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Rex expects his defense to be a top-five side

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Perhaps based on the shaky status of his quarterback situation, or his own, Jets coach Rex Ryan has been almost subdued this offseason.

But the brashness is always there under the surface, and it came out again when he was asked if his defense could be a top-five caliber unit.

We will be,” Ryan said, via Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com. “Right now, we’re not there. Obviously, we have to make some improvements, especially after this past week. But I’m certainly confident that we’ll be where we always are — or better.”

Asked why so confident, he replied: “My history.”

The Jets have a number of issues on that side of the ball. They traded away cornerback Darrelle Revis, and are replacing him with first-rounder Dee Milliner. They’ve also lost outside linebacker Quinton Coples to a broken ankle, and have seven new starters on that side of the ball.

But they’ve also never finished a season worse than eighth in the league in total defense under Ryan, who makes the expectations clear.

“We have a lot of good players,” Ryan said. “There’s going to be a lot of new faces in there, but I guess, you put that decal on the side of your helmet, it says ‘New York Jets,’ so you have to be special. You have to understand there are expectations that come along with it. I expect our guys to play extremely well.”

They better, if the Jets want to be competitive.

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34 Responses to “Rex expects his defense to be a top-five side”
  1. zeke2517 says: Aug 21, 2013 10:41 AM

    They probably will. You monkeys can make foot and fat jokes all day, but this dude knows defense.

  2. chipharmd says: Aug 21, 2013 10:43 AM

    Well he always did have a top defense in the league. Not as if it’s unrealistic. If he was talkin about the offense on the other hand…

  3. scoops1 says: Aug 21, 2013 10:51 AM

    Does Rex expect his team to get to the Super Bowl….again???

  4. floratiotime says: Aug 21, 2013 10:51 AM

    He’s just pumping them up for the Superbowl … which for the Jets is their annual pre-season game against the Giants.

  5. 509seahawks says: Aug 21, 2013 10:52 AM

    Uhh…..Rex? Remember that super bowl prediction that backfired? Might want to throw your crystal ball away.

  6. giantboy99 says: Aug 21, 2013 10:52 AM

    I think Rex expects to get fired.

  7. jazsrt says: Aug 21, 2013 10:52 AM

    “You have to understand there are expectations that come along with it. I expect our guys to play extremely well.”

    __________________________________

    Expectations and reality are two totally different things.

  8. bucrightoff says: Aug 21, 2013 10:54 AM

    Rex Ryan is like Wade Phillips. Not many guys I’d want more as my defensive co-ordinator, and no one I’d want less as my head coach.

  9. cliverush says: Aug 21, 2013 10:54 AM

    Professor to student, “Do you have any facts to back up your statement?” Answer”Well you know, um like everyone knows ‘cuse it’s common knowledge, like it’s on the web, I mean come on Professor. Hey Rex, do not make your players have to answer for your lake of control. It is difficult enough being a Jet.

  10. heisthejuan says: Aug 21, 2013 11:00 AM

    Delusional.

  11. comatrip1 says: Aug 21, 2013 11:00 AM

    HA!

  12. green41563 says: Aug 21, 2013 11:02 AM

    They finished #8 without Revis last year, and they’ve added two No. 1 picks on defense. Oh, and they’re rid of Bart Scott.

  13. green41563 says: Aug 21, 2013 11:02 AM

    They finished #8 without Revis last year, and they’ve added two No. 1 picks on defense. Oh, and they’re rid of Bart Scott.

  14. red26sox says: Aug 21, 2013 11:03 AM

    Great defense last year. They lost 6 games by more than 2 touchdowns and only beat one team with a winning record, the Colts. They were out of so many games teams let up on them.

  15. tsizzlesucks says: Aug 21, 2013 11:21 AM

    Does this idiot realize the absolute lack of talent on this team. Don’t know what he’s smoking, but half would be fine with me!! The GM wants him gone so after they start 0-4, he’ll be replaced and can finally get a job as a circus clown which is where he belongs!

  16. multiplemiggs says: Aug 21, 2013 11:23 AM

    @red26sox Glad to see you went and actually googled the Jets record, schedule and statistics of last season to make a measely little comment on this thread. Your obsession with the Jets is obvious at this point. So be sure to visit Jets.nfl.com for season tickets starting as low as $50 per game!

  17. lrjets says: Aug 21, 2013 11:28 AM

    scoops1 says:Aug 21, 2013 10:51 AM

    Does Rex expect his team to get to the Super Bowl….again???
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    Did he say that?
    Yes he has a big mouth and he won’t ever learn to shut it. But he didn’t say that for a couple of years.
    The difference between your repetitiveness and his are millions of dollars.

  18. jimthebuilder27 says: Aug 21, 2013 11:31 AM

    So glad he’s not my head coach, and I’m not even a fan of Mike McCarthy!

  19. bucup says: Aug 21, 2013 11:31 AM

    Top 5 in the division.

  20. lrjets says: Aug 21, 2013 11:31 AM

    Have to wonder what these haters will do when Rex and Sanchex are gone? You think maybe they’ll follow the same team for more than one season?

    Talk about withdrawal.

  21. floridafootballologist says: Aug 21, 2013 11:42 AM

    We don’t have to follow Sexy Rexy and Sancheezy to get a good laugh as long as the jests are in the NFL.

    Will Sexy Rexy immediately quit if the D isn’t in the top five? Sure, they were top five with the Mangenious’ players, but not since he has gotten rid of all the good players and put his own in. I seriously doubt any defense could be top five if they have to be on the field most of the time.

  22. jags880 says: Aug 21, 2013 11:45 AM

    This is the same defense that made Blaine Gabbert look like Tom Brady the other night.

  23. dynaco says: Aug 21, 2013 11:48 AM

    “when he was asked if his defense could be a top-five caliber unit.”
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    Clearly a set-up he never saw coming.

  24. theandy59 says: Aug 21, 2013 11:50 AM

    Talk about an irrelevant statement. How can a guy that’s supposed to be so smart sound so consistently dumb?

  25. t8ertot says: Aug 21, 2013 12:10 PM

    He was asked a question and he answered. Yes, he’s a buffoon, but what is he supposed to say, no?

  26. bengalguy says: Aug 21, 2013 12:28 PM

    Same statement every year…..blah blah blah, we’re the best blah blah blah!!!

  27. thingamajig says: Aug 21, 2013 1:44 PM

    Rex is just looking at next year when he’ll be looking for a job as a DC.

  28. dalcow4 says: Aug 21, 2013 2:24 PM

    He’s right, they’ll definitely be Top 5– in their division.

  29. dynaco says: Aug 21, 2013 2:30 PM

    Of course the D will finish top 5, teams will game plan to score against the Jet offense(Sanchez).

  30. zeeman911 says: Aug 21, 2013 2:35 PM

    Let the Rex predictions begin!

  31. patsbrat says: Aug 21, 2013 3:23 PM

    Rex is a proven defensive coach, he will get the best out of what they have.

    But expect the Jets D to be top 5 in minutes played, which will make it really hard to be top 5 in points / yards allowed, etc.

    They could be a top 5 D if graded on a curve that allows for an offense that could be top 5 in 3-and-outs…

  32. cwk22 says: Aug 21, 2013 4:23 PM

    They need help from the offense or they will be worn out from all the time they are on the field.

  33. tlmoon2112 says: Aug 21, 2013 6:53 PM

    Rex has been playing too much Madden in rookie mode

  34. rjg427 says: Aug 22, 2013 8:34 AM

    why is this guy just satisfied with being a top 5 defense each year…why not try to be a top 5 TEAM in the league this year…this is this guy’s downfall…he needs to be braggin about something..ALL THE TIME..shut up already!

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