Rex Ryan: We’re The Team That Gives Tom Brady ‘The Biggest Challenge’


Dec 22, 2014

Rex Ryan is going out talking.

Everyone assumes the New York Jets head coach will soon be the ex-head coach soon, but Ryan isn’t changing his ways before leaving. That includes dialing up a mean game plan for Tom Brady and then letting everyone know about it.

Ryan and his Jets defense did a solid job Sunday in slowing down Brady, limiting the quarterback to just 182 yards on 23-of-35 passing and a touchdown. As is usually the case, though, the Jets couldn’t do much of anything on offense and New England held on for the 17-16 win.

Still, Ryan was pretty proud about what he did against Brady.

“I don’t know if it is really possible to control Tom Brady. If not, we’re the team that always gives him the biggest challenge, whether he admits it or not,” Ryan said after the game, according to “I just think we play defense a lot different than most teams in the league. We don’t just line up and play standard defense. I think that’s what I am talking about. Everybody plays hard and we’re no exception. Through the years, that probably holds true.”

Ryan and the Jets give a lot of quarterbacks headaches, not just the Jets. A lot of that stems from the coach’s willingness to change looks for Brady or whoever’s under center.

“You always try new things,” Ryan said. “You don’t just give him the same picture down after down. That guy will kill you if you do. We were able to turn our pass rush loose a little more and I think that helped us. We thought our defensive line was a huge advantage for us going into the game.”

The good news for Brady and the Patriots, of course, is that they came away with the win. It probably doesn’t hurt Ryan’s probably on his way out.

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