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Rex on his defense Craig Thomas

Rex Ryan talked extensively about his defense on Wednesday in Florham Park. Here is some of what he had to say.

“You want to have a team that if one side is struggling, the other side can lift it up,” Ryan said. “You want to have a defense that can pick your team up, there’s no doubt. Again, do I believe we’re going to have to do that at some point during the season? Yes. Whether it’s at the beginning, end, or in between, yes I do. I also think the offense is going to have to do the same thing to the defense. That’s how you win consistently in this league. Both sides can pick the team up when need be.

“From a speed standpoint on the field you see it. Even the communication makes you faster. I think now that it’s Year Four, it makes sense. Even adding two new safeties to what we have, we’re still playing really fast. I was talking with (Darrelle) Revis, and I was like ‘you know, right now it seems like we’re dialed in on the communication part of the game and that’s huge. That’s when you can play fast.’

“We have to be in unbelievable shape. You need to be in that kind of conditioning. A lot of these teams are going no-huddle. You see Miami and Buffalo, all these teams, New England obviously, with that no-huddle attack you have to be in great shape. That’s something that we’re telling our guys. You see them doing more wind sprints and all that. They’re not just going through the body of practice, but even on their own, they’ll be working.”