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Rex Ryan: I’ve never seen anything like last night’s nightmare


During a crazy stretch in the second quarter of Thursday night’s game, the Patriots scored on an 83-yard yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady to Shane Vereen, then scored a 32-yard touchdown on a return of a fumble on the second play of the Jets’ next possession, then scored a 22-yard touchdown on a return of a fumble on the ensuing kickoff. In less than one minute, the Patriots outscored the Jets 21-0.

Throw in a Wes Welker touchdown at the start of the second quarter and another Edelman touchdown later in the second quarter, and the Patriots went on a 35-0 run while millions of Americans nodded off into tryptophan-induced sleep. Rex Ryan couldn’t sleep through it, but he called it a nightmare nonetheless.

“Obviously watching the tape, it’s still hard to fathom the one stretch,” Ryan said today, in comments distributed by the Jets’ PR staff. “I’ve never seen anything like it. Coaching football or even following football, I’ve never seen anything like that. It was a game, looking at the tape, we did some good things, especially offensively early in the game and to have that stretch it’s just amazing. I don’t know how else to put it. I think I said nightmare last night and I’ll stick with that because it’s just hard to imagine, but that happened.”

Asked if he has ever seen a team turn the ball over as many times as the Jets did while they were handing the game away in the first half, Ryan says he hasn’t.

“I’ve never seen it. I can’t recall ever seeing that,” Ryan said.

Ryan may continue seeing it, however, in his nightmares.

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54 Responses to “Rex Ryan: I’ve never seen anything like last night’s nightmare”
  1. garyman1 says: Nov 23, 2012 3:36 PM

    It wouldn’t have mattered if Revis played (or anybody else). They were just bad. Two great Thanksgiving games and then this debacle.

  2. oaktown49er says: Nov 23, 2012 3:37 PM

    Couldn’t imagine that his team could lose by 30 points… they didn’t lose by 30 pts once in October. I know what other fans say but where do Jets fans stand on Rex at this point? Is he still the answer or has he lost it?

  3. tiffpats4eva says: Nov 23, 2012 3:42 PM

    I agree with Rex. It was the most bizarre thing I had ever seen. I kept thinking “this isn’t happening.”

    The Jets played pretty well in the first quarter. After the Patriots scored their first TD off Sanchez’s pick, the Jets seemed defeated and the mistakes ensued.

  4. richwizl says: Nov 23, 2012 3:43 PM

    Easy to say they were handing the game away, but he wasn’t the one getting popped, was he?

  5. infectorman says: Nov 23, 2012 3:44 PM

    Freddie Krueger is paying back all of the loud NYJ fans that couldn’t stop trumpeting their “team” full of overpaid, under-talented, talk-too-much-bush leaguers.

  6. cool10857 says: Nov 23, 2012 3:44 PM

    Rex, of course you are clueless because you CAN’T coach.

  7. fuzzebear says: Nov 23, 2012 3:45 PM

    He obviously didn’t watch the first half of the Cowboy Redskin game yesterday.

  8. ecnasty says: Nov 23, 2012 3:45 PM

    I loved every second of it. However, I do hope Fireman Ed is ok.

  9. alan226 says: Nov 23, 2012 3:47 PM

    It was like a train coming down the tracks and you couldn’t get out of the way Rex.

    With the possible exception of Laron Landry and MAYBE one or two others, that team was unemotional and lifeless getting their heads beat in. THAT is on the coach…..

  10. buffalobills2012 says: Nov 23, 2012 3:52 PM

    you seen it week one when you got lucky vs buffalo…fat mans gonna be lookin for a job next year.

  11. rushmatic says: Nov 23, 2012 3:53 PM

    As far as the turnovers are concerned, I don’t think it’s as much a game of disastrous play on the Jets as it was great play by the Patriots.

    The traps they were setting (the first int), the fumbles forced (anyone watch Brandon Spikes when Greene was trying to extend the ball?), etc. Aside from the interception thrown, Sanchez didn’t play that bad. What was he, 26/36 with 300+ yards and a TD? Gonna take more than that to beat a Pats team that LOOKS like (I’m hoping) is starting to come together.

  12. rushmatic says: Nov 23, 2012 3:54 PM

    Well, that fumble by Sanchez was probably the funniest NFL moment I can remember. That was pretty bad. LOL!

  13. bingobrown12 says: Nov 23, 2012 3:56 PM

    Both Ryan’s had a day to forget yesterday.If they
    didn’t yap so much I would actually feel sorry for

  14. thestrategyexpert says: Nov 23, 2012 3:57 PM

    I think being on the sidelines for professional football and having a team to manage would be a dream scenario. It’s only a nightmare for the guys that don’t know how to appreciate and capitalize on that type of opportunity.

  15. tjacks7 says: Nov 23, 2012 3:57 PM

    The Jets mailed it in. The seasons over, Rex. I’ll give you a hint for next year (assuming you’re still the HC in NY), cut your losses with Sanchez. He’s terrible. Horrible. Not good.

    Also, quit being such an arrogant guy when you have nothing to stand on.

  16. thejuddstir says: Nov 23, 2012 4:00 PM

    Apparently Rex has been watching his “game films” like the rest of us have.

  17. ianijm says: Nov 23, 2012 4:00 PM

    Rex should have talked to his brother about the game against the Eagles two weeks ago

  18. barrywhererufrom says: Nov 23, 2012 4:01 PM

    Bad teams make plays like the jets did last night. The Pats.are a.medicore team on defense and special teams. Didn’t the jets return a kick against them the first time they played.the pats where in a life and death struggle two weeks ago against the mighty bills. The jets are a team killing themselves when it matters most and that’s what bad teams do

  19. cur68 says: Nov 23, 2012 4:01 PM

    The Jets lack imagination and play pretty standard straight up football. They are predictable and in their predictability they panicked. The Patriots are not predictable and they do not panic. If you want things to break your way, do not panic and take all you can from every situation.

  20. deathonwings410 says: Nov 23, 2012 4:03 PM

    I have…the time they played the Pats in Foxboro in 2010 was almost equally as funny. 45-3

  21. brohamma says: Nov 23, 2012 4:06 PM

    Nothing like a good ol’ fashion “Turducken Beatdown” to close out Turkey-day.

    Seriously though, who didn’t see the Pats not looking at this game as a huge statement? 200 wins for coach (vs. the Jets of all teams) and all the talking heads saying “oh oh.. Gronk is out, this could be dangerous.”

    Sleep well Rex.

  22. ilovecostcobut says: Nov 23, 2012 4:06 PM

    What coulda happened, did.”

  23. charlutes says: Nov 23, 2012 4:08 PM

    So this is the new excuse for this idiot? He’s trying to make an awful game by his team into some kind of fluke? The real idiots are anyone who listens to this guy.

  24. dlk47823 says: Nov 23, 2012 4:16 PM

    We all know where this is headed…Pats win their last 6 in a row, then lose at home to Pitt in the first rd. Can’t beat a good Defensive team when it matters…

  25. profootballwalk says: Nov 23, 2012 4:16 PM

    You might want to kiss that ring now.

  26. glenne81 says: Nov 23, 2012 4:26 PM

    Get used to it, the window is closed.

  27. Bearfan54 says: Nov 23, 2012 4:32 PM

    Obviously he didn’t see the Bears game Monday night.

  28. dlk47823 says: Nov 23, 2012 4:38 PM

    You’re right, time to kiss the ring., there will be no more for Belicheck.

  29. wikidpissah says: Nov 23, 2012 4:40 PM

    dlk47823 says: Nov 23, 2012 4:16 PM

    We all know where this is headed…Pats win their last 6 in a row, then lose at home to Pitt in the first rd. Can’t beat a good Defensive team when it matters…


    Lose to Pittsburgh? In the Playoffs? Like the last two times they played in the AFC Championship games?

    The Pats beat Baltimore in last year’s playoffs, who actually HAS a good defense.

    They may or may not do well in the playoffs, but the Steelers won’t be the team that ends their season.

  30. mz1394 says: Nov 23, 2012 4:41 PM

    i was going to comment on ryan and the jets but then saw the pathetic post by bills fan writing that the jets got lucky in week 1. I dont know what game game you were watching but by lucky you must mean humiliated because that whats the jets did to buffalo. Gotta love delusional bills fan

  31. demrle says: Nov 23, 2012 4:57 PM

    Lost in the whole circus was another Jets fumble, after Arrington leveled Gates, shortly before halftime.

    The Patriots got robbed and should have challenged! The Jets ended up kicking a field goal on that drive, which clearly affected the outcome of the game. LOL!

  32. endzone says: Nov 23, 2012 5:12 PM

    My favorite game yesterday. So funny. Sanchize looked like he slipped on a banana peel sliding through the legs of his own lineman. Vince you sly dawg you! NFL films will add this to bloopers.

  33. getyourownname says: Nov 23, 2012 5:34 PM

    So Rex, what’s the explanation for the other 6 games you lost?

  34. hayesair says: Nov 23, 2012 5:38 PM

    That stretch of events is nothing but a microcosm of the entire Jets season.

  35. 1oldpro says: Nov 23, 2012 5:40 PM

    The “nightmare” started the day they traded for their #2QB/RB/ Specialist and it has become “The Never Ending Story”.
    The Jet’s season reminds me of the recent downturn for another green team, after their new backup QB labeled them “Dream Team 2”.
    They have never recovered and both teams should probably start over with new head coaches.

  36. therealzeitgeist says: Nov 23, 2012 5:40 PM

    The Jets quarterback turned a handoff into a mouthful of his O-lineman’s ass and a bumbling, fumbling, touchdown for the other team. Almost knocked himself out bouncing off the turf same time, as a kind of flourish. What talent, what skill to do all that in one play.

    I’ve not seen something so inept in the NFL, at least by a player other than kickers, in a long time. So hilarious it almost looked fake, a slapstick script, so well-timed it made me spit my beer out laughing. What do you call such a career-defining move? The ‘Dirty Sanchez’ maybe? Something.

    You know season’s over after that. Sorry Jets fans.

  37. righton989 says: Nov 23, 2012 5:46 PM

    Don’t worry Jets fans, the coaches and players are working hard to provide you with more hilarious entertainment next week. Your season tickets to the Gotham clowns are more valuable than gold.

  38. cherrybop says: Nov 23, 2012 6:01 PM

    So I wonder where Rex will be working next year. Perhaps Foot Locker?

  39. jetfanfolife says: Nov 23, 2012 6:26 PM

    As soon as Mark ran into Moore’s A$$. I kept hearing circus music from then on.

    I will push on however, because I know there’s going to be changes for next year.

    Thanks Rex! Thanks for making all Jet fans sad to be a Jet fan.

    …Do us all a favor and just keep your mouth SHUT for the rest of the year. Remember to stick a FOOT (anyone’s foot if it sooo pleases you) in your mouth when you’re about to say something stupid.

  40. thejuddstir says: Nov 23, 2012 6:40 PM

    NFL fans quit buying into Rex’s b.s. a long time ago, doesn’t say much about the intelligence of his players who keep drinkin’ the koolaid does it? or how about woody johnson…..he’s gotta be dumber than a box of bricks.

  41. blueballzny says: Nov 23, 2012 6:54 PM

    When I saw that play live, I was laughing so hard that I had tears in my eyes. Btw, did anyone notice after that play NBC cut to a shot of a Jets fan in the stands. Such a random shot. I could swear that was William Hung.

  42. pisano says: Nov 23, 2012 7:24 PM

    The Jets looked like a comedy act last night, if Rex doesn’t get fired today, he’s as safe as a babe in arms. That was one of the worst exhibition of football at the pro level I’ve ever seen.

  43. annes22 says: Nov 23, 2012 8:18 PM

    This whole scene has got ridiculus with the Jets. That performance last night was a big joke. The Patriots destroyed them after the first quarter, and I have no clue what the Tony Sparano game plan was. I guess he doesn’t have one. Someone is responsible for this debacle. Who is it??

  44. raiderapologist says: Nov 23, 2012 8:33 PM

    Rex didn’t just witness that nightmare, he coached it. Every time I flipped over to that channel the Pats had another score, but I had the opportunity to look away.

  45. borisbulldog says: Nov 23, 2012 9:41 PM

    The “nightmare” started the day they traded for their #2QB/RB/ Specialist


    No it started when Browns fleeced the Jets to move up and take a never been NCCA QB with the #5 pick and they got Alex Mack at #22.

    Mack has been to a Pro Bowl, Sanchez has watched a Pro Bowl on TV!

  46. steelchampions says: Nov 23, 2012 10:02 PM

    Rex Ryan is doing just what, I believe, most football fans thought he would do:

    He came in talk’n up a storm and making all kinds of noise, played the ‘palyer’s coach’ card and appeared to get players disciplined and in line with what he thinks they could do, and then found out that his own ego/attitude and way of doing things bled through the whole team and that it wasn’t enough to build anything lasting. What Rex Ryan is finding out now is that being the head coach is far different than being the defensive coordinator.

    Two questions remain:
    1)Can Mark Sanchez be re-groomed as the Jets franchise QB?

    2)Who’s the coach of the Jets going to be next season?

  47. lanman11 says: Nov 23, 2012 11:30 PM

    Anybody think that if they traded places, Belichick could have beaten Rex with Rex’s players?

  48. richwizl says: Nov 24, 2012 12:52 AM

    I can imagine the Jets were stunned, thinking it was a bad dream. It’ll be a while before you see a team score 21 points in 52 seconds again.

  49. thepatriotsaregay says: Nov 24, 2012 12:55 AM

    the Jets will go 9-7 or 8-8 and they’ll blame the Revis/Holmes injuries and nobody will get fired.

    just watch

  50. dudeicle says: Nov 24, 2012 2:28 AM

    watching Mark get flattened by his own guy… I haven’t laughed that hard in a long time

  51. gavriloprincip33 says: Nov 24, 2012 4:17 AM

    Wrecks, your days are numbered and then it is back to being a DC where you may actually have some talent…

  52. earpaniac says: Nov 24, 2012 11:15 AM


    You are so right! I never thought the Bears were as good as their record, but man, that game was SO unlike them it was disturbing. I think they missed more tackles in that game than they had all season!

  53. kev86 says: Nov 24, 2012 11:29 AM

    Well we have seen it now. Thanks Jets. Historic turkey day loss. Congrats.

  54. jetsfaninnj says: Nov 24, 2012 11:49 AM

    Woody, Jets fans are tired of this whole mess. Do you like being compared to teams that lose like the Mets, Pittsburgh Pirates, NY Islanders, Jacksonville Jaguars or would you rather be considered among the winners like Patriots, Packers, Giants, Yankees? Take a hard look at your team – our team – and get this ship corrected.

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