The Jets leading rusher, Bilal Powell, didn't find much running room on Sunday against a rejuvenated Pittsburgh Steelers defense that limited the Jets to 83 total rushing yards. It was the first victory for the Steelers on the season and another testament to the ups and downs the Jets have faced this season.
"They just came out and played a good game," noted Powell. "My hats off to (their) defense. We just got to go out and continue to execute, convert third downs and just don't turn the ball over. We would've been good."
Powell found little room to run and was only able to churn out 30 yards on nine carries, but of those nine carries only two came after the first two drives of the game as the Jets seemed to veer away from their initial game plan of running the ball.
"I definitely feel like we could have stayed with the run game. I thought we were being efficient in that aspect of the game, but all we can do is our jobs and (execute the plays called)," said right guard Willie Colon. "We have a lot of faith in our OC (offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg) and his ability to call games. I'm always going to stand behind him."
The play that seemed to change Mornhinweg's mind was on 3rd and 1 at the Steelers' 2-yard line. Powell was stuffed at the line and was unable to push through for the first down, which caused Rex Ryan to call in the field goal unit. That would be the closest the Jets would get to a touchdown on the afternoon.
"It's disappointing," noted Powell of the Jets red zone struggles. "That's our expectation. To get in the end zone and put points up," said Powell. "Like I said, we just have to go in, correct some things and keep moving forward." Powell had a scare late in the game when he was taken out of action because of a shoulder injury. Powell dismissed the worry as being anything serious.
"No injury. "I just took a little hit, came out and took a breather, said Powell. Came in and everything is good."
Scoring six points against a defense that had allowed an average of 27.5 points per game is not a recipe for success, but there is still optimism in the Jets locker room.
"I know we're a good offense. If we eliminate the turnovers and mistakes, I think we're one of best offenses in this league, if we're able to do that," said Powell. "We're going to go and make some corrections tomorrow and move forward."