Transcript: Rex Ryan 10/23

Opening Statement…

I want to tip my hat to our fans. I know we could barely communicate to each other, so obviously it had to be super hard for the Chargers to communicate. It was brutal. We were yelling and trying to get certain calls in, and it was rough. We talk about home field advantage, and that was probably the difference in the game. Those were two excellent teams going at it and we were able to find a way to get it done. The critical thing that we talked about was third down. San Diego came into the game with the No. 1 third-down offense in football, and they were going against the No. 1 third-down defense in football. Being able to win the third-down conversion battle was huge. Our offense was at 62 percent and they were at 50 (percent). We did much better on third downs in the second half. The way we were able to run the football…I think Shone (Greene) went over 100 yards, I’m not sure.

The other thing I want to bring up is that the crowd was so into it and so loud that Brandon Moore was the only one who knew it was fourth down. He’s running out there and I’m yelling ‘There’s three seconds left!’ I don’t know if everybody else knew it was fourth down, but it was so loud you could barely concentrate. Again, I want to say thank you to our fans. 

On Jets WR Plaxico Burress…

He had three touchdowns? OK. Not bad. I told the guys after the game that this is our bye week coming up, and that Plax and (Mark) Sanchez have to work on red zone efficiency. The rest of them can go. Nah – but it was great to see. The thing we talk about as a team is that sometimes you’re going to be featured more than other games. Obviously, he had the three red zone touchdowns. It’s unfortunate we had the holding call because ‘Tone (Santonio Holmes) might have had the best touchdown catch I’ve ever seen, but it was called back. As every one of you said, this is an excellent opponent and an excellent team.

On Jets C Nick Mangold’s three penalties…

Part of it is probably because that ankle is not 100 percent. I’ll take Nick Mangold any day of the week. We always put him on one guy. He’s the best center in football. If he had to foul, I’m sure it had to do with the fact that his ankle is still not healthy.

On the play of the Jets defense in the second half…

It was great. You have to give credit to the players. They did a great job executing our game plan. In the first half, we missed a couple of things. We kind of blew a coverage on the one third-down conversion they did have in the second half. I thought Mike Pettine and Sutt (Bob Sutton), DT (Dennis Thurman), and (Mark) Carrier – all of those guys did a great job. The rest of the staff did a great job (as well).

On importance of entering bye week with a win…

We saw the team we envisioned at the start of the season. We were slow to get it going, but we saw it. We faced a good team today. Time of possession was huge. That team is the NFL leader in time of possession, and that’s something we talked about – third down and time of possession. We were able to win it, and that was the difference in the game.

On what he said to the team at halftime…

I told the defense we just need to calm down a little bit, do what we’re taught to do, and do your job. There was no panic. There was no chewing anybody out. If anything, we as coaches chewed each other out. We have to get things to where we eliminate mistakes. When we eliminate them ourselves, we’re pretty tough.

On his handshake with Chargers head coach Norv Turner after the game…

Before the game, I told him I thought I could get him inside. I was going to work the body. Obviously, my chin’s not great so I have to worry about that one punch of his (joking). I have so much respect for Norv and I talked about the respect I have for that organization. That’s never changed. It was something that was unintentional and unfortunate, but like I said, we’ll probably see them again.

On Jets RB LaDainian Tomlinson leaving the game…

LT had an illness that started before the game. It looked like a car coming in, NASCAR coming in. He was getting four tires and gas and everything else. You had everybody in the world working on him. It got him through most of the game but he couldn’t finish it. It was just an illness thing.

On other Jets injuries…

The big guy came out in the first series, big Kenrick Ellis, with an ankle. Harris (LB David Harris) had an ankle. That was something I was really proud of our defense (for). We had a couple of defensive linemen out, with DeVito (DE Mike DeVito) and Kenrick and our guys stepped up. When David went down it seemed like our headset was down for a little bit too. We were having a tough time communicating. But at the end of the day, we showed the heart we knew we had and we were able to find a win.

On Burress needing this game…

He’s been doing it the whole time. Obviously he wants to catch passes and everything else. But last week he complained when he caught the one ball, “With that coverage maybe we should have thrown it to somebody else.” I don’t think I’ve ever heard that. He’s a good teammate. He knew his time would come. It’s not his first rodeo.

On if he thought it wouldn’t be the Jets day when Chargers TE Randy McMichael had a big third down catch in the fourth quarter…

No chance, no chance. I never felt like that at all. I felt like we needed to fix that coverage.

On the defensive play call on Jets CB Darrelle Revis’ interception…

We showed man (coverage), they ran run-and-tell motions. This will be for the advanced class. They were running motions over to see if it was man (coverage). We showed them a man look, then ran loaded zones. It was a great call. Sure enough, they threw into it. Cro (CB Antonio Cromartie) had great coverage. He got a tip on the ball and Revis was off to the races.

On the timing of the Bye Week…

I think the Bye (Week) always comes at a good time. We just feel like we’re hitting out stride now. This is the football team we think we have. We had more than hiccups along the way. Here we are. We know what’s up next. We’ve got two of our divisional teams. As everybody says, they’re ahead of us. No question. Well, we’ll see what happens. We’ll play at Buffalo, tough road trip. We’re at Buffalo, then we play that other team.

On why Burress wasn’t in the game on the last red zone offensive play…

There’s a bonus in his contract. If he got four (touchdowns) then there’s no chance. We can’t afford that so I took him out (laughs). Really, we’re just selling the run so much in there that we wanted them to think we’re running and see if we can pop one open to ‘Tone (WR Santonio Holmes). The great thing about that is we told Sanchez, “Take a sack. If its not there, just take a sack.” That’s why you saw him fall down without anybody there.

On if he was confused by the play call because Burress wasn’t in on that play…

No. We’re trying like crazy to sell that run-action. That play’s looked good in practice. We were hoping they’d sell the farm and we’d have a chance. I felt confident that Sanchez would take that sack. He pulled the old Brett Favre there (joking). It was a smart move. Then Nick (K Nick Folk) came in. That was a great kick by Nick. Huge kick by Nick Folk.