METAIRIE, La. — Rex Ryan wouldn’t be surprised if he saw Saints quarterback Drew Brees walking down a Manhattan street this afternoon.
Not after his defense allowed 325 yards passing to Andy Dalton and the Cincinnati Bengals in a 49-9 loss this past week.
“He’s probably already left to come here,” the Jets coach said Wednesday on a phone interview with New Orleans media. “I have a feeling we’ll play a little better than we played this last week – obviously we’ll have to.”
Brees is the only quarterback in NFL history to throw for at least 5,000 yards and at least 40 touchdowns in back-to-back seasons; that has only been done four times.
And he’s coming off of an historic performance, one in which he threw for five touchdowns, completed 76 percent of his passes while finding 10 different receivers for 332 yards and finished with a 146.1 QB rating.
“He's an amazing guy and just the consistency,” Ryan said. “It's almost taken for granted. These numbers are, like, historic that he puts up. Just, man, I was hoping he wasn't going to make the trip."
The ebullient Jets head coach summed up his thoughts on facing Brees in one concise word during interview session, saying only, “Yikes,” when the topic of facing the New Orleans quarterback came up.
“He’s as good as it gets,” he said. “I’m just happy Miami never got him because we would have had to play him twice. Now it’s only once every four years.”