“I think we have a reputation in this league of being a tremendous defense,” Ryan told the media on Wednesday, via Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News. “We didn’t play that way. But as far as us quitting, there’s no way. That wasn’t the case.”
But Ryan admits that the Jets got tired, which is equally troubling when it comes to whether the coaching staff has gotten the players ready to play.
“Late in the game, did we get fatigued? I think we did,” Ryan said. “I think we wore down a little bit at the end of the game. But there’s no quit. You can look at that tape. There’s no quit.”
Whatever it’s called — quitting or fatigue or talent imbalance or a virus that makes guys play like they’ve quit — it’s not good for the Jets or for Ryan. With cornerback Darrelle Revis and receiver Santonio Holmes done for the year, it will take the coaching job of Ryan’s life to keep this team from quitting and/or getting tired and/or whatever it’s called when the Texans roll into town on Monday, and beyond.