Even in a losing effort, Rex Ryan’s bunch has to get the last word in.
After the Jets were defeated by the Patriots, 17-16, on Sunday, defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson said the team fared particularly well against Tom Brady and Co.
“Feasting. We had a feast out there,” Richardson said, via ESPNNewYork.com.
Richardson, enjoying an excellent second season in New York, has become an outspoken player — he recently claimed he was on the same level as J.J. Watt — but he’s not necessarily wrong here.
The Jets held Brady to just 182 passing yards, sacking him four times and pressuring him throughout the game. Coach Rex Ryan, who dialed up a blitz-oriented attack, agreed with Richardson’s assessment.
“I don’t know if it’s really possible to control Brady,” Ryan said. “If not, we’re the team that always gives him the biggest challenge, whether he admits it or not.”
It was a solid showing by the Jets, who were playing for pride in their final home game, but not enough to knock off their arch nemesis, who secured a first-round bye in the playoffs. ESPN Jets reporter Rich Cimini noted the team “badly wanted to beat their No. 1 rival.”
“This was going to be our Super Bowl for this season,” safety Calvin Pryor said.
In what has been a horrific season for the 3-12 Jets, at least they could say they knocked Brady around and kept the contest close.
Moral victories, and all that.
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