EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - In the defence-first mind of Rex Ryan, opposing rookie quarterbacks are a sight to behold.
And tackle. And hurry. And ultimately, to be put in their place.
With his complex defensive attack designed to confuse and unnerve, it may be the only consistently good thing about the man’s professional life as coach of the New York Jets.
Never mind that Ryan is in the process of grooming his own freshman at the position, the colourful coach could barely contain his excitement this week at the prospect of facing Bills rookie EJ Manuel in Week 3.
“Maybe a little bit,” Ryan told reporters at the Jets practice facility when asked if his multi-look defence is ready to feast on the rookie. “Yeah, because I know he doesn’t have the experience, no rookie has it.
“I’d much rather face a rookie quarterback than Tom Brady.”