As a defensive-minded coach, New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan has set high standards for his players on that side of the ball.
So after allowing 390 yards of total offense to the Cowboys in Sunday night’s 27-24 win, Ryan declined to issue a game ball to a defensive player.
“We’re not going to give a game ball to any defensive players,” Ryan said. “There were times when — Bart Scott played tremendous — but when your defense is not consistent and we don’t play to our standards, we’re not getting game balls.”
Scott had a team-high eight tackles, including two for a loss and one of the teams’ four quarterback sacks. Cornerback Darrelle Revis effectively shut down Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant and grabbed a key interception that set up the game-winning field goal by Nick Folk.
Ryan did issue himself a game ball for winning another “Ryan Bowl”. Rex’s twin brother, Rob Ryan, is the Cowboys defensive coordinator. The brothers were joined on the field by their father, Buddy Ryan, who is about to undergo treatment for cancer. The Jets opened the game in the “46″ defense as a tribute to Buddy.