Jets coach Rex Ryan hopes the NFL doesn’t get too restrictive with the increased emphasis on illegal contact this season.
“Let guys play,” Ryan said. “If it’s a penalty, then call it. If it’s not, then let them [play]. Guys should be able to compete for the football and things like that down the field. The game is great as it is, but if it’s in the rules then you’ve got to play within the confinements of the rules and I have no problem with that.”
The defensive-minded Ryan was glad that this year the NFL added a rule to protect the legs of defensive players on cut blocks, but he seemed skeptical of the focus on illegal contact. However, Ryan realizes that his defensive backs will need to be ready for the increased emphasis.
“Oh man, again that’s what’s being called and we’ve got to recognize it and do a better job of it,” Ryan said.
That’s what defensive coaches around the league are having to tell their players, even if they’re not happy about it.