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Rex won’t concede that Jets aren’t a Top 5 defense


The Jets are not in the NFL’s Top 5 in total defense. Or scoring defense. Or rushing defense. Or passing defense. Or sacks. Or interceptions. Or fumbles forced. Or first downs allowed. Or third down conversion rate. Or fourth down conversion rate.

Need I go on?

Apparently I do need to go on, at least if I want to convince Jets coach Rex Ryan, who said today that he’s not willing to back off just yet on his preseason claim that the Jets would have a Top 5 defense in the NFL this season. Although Ryan acknowledged that “It certainly looks that way right now,” he said that he won’t concede that the Jets aren’t a Top 5 defense until the season is over and he has been proven wrong over the course of 16 games.

“Not willing to concede anything,” Ryan said, via the Star-Ledger. “Maybe we can still have some of those great games. Not willing to concede because I don’t know anything different.”

Although the Jets have lost four of their last five games and are coming off an embarrassing loss to the Patriots on Thanksgiving, Ryan believes his team is going to prove some of the doubters wrong over the final five weeks of the season.

“I think we will, in these last five games, play much better,” Ryan said.

About the best thing we could say for the Jets at this point is that after the debacle against the Patriots, they could hardly play much worse.

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53 Responses to “Rex won’t concede that Jets aren’t a Top 5 defense”
  1. agelardi says: Nov 29, 2012 1:42 PM

    Rex Ryan doesn’t coach smart. He coaches delusional.

  2. tfbuckfutter says: Nov 29, 2012 1:44 PM

    He’s been proven wrong on his assertion that he’s a good head coach over the course of most of his tenure.

  3. pixelito says: Nov 29, 2012 1:47 PM

    The George W. Bush of head coaches.

  4. jetsfaninjersey says: Nov 29, 2012 1:47 PM

    Rex….leave it alone….the season is a failure..everything is broken…I love you Rex…but top 5 defense is not happening this year…no Revis..improved safety over last years models…but the linebacking hasn’t been good and Bart Scott could not score on a fumble recovery…shows how slow he is.. The D Line has promise and is young…maybe when the new GM takes over he can actually get you some good players….

  5. bluereign says: Nov 29, 2012 1:48 PM

    Does it matter? Any shred of hope was gone when Revis went down. Rex has been blessed coach defenses that include Revis, Ray Lewis and Ed Reed. Now without a stud, he’s not very impressive.

  6. azarkhan says: Nov 29, 2012 1:48 PM

    Does anyone still care about what Rex Ryan thinks?

  7. baloneyjohn says: Nov 29, 2012 1:48 PM

    Who cares what he thinks or says. He is just a big bag of wind.
    A crappy coach, like his big mouthed brother and bag of wind, old man.

  8. sportsmeccabi says: Nov 29, 2012 1:49 PM

    I remember when that pass defense once held a team to 43 yards at halftime. It was sickening. They are still an okay defense, but not as good as it use to be. The run defense has been a massive problem this year.

  9. chc4 says: Nov 29, 2012 1:49 PM

    Well they do play Arizona this week.

    But the Jets aren’t top 5 in anything… except sucking.

  10. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Nov 29, 2012 1:49 PM


    Delusional=having false or unrealistic beliefs or maintaining fixed false beliefs even when confronted with facts, usually as a result of mental illness

  11. getyourownname says: Nov 29, 2012 1:49 PM

    Losers play for statistical awards, and that’s all they have got.

  12. shoobiedoobin says: Nov 29, 2012 1:49 PM

    This is news?

  13. riggz91 says: Nov 29, 2012 1:50 PM

    They are lucky they are playing an incredibly easy 5 games. 1st up is the Cards, and Ryan Lindley. He is horrible so he will probably boost the Jets numbers and egos.

  14. jetsfansince1968 says: Nov 29, 2012 1:50 PM

    Coach Ryan is delusional!

    Stop lying Rex, we know what 4-7 is.

  15. thekiller678 says: Nov 29, 2012 1:50 PM

    Just shut up =(

  16. worldchampsbaby says: Nov 29, 2012 1:51 PM

    Last year,I said”Rex is just a fat old wind bag”.Now he’s just a wind bag.

  17. whatjusthapped says: Nov 29, 2012 1:52 PM

    With Jets tickets going for $18, I think the fans are willing to concede this entire season.

  18. demolition510 says: Nov 29, 2012 1:52 PM

    I hate the jets as much as the next guy, but just let it go. What do you expect the HC to say? Defensive minded HC at that.

    Coaching only goes so far. You need to have the talent on personnel as well. Take it from this Raider fan.

  19. johnny1979 says: Nov 29, 2012 1:53 PM

    I’m a huge Jets fan, and I’ve had enough of this. There is an expiration date on the Ryan boys, and Rex is almost there. I’m just so sick of the constant yapping and chest thumping, when they haven’t done anything in almost 2 years. I’m not a fan of constanly changing coaches, but it might be time to clean house. Take Tannenbaum with you.

  20. ketelwon says: Nov 29, 2012 1:53 PM

    The Rex Show has gotten beyond tired. It was only mildly amusing when they were competitive and the not laughingstock of the NFL.

  21. somekat says: Nov 29, 2012 1:54 PM

    Watch the “couldn’t be much worse” stuff. That’s what I thought about the Eagles after the Saints game. Then came the Dallas and Washington games

  22. patriots123456 says: Nov 29, 2012 1:56 PM

    Their defense didn’t even look like they were in the top 32 Thanksgiving Day.

  23. h1ndrix says: Nov 29, 2012 1:57 PM

    “I think we will, in these last five games, play much better,” Ryan said.

    Substitute the number 5 with 4, 3, 2, until the last game of the season and that’s how this story will end.

  24. thejuddstir says: Nov 29, 2012 1:58 PM

    Why is Rex’s irrational fantasizing even a news item? Rex has been talking out of his azz for several years now with absolutely nothing to show for it. Why the hell do Rex Ryan, Rob Ryan, Jerrah Jones get the ink they do? If “Joe Bag o doughnuts” made pie in the sky claims like these guys do, would anyone care? I would rather read quotes from B. Favre that he’s thinking about un-retiring again, at least those had substance to them.

  25. digbysellers says: Nov 29, 2012 2:00 PM

    He won’t concede that a cheeseburger isn’t a carrot either.

  26. thejuddstir says: Nov 29, 2012 2:00 PM

    Rexy still hasn’t conceded the 2009, 2010, 2011 Superbowls.

  27. zimaman says: Nov 29, 2012 2:01 PM

    26th out of 32 teams in points allowed


    something don’t add up

  28. chris6523 says: Nov 29, 2012 2:04 PM

    26th in points allowed.
    19th in yards allowed.
    tied for 20th in interceptions.
    30th in sacks.

    I would also not concede that the Jet’s aren’t a top 5 defense. I will concede, however, that they probably aren’t a top 20 defense.


  29. oaktown49er says: Nov 29, 2012 2:04 PM

    “I think we will, in these last five games, play much better,” Ryan said.
    Rex is losing it. Not even a 5-0 guarantee?

  30. tedmurph says: Nov 29, 2012 2:19 PM

    Not a fan of Ryan’s bluster, but if he knew Reveis would be out and that the offense would be so inept(24th in TOP), he probably wouldn’t have said it.

  31. tbd3 says: Nov 29, 2012 2:21 PM

    Hard to play any worse, Rex.

  32. stevemo says: Nov 29, 2012 2:25 PM

    Good lord. All this guy does is try displaying confidence for his team and everyone blasts him. It worked for him before. “Yeah, our defense sucks. Next question?”

    And then the guy backs off and acknowledges BB is better than him, and he gets blasted for that. Damned no matter what you do, Rex.

    -Fins fan

  33. transam7816 says: Nov 29, 2012 2:31 PM

    “Not willing to concede because I don’t know anything different.”


  34. truetrue85 says: Nov 29, 2012 2:39 PM

    The Jets’ defense is overrated plain and simple. They looked like they had Brady’s number in 2009, but that was also his first year back from an almost career ending knee injury. Since then, Brady has owned Rex Ryan. Yeah there was the 2010 playoff game, but they lost that because the defense couldn’t stop Mark Sanchez, not because Brady wasn’t effective.

  35. zaggs says: Nov 29, 2012 2:41 PM

    He probably still thinks they’re the “big brother” of Met Life stadium.

  36. korama12 says: Nov 29, 2012 2:50 PM

    As a Patriots fan I’m obviously no fan of Rex and his bluster. He might have a point here though. Looking ahead at the next 5 games: vs. Cardinals, @ Jaguars, @ Titans, vs. Chargers, @ Bills – the Jets could potentially go 5-0 (although 4-1 or 3-2 is more likely). If they can really clamp down on the Cards, Jags, and Titans and hold their own against the Chargers and Bills then maybe they could sneak into the top 5 of defenses. Regardless, I’m sure that Rex was looking at that schedule when he made the comments he made.

  37. harrisonhits2 says: Nov 29, 2012 2:50 PM

    I hope that Arizona trounces these guys, the aftermath would be fun to watch.

    But guarantee you that if they by some miracle beat the bumbling Cardinals the Jets and Rex will be babbling like they just won the Super Bowl all next week.

  38. numberonesteelersfan says: Nov 29, 2012 3:11 PM

    who cares what he says…

  39. ampats says: Nov 29, 2012 3:17 PM

    Rex also won’t concede the possibility of a top 5 pick in the 2013 NFL Draft

  40. hoops737 says: Nov 29, 2012 3:26 PM

    I like how everyone ignores the fact that the Jets lost arguably the best defensive player in football. A guy who shuts down half the field when he’s playing.

    It’s not surprise after Revis went out that the Jets would struggle defensively

  41. revgold5 says: Nov 29, 2012 3:43 PM

    They obviously don’t have a TOP 5 total defense….but don’t they have a TOP 5 passing defense….and as for their scoring defense, you have to look at their constant offensive turnovers

  42. lucky5936 says: Nov 29, 2012 3:46 PM

    Nothing a rookie QB and two rookie offensive tackles can’t fix. The Jet’s defense might look like the 85 Bears this weekend.

  43. steviemo says: Nov 29, 2012 3:50 PM

    Denial’s not just a river in Egypt.

  44. dawkinsalwaysaneagle says: Nov 29, 2012 4:09 PM

    As an Eagles fan, I feel somewhat of a kinship with you Jets fans at least this year.

  45. cmdrsmooth says: Nov 29, 2012 4:42 PM

    Shut up Rex.

  46. spinmasta says: Nov 29, 2012 4:59 PM

    “The George W. Bush of head coaches.”

    Agreed. But lets take this further. The longer Rex coaches the worse the Jets get. So I’d also say he’s the Barack Obama of head coaches.

  47. drunkenagitator says: Nov 29, 2012 5:53 PM

    No need to compare Rexy to any presidents, all you have to do is compare him to his old man, who was equally all-chatter-no-matter and who also built an entire legacy from that one noteworthy thing he did that one time. If they awarded rings for gum-flapping the Ryans wouldn’t be able to life their hands high enough to scratch their jowls.

  48. dogbite13 says: Nov 29, 2012 5:57 PM

    Wow, he’s getting stupider everyday

  49. patsifurnotcheetinurnottryin says: Nov 29, 2012 6:12 PM

    uhh whats goin on man

  50. ravenseattheirownpoop says: Nov 29, 2012 6:12 PM

    Rex, you guys stink out loud.

  51. mnbv055 says: Nov 29, 2012 7:00 PM

    I think Rex had the stats sorted the wrong order

  52. agelardi says: Nov 29, 2012 9:53 PM

    2 out of 5 podiatrists do.

    azarkhan says:
    Nov 29, 2012 1:48 PM
    Does anyone still care about what Rex Ryan thinks?

  53. pisano says: Nov 30, 2012 11:22 AM

    Rex also won’t concede he’s a high school coach at best, move on Rex.

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