Rex Ryan: I feel really good about our cornerbacks

AP

So far this offseason the Jets have released cornerback Antonio Cromartie and missed out on several cornerbacks in free agency. And perhaps most galling, one of coach Rex Ryan’s all-time favorite players, cornerback Darrelle Revis, signed with the rival Patriots. So how does Ryan feel about that?

Ryan says he feels great. Speaking to reporters today, Ryan downplayed any concerns about the Jets lacking talent at cornerback.

“I feel really good about our corners,” Ryan said. “Obviously Dee Milliner, he’s a young man that we had a lot of high expectations for, and he started to fulfill those expectations later in the year. We kind of predicted that he would go through some growing pains and then come out of it and that’s exactly what he did. . . . Obviously we have Kyle Wilson who has been in that nickel role for us for a while. We were willing to get Ellis Lankster back, who is an outstanding special teams presence for us, but will maybe have more of a chance in different roles. Darrin Walls is kind of like our relief pitcher, he filled in for us, so we’re comfortable there. [They are] guys that have been in our system a while. And there’s another guy, Ras-I Dowling, a guy that we really thought a lot of. . . . I’m happy with the guys that we have.”

But while Ryan might like the guys he has, none of those guys is nearly as good as Revis, or even as good as Cromartie. There’s been some talk that Ryan is unhappy with Jets General Manager John Idzik for getting rid of Revis and Cromartie, but Ryan says that’s not the case.

“As far as ever being upset with John, know that there can’t be anything further from the truth than that. We are in this together. We have a great plan,” Ryan said.

So far, that plan has not included acquiring a cornerback.

76 responses to “Rex Ryan: I feel really good about our cornerbacks

  1. lies
    all lies lol smh rex your be trading another CB in 1st or 2nd or even 3rd round hoping u find a new revis
    well the jets backend defense will be getting torched

  2. correction i meant draftinglies
    all lies lol smh rex your be drafting another CB in 1st or 2nd or even 3rd round hoping u find a new revis
    well the jets backend defense will be getting torched

  3. We’ve got plenty at corner and a few veterans will become available after teams start making cap cuts. We can also draft a corner. There’s no need to be worried about at corner.

    Safety, on the other hand, concerns me. I don’t trust Allen, and I worry the Jets think a little bit too much of him. He’s useful in Big Nickel packages, but I don’t want him out there on passing downs. Landry is an average player who has a lot of the same shortcomings that Allen has. Reed’s body is not going to hold up for an entire season as a starter, and maybe not even as rotational player. Hopefully they address the position at some point.

  4. It’s clear at this point Idzik knows this is a MAJOR rebuild and he’s not looking to win in 2014. Thank God someone in that building is finally bringing some sanity and recognizing the true state of the Jets right now, which is very poor. If Jets fans are patient, I think you have a guy in charge that finally knows what it takes, and he’s not going to compromise his vision to appease fans in the very short-term.

    All you need to do is look at that list of 2015 UFA’s to see where he’s going with this. Hopefully hit some home runs in the draft then nab some elite talent next off-season with the money the team is hoarding.

  5. It’s clear at this point Idzik knows this is a MAJOR rebuild and he’s not looking to win in 2014. Thank God someone in that building is finally bringing some sanity and recognizing the true state of the Jets right now, which is very poor. If Jets fans are patient, I think you have a guy in charge that finally knows what it takes, and he’s not going to compromise his vision to appease fans in the very short-term.

    All you need to do is look at that list of 2015 UFA’s to see where he’s going with this. Hopefully hit some home runs in the draft then nab some elite talent next off-season with the money the team is hoarding.

  6. As a Giants fan it amazes me how much grief Rex gets. The man fields a hard nosed team every year regardless of the talent he is given……players love him….why the hate?

  7. bad job by Idzik letting the FA CBs pass him by. Rex’s defense is completely reliant on good to excellent man to man coverage.

    And NO VICK OR I STOP WATCHING AND SUPPORTING TEAM!!!!!

  8. Maybe some don’t understand how operations work at the NFL level but Rex never whiffs on free agents. He doesn’t have that power w/ the Jets. Now he does provide input and you can see his input goes into the draft as we have drafted D every yr he has been here. He is not a GM and there is only a hand full of teams I can think of where the coach has GM power or helps make the personnel decisions. See the Pats, Saints, and Seahawks.

  9. Darrin Walls will be just fine. He will be a solid number 2 corner with milliner getting the number 1 role. The person we should be worried about is Kyle Wilson. He was terrible last year

  10. Spin Cycle in full effect. This marriage between Rex and Idzik is officially in need of counseling.

    There’s never an egg timer around when you need one.

  11. Hey REX we feel good about your corner backs to signed: Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Aron Rogers, Drew Breeze, Phillip Rivers and all the other QBs in the NFL

  12. What do you guys expect him to say? We have the worse corners in the league?

    But as a Dolphins fan, I like your corners as well, Rex!

  13. harrisonhits2 says: Mar 20, 2014 7:56 PM

    If you’re depending on Ras-IR Dowling
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    Theres the truth, one time the guy made it passed preseason he was taken out in game 1. You have severe problems if he’s even taking up a roster spot on your team.

  14. babyphife says:
    Mar 20, 2014 8:09 PM
    As a Giants fan it amazes me how much grief Rex gets. The man fields a hard nosed team every year regardless of the talent he is given……players love him….why the hate?
    ——————————————–
    The reason for all the hate is he has no hubris. No go look for the dictionary…

  15. Has ras-I-dowling played enough games to actually be considered a veteran? I know seasons wise he’s there. Every fresking year with that kid it was like he’d make a good play then POOF IR city. He makes Gronk look like cal Ripken jr

  16. I think management is setting Rex up to fail….they tried it last year with the bum squad they put together for him and he won the battle by going 8-8 and surprising the NFL with that talent-lacking cesspool of a roster….

    Here’s hoping Rex sticks it to management again this year….

  17. Rex, so you blew up yesterday for losing out on Cromartie to Giants and now everythings great? and how’s that championship you’ve been promising Jets fans doing? Rex is an overrated blowhard coach, whose mouth runs, and he doesn’t produce. should have been fired this past year.

  18. I don’t know about you, but I would rather have Rex talking about his CB’s than those stupid Superbowl predictions that never materialize.

    In that regard, he’s worse than the Viking fans with at least one key difference, at least the Jets won a Superbowl.

  19. I would feel good playing against his corners too

    poor guy acting like a bitch PR puppet

    this is what it’s come to Rex….. no respect

    Rex deserves better than Idzik

  20. A lot of people dislike him because of his bravado, but he is one of the best defensive minds in football, if not THE best, and he ALWAYS has his players’ backs. ALWAYS.

    If the Ravens had been able to keep him these last few years, I honestly believe they would have won at least one more Super Bowl. Rex is THAT good of a defensive coordinator.

    I don’t root for the Jets because they’re in the AFC with my Ravens, but I do root for Rex.

  21. The crazy thing is Rex is a great defensive coach and his backfield will be good, it’s the other side of the ball that will always be challenged.

  22. I think what a lot of torching rex right now are forgetting is that there is going to be a lot more pressure up front just rushing 4. It does a world of difference when you can knock the qb around.

  23. So does he feel really good about every other position on the team, and if not which ones are a problem, and how do all positions rank in terms of how good you feel about them? That would be useful information that would help me to understand things, this commentary does nothing for me but question whether or not the coach is happy or not or even able to intelligently communicate his thoughts to other people.

  24. j0esixpack says:
    Mar 20, 2014 8:26 PM
    I have four questions for Wrecks:

    Dee Who?
    Kyle Who?
    Ellis Who?
    Darrin Who?
    and Ras-I Who?
    —————————————————–
    Rex has 1 question for you..

    Did you ever learn to count?

  25. I think we draft a cb in rd 1, and wait for a wr in rd 2. There will also be more free agents available before and during camp. We have 12 draft picks. We’re going to come out of this alright. 11-5.

  26. They have 12 picks in the draft. Idzik is going to build a whole new young team that will be ready to win when Idzik’s coach is picked. Rexy will do tv for a year and come back and have a choice of a few teams.

  27. Read his comments carefully. At no point did he even mention one of those to fill the open spot. He is simply saying he likes who he has in their respective roles. Work still to be done. Patience.

  28. Rex always has a top defense no matter who he is given & w/very little talent on his team — the he has only finished under .500 once — it happens but w/Rex it’s rare!!!

  29. Can’t fault Ryan if he was upset. It may not be a knock against his CB’s; it was an opportunity to get better and every team, coaching staff, and fan base wants to see their team get better, plain and simple he felt they missed out.

    I’m not a Jets fan in anyway, but they have a great young Dline, and a good front 7 will always make a secondary better, not the other way around.

  30. Rex is starring in a new film, “12 Years a Submissive”. We all do things to keep our jobs/clients but a head coach can’t be a submissive, they are mutually exclusive roles.

  31. All of the opposing QBs and offensive coordinators on the Jets schedule next season also feel really good about the Jets Cornerbacks right now.

  32. As a Giants fan it amazes me how much grief Rex gets. The man fields a hard nosed team every year regardless of the talent he is given……players love him….why the hate?
    ——————————————–
    The reason for all the hate is he has no hubris. No go look for the dictionary…

    Actually, you moron, he’s all hubris. Way to faceplant when you insult someone for no reason whatsoever.

  33. What most trollers on here fail to realize is that the Jets actually have a decent pass rush and they can scheme with lower paid CB’s and dime coverages.

  34. RexCanCoach says:
    Mar 21, 2014 9:30 AM
    What most trollers on here fail to realize is that the Jets actually have a decent pass rush and they can scheme with lower paid CB’s and dime coverages.

    If you watched games/trends last season you would have noticed QB’s are getting rid of the ball quicker against teams with a good pass rush.

  35. “I feel really good about our corners,” Ryan said.

    “And feet. They’re pretty cool, too.”

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