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CINCINNATI -- Observed in the locker room after the New York Jets' 49-9 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals:
An imperfect 10: As expected, Rex Ryan was in a foul mood, but he's often at his candid best when speaking out of anger. This was no exception. If the defense doesn't play better next week against New Orleans, Drew Brees "will break every record known to man against us," he said disgustedly. Someone asked if this was the worst loss of his coaching career. "No, shoot, no," he said. "The loss to New England [in 2010], 45-3, felt worse. On a scale of 10, this one's a 10, but that one to New England was like an 11. It's brutal." They were both brutal.
Dee for disaster: A huge crowd of reporters surrounded rookie cornerback Dee Milliner at his locker. Milliner was benched in the second quarter, the second time he's been yanked from a game. It happened in Week 2, when he made too many mental errors. This time, it was a different story. "I just wasn’t making physical plays," said Milliner, the ninth overall pick in this year's draft. "The last time, it was mental plays. I was in position to make the plays. I just didn’t make them." Milliner's disappointing season is a serious red flag.
Bad preparation: Willie Colon's upper body could've served as a metaphor for the psyche of the team. His ribs were aching, and there was a huge bandage wrapped around his torso. Colon is known as a tell-it-like-it-is player, so it raised eyebrows when he wouldn't talk about whether the team may have been distracted during the week in the aftermath of the big win over New England. You may recall that, on Thursday, Ryan expressed his displeasure with practice. Asked about that after the game, Colon offered this cryptic response: "I'm going to keep that in-house. I'm not going to talk about that." Interesting.