Rex Ryan Sounds Off On ‘Ridiculous’ Pass Protection, Jets’ Preseason Loss

NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — Don’t tell Jets coach Rex Ryan that Monday night’s 20-16 loss to the Houston Texans doesn’t count.

“I hate losing, our team hates losing,” Ryan seethed after the game. “I don’t care if it’s preseason or not, we know in the big picture, you forget about what your record is. But still, at the time, I hate losing.”

Houston’s defense produced seven sacks with starting offensive linemen Nick Mangold and Brandon Moore out.

Or rather, the Jets’ offensive line gave up seven sacks.

“Clearly we’ve got a long way to go with our protections,” said Ryan. “We’ve got to figure this thing out, because it’s ridiculous.”

Mark Sanchez looked sharp, completing 6 of 7 passes, two to Santonio Holmes. Sanchez’s usual backup, Mark Brunell, did not play because of a finger injury, leaving the rest of the game to seventh-round draft pick Greg McElroy, the former Alabama star.

The Jets had a chance to win it in the final minute, but undrafted free agent Michael Campbell dropped a 32-yard pass from McElroy in the end zone.

“No excuses,” said Ryan.

In the second quarter, linebacker Jesse Nading sacked McElroy, forced a fumble and defensive end Tim Jamison recovered at the Jets 14. The Texans converted a fourth-and-1, and Ryan stomped up the sideline and angrily called a timeout and ripped off his headset before Houston could snap it again.

“Too many guys out there, and we had to burn a timeout,” Ryan said.

Despite getting banged around, McElroy, a seventh-round draft pick, still found gaps and completed 23 of 39 passes for 208 yards and a touchdown.

“He got hit almost every time he threw the ball,” Ryan said.

Still, it wasn’t all bad. The Jets’ first-string offense produced four first downs and 73 yards. But back to the negative — they only scored three points.

“We would’ve liked to score a touchdown on that first drive, but we didn’t,” Sanchez said. “I was proud of the first group moving the ball the way we did. Now, we just need to finish in the red zone.”

Do the Jets have a serious problem on the second-string offensive line? Sound off in the comments below…

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  • jetzfan

    its only a pre season game folks get a grip this team is well and on its way to climb the ladder stop buggin out folks

  • mike dayem

    We suck we last night they made teaxns score on them they need wake up if they don’t new England going be them 100 to nothing they need get get wide receiver if they don’t trade they not going make playoff

    • robert

      Let me guess, you’re an English major? My 3 year old could run circles around you.

  • mfenimore

    I love Rex Ryan’s attitude. This is great! Even in a pre-season game he’s already thinking like it’s the playoffs. Heck with only a 16 game season for football, it practically is the playoffs! This should definitely get the team ready for opening day. It makes you wonder about the baseball schedule . . . you can go the first 20 games, looking for a rhythm, getting your pitchers stronger and getting your swing down the first month and then you still have 140+ games to go. With football, you need to hit the ground running 100% on opening day.

  • George Soliman

    yes, i got a HUGE problem with our second-string offensive line! 7 sacks allowed is simply unacceptable. if we allow 7 sacks against the likes of the texans D-line, then what are we gonna do when we face off against fat albert haynesworth and the patriots? or cameron wake and the dolphins? or demarcus ware and the cowboys week 1? if this continues, then most of those guys won’t make the team, or at least they better not! either way, as far as backups on the O-line, i don’t see anyone other than robert turner and vladimir ducasse making the team. hopefully we can sign a veteran or 2 to provide much-needed depth to what i still believe is the best O-line in the NFL (when everybody’s healthy). now let’s go out and win the Super Bowl in 2012 in indy! GOOOO J-E-T-S JETS! JETS!! JETS!!!

    • Fish On

      most of the o line was first string in only 2 started 2 o line

    • New York Fan

      are you the guy who robbed all the painkillers yesterday? I think you have to be on drugs to thing the Jets are going to the Superbowl…more like the toilet bowl

      • NYstuckinPhilly

        I love the Giants and really do not much care for the Jets but I truly believe the Jets are a stronger team than the Giants. I will start to believe in the Giants when we can beat Philly…until then….the Jets are better.

      • Matt Keach

        I disagree. They have been to the conference championship two years in a row, they probably aren’t the worst team in the world. :rollseyes:

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