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Jets Rex Ryan: Starting QB Announcement Soon

New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan spoke to the media Monday afternoon about the quarterback battle and the upcoming Giants game.

Opening statement

NOTE: (Video was used for portions of the opening statement)

So we will start with this (video). Some things that we emphasize that were getting here, this is one. I put a few plays together of a guy that maybe doesnt get a whole lot of attention but certainly is getting our attention as coaches. Exactly, Darrin Walls. Hes a guy that did a great job in the game but he constantly does a good job. Last year, you might recall, he started at corner for us the last game of the year. But anyway, hes a guy right now thats doing a good job on special teams. Youre going to see him here. That doesnt look real good. He missed the block but its kind of a set-up deal when a guy cuts back, you can see how he finishes. Im going to put this down here, youll see it here, theres actually two guys that do a great job, Nick Bellore and Walls, but Walls at the top specifically. Hes supposed to make this guy change his angle down the field. Obviously, wed like to get a hit on him if we could but were really throwing at this guy to make him change (angles). And then down the field were going to end up picking up the safety and thats that young man right there thats coming in the picture right here and flying out of the picture. So thats him. But thats a great job by Walls. You all see Nick Bellore doing a great job on the trap block right here, right there getting the block. Thats just one example of him being physical on the kickoff return and now you get a couple shots of him playing defense.

Now, every route has an interception point and this is it. Youre in man coverage here but hes doing a great job of running the route for (the receiver) and going to that interception point. You can see that right there. (He) just missed it but he does an outstanding job. So these are things were looking for. Guys are really challenging and competing out there. Next play we had an offsides penalty which is obviously unfortunate. But at the end here its a one-on-one matchup. Were going to put the challenge to our corners (in a) one-on-one matchup and Walls does a great job. You can see him in press coverage up at the top. He breaks and he ends up getting his hands on the football again. So two plays in a row he gets his hands on it but does a nice job there. And we put a trap coverage on. Everybody is over here with our coverage and hes left out there by himself one-on-one, but I like the fact that he challenged the receiver there.

Alright, now something that we talk about is not just the blocking up front but our blocking on the perimeter. Youre going to see something here. I put a couple plays in here of Stephen Hill. Now this one here, he sticks with this guy. He stays with him even though the guy gets a facemask penalty. But obviously, youre going to see the blocking up front but the blocking on the perimeter gives you an opportunity to make some big plays down the field and certainly Sanjay (Lal) talks about this with our receivers all the time and (is) doing an outstanding job. You see Stephen here, even though the guys got him by the facemask, he stays with the block, hes running his feet and stays in contact here.

Now this is a Braylon Edwards shot, Braylon is known for his blocking here as a Jet. He gets two guys on this play and so some things never change. (He) steps out, sets him up. I think thats Dwight Lowery. (Lowery has) had better moments than that (joking). But anyway, its a good job by Braylon and he comes in and gets two (blocks). Again, these are things that are selfless. They dont show up in the stat sheet, but its a point of emphasis for us and thats why Im showing you this.

Now the thing that I like about this is, look, (Hill is) staying with (the cornerback) on the line of scrimmage. Hes blocking him right now. Boom. (He) comes off, and he stays with him. (Hes) not holding. The guy goes past him, he turns him loose. But really a great job by Stephen and hes been doing an outstanding job and his blocking has really improved. Thats an excellent job, by the way, on a double team (by the offensive line). Good trap block.

That just gives you a couple things that were really emphasizing, Im proud to see that were doing. Its no surprise we (ran) the ball as efficiently as we did last week when we blocked like that on the perimeter.

With that, Ill say practice today, (there is) really no change from what we talked about injury-wise. Obviously, you have with (Quinton) Coples, well see how that progresses. We dont really have a timetable on the injury. Its really disappointing because the young man was really playing well for us. I think we all saw that. But hopefully hell be back sooner than later. But Ill go ahead and open it up for questions.

On whether Coples is having surgery tomorrow

Again, I dont know the particulars right now on surgery, whatever. We just know that hes out for at least the preseason games. Were putting it that hes out indefinitely because we dont know exactly the timeframe on it. We can check on that with (Media Relations, Senior Director) Bruce (Speight).

On whether the plan is to play Garrett McIntyre with the first team defense

Yes, and well rotate (Antwan) Barnes in there as well. But yes, Garret, I think hes really earned that right. We brought Barnes in really to rush the passer and that would be his role, but obviously were going to challenge him to step it up in base as well. So, thats why Garrett was starting primarily. Even today, at the end of the last team drill, we moved Garrett to Sam and we moved Barnes to Rush, so he will get some work there also with the ones.

On what he has noticed about McIntyre since hes been with the team

I think, number one, his work ethic is phenomenal. Hes a guy thats always one of our top lifters and top-conditioned athletes. But hes gotten better. So the time that Ive seen him, hes gotten much better. He challenges guys. In the game, we had a corner cover a running back and Garrett had to cover the wide out in the slot. (He) never flinched, just got the job done, even thought that wasnt an ideal situation for us. Garretts just a guy (whos) smart, knows the defense, we can plug him in a lot of different spots and he does a tremendous job. I think last year he had (3.5) sacks, but Im expecting big things from him this year.

On whether anyone on the roster can duplicate Coples hybrid role

That was going to be more really for Que (Coples). I think Sheldon (Richardson) has some of that ability, but I kind of like him in his world right now. Hes doing a good job for us. But I feel really good, were fortunate. We have some guys that can really play on the outside with Garrett and Calvin (Pace), obviously, and then Barnes and a couple other guys that are coming (along) as well.

On whether he purposely criticizes younger players and not veterans

No, I think when you look at it, I told the truth and what I believe to be the truth. With Coples even, in the weight room, if I know the young man can do better, then Ill address it. And now, Que is doing a great job. Hes doing a great job in the weight room, he was and hes doing a great job on the field as well. Ill never specifically avoid somebody or whatever, but if theres something to teach, Ill be more than happy to try to do that.

On why he did not criticize Mark Sanchez at the play to end of the half versus Jacksonville

It was on me. I think if it should be on my shoulders and Ill take the heat and the bullet for that. Thats kind of a judgmental call right there. Should you go for it in that situation? Should you not? I was trying to get a touchdown across and knew it was going to be risky if there was any delay at all. There was. It never came out exactly how I thought it would, but Ill take the heat for it, certainly, in that situation. Were not going to put it on the quarterback when it was a judgment call by myself.

On what he saw from Geno Smith today

I think hes much further along right now. He looked like he was driving the football better, so that was good to see. He made some really nice throws down the field today I thought.

On whether he knows the quarterback rotation for Saturday

No, again, well let this thing work out. Well go through the week, and obviously were just starting the week, so we have a few days of practice, and then well make that determination.

On Smith throwing an interception and then completing a long pass on the next play

Again, you hope that you dont have the interceptions and all that stuff, but thats part of it. The fact that he just comes right back, makes the big throw downfield, I think talks about his type of confidence. Hes not rattled. Absolutely, we dont want to see mistakes and dont want to throw the interceptions. Those things happen, but you have to come right back from it.

On whether he saw Santonio Holmes running routes prior to the game on Saturday

I dont want to say I never saw him (joking). (Laughter) Ill watch the tape on it. But no, I never saw him. But its no surprise to me. Hes been working his tail off.

On it looking like Holmes was not far from being back on the practice field

I hope youre right because when our trainers and our doctors feel he should be cleared to play, then he certainly will be. Im looking forward to that and hope its not too far down the road.

On whether he is worried about Dee Milliner being ready to start

I think he is going to learn from it. I think thats the beauty of it. I think hes going to learn. And is he the only guy that should learn from what happened in particular in that first half against Jacksonville? I certainly hope not. It wasnt just on him. But I think hell learn from it. I think a lot of us will learn from it and it starts from communication. Our safeties have to be vocal. We have Dawan Landry, who ran our defense in Baltimore when I was there. I challenged him to run our defense here. Dont just say youre the new guy, no. We brought you in here to run it, you run it, he and David (Harris). I think that needs to happen also.

On whether Coples will play more as an interior pass rusher when he comes back

No, I think if hes ready to play, I think youll see him in the type of roles that were putting him in, and some of that is as an internal pass rusher, but also on the outside as well. I think hes picked it up well and hes played well.

On his impressions of Barnes from their time in Baltimore to now

I think hes much more mature. Hes now a veteran player. Sometimes when you come in as a rookie, its pretty big, but hes a really mature guy now and hes a pro. I think thats the big thing that I see from him. Hes willing to do anything for this team. If that means hell line up and play 60 snaps, hell do it. But again, thats really not why I brought him in here. I brought him in here to be a difference maker as a pass rusher. I certainly think he can be when put in those situations.

On the challenges the Giants will present on Saturday

It will be a huge challenge. Obviously, it starts with Eli (Manning) back there, so that will be a big challenge for us. Victor Cruz, I know he went out of the game, apparently, yesterday, but that young man is impressive to say the least. There are several (challenges), a good offensive line, good backs, so that will be a big challenge for us.

On Chris Ivory

Saw the real Chris Ivory today, too. We had a live fourth-and-one. (We) turned and gave him the football. It was kind of B.Y.O.B. Be Your Own Blocker and he picked up the first down so that was impressive. So Ive seen the real Chris Ivory and (Im) real happy hes with us.

On whether Smith will have extended playing time if healthy

The answer could be yes but I think the answer is going to be, Well see at the appropriate time, (laughter). I think the big thing is the what-ifs, like how he responds. I dont want to say one way or the other because if all of a sudden theres a setback with his ankle or something along those lines, I dont want, Well, I thought we said this and this. I dont want to do that. I just want to see how it goes through the week because sometimes guys will get out and do more and all of a sudden they have a little setback. So well see how he responds but were hoping that hell progress and hell be ready to play.

On if he will be patient with whoever is named the starting quarterback

Again, I think when were ready to make that decision, well make it. But again, I never go into it thinking how were going to (have) relief for the guy. I would just say that obviously we have confidence in that individual, so much so that we would name him the starter. But to say would I have a quick hook or not, I think every situation is different.

On how Smith has responded to his comments about having a brutal practice

Well, again, I saw improvement from that day, no question. That was something, look, he had a brutal day. Marks had brutal days, (other) guys (have) had brutal days. Weve all had them. The fact that you throw four interceptions, I would say that would qualify as a brutal day.

On some players shrinking from criticism

Just the opposite. (Smith) is ready to roll his sleeves up and get better just like I would think that everybody would respond that way.

Source: New York Jets Media


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