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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.
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.