Transcript: Head Coach Rex Ryan 10/8/12

Opening Statement…

That’s a good football team that we played. The thing that is upsetting is the fact that we helped them. Clearly, that’s a good football team that doesn’t need any help. We’re kicking ourselves. We used a couple of time-outs that hurt us at the end. It looks like we’re a little snake bitten with injuries, but that’s not an excuse. We had a guy here for three of four days (Jason Hill) that has to step up. With (Clyde) Gates going out, our personnel was kind of messed up, so we had to use him (Hill). It’s kind of unfortunate. We lined up wrong and the kid (Arian Foster) hit us with a 50-yard run. That’s a good, very talented back and a talented football team. They made some plays. J.J. Watt’s the real deal. You would think the Knicks would pick him up too with all of the shot blocking he did. It’s not like he doesn’t do it to everybody, but he certainly did it tonight. He’s an excellent football player.

On the Jets on-sides kick in the third quarter…

That was me all the way. I came here to win. That’s it. Whatever it takes. Faking a punt in your own territory, going for it on fourth down in your own territory-I came to win. I think when you ask your players to lay it out there and do whatever it takes to win, that’s me included. Certainly, that was us. I went for it. It’s unfortunate we didn’t execute it. I thought we had a really good kick, and their kid (Shiloh Keo) made a really nice play on us. I’m never going to look back and regret going for something. I can promise you that.

On the Jets interception before halftime…

It was one of those things. We had them on their heels. I knew we had timeouts but I was like, ‘Shoot, we’ve got them on their heels, let’s keep going.’ We felt great about it. I’ve been on the other end of it where you’re hoping a team calls a timeout. We had a play we really liked, and the kid (Watt) made an outstanding play on us.

On if he takes any positives away from the team being within six points with three minutes left…

No. It’s a win business. Absolutely not. We knew we would be in the game, but we thought we were going to find a way to win. That was our message of the week. Obviously, we were disappointed in previous weeks with that performance, but I thought our guys did a great job in practice. I think all of us were excited to play. Like I said, it never worked out. That is a good football team and at the end of the day, they made more plays then we did.

On if “being willing to try anything” will be the team mantra…

You try to steal possessions if you can. The other thing is, that was us, we’re just going to go for it. I think I’ve always done that. I think we have a guy in Tim (Tebow) that gives you some opportunities on that punt team. While we won’t get a punt rushed, I wouldn’t rush us, because you never know when he’s going to fake it. We’re crazy enough to fake it anytime, no matter where the ball is.

On if he had intentions of using Tebow more during the game…

Again, I think each game you go in and you have a certain amount of plays, and whether you get to them or not, sometimes the game dictates it. Again, Tim’s a guy that we think is a weapon and we need to use him.

On Sanchez’s performance…

(His) numbers were 14-of-30 for 230 (yards). It was very similar to the kid (Matt Schaub) that we played. But, he had the unfortunate two tipped passes for interceptions. I think his day, minus those tips, obviously it looks a lot better. The numbers would be nice. Unfortunately, he had those two tipped balls. I think he played better than the numbers indicate.

On Jeff Cumberland’s attempted catch in the fourth quarter…

I thought he had a chance at the ball. You guys see it on replay, I don’t.

On the injuries…

I’m not real sure. Nick (Mangold) returned with an ankle (injury). That was bad to see him with an ankle (injury), but I was happy to see him return. I know Josh Mauga had ice on his shoulder. I don’t know how severe that is. I haven’t heard word on (Clyde) Gates or (Kenrick) Ellis yet.

On LaRon Landry sitting out for a few plays…

What you do is you use your roster. I’ve said that from day one. That’s what you try to do. Really, it was just a series where we were trying to get him a few plays off. We turned around and I think he thought he was off for the entire series, but we were putting him out in a certain grouping. Then, we were looking for him and he was over there. I don’t know if the young man realized the grouping. I actually wanted him back out there. It was just a grouping I was trying to take him out of. Apparently, I wasn’t clear on those instructions.