The vestiges of humbled arrogance were evident in Rex Ryan’s bloodshot eyes, unshaven face and flat cadence the afternoon following the Jets’ 45-3 loss to the Patriots.
Ryan hadn’t been home, having stayed all night at the Jets’ training facility to run and re-run the tape of the worst loss he had ever been associated with — a game in which Ryan admitted his team got “outcoached and outplayed. We got our butts kicked.”
After watching the three Mark Sanchez interceptions, the gaping holes and missed assignments on a once-proud defense, and the ease with which the 10-2 Patriots tore into his team, Ryan could only look into his family past and his team’s immediate future for solace.
Miami, 6-6, comes in Sunday. It is time for a fast regroup, much like the one his defensive coordinator father Buddy’s vaunted Bears “46” defense accomplished after the Dolphins harpooned Chicago in a 38-24 loss in 1985.
“People still talk about that one,” Ryan said Tuesday. “And those Bears went to the Super Bowl. ... Our goals are still attainable. We still have a quarter of the season left. The opponent did everything right, but it’s still only one game.”
The Jets can reach the playoffs by winning two of their remaining four games. Ryan wants to get halfway there this week.
“We’d better start by beating the Dolphins,” Ryan said. “They’re coming in with slim playoff chances, but I know we’re going to get their best shot.”