Originally Posted by SAR I
I do not belittle the great wins that Rex Ryan's defense got us in '09 and '10. Cincinnati, San Diego, Indianapolis, and New England were all thrilling victories against all odds and he is to be commended for it.
But it takes 4 wins to get a Lombardi trophy, and both times he came up short. Why? Because, as I said, eventually you run into an offense that is just better than your defense. In successive weeks you can beat Manning and Brady, but eventually you run into a Roethlisberger and that's that.
I'll give you 2009 to Indy, they were simply outmatched and ran out of gas.
2010 to Pitt, this was not the case and I am still nowhere near getting over that game. The defense had gotten off to a really slow start, be it nerves or whatever, but whatever Rex did/said they were able to 100% stop the bleeding, excluding that final short 3rd down conversion. I'm willing to stick with Rex based on what I saw that night...this team who was steamrolling over us all of a sudden couldn't do anything at all.
That D gave up 17 points, which if you remember, was enough to win the game. Marky Buttfumbles fumbled that one away too.