Ryan at a loss for words — almost

By Michael Vega
Globe Staff / December 7, 2010

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FOXBOROUGH — Who needed HBO? The Patriots were more than willing to administer a few “Hard Knocks’’ to the New York Jets in this “Monday Night Football’’ matchup for AFC East supremacy.

Jets coach Rex Ryan, known as much for his bluster as his bluntness, didn’t mince any words in describing last night’s humiliating 45-3 loss to the Patriots before a frosty Gillette Stadium crowd of 68,756 who delighted in turning the tables on New Yorkers by taking their beloved “J-E-T-S! Jets! Jets! Jets!’’ chant and modifying it by adding an expletive at the end.

“Obviously, we got outcoached, got outplayed, we got our butts kicked,’’ Ryan said. “I don’t know what else you can say about it.’’

As embarrassing as this loss was to the Jets, it was all the more so for Ryan, whose reputation as a defensive guru took a bit of a hit after his defense was flat-lined by the Patriots. The Jets got carved up by quarterback Tom Brady for 326 passing yards and four touchdowns while allowing the most points in Ryan’s 31 games as coach.

To make matters worse, the Patriots neutralized New York’s best defender, cornerback Darrelle Revis, by not even throwing his way.

“Never saw a ball come my way,’’ Revis said. “Not a one. It was kind of frustrating.’’

The Jets’ frustration was compounded by the fact the offense was able to muster only 3 points, on a second-quarter field goal by Nick Folk, who missed badly on a 53-yard attempt on New York’s first drive.

“Humiliating? It’s the biggest butt-whuppin’ I’ve ever taken as a coach in my career,’’ Ryan said before taking a defiant tone. “But I can promise you one thing, I’ll be ready to play ’em [again]. I’ll go out and play ’em right now if they’ll go out and do it again. That’s the only way I know how to respond. I’ll get back out there and stick my chin out again.’’

Asked what he would do differently, if given the chance, Ryan chuckled.

“Well, I think there’s a lot of things we’d do differently, that list might be a little long right now,’’ he said. “Clearly, we got our butts kicked, we got outcoached, and we got outplayed.’’

It was a result that came as a total shock to the system, because clearly this was not the same Jets team that entered 9-2, the same record as the Patriots.

Asked if there was one aspect of last night’s game that most troubled him, Ryan cracked, “Yeah, I’d say our defense. We gave up 45 points. There’s been times when it’s been a whole quarter of a season, at least. But, again, you’ve got to give them credit. Brady was hot. He can burn you and they’ve got a lot of weapons and they did a good job protecting the quarterback pretty well and gave Brady some time to make plays and their guys came up with some big plays for them.’’

Ryan did not express any objection to the fact Brady was still in the game when it was clearly out of hand, and still throwing against his defense for touchdowns.

“I wouldn’t say he’s trying to necessarily like rub it in, but I mean this is the group that took a few shots on us and they got paybacks,’’ Ryan said. “Let’s face it, we kicked their butts at our place [in a 28-14 victory over the Patriots in Week 2], so they’re trying to come back. So trust me, we’ll remember this, there’s no question about that.’’

Ryan said the team had seemingly done all it could to prepare for the game.

“We were having the best week of practice,’’ he said. Until, that is, starting safety Jim Leonhard suffered a season-ending fractured right tibia in Friday’s practice when he collided with receiver Patrick Turner. As it turned out, it was the first of many bad breaks for the Jets.

“I thought the injury to Jim kind of put a damper on us, but I thought our preparation was great,’’ Ryan said. “I thought we were going to have a huge game and it was just the opposite.’’

“We took 10 days to prepare and had some solid practices but it doesn’t matter what happens in practice,’’ said defensive tackle Sione Pouha. “It matters what happened [last night]. This humble pie tastes like a car tire and goes down like peanut butter. That’s how it feels.’’

For Ryan, though, humility tasted like one awful snack.

“I’ve never been a part of a team or a game where we gave up this many points or yards, they had [405] yards [total offense],’’ Ryan said. “This team can do that to you.’’

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