After Sunday’s 49-9 shellacking at the hands of the Cincinnati Bengals, New York Jets coach Rex Ryan would have liked to have turned the page as quickly as possible to his team’s next game.
But with the Saints and quarterback Drew Brees staring him in the face, it wasn’t that appealing.
“If we don’t play better than we did (Sunday),” Ryan said jokingly after the second-worst loss of his five-year tenure as Jets’ coach, “that guy (Brees) will break every record known to man against us.”
During a conference call Wednesday, Ryan said he has a feeling his team will play a little better than it did against the Bengals. Yet, he knows what the Jets will be facing when they go against Brees, who’s already more than halfway to an eighth straight 4,000-yard passing season with 2,290 yards.
“The dude is a surgeon … he just picks you apart,” Ryan said. “He can make all the throws, all the protocols and things. (He’s) poised, sees the field, (he’s) accurate.
“But he’s an amazing guy. … His numbers are historic that he puts up,” he added. “Man, I was hoping he wasn’t going to make the trip.”
BRESS-ING ALONG: It’s easy see why Ryan is concerned about Brees shredding his secondary.
Brees had 332 passing yards and five touchdowns and compiled a 146.1 passer rating in Sunday’s 35-17 victory against one of Ryan’s AFC East rivals — the Buffalo Bills.
Brees is on a tear after throwing four interceptions in the first three games. The four picks came in his first 112 passes this season, but has served up just one in his last 159 attempts — that one coming in a 30-27 loss to the New England Patriots on Oct. 13.
In the past four games, Brees has 13 touchdowns to one interception.
COLSTON, EVANS SIT: Wide receiver Marques Colston and guard Jahri Evans didn’t participate in Wednesday’s practice when the Saints began their on-field preparations for Sunday’s game with the Jets.
Colston has a knee injury and Evans was sidelined with a hip, according to the injury report the Saints turned in to the NFL office.
Also not participating were FS Malcolm Jenkins (knee), SS Kenny Vaccaro (concussion) and DE Tyrunn Walker (knee).
Jenkins, who missed the second half of Sunday’s win against the Bills, said he would be day-to-day.
HARPER RETURNS: Strong safety Roman Harper, who hadn’t practiced or played since a Week 2 game with the Tampa Bay Bucs because of a knee injury, was able to work on a limited basis.
Also limited were TE Jimmy Graham (foot), LB David Hawthorne (ankle), WR Kenny Stills (knee) and CB Rod Sweeting (hip).
CB Keenan Lewis (foot/knee), DE Akiem Hicks (knee) and DE Cameron Jordan (ankle) had full participation.
GOING BOWLING: Saints coach Sean Payton said earlier this week that he hadn’t had a chance to talk with Tulane coach Curtis Johnson about his team, which became bowl-eligible for the first time in more than a decade last Saturday.
Johnson coached Saints’ wide receivers from 2006 to 2011 for Payton before taking the Tulane job. After a 2-10 season in 2012, the Green Wave is 6-2 and eligible for a postseason bowl.
When he heard they were bowl-eligible, Payton said the only thing he could think of was that a bowl isn’t Johnson’s only goal.
“I think it’s great, and yet, I think their goals and sights are much higher,” Payton said. “But it’s good to see them playing well.”
BREES, STILLS NOMINATED: Brees and wide receiver Kenny Stills, who connected on three passes for 129 yards with touchdowns of 69 and 42 yards in the win over the Bills, are up for national awards this week.
Brees is one of three candidate for the FedEx Air NFL Player of the Week honor, which he won in Week 4, and Stills is one of five nominees for the Pepsi NEXT Rookie of the Week Award.
Fans can vote for both until Friday morning at www.NFL.com.
SAINTS, PELICANS JOIN: The Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living (TFL) has announced a partnership with the Saints and NBA’s Pelicans for their current seasons.
TFL, the Saints and Pelicans will work together to promote smoke-free environments and the importance of protection against secondhand smoke.
Players will help spread the message of the importance of being tobacco-free and why they choose to do so through various PSAs and other promotional efforts.