Rex Ryan: Nobody replaces Revis, but we got impact players

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Jets coach Rex Ryan was asked on Thursday night whether new cornerback Dee Milliner or veteran Antonio Cromartie is the replacement for Darrelle Revis in the Jets’ defense. Ryan answered none of the above.

“Nobody replaces Revis,” Ryan said.

But Ryan said he’s excited about what the Jets can do on defense by pairing Cromartie and Milliner.

“We want Cro to be Cro and we want to Dee Milliner to be himself,” Ryan said. “That’s it. He’s a great football player. All these guys are. They don’t have to worry about trying to be compared to Darrelle Revis. Darrelle is certainly a great player. I think both these two guys, obviously with Cro making the Pro Bowl last year, and we’ll see with this young man. All he needs to do is be the guy we drafted, that’s be himself, and we’ll be more than happy with that.”

Ryan said the Jets were thrilled that Milliner was still available for them to take with the ninth overall pick in the draft, and he’s also thrilled that Sheldon Richardson was available for the Jets at No. 13.

“I think everybody is surprised, every team in the league is [thinking], ‘I’m surprised that this guy was there,'” Ryan said. “These two players that we got, I think and we’ll all see soon enough when we get out there, but when John mentions these are impactful players, I believe he’s exactly right. These two guys are going to make an impact for us. We love what they bring to the defense – the kind of mentality that both these young men play with are the same traits that we look for in all of our players, but they certainly play like a Jet.”

The last year has been rough on Ryan and the Jets, but he sees a bright future in his two new players.

60 responses to “Rex Ryan: Nobody replaces Revis, but we got impact players

  1. For the next half-decade, whenever Milliner or Richardson’s names are brought up, they will be directly compared to Revis, which I think is unfair to the younger guys

  2. should have taken Hayden.. come on jets u need offence!!! they can’t put that same one with little change out there….

  3. inyofaceagain says: Apr 26, 2013 7:17 AM

    Alotta teams had Xavier Rhodes ranked higher.
    Vikings made out like bandits.
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    There are loads of geniuses the day after the draft. But once the fur starts to fly, a lot of their laurel wreaths are traded in for dunce caps.

  4. Why is it unfair to the younger players that their career would be compared to the Revis trade? Is that no different than the Manning/Rivers trade several years later where most will agree the Giants got the better end of the trade.

    I think the Rams hoodwinked the Jets and maybe showed Idzik’s inexperience to not think a team like the Rams could make such a move to get Austin who I did not want to see in Gangreen.

    Good to see the Jets have bolstered their offense seeing the current strength they have at RB,TE & WR.

  5. phinfan – I agree 100%, Ryan just about sealed his fate with this. Defense is important, but the Jets could not score last year, they needed a skill player or two and O-line help…. oh yeah they still have QB issues…. so let’s pick DT and DB. Understand replacing Revis but they need to score to win…. HAHAHA… thought there was a regime change ????

    Guess not!!!!

  6. Oh I forgot, trade down and get more picks so you can fill a depleted roster…. Hope they never learn.. it helps out my PATS….

  7. “Jets take two defensive players in the 1st for a offensively starved team. Makes no sense to me?!”

    When Rex is eventually fired, he needs to be able to put “good defense” on his résumé.

  8. I’m surprised the Jets didn’t address their QB problem. I guess they are happy with Sanchez and Tebow, as a Bills fan I hope they stick with them this year.

  9. I’ll give us a B- for that round. Not cause for celebration but solid picks that shore up the strngth of our team, the D and leverage Ryan while he’s still here.

    There is plenty of depth left to get some decent O players to help us on that side of ball before its all said & done.

    You Gotta realize this is a two year draft strategy…. Idzik knows what he’s doing.

  10. “…but they certainly play like a Jet”

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    Cue Benny Hill music and Butt Fumble loop

  11. As a Bucs fan, I’m glad we got Revis, but I think Milliner will be a good player too. He has the skill set to be a good cover corner for the Jets in the long run….but in the short term rookie CB’s tend to get burned worse than fat German tourists on South Beach! It’s a little unfair that Milliner will always be compared to Revis, but in the long run I think he’ll be fine. The Richardson pick is a little bizzare considering how much help the Jets need on offense! They could have had Eifert or one of the top WR’s instead.

  12. The Recievers the Jets drafted in the 1st Rd will be game changers. They will salvage Mark Sanchez’s career. They will…wait, what? No Receivers. Oh. Then the Jets will be 5-11 and the Planet will rejoice when Foot Fetish the Hutt gets fired in early January.

  13. I guess the defense is going to have to win games because the jets have next to nothing at any skill position on offense.

  14. Milner is a solid player but he isn’t close to Revis and it is far to soon to call him an impact player. The trade makes sense only defined in in CAP money saved.

  15. Revis is the most overrated player in NFL history. He holds almost every play and NEVER gets called for it. If the refs don’t give him the same treatment in Tampa, we are about to see this 1st ballot HOF(according to Mayock) become the above average cb he really is…

    I think the jets made their first smart move in awhile by picking these two solid defensive players

  16. Jets D was good without Revis last year, and their offense was awful. So of course they take defensive players and do nothing to help Sanchez and the offense with their most important picks.

    Lol really should’ve dumped Ryan. Jets will be bottom feeders again

  17. inyofaceagain, please list the teams that liked Rhodes over Milliner. I heard nothing but Milliner was the top corner in this draft.

    mdev1987, Revis had a serious injury. The Milliner injuries are nothing. There is no comparison. Are you just ripping off Marshall faulk who made the same stupid comparison?

    phinfan, the Jets just lost the best corner in the league & they also were terrible stopping the run. I don’t get how Mel Kiper couldn’t understand the DL pick.

    They do need offense but the impact player of the top 10 was Austin & he was gone. The jets could still draft a QB and/or a RB.

  18. The joke Jets are at it again. Bring in a new GM only to have your clown coach make the picks. Milliner was not the best CB available and please tell me where Richardson is going to play? A 4-3 DT who cannot play NT. The Jets make being a Giants fan that much better. Not only do we win SB’s but we have the Jesters to entertain us kings.

  19. Apparently, the Jets offense will consist of not giving up points and hoping the defense scores enough to win … good plan there, guys

  20. Anyone else a little uncomfortable with Rex’s continued Man Crush on Revis? It should be something Mrs. Ryan should be looking into.

  21. If just baffles me that a team so anemic on offense wouldn’t use at least 1 of those picks on the offensive side of the ball.

    Either Rex has heavy influence on the draft or their new GM isn’t very bright.

  22. Jets offense is going to get better in the next few rounds, the Jets offense even with more draft picks is not going to be stellar by any means, so the Jets need to play D, no doubt have to hold teams to low scores to even be competitive this year.

  23. You guys are the greatest gms ever!!! What offensive skill talent would you have chosen at 9 or 13 after Austin was gone? The draft board didn’t fall the way the Jets needed, it sucks, but they did get good talent with the two picks. When you draft just for need you end up like Buffalo, E.J. Manuel?

  24. The Jets are starving for offense and then draft a DB who has had 5 major injuries before ever playing a down in the NFL. Richardson is a good player but hardly what the Jets needed. I am surprised the Jets brass allowed a lameduck headcoach to be this involved with rebuilding a dysfunctional franchise that has zero offensive talent.

  25. patssmelllikepoo says: Apr 26, 2013 10:01 AM

    When you draft just for need you end up like Buffalo, E.J. Manuel?

    I like the Bills roster a lot more than the jets. Bill should take 3rd place in the division easily.

    #worldsgmseesall

  26. mumfio says: Apr 26, 2013 9:25 AM

    inyofaceagain, please list the teams that liked Rhodes over Milliner. I heard nothing but Milliner was the top corner in this draft.

    mdev1987, Revis had a serious injury. The Milliner injuries are nothing. There is no comparison. Are you just ripping off Marshall faulk who made the same stupid comparison?

    phinfan, the Jets just lost the best corner in the league & they also were terrible stopping the run. I don’t get how Mel Kiper couldn’t understand the DL pick.

    They do need offense but the impact player of the top 10 was Austin & he was gone. The jets could still draft a QB and/or a RB.

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    Plenty of teams had Rhodes ranked higher.
    I guess only the Jets thought a CB that was gone thru 5 surgeries already was superior to Rhodes who is bigger in size and is not afraid to hit unlike Millner who plays scared

  27. I hope you’ll forgive me for injecting a small bit of balance into the otherwise agenda-driven portrayal of the Jets, but just some quick points.

    First, Ryan took over a team that hadn’t made the playoffs in two years and then promptly went to consecutive AFC championship games—-with MARK SANCHEZ, a bottom-five QB. By comparison, before Brady, The Great and Powerful Belichick had a career record of 41-57, which should yield an obvious point: it’s hard to win when don’t have a good QB. Bottom line is, Ryan’s gotten as much out of a terrible QB situation as anyone could have been reasonably expected to get.

    Second, yes, you’re right: the Jets will probably be terrible this year. Who knows—maybe even 2-14 terrible. But while people mocked their supposedly “disastrous” cap situation and talked about how it’d take “years” to fix it, Idzik basically fixed the cap in three months. In fact, as it stands, the Jets are projected to have about $50 million in cap space next year.

    Fact is, when you mix (a) the high draft picks from this year and next with (b) $50M worth of free agents; and (c) a mediocre league in which a 9-7 team can win the Super Bowl, and the Jets could very well be a playoff team again by 2014.

  28. hehateme2:

    Really you love Buffalo’s D. No question Buffalo has head over heels better O, but the Jets D is just as better than Buffalo’s D. Once again who did the Jets miss at taking on O with the 9 and 13th pick? From what I say not many teams were high on any O skill players.

  29. garciavega3 says:
    The Jets make being a Giants fan that much better. Not only do we win SB’s but we have the Jesters to entertain us kings.
    ________________________________

    You won a Super Bowl with a 9-7 team and a 10-6 team, neither of which would have even made the playoffs in a different year.

    Pipe down.

  30. Sigh…I hate when people force me to defend the NYJ because I am a Pats fan..but here goes.
    Millinier is exactly what RR needs for his defense…exactly. He will allow RR to do similar things to what he could do with Revis. He was coached by Saban who was a fantastic DB coach, just as Revis was coached in NY by Mangini who was a fantastic DB coach. From the footage I’ve seen, Milliner’s techniques are pro level.

    I wouldn’t spend one second worrying about how he will recover froma torn labrum. He’s a CB. QBs recover from them in their throwing sholders and come back to be just fine. They were smart to trade Revis and they got a good pick with Milliner. He’s a RR type CB all the way.

    Now I’m going to go puke, lol.

  31. Idzik drafted defense this year because next year he wants to tell his new offensive minded coach that he gets to draft a new QB and other’s for the O. The D should be really solid. There are no franchise QB’s in the draft this year, (you knew that already) but next year there should be.

  32. patssmelllikepoo says: Apr 26, 2013 10:48 AM

    Really you love Buffalo’s D. No question Buffalo has head over heels better O, but the Jets D is just as better than Buffalo’s D. Once again who did the Jets miss at taking on O with the 9 and 13th pick? From what I say not many teams were high on any O skill players.

    Yes, again I like the Bills roster better at this point. They have skill players and I feel their D will be better this season. As for last night… the jets should have tried to move down further as there are so many holes to fill.

  33. the jets mest up in trading revis this cheap. milliner, really? this guy is injury prone. how could you draft him this high when the cb class is so deep. wow jets are a joke.

  34. patsbbfan says:Apr 26, 2013 7:43 AM

    Oh I forgot, trade down and get more picks so you can fill a depleted roster…. Hope they never learn.. it helps out my PATS….

    Only taping seemed to have helped the Pats.*

    * Super Bowll Wins

  35. patsbbfan says:Apr 26, 2013 7:41 AM

    phinfan – I agree 100%

    A Patriot and Dolphin fan agreeing against the Jets.
    How novel!!

  36. listerineman says:
    milliner, really? this guy is injury prone. how could you draft him this high when the cb class is so deep.
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    McShay had him going fifth; Kiper had him going sixth; and Mayock had him going tenth.

    So the idea that he was overdrafted doesn’t hold water.

  37. Jets did what they said they would do- took the best available players. Clearly got the best db in the draft with Milliner and Richardson is a beast inside running a 4.7 @ over 300 lbs. I know why Pats and Dolphins are fumin’. The Jets front 4 are going to be QB killers and Brady and Tanenhill will go down early and often. Today we’ll address the offense with an interior lineman, maybe a TE or RB. Keep hatin’!

  38. Props to the Jets for not going after some flash, but sticking to fundamentals. Obviously they’re thinking about grabbing offensive talent lower down where they won’t cost as much. Idzik has been taking notes from Schneider during the previous two drafts.

    Its true that Milliner has been injured in the past, but that’s no guarantee that he’ll be injury-prone going forward. Don’t you think that Wrecks and Idzik investigated that thoroughly? You don’t buy sirloin without looking it over first.

  39. green41563 says:
    Apr 26, 2013 10:49 AM

    You won a Super Bowl with a 9-7 team and a 10-6 team, neither of which would have even made the playoffs in a different year.

    Pipe down.

    You’re forgetting 2 other SB wins to your 1 rigged SB win against the Colts. We also have real Hall of Fame players. Not Joe Namath and his joke numbers and career. The only reason the Jets had any sort of relevance ever was because they wanted the AFL to succeed. Be happy Curtis Martin actually went in as a Jet, otherwise you would have absolutely nothing.

    MetLife Stadium = The New Giants stadium feat. the JV team the Jets.

  40. Nice to see Jets draft per their board. Grabbing two players they would have drafted with a 3rd and 4th overall pick is a good strategy. I like that Idzik is not letting media dictate their picks.

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