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 NJ.com. “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.