Rex Ryan was the Ravens’ defensive coordinator from 2005-2008. Since he left following the 2008 season to be the head coach of the New York Jets, he has turned their defense into one very similar to that of the Ravens (though they had a bit of a down year in 2011). While the two teams met in New York in the 2010 opener, Week 4 of 2011 was Rex’s first “homecoming” to Baltimore.
The Ravens’ defense, many of whom had played under Rex and still love him, were eager to show their former chief that they hadn’t skipped a beat after he left town.
And they did exactly that.
On the Jets’ first snap, Ed Reed blitzed off the edge and caused a Mark Sanchez fumble that Jameel McClain would recover in the end zone for a Raven’ touchdown. The Ravens only scored four defensive touchdowns during the 2011 regular season, but the final THREE of them would come in this game. Haloti Ngata also caused a Sanchez fumble that went for six the other way, and Lardarius Webb threw in an interception returned for a score.
After the game, linebacker Jarret Johnson said this of his former coach: “Rex created us, now he has to deal with us.”