitely hoping that he’€™ll be OK.

Ryan was asked about Mark Sanchez, who threw for just 74 yards and at times looked lost in the defeat.

I was alarmed that we couldn’€™t get off the field on defense more than I was alarmed that we did so little today offensively. That’€™s a pretty good team with an excellent defense. He (Sanchez) wasn’€™t the only one. He did misfire on a few passes, but quite honestly, he’€™s not the only guy that needs to improve. There’€™s a bunch of us that need to improve, and I believe we will.

Does the Patriots game mean even more after this loss?

It’€™s hard to make up games, that’€™s for sure. We all saw their game. New England looked pretty darn good. There are no easy games in this league. New England looks like they are right at the top, so we are going to have to play our best, no question.


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