The New York Jets are having a rough season to say the least. After getting a win in week one win over the Oakland Raiders, the Jets have since lost their last seven games.
Head coach Rex Ryan has been known for his defense in years past, but so far this season the Jets rank 18th in the NFL in defensive passing yards per game. Needless to say, Ryan isn’t pleased.
He was recently asked about former Louisville safety Calvin Pryor and Ryan says their 2014 first round pick hasn’t done as well as they thought he would.
“He hasn’t had the impact necessarily that I think all of us had expected,” Ryan recently told the New York media.
“But quite honestly, we haven’t done a whole lot of — you know, our defense has been played a little differently than maybe we anticipated. So I think we had to make some of those adjustments along the way.
“And it hasn’t gone according to plan, so to speak. Maybe we thought we were gonna be more of an emphasis on certain things and (we’ve) kind of played different coverages. … I kind of envisioned us bringing that ball inside, letting him really hit some people but sometimes we have had to put him in different roles.”
In eight games Pryor has 16 solos tackles and a half sack.
“There have been a lot of moving parts on the back end, but he’s definitely right,” Pryor said of Ryan’s comments. “I look at myself in the mirror and I know I have to step it up.”