Rex Ryan Says He’s Let Owner and Jets Fan Base Down with Awful Season

In a span of 18 hours, Jets coach Rex Ryan went from “sick” to ashamed, Rich Cimini of ESPN New York reports.

“I’m embarrassed for myself, absolutely,” Ryan said Tuesday, describing his emotions after the latest gut-punch in a season filled with them. “It’s definitely embarrassing to me. I feel like I’ve let my owner down. I’ve let our fan base down. Yeah, of course, there’s no doubt.”

On Monday night, the Jets became only the fifth team in the last 30 years to rush for at least 277 yards and lose a game, a 16-13 heartbreaker to the Miami Dolphins.

Ryan declined to comment on his job security or a report that said he could land a multimillion dollar deal with a TV network if he’s out of coaching in 2015. He said his only focus is the next opponent, the Minnesota Vikings.

Not that there was much suspense, but Geno Smith will remain the starting quarterback, according to Ryan. After a three-game benching, he returned to the lineup in what could be termed a highly unusual outing.

Handcuffed by a conservative game plan, Smith completed only seven of 13 passes for 65 yards, including a last-minute interception that ruined a chance for a game-tying field goal. It was the fewest number of attempts in a complete-game performance in the Ryan era, and also the fewest net passing yards (49).

Ryan came under heavy criticism for the game plan, which showed little faith in Smith’s ability to throw the ball. Until the final drive, Smith had only eight attempts.

“I’ve seen everyone questioning what we did offensively, but we never went into the game thinking we were going to throw it only 13 times,” Ryan said.

Ryan felt they controlled the game from the outset, blaming the loss on two missed field goals, a partially blocked punt and two dropped interceptions.

Quite honestly, if we make the two field goals and we don’t get sacked out of another one, we probably aren’t having the conversation,” he said.


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