FLORHAM PARK, N.J. --To New York Jets coach Rex Ryan, the work of two opposing defensive coordinators stand out to him this year.
One is former Jets assistant head coach/linebackers coach and current Chiefs defensive coordinator Bob Sutton. The other? It's not too hard to guess.
"I think the two guys in my opinion that are doing the best job in this league are Bob Sutton in Kansas City and then my brother [Rob Ryan] in New Orleans. I don't think it's even close," Rex said. "He took a team that was historically bad, the most yardage in the history of the National Football League, and now I think they're almost a top-10 defense yardage wise, fourth in scoring, with the same players, and some players are out. He's done a phenomenal job. He really has."
The Saints allowed the most yardage in the NFL history last year, but have made a drastic turnaround around Rob. Before Monday's Seahawks-Rams game, the Saints ranked 12th in yards allowed per game, and have allowed the fourth-fewest points. The defensive revival is a big reason why the Saints are 6-1 entering Sunday's game just one season after failing to reach the playoffs.
With a different insight into his brother's system than most, Rex will try to do whatever he can to give his offense an advantage on Sunday. We've already seen in the past he will don a wig and puff out his stomach to imitate his brother.
Rex is 2-0 against Rob with the Jets.
"I know my brother well so if there's any insight or whatever I'll certainly be there to give it," Rex said. "When you look at the job he's done and things like that, they're so multiple. It's a challenge. There is no doubt. It's going to be a big challenge. They are always like one of the best red zone teams in the league, that's a trademark of my brother. He's doing a great job."