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Rex Ryan Did Not Give the Defense a Game Ball

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While members of the offense and special teams got game balls in the wake of Sunday's win over Dallas, no members of the defense did.

Calling his defense's performance "painful," Jets coach Rex Ryan did not hand out any game balls on the defensive side Monday after Sunday's 27-24 victory over the Cowboys.

The Jets gave up 390 yards of offense. They played better at the end of the game and forced two Tony Romo turnovers in the fourth quarter.

I am glad that Rex recognizes there was a problem first of all. I also like this move from the motivational standpoint. Ryan seems to really know how to get the best out of his players. There are not many stories of players underachieving in his tenure. This is the kind of thing he clearly feels can push his defense's buttons and get them to play with some fire on Sunday against the Jaguars.