(UPI) -- New York Jets coach Rex Ryan said that no one felt worse about the comeback led by New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday than him.
Even though Rex’s brother Rob is the defensive coordinator for the Saints, the Jets skipper said Brady’s game-winning touchdown to Kenbrell Thompkins was more painful for him than it was for anyone else.
“That was a horrible day for the Ryan family,” Rex said Sunday. “I feel terrible for my brother, but definitely felt worse for us. That’s the truth. There’s no question that’s the truth.”
Rex’s Jets are playing the Patriots this Sunday. He was hoping his brother might be able to help provide a blueprint for defeating a team that already beat the Jets back in Week 2.
“Heck yeah, you want to see [the Patriots] lose,” Rex said. “You want every team in your division to lose, in particular New England, of course.”
In spite of the end result, Rex still plans on consulting with Rob about how to stop Brady and the New England offense.
The Patriots have knocked off the Jets five times in a row but Rex wouldn’t go so far as to call Sunday’s game at MetLife Stadium a “must-win.”“I’ve played against him more than he has,” Rex said. “Trust me, if there’s any tip by now, he’s given me everything. But will I check with him again? Of course. Absolutely.”
“Well, I think must-win might be a little much even for (me). (Even when) I’ve been notorious for throwing those bad boys out. Here it’s Week 7,” Ryan said. He did add that if the Jets lose, “the tiebreakers are out the window and all that. So certainly that’s huge.”