If you watched the putrid offensive display in New Jersey on Sunday and thought Cardinals-Jets was a terrible game, Rex Ryan would like a word with you.
Ryan said after reviewing his team’s 7-6 victory that he thought it was actually a great game. Just like he thinks of every game his team wins.
“I know it’s been described as ugly and all that stuff but any time you are one point better than the opponent or 30 points better, it’s a beautiful game. I thought that was a beautiful game. Obviously, anytime you find a way to get a win,” Ryan said in comments distributed by the team’s PR staff.
Ryan praised the Jets’ defense for giving up just two field goals, one set up by a Cardinals fake punt and the other set up when the Jets fumbled in their own territory.
“I thought the defense was, that’s about as good as we’ve played in a long, long time,” Ryan said. “Statistically, they had that 40-yard fake punt, I don’t know what that would’ve given them had we had prevented that, but it was really a great game on defense. The 0-15 on third down obviously was huge for us. We’ve been struggling at getting off the field on third down and we came up big.”
The Cardinals had just five first downs and less than 100 yards of offense, aside from that fake punt, so Ryan has a right to be proud of the way his defense played. Of course, it helps that the Cardinals were playing a rookie quarterback, Ryan Lindley, who is — to put it bluntly — terrible. Ryan may see beauty in shutting down an opposing offense, but it’s safe to say this one won’t be immortalized by NFL Films.