It was a somber morning for Gang Green as they returned to work following their blowout loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. The 49-9 defeat was New York's worst since losing to the New England Patriots 45-3 back in 2010. In regards to the loss, Rex Ryan made it simple on how he was feeling.
"We got our butts kicked and there's no two ways about it," noted Ryan.
Moving forward, and putting the embarrassing loss behind them, Gang Green looks to host the New Orleans Saints in their Week 9 matchup. In order to prevent another blowout at the hands of the 6-1 Saints, the defensive side of the ball has to do a better job covering the receivers and tight ends of New Orleans.
The Saints have plenty of talent on offense, including future hall of fame quarterback, Drew Brees. Brees is on pace for another great season, ranking within the top-3 of all major categories for quarterbacks. The passing game is very intimidating, even more so than the passing attack of the Bengals. With Cromartie still shaking off a hamstring injury and first-round pick, Dee Milliner, not playing to his potential, the defense has to make quick adjustments to stop Drew from setting another passing record.
"We have to improve in a hurry in a lot of areas, and the challenge, if we don't play better pass defense than we did this past week, he'll (Drew Brees) throw for 700 yards," noted Ryan.
So where does Gang Green go from here? The Jets' head man wants to get back to the nitty-gritty of the game and work on the basics.
"It starts, obviously, with your preparation as far as knowing the team you're up against and all that," noted Ryan. "But it's more than that, it's about your fundamentals and your technique. Even right down to the alignment, assignment and technique, that's where it starts. If you're not lined up right, if your fundamentals are poor, (if) your technique is poor, you're not going (to be) successful against good players."
Now there is another obstacle in Gang Green's path to beat New Orleans this week, Rex's brother Rob. Rob Ryan is the new defensive coordinator for the Saints, turning the NFL into turmoil with this aggressive play-calling. Similar to Rex, Rob is very knowledgeable of defending the run and putting pressure on the quarterback, especially in the red zone.
"They're always one of the best red zone teams in the league," noted Rex. "That's a trademark of my brother's."