Ryan Steps Up and Defends Brian Schottenheimer

Jets coach Rex Ryan voiced his support for offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, saying he feels “great” about Schottenheimer and “fortunate” to have him on staff, despite the offense’s inconsistent outing Sunday.

The Jets had seven three-and-outs, and a third-down conversion rate of just 27 percent, against the league’s worst-ranked defense entering the game. Asked if he would get more involved in the Jets offense, Ryan said “this whole team is my responsibility. … I’m here for this whole football team, and this has my name on it.”

Schottenheimer was at the center of a New York Daily News report Sunday that the team and parties involved have since denied. According to the report, receivers Plaxico Burress, Santonio Holmes and Derrick Mason went to Ryan to question Schottenheimer’s system.

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