Rex Ryan can be a pretty funny guy when he wants to be. But he wasn’t kidding on Thursday when he said of the Jets’ offense – which put up zero points on Sunday vs. Seattle – “I think we are getting better.”
Ryan was in the middle of a full-throated defense of offensive coordinator Tony Sparano when he made the statement. Sparano is a hot topic this week because the Jets this Sunday will face their old offensive coordinator, Brian Schottenheimer, in St. Louis.
“I’m happy with the job he’s done,” Ryan said of Sparano. “I’m not happy with our results. But to say I’m going to pin that on Tony – there’s no way. I see how he works. . . . I know he attacks it as much as anybody I’ve been around and he wants to get better. There’s that burning desire. Sometimes we’ll have what looks like it’s going to be a big play and for some reason the execution’s just a little off. Sometimes it’s a lot of things that factor into that. But again, the season’s not over. I think we will get better. I think we are getting better. I know we never scored against Seattle and we certainly had some opportunities, but that wasn’t the case and that’s disappointing, but I see us getting better. Whether it’s not as big a leap as we would like and showing on the scoreboard and things like that, that’s probably true. But I definitely see us getting better.”
Asked how he can see them getting better, Ryan said: “Again, we turned the ball over a couple of times when we were in scoring position. We’ve had some different things happen. But I do. I see us running the football better. I see our offensive line getting better . . . I know our offense is getting better. I know our defense is getting better.”
Ryan also said complimentary things about Schottenheimer and said he’s looking forward to the “cat and mouse” game with his old assistant. Whom he fired. Ryan was asked about how difficult it was to part ways with Schottenheimer after last season, but said he didn't want to talk about it or look back at it.