Jets Coach On 34-0 Loss: “The Important Thing Is That Everyone Had Fun Out There”
After his New York Jets were dominated by the San Francisco 49ers 34-0 on Sunday, head coach Rex Ryan addressed his dejected team in the locker room, and told them, “Listen guys, the important thing is that everyone had fun out there today, right?”
“The fellas were obviously sad about the game,” said Ryan. “They’d been looking forward to this all week, and had just been practicing their little hearts out, God bless ‘em. So I know they were all disappointed. But this is a great way for those young guys to understand the value of good sportsmanship. I told them, ‘hey, as long as everyone learned something today, then I think we’re all winners.'”
The loss dropped the Jets to 2-2 on the season, and exposed the weakness of their defense without injured CB Darrelle Revis, as well as the ineptitude of their offense, which gained just 167 yards on the day.
“I know Mark was upset,” Ryan said of QB Mark Sanchez. “His dad was in the stands, and he really wanted to make him proud. But I told him, “Look, I’m sure your father knows that you tried your absolute best out there, and that’s all that really matters. He’s probably very proud of you for that, and so am I.”
After the Jets players performed the customary “2-4-6-8, who do we appreciate” chant that Ryan requires of his team after each game, the coach handed out custom trophies to each player as a way to lift their spirits.
“It’s just something I do for them as a special treat,” Ryan explained. “The night before the game, I usually stay up a little later to make some homemade trophies for each of them. Shonn Greene got one that said, “Most Valuable Smile.” Bart Scott got “Perfect Practice Attendance.” It’s something small, but they enjoy bringing it home to show their friends, I think.”
Referring to the Jets’ upcoming Monday night game against the undefeated Houston Texans, Ryan told his team,”Listen fellas, next week, we’re gonna play a whole lot better, you’ll see. Now, who wants ice cream?”