âI think itâs tough to defend some of that if youâre not really focused on it,â Ryan said Tuesday, according to the Jets' official site. âThis was a good team, really good against the run, and we thought we could challenge them by putting in some of those things. That was my feeling on it and (offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer) said, âYeah, that sounds like a great idea, letâs go for itâ and (offensive line coach) Bill Callahan did a good job putting in the blocking schemes for it. I thought it was successful.â
The team consistently used the formation the previous two seasons with Brad Smith, who signed with the Buffalo Bills in the offseason. Ryan downplayed the fact he made the suggestion to Schottenheimer to bring it back.
âWeâre just trying to help. Weâre all on the same page. If thereâs something I see that might be decent for us, whether itâs a play or something like that, weâll mention it,â Ryan said. âWeâll have our defensive coaches sometimes come up with suggestions for the offense and vice versa. We donât care where we get it from -- even though I wanted credit after the touchdown â¦ no, Iâm kidding.â
Ryan shouldn't get too carried away with taking credit here. The formation wasn't all that effective other than Shonn Greene's game-icing nine-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter. In fact, the previous six direct snap runs netted just 17 yards and no first downs.
The Jets can go ahead and put lipstick on a pig if they like, but "Ground and Pound" remains nowhere to be found.