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Rex Ryan: I feel really good about our cornerbacks

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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.

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  1. Big Ant TV says: Mar 20, 2014 7:31 PM

    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. Big Ant TV says: Mar 20, 2014 7:32 PM

    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. Stiller43 says: Mar 20, 2014 7:35 PM

    That makes one

  4. flipola says: Mar 20, 2014 7:35 PM

    Dennard.

  5. stevemad says: Mar 20, 2014 7:35 PM

    “You like your corners, you get to keep your corners”

  6. jetfan74 says: Mar 20, 2014 7:36 PM

    That’s because his next starter at corner is either on another roster or will come in the draft this year.

  7. dudermcrbohan says: Mar 20, 2014 7:36 PM

    we all laugh when he puts his confidence in Sanchez, but the guy knows defense. If he says he feels good about the DBs then they’re probably alright.

  8. jetsfan67 says: Mar 20, 2014 7:36 PM

    You the man Rex.

  9. mcfleezy12 says: Mar 20, 2014 7:39 PM

    yeah sure rex, we believe you after whiffing on every FA corner available.

  10. whiteknightblackheart says: Mar 20, 2014 7:41 PM

    Guess Manish was wrong. Go figure.

  11. patriots123456 says: Mar 20, 2014 7:44 PM

    Whats he going to say! He certainly can’t say we “suck” at corner…

  12. teamvic80nyg says: Mar 20, 2014 7:44 PM

    Lying right through his teeth.

  13. thevikesarebest says: Mar 20, 2014 7:45 PM

    That’s laughable.then again it is the jests.

  14. tooz72 says: Mar 20, 2014 7:46 PM

    you guarantee a SB victory with them, foot boy?

  15. djwtf1 says: Mar 20, 2014 7:48 PM

    If he were in Game Of Thrones, we would have been dead in episode one. Winter is Coming Rex.

  16. micknangold says: Mar 20, 2014 7:55 PM

    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.

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

    If you’re depending on Ras-IR Dowling you’re in big trouble is all I can say.

  18. patsfan1820 says: Mar 20, 2014 7:56 PM

    Probably because he will get his corners in the upcoming draft.

  19. bbjohn171 says: Mar 20, 2014 7:57 PM

    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.

  20. ✦ Pittsburgh is the City of Champions ✦ says: Mar 20, 2014 8:02 PM

    Ever the optimist, at least publicly.

  21. bbjohn171 says: Mar 20, 2014 8:05 PM

    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.

  22. naes says: Mar 20, 2014 8:07 PM

    Later in the season when he was benched, is that when you liked what you saw?

  23. tvjules says: Mar 20, 2014 8:08 PM

    How do you like your quarterbacks?

  24. 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?

  25. nofaceangler718 says: Mar 20, 2014 8:09 PM

    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!!!!!

  26. jetfan74 says: Mar 20, 2014 8:15 PM

    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.

  27. 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?

  28. baller2189 says: Mar 20, 2014 8:27 PM

    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

  29. thebeeper says: Mar 20, 2014 8:32 PM

    Maybe one of them can play Quarterback, because you dont have a good one Rex

  30. aagro12 says: Mar 20, 2014 8:40 PM

    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.

  31. hor2012 says: Mar 20, 2014 8:40 PM

    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

  32. scmems07 says: Mar 20, 2014 8:49 PM

    Rex is a company man

  33. xsorethumbx says: Mar 20, 2014 8:51 PM

    Didn’t they like Sanchez over Peyton too ?

  34. thelastwordyaheard says: Mar 20, 2014 9:00 PM

    “..I also feel really good about oversized sandwiches & bad tattoos”

  35. spfripp says: Mar 20, 2014 9:01 PM

    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!

  36. jrs1972 says: Mar 20, 2014 9:03 PM

    harrisonhits2 says: Mar 20, 2014 7:56 PM

    If you’re depending on Ras-IR Dowling
    ———-
    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.

  37. grogansheroes says: Mar 20, 2014 9:17 PM

    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…

  38. keltictim says: Mar 20, 2014 9:22 PM

    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

  39. dubblelznhell says: Mar 20, 2014 9:27 PM

    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….

  40. jaygruntboston says: Mar 20, 2014 9:34 PM

    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.

  41. whatjusthapped says: Mar 20, 2014 9:40 PM

    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.

  42. richkotitte says: Mar 20, 2014 9:45 PM

    Train Rex!!

  43. chargerdillon says: Mar 20, 2014 9:46 PM

    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

  44. therooneyskilledwebster says: Mar 20, 2014 9:54 PM

    The Jets lying and losing? Is anyone surprised ?

  45. jimthebuilder27 says: Mar 20, 2014 10:03 PM

    He likes his corners. He also guaranteed that they’d win the Super Bowl three years in a row.

  46. ravensterps says: Mar 20, 2014 10:11 PM

    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.

  47. jakescott13 says: Mar 20, 2014 10:16 PM

    Translation: “I’m not very confident about our cornerbacks.”

  48. pastabelly101 says: Mar 20, 2014 10:31 PM

    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.

  49. beecee71 says: Mar 20, 2014 10:32 PM

    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.

  50. thestrategyexpert says: Mar 20, 2014 10:34 PM

    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.

  51. chicagogiantsfan says: Mar 20, 2014 11:00 PM

    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?

  52. dlk47823 says: Mar 20, 2014 11:23 PM

    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.

  53. piratefreedom says: Mar 20, 2014 11:25 PM

    Rex knows more about foot work and back peddling than any posters here

  54. carl lafong says: Mar 20, 2014 11:30 PM

    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.

  55. jlilly67 says: Mar 20, 2014 11:35 PM

    But wait, Manish said Rex is mad at Idzik…..and if Manish says it is so, then it must be.

  56. jlilly67 says: Mar 20, 2014 11:37 PM

    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.

  57. deezenucks says: Mar 20, 2014 11:44 PM

    We can see your nose growing from the west coast Rex

  58. electricboogalo says: Mar 20, 2014 11:51 PM

    Soooooo, which cornerbacks jersey does Rex have a tattoo of his wife wearing?

  59. sean6886 says: Mar 20, 2014 11:57 PM

    Kyle Wilson is horrible. He gets beat by everyone. He’s been a busy since he was drafted.

  60. vontazemebro says: Mar 21, 2014 12:08 AM

    TD Brady 72 yard pass
    TD Revis 66 yard INT return

    Pats 14 Jets 0

    12:31 left in the first quarter.

  61. igotgamenj says: Mar 21, 2014 12:13 AM

    Rex Ryan has a Better shot of hitting the Power ball lottery then the Jets making it to the Super Bowl

  62. pats777 says: Mar 21, 2014 12:21 AM

    Tom Brady is feeling really good about the Jets corners too.

  63. ohnoflorio says: Mar 21, 2014 12:34 AM

    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!!!

  64. bighomiemathews24 says: Mar 21, 2014 1:33 AM

    Oh rex…

  65. channer81 says: Mar 21, 2014 2:28 AM

    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.

  66. tigerlilac says: Mar 21, 2014 2:52 AM

    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.

  67. securb2013 says: Mar 21, 2014 6:20 AM

    The Jets need to bring back the guy with the fire hat because those corners are going to get torched all year.

  68. yb1956 says: Mar 21, 2014 6:23 AM

    Tom Brady probably also feels good about Rex’s cornerbacks.

  69. whywerule says: Mar 21, 2014 6:50 AM

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

  70. chiadam says: Mar 21, 2014 8:49 AM

    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.

  71. 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.

  72. kev86 says: Mar 21, 2014 9:57 AM

    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.

  73. willyalistentothis says: Mar 21, 2014 10:10 AM

    He was so happy with Mark Sanchez that he had him tattooed to his arm and let his wife suck on it, and we know how that turned out.

  74. windsor9101 says: Mar 21, 2014 10:55 AM

    Now let’s go get a snack!

  75. hehateme2 says: Mar 21, 2014 11:26 AM

    Remember 1969?
    Thought so…

  76. sportnorcal says: Mar 21, 2014 1:08 PM

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

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

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