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Rex Ryan: My defense is outstanding without a great cornerback


The Jets are in bad shape at cornerback, but coach Rex Ryan says that’s OK.

With projected starters Dee Milliner and Dimitri Patterson dealing with injuries and third-round rookie Dexter McDougle out for the season with a torn ACL, it would seem to be trouble for Ryan’s defense. But Ryan says his defense can work just fine without a great cornerback.

“I never said I had to have the best corner in football,” Ryan said, via “That’s not it. My defenses work, period. I don’t care what it is. We take what we have, and then we work around it. So we work to the strength of our players, and it’s always players over system. We’ve been around enough that it’ll work out. That’s why, to me, it’s not a panic situation, it’s an opportunity.”

Even if Ryan can’t say right now what his cornerback depth chart will look like when the regular season starts, he can say that he’ll field a good defense.

“This is going to work,” Ryan said. “We just don’t necessarily know how yet. But this defense—one thing we know for a fact, that this defense will be an outstanding defense.”

Ryan’s job depends on being right about that.

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61 Responses to “Rex Ryan: My defense is outstanding without a great cornerback”
  1. jjb0811 says: Aug 12, 2014 6:26 AM

    His eye for drafting isn’t very good either as he has 2 #1 CB’s he has drafted during his tenure.

  2. esd45suf says: Aug 12, 2014 6:30 AM

    The improved D-line will help compensate for questionable corner play. That said, Rex would sleep better if he had a for sure corner he could rely on.

  3. RexCanCoach says: Aug 12, 2014 6:39 AM

    …even playing with 10 guys on defense Jets > Giants, “…you can make book on that missy.”.

  4. simplegodfather says: Aug 12, 2014 6:39 AM

    It’s good to be positive, and hopefully it be small issues when season starts soon.. CAN’T WAIT TO START THE SEASON!!!

  5. GenXJay says: Aug 12, 2014 6:42 AM

    It seems, as of late, that the foot predator speaks in an empty room. Maybe,it’s because he’s tooted his horn too much.

  6. thegonz13 says: Aug 12, 2014 6:44 AM

    You know, sometimes I wonder if Rex starts his day with the “Daily Affirmation” by Stuart Smalley, the old SNL character:

    “I’m good enough, I’m smart enough and doggone it, people like me!”

  7. briscocountyjr says: Aug 12, 2014 6:45 AM

    I simply like Rex– It’s always amusing with this guy in the media with is blunt speaking approach, he’s a one of a kind. I don’t know how many jets fans question his defense, but his career could use some good play at the QB position..

  8. govtminion says: Aug 12, 2014 6:49 AM

    If you have to explain how great your defense is, even without x, y, and z… you probably don’t have a great defense.

  9. 4thandlonger says: Aug 12, 2014 7:05 AM

    Rex Ryan. One of the great defensive coordinators in the game.

    Hopefully the Jets realise that. Then Chicago can fire lousy Mel Tucker and Rex can come be a great defensive coordinator where he should be!

  10. nomargarciaparra says: Aug 12, 2014 7:10 AM

    This guy has a serious mental illness

  11. phinfan527 says: Aug 12, 2014 7:20 AM

    Shut up. Your secondary sucks and you will say anything to get fans in the seats. Rex sold Tebow left,right,and up and down. Only person that was happy was the planes owner because planes fans believed every lie Rex said and paid to go see Tebow fail. Here’s to hoping the planes stay grounded in last place.

  12. jimthebuilder27 says: Aug 12, 2014 7:20 AM

    Did he say this with a straight face?

    This guy just doesn’t get it!

  13. bradybbgoat says: Aug 12, 2014 7:21 AM

    As a Patriots fan, I can tell you with utter certainty that not having talented corners kills a defense.

    I don’t care how good you can scheme things up front, someone has to be back there to cover.

    With the plethora of talented options currently on our roster I hope we’re able to keep or stash them all so none end up in New Jersey!

  14. flash1287 says: Aug 12, 2014 7:26 AM

    No Rex, it’s not.

  15. quackbury says: Aug 12, 2014 7:30 AM

    Which is exactly like saying “The Yets are outstanding without a great coach.” Wishing don’t make it so. But thanks for the morning laugh.

  16. ctiggs says: Aug 12, 2014 7:47 AM


  17. jetsclaps says: Aug 12, 2014 7:48 AM

    This situation is so overblown. every corner should be ready by week one or two except Dexter mcdougle

  18. peytons5head says: Aug 12, 2014 7:53 AM

    Just please stop talking rex….its the same bs every year

  19. dtr3e says: Aug 12, 2014 7:58 AM

    With the Jets upgrading the D-line, LB’s and safetys, the corners don’t need to be relied on as much as in the past of Rex’s tenure with the team. I’m sure Rex would have loved to still have a top CB like Cro back there, but realizes that as long as you get to the QB, and not give him time to throw the ball, it doesn’t matter who’s back there.

  20. iliascom says: Aug 12, 2014 8:13 AM

    Is this a way to tackle Patriots?? If so, we’ll Rex you have to worry. Pats are coming after ya

  21. zeke2517 says: Aug 12, 2014 8:28 AM

    Come on, haters. I know it’s easy to pile on Rex because he doesn’t just say the same old nothing like every other coach, and I know that you’re lazy and probably not very smart. But if the guy knows one thing it’s defense and anyone would be foolish to underestimate him.

  22. buccan33rz1976 says: Aug 12, 2014 8:30 AM


  23. sportsfan18 says: Aug 12, 2014 8:30 AM

    Bears fan here, just wanna check on the Jets D the last few yrs.

    2013 11th in yards allowed per game.
    2013 19th in pts allowed per game.

    2012 8th in yards allowed per game.
    2012 20th in pts allowed per game.

    2011 5th in yards allowed per game.
    2011 20th in pts allowed per game.

    2010 3rd in yards allowed per game.
    2010 6th in pts allowed per game.

    Hey Rex, facts say your defense was great back in 2010.

    And what’s with giving up so many pts while giving up so few yards?

    Ah, butt fumbles in your opponents territory leave them with short fields… got it.

  24. gayforbrady says: Aug 12, 2014 8:30 AM

    It’s all about Rex.

  25. sterling7 says: Aug 12, 2014 8:32 AM

    I wish I had Jerry Jones money just so I could pay this guy (Rex Ryan) to “shut the hell up”!

  26. catquick says: Aug 12, 2014 8:40 AM

    When I was in the cemetery yesterday, I thought I heard someone whistling

  27. irishlad19 says: Aug 12, 2014 8:46 AM

    In addition to his other issues, it now looks like Rex has added delusional to his repertoire.

  28. GBwomenrhot says: Aug 12, 2014 8:48 AM

    We’ll see come the start of the Season…GB, Chicago, Detroit, SD, Denver….you’re going to need someone back there as you’ve got a few good QB’s on the schedule.

  29. beattention says: Aug 12, 2014 8:51 AM

    Here we go again its preseason and Rex is bragging again.

  30. brownsmakemecrazy says: Aug 12, 2014 9:03 AM

    This guy never disappoints when talking to the media. I used to think he was a moron, but his smack about Belichick, him turning his back on the media stunt was hilarious, to him switching places with one of the reporters is classic, o and how could I forget when he wore the wig imitating his brother Rob when the Jets played the Browns.

    Him and Spurrier have the best sound bites and acts ever. Keep up the good work Rexy.

  31. metitometin says: Aug 12, 2014 9:18 AM

    I’ll believe the Jet’s defense is great when Rex gets a tattoo of a defensive player on his right arm to complement his Mark Sanchez tattoo.

  32. mrpeepee says: Aug 12, 2014 9:18 AM

    …but Dee Milliner is the self proclaimed best corner in the league?

  33. richie078 says: Aug 12, 2014 9:18 AM

    The fact is that he *is* a great defensive coach. The problem has been ineptitude on the other side of the ball.

  34. xxsweepthelegxx says: Aug 12, 2014 9:19 AM

    Not a huge Rex fan, Pats fan here. But I like his banter with the media, playful attitude, etc… I don’t like the blowhard super confident approach ALL the time, but it’s a nice change of pace from most coaches.

    One thing you cannot argue is that the guy can coach up a Def. In some weird world, I wished for Rex’s firing and that the Pats would sign him as a Def coordinator.

  35. micknangold says: Aug 12, 2014 9:27 AM

    When the Jets front seven was comparitively weaker than their defensive backfield, the backfield carried them. Now the roles are reversed. They have the coaches, the talent, and the role players on defense to finish top 10 in yards allowed again.

    Points Allowed will always be a problem until they can limit our turnovers – and force a few of their own, 15 is an embarrassing number for the 8th ranked defense in the NFL – and maybe have a few less return touchdowns against us. 6 defensive touchdowns scored against the Jets is INSANE for a single season. The defense actually allowed only 21 points per game when they were on the field. That’s with a turnover differential of -13, 2nd to last in the NFL. More short fields than I can count. An efficient offense would help the Jets defense more than any corner(s) they can pull off the scrap heap or convert from safety at this point.

  36. bostonbadass says: Aug 12, 2014 9:28 AM

    I’m a patriots fan & have always said that a Rex Ryan defense will give any offensive coordinator problems… but come on now Rex with no secondary & the QB’S your gonna see no matter how good your front seven is your in BIG TROUBLE. …

  37. godofwine330 says: Aug 12, 2014 9:29 AM

    I love his moxie. That confidence can and often does seep into his players. If he doesn’t sweat, they won’t, at least that’s what he believes. The GM has given him subpar teams that under a Pat Shurmur would be 3-13, but somehow under Rex they are 8-8. He’s the President in Independence Day. He is on the front line taking shots for his players and they all know it.

    I love the guy.

  38. In Teddy We Trust says: Aug 12, 2014 9:48 AM

    How can you work to the strength of the players if the players don’t have any strengths?

  39. dolphinatic13 says: Aug 12, 2014 9:51 AM

    Maybe he should go ahead and start updating that resume…

  40. eaglesfan290 says: Aug 12, 2014 10:09 AM

    I’m thinking they might want to start drug testing the coaches as well!

  41. araidersfan says: Aug 12, 2014 10:20 AM

    Rex Ryan = Jerry Jones in terms of being a clown but Ryan doesn’t have the wealth or job security that Jerry does.

  42. mufasa1822 says: Aug 12, 2014 10:29 AM

    Rex Ryan was an outstanding defensive coordinator with the Ravens and knows what he is talking about regarding the defensive unit on this Jets team.

    Rex knows defense.

  43. Patskrieg dot com says: Aug 12, 2014 10:50 AM

    I like Rex Ryan jokes as much as anyone, but his defenses do work. He’s an excellent defensive coach any way you want to cut it.

    His offenses are usually a very expensive joke, and this year should prove to be no different.

  44. elsantos2014 says: Aug 12, 2014 10:51 AM

    No worries, Roc Carmichael should be cut soon and is equally as good as Dimitri Patterson. I know that still means 3rd or 4th string talent, but that seems to be the plan for some reason.

  45. sumkat says: Aug 12, 2014 11:07 AM

    The more he speaks, the less likely he makes it that he’ll be able to find a DC job when he inevitably gets fired

  46. gayforbrady says: Aug 12, 2014 11:12 AM

    I think Rex thinks his offense is great without a great quarterback

  47. texansdude says: Aug 12, 2014 11:21 AM

    4 – 12

  48. wnstonchill says: Aug 12, 2014 11:24 AM

    Rex Ryan and the word “outstanding” have no business in the same sentence……….

  49. peepeetoucher says: Aug 12, 2014 11:47 AM

    The Jets were 4th in red zone defense last year with a gimpy Cro and a overwhelmed rookie @ CB. If they stay in top 10 they should be fine. Its the same defense starters as last year sans Cro and he was pretty bad anyway, even tho the media are acting like its the end of the season already cuz they lost a 3rd round rookie. They turn everything into a life or death situation like a bunch of teenage drama queens.

  50. hehateme2 says: Aug 12, 2014 11:50 AM

    BLOWHARD to the end. He’ll get carved up and still blow wind.
    Time to muzzle him and move back to a DC where he belongs.

  51. somethinghappeninghere says: Aug 12, 2014 12:10 PM

    Rex Ryan: “My Defense Doesn’t Require a Great CB”

    which is why the Jets will NEVER win the AFC East until Rexy is gone! (only the Patriots can make that claim!…and now they have a great CB–Revis!)

  52. dlk47823 says: Aug 12, 2014 12:25 PM

    You’re right, Texans 4-12.

  53. voiceofreasonsays says: Aug 12, 2014 1:05 PM

    2-14. Jameis Winston, here we come!

  54. micknangold says: Aug 12, 2014 1:06 PM

    “How can you work to the strength of the players if the players don’t have any strengths?”

    Good joke, bro.

  55. pftisfulloftrolls says: Aug 12, 2014 1:29 PM

    Were there any great defenses that had less than stellar corners? Because I’m coming up short.

  56. packmanfan says: Aug 12, 2014 1:41 PM

    Rex is still coaching?

  57. atthemurph says: Aug 12, 2014 1:54 PM

    There will be no great CBs this year, just great QBs.

  58. jetfan74 says: Aug 12, 2014 5:41 PM

    How dare any of you knowledgable NFL and Jets fans come on here and spout off the truth to all the trolls. Rex is a D mastermind and will mask any deficiencies. Funniest thing I saw today, the other 3 teams in the AFC East are ranked in the top 10 for Defense by PFF. Based on schedule, you can count out all 3 of them, but if the Jets are in the top 10 at the end of the year it’s all because of REX

  59. RexCanCoach says: Aug 12, 2014 6:24 PM

    Revis gets hurt.
    Revis will destroy locker room.
    Revis = Mevis
    Revis is an old 29 and his best years clearly behind him.

    But hey, if you really want to sign Jets leftovers…

  60. matterson20 says: Aug 12, 2014 7:55 PM

    5-11. Take it to the bank.

  61. jameshoschek says: Aug 12, 2014 9:40 PM

    Rex is a clown. You have to start winning first before you can brag. The team is going to do worse then last year. I cant see this guy as a coach. The Jets lost out on Lovie Smith. That was the Coach that could have changed this organization around. With Rex all they ever will be is a punching bag.

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