Jets coach Rex Ryan wasn’t particularly disappointed to see Randy Moss announce his retirement on Monday.
“It will be easier for me to sleep at night knowing he’s not in this league anymore,” Ryan joked.
Moss, a four-time All-Pro wide receiver, called it quits after 13 seasons, four of those with New England. Not that he really gave the Jets much to fret about. In 10 career games against the Jets, Moss caught 40 passes for 591 yards and five touchdowns.
His matchups with cornerback Darrelle Revis were well-publicized — although mostly for the talking engaged between the two. But Ryan spoke respectfully about Moss’s impact on the game in what should be a Hall-of-Fame career.
“One of the all-time great receivers,” Ryan said.
Ryan also had a polite goodbye for defensive end Jason Taylor, who signed with the Dolphins on Monday after spending last season with Gang Green.
Taylor, entering his 15th season, was second on the team with five sacks and added 25 tackles and two fumble recoveries for the Jets. He returns to Miami, where he spent the first 11 years of his career.
“The guy is tremendous,” Ryan said. “He was all-in. He played like a Jet.
“I can’t say I wish him the best,” Ryan added, with a smile, “because that would be a lie.”