New York Jets HC Rex Ryan Says His Team Didn't Quit, and Other AFC East News

Erik FrenzSenior Writer IOctober 4, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 09:  Head coach Rex Ryan of the New York Jets works on the sidelines after the season opener against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium on September 9, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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The New York Jets gave up 245 rushing yards to the San Francisco 49ers, and they did it without even trying.

At least, that's what 49ers cornerback Carlos Rodgers claims happened. He called out the Jets defense for quitting part-way through the game this past Sunday (via

When asked about Rogers' comments, Rex Ryan denied the notion that his team gave up, according to Conor Orr of the Newark (N.J.) Star-Ledger:

I think when you look at it, certainly we didn't play well, it's obvious we didn't play well to his standards, either, Ryan said. I think we have a reputation in this league as being a tremendous defense and we didn't play that way. As far as us quitting, there's no way. That wasn't the case.

I think it does show that other teams expect a lot out of this defense but obviously not more than we expect from ourselves.

I received an interesting note from my friend Chris Gross of, and although the word "quit" wasn't used once, he did notice that the run defense for the Jets looked especially porous in the second half.

We'll never know the true extent to which Jets players threw in the towel against the 49ers, but we'll find out exactly how resilient and how mentally tough this team is over the next 12 games.

Here are some more updates and analyses from around the AFC East.


New York Jets

According to Matt Ehalt of ESPN New York, Jets running back Shonn Greene will remain the starter in the backfield.

Chris Gross of breaks down the Jets defensive performance in their loss against the 49ers.


New England Patriots

Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston points out that defensive linemen Jermaine Cunningham has become adept at drawing holding penalties since he moved to the interior of the line.

According to Christopher Price of, Patriots wide receiver Brandon Lloyd learned a lot from practicing against Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey.


Buffalo Bills

According to Tim Graham of The Buffalo News, former Bills head coach Marv Levy has seen a Bills defense recover from giving up nearly 600 yards of offense to an opponent.

Bleacher Report Bills featured columnist Aaron Lowinger hands out grades for each positional unit on the Bills roster through four games.

According to Sal Maiorana of the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, Bills defensive end Mario Williams blames a wrist injury for his slow start.


Miami Dolphins

Ben Volin of The Palm Beach Post writes that Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin's practice schedule has helped quarterback Ryan Tannehill develop quickly.

According to Armando Salguero of The Miami Herald, Dolphins offensive coordinator Mike Sherman rejects the idea that he blew the play-calling late against the Arizona Cardinals.


Erik Frenz is the AFC East lead blogger for Bleacher Report. Be sure to follow Erik on Twitter and "like" the AFC East blog on Facebook to keep up with all the updates. Unless specified otherwise, all quotes are obtained firsthand.