Ryan: Don’t be sorry for us, we’ll be fine without Revis
While the New York Jets’ organization and collective fan base holds it’s breath that All-Pro corner will eventually report to the team’s training camp grounds in Cortland, head coach Rex Ryan isn’t blinking. In fact, he’s going all in.
“Honestly, don’t feel sorry for us, said Ryan Tuesday. “We have everything we need right here on defense. With the addition of (Antonio) Cromartie, that was enormous for this football team and so is the fact that we drafted Kyle Wilson, who is an outstanding player. That helps us a great deal. Every opponent, every week, you always do what is in the best interest for your team; (with) the people that we have.”
Rex Ryan has full confidence in his defensive unit, with or without Darrelle Revis. (JetsInsider.com Photo)
Ryan’s comments come a day after New York Jets owner Woody Johnson preached nothing but doom and gloom on the Revis front, proclaiming that he was not optimistic a deal would get done in time for the Sept. 13 season opener.
The impasse between Revis and Jets brass revolves around a “fundamental disagreement in total compensation” according to a statement issued by Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum on Tuesday. While Revis’ agent Jon Feinsod has indicated on multiple occasions that the Jets have not offered any signing bonus, the Jets organization continues to refute that report.
“As I said at the start of training camp,” said Tannenbaum in his released statement. “Our offer to Darrelle Revis conveyed that we are flexible on how the guaranteed money is structured, including the areas of signing bonus, roster bonus and option bonus.”
Ryan was his usual braggadocio self Tuesday, pointing to his past successes in Baltimore without key defensive players. In 2005, linebacker Ray Lewis suffered a season ending hamstring injury in Week 6. The same season, safety Ed Reed missed six games with an ankle injury. Despite missing their two best defensive players, Baltimore’s defense finished the regular season fifth overall and tenth in points allowed, under the direction of Ryan.
“I’ve been running defenses a long time in this league, been around it,” said Ryan. “I’ve had to overcome a lot of great players not being in it. One year Ray Lewis was out ten games. That same year, Ed Reed was out for six games. I’ve been around a lot of great players obviously but I’ve also had to overcome when those guys were out. Kris Jenkins last year, he’s a premier nose tackle in football, and he misses all but six games last year for us. It’s part of the business. I think the worst I’ve ever finished on defense, it might have been sixth or something like that, and that’s probably (when I coached in) college too. We’ll find a way to get it done. I can’t do much, but I know how to call a defense and we’ll take what we have.”
“We have a great collection of individual talent and these guys play great as a team, great as a unit. That’s what we’ll do. That’s why one guy – obviously, Revis is a tremendous player, Ray Lewis (is) a tremendous player, Ed Reed (is) a tremendous player, Kris Jenkins (is) a tremendous player – but it’s about the unit and we sell that the day we walked out here. It’s about the unit. If you have the decal on the side of your helmet that says New York Jets on it, you’re a special person and we can get it done. We know that the next guy that pops in there, we can feel good about it. Again, the proof will be in the pudding and the great thing is we get to prove it. We’ll see what happens when we kick it off. We’re not afraid of anybody. We look forward to competing against everybody. Our mentality hasn’t changed.”
Brunell locks down No. 2 spot
Kellen Clemens has held down the Jets’ backup quarterback position for four years but it only took seven days to replace him. Rex Ryan said Tuesday that the 39-year-old Brunell “has pretty much got a lock on that number two spot”, just over a week after signing with the Jets.
“I think it’s a good competition,” added Ryan. “(Kevin) O’Connell had a real nice scrimmage, and then Kellen (Clemens) has really had a couple of good days. When he was running with the twos yesterday, he really had a good day. We’ll see what happens.”
“Man, it’s good. You think of where we were last year, and look at the depth that this football team has now, we’ve really made strides and really improved our football team. ”
TE Jeff Cumberland (head), LB Brashton Satele (leg) both sat out the morning session. G Marlon Davis missed both practices (knee). LB Jason Taylor (groin) was limited, only participating in individual drills . WR Braylon Edwards (knee) who was limited on Monday, practiced in full.