After a couple of missed play calls, New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan benched rookie cornerback Dee Milliner for the second half of Thursday night’s 13-10 loss to the New England Patriots.
“This young man is going to be a tremendous player, there’s no doubt,” Ryan said, via the team’s website. “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’s the best thing for you. And so we replaced him with Kyle [Wilson] and [Darrin] Walls.
“I’m trying to win a game. I’m going to play who I think gives us the best chance to win. He’s going to be a great player, but at that time I went with the veteran.”
The Young man out of Alabama understood.
“I was fine with it. He felt the need to make that decision,” said Milliner. “I made a couple of mistakes on a couple of calls. … I’ve just got to learn from my mistakes. I know I was getting the ball thrown on me. I’m behind my coach 100 percent.”
Fellow cornerback Antonio Cromartie thought Milliner handled the benching “as a pro.”