If Rex Ryan were picking the AFC Pro Bowl team right now he’d make at least one homer selection. The Jets head coach said Thursday that he believes that Antonio Cromartie has played at a Pro Bowl caliber thus far this season despite general belief to the contrary.
Cromartie who so successfully replaced Darrelle Revis after the former Jet tore his ACL early last season hasn’t been the same shutdown corner this year.
“Well he’s probably still had a Pro Bowl year” Ryan said. “I just think that sometimes as much man as we play we give him the tough down down after down. Sometimes you’re going to get beat and he’s been beat on a couple of them.”
Cromartie wholeheartedly disagreed with Ryan’s assessment of him. Asked how he would grade himself through the first six games Cromartie wasn’t easy on himself.
“I’d give myself a C” he said. “I haven’t been playing up to that level that I expect myself to be or my teammates expect from me to be honest with you.”
“It’s been a toug