Rookie cornerback Dee Milliner, who the New York Jets hope will take over the Island formerly named after Darrelle Revis, was benched during Thursday's 13-10 loss to the New England Patriots after a series of miscues and miscommunications.
"But as I told him, I said, 'You know, Dee. I want you to sit on the sidelines, and I want you to watch'. And sometimes when you do that, it is the best thing for you." Ryan said. "I am trying to win a game, and put in who I think has the best chance to win it. And the young man, like I said, he is going to be a great player. But at that time, I went with the veteran."
"I was fine with it, he felt the need to make that decision," Milliner said after the game. "I made a couple of mistakes, on a couple calls. I got benched before in college, for sort of the same thing."
The rookie faces the pressure of replacing an All-Pro, but with the Jets' defense performing well through two weeks, Ryan has the luxury of teaching some lessons to his young player.
UPDATE: Ryan was noncommittal about Milliner's starting status for Week 3, telling the New York Daily News, "I don't know. We'll see."
To get a glimpse inside the world of Milliner's predecessor, tune in to "A Football Life: Darrelle Revis" on Tuesday, Sept. 17, at 8 p.m. ET.