Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Rex says giving up a long run 'rips your heart out'


Last Sunday, the strength of the New York Jets was weak.

Gang Green boasts the NFL's best run defense, barely giving up three yards a carry to opposing rushers this season. But the Oakland Raiders, on the legs of Marcel Reese, were able to bust open a 63-yard touchdown run right up the middle to stay alive early in the second half.

The Jets went on to win, but coach Rex Ryan let his disapproval with his usually-stout run defense be known.

"Normally a big strength of ours is our gap integrity in the run," Ryan said Monday, via Obviously, we had a couple issues in that, so clearly moving forward that has to be a strength, not a weakness.

"That long run, it’s actually embarrassing anytime you give up a run that far."

The Jets, who gave up 150 yards on the ground against the Raiders, have surrendered just four rushing plays of 20 yards or more and two of 40 yards or more all season.

"Sometimes you can give up a pass that way, you feel bad about it," Ryan said. "But it almost like rips your heart out, you give up a run of that distance. That’s kind of how we take it. So certainly we had to spend time to get that corrected and make sure everybody’s on board with the call and how we’re going to play it."

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