ST. LOUIS (FootballStL) -- It hasn’t been the season that Rex Ryan and the Jets had envisioned at the beginning of the year. Three wins after nine games. That’s the same amount of wins as the Rams, a franchise that won 15 games in its previous five seasons.
“Our season has been miserable,” Ryan said. “We’re 3-6, obviously it’s not something where we wanted to be or ever thought we would be at, but I’m excited about the opportunity we have in front of us.”
Similar to the Rams last season, the Jets have dealt with a heavy dose of injuries, primarily on the defensive side of the ball. Of the 17 players listed on last week’s injury list, nine were defensive players.
As a result, the defense has been exploited by the opposition in multiple games including last week’s 28-7 loss to the Seahawks. The Jets allowed an uncharacteristic amount of rushing yards, including 124 rushing yards to Marshawn Lynch, in the lopsided loss. It was the third time this season that the Jets allowed a running back to rush for more than 100 yards.
It is no secret that Ryan, a former defensive coordinator, makes it a point to stop the run, but the injuries have crippled the rush defense which has averaged 145 yards per game and ranks No. 30 in the league.
“They are a solid defense,” Sam Bradford said. “Any time you think of the New York Jets, you think of their defense. Maybe they are not as good as they have been in the past, but they are still really good. We are going to have to be on top of our game this week.”
Since Ryan became the team’s head coach in 2009, the Jets have allowed only nine 100-yard rushers. There has been only 27 100-yard rushers against defenses that Ryan has worked with since 2000.
“They are a very dangerous team. They have played some tough opponents very well,” Jeff Fisher said. “Last week, we all know how hard it is to play in Seattle. They didn’t score a point offensively, but it was a very close game going into the fourth quarter.”
It wouldn’t be a surprise if the Rams gain a lot of yards on the ground following a 24-24 tie against the 49ers. The Rams rushed for 159 yards on the ground last week, including 101 yards from Steven Jackson.