Aside from the multiple highlights of the Ravens defense pounding the New York Jets into submission via a 34-17 victory Sunday night, one of the more memorable scenes was the trio of Ray Lewis, Terrell Suggs and Jarret Johnson sprinting across the field at the game’s conclusion to mob Jets coach and former Ravens defensive coordinator Rex Ryan.
“Me and Ray and Sizzle ran up to him and I got my punch in the gut and we got to talk to him a little bit,” Johnson said. “Obviously, he’s upset. Rex is a super-competitive guy. So when he loses a game like that, he’s going to be upset, but it was great to see an old friend, and it was great to compete against him. Great to see [current Jets and former Ravens linebacker] Bart [Scott] and those guys. Former brothers – and there’s nothing like getting after them like that. He created us, now he had to deal with us. It was fun. “
Added defensive tackle Haloti Ngata: “It was awesome. He helped a lot of us grow as players when he was here. Now to go against him is fun. It’s great that we can beat him like that. It felt great.”
Ryan, who had spent 10 years with the organization as a defensive coordinator and defensive line coach, was praised by Lewis, who has been with the Ravens since 1996.
“There’s one thing about this game,” Lewis said. “The game will fade, but brotherhoods like that will never fade. That man taught me too much, and I have too much respect for him. The game will always be the game, but partnerships like that last a lifetime.”