Rex Ryan: Sunday ‘a horrible day for the Ryan family’
|10.15.13 at 9:50 am ET|
While the Patriots’ shocking comeback victory over New Orleans on Sunday left many on the Saints, including defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, speechless at the end of the game, the same can’t be said for Jets coach Rex Ryan, Rob’s twin brother.
Now in his fifth season with the Jets, Rex has witnessed firsthand Tom Brady and Co. mount incredible comebacks time and time again over the years. Sunday’s game was no different, as Brady orchestrated a 70-yard drive with 1:13 remaining, eventually firing a perfect pass to Kenbrell Thompkins in the end zone with five seconds left, giving New England the 30-27 win.
“It was a horrible day for the Ryan family,” Ryan said on Monday. “Good thing’s my dad’s out of coaching. … Until it hits zero, Brady’s done that time and time again.”
While Ryan said that his brother’s defensive game plan against Brady was effective for most of Sunday’s contest, he admitted that sometimes it can be nearly impossible to stop the three-time Super Bowl champion in the closing moments of a game.
“You want to make calls for your brother if you think you can help, but they’d been doing a pretty good job of their own anyway,” Rex said. “And I know what he went to, he went to a four-across, he had four guys on top, and that’s a tough situation right there. Because you can’t double them all. He got what he wanted, and so did they. They got a jump ball out there, and you know what’s coming. Everybody in the park knows it’s coming. You just don’t know which receiver it’s going to.”
The Saints’ loss, while obviously painful for Rob Ryan and the rest of the New Orleans organization, also had a large impact on Rex Ryan and the Jets. Had the Saints sealed the victory and the Jets defeated the Steelers at the Meadowlands on Sunday, New England and New York would have been tied for first in the AFC East, setting up a pivotal showdown at MetLife Stadium this weekend.
In his last two games in East Rutherford, Brady has dominated the Jets with a stat line of 44-for-66 passing for six touchdowns with no interceptions. In those two games, both Patriots victories, New England put up a combined 86 points.
Despite now being two games out of first place, Ryan said he hopes the Jets fan base will be loud and ready to go Sunday.
“I’m just telling our fans, ‘Come ready,’ ” Ryan said on ESPN Radio.
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