21-0 at halftime where they were out gained in yardage, 306 to 60. The Chargers (4-1) and winners of four straight continued the trend of heading in the opposite direction as the Jets.
It was a telling first half of what was to come for Geno Smith as he finished action going 4/12, 27 yards passing and another turnover to his belt for his 6th interception of the year. Ryan had no choice but to finally made a change at quarterback as the team came out for their first possession of the second half, benching starter Geno for Michael Vick.
No matter the quarterback situation as today Ryan said would not have mattered.
"We could've had Joe Namath and it wouldn't have made any difference."
Literally nothing worked today as the Jets finished the game 1/13 on third down so it wasn't all Geno's fault; but his performance did not inspire any confidence to quell the concerns over his slow start in his second year.
Ryan repeatedly took blame after the loss and pinpointed the team's performance on him.
"It was a complete ***-whipping and it was me that was getting his ***** kicked...It's on 1 man. It's on me," Ryan said.
Smith was on the hot seat after struggling against the Bears and Lions and earned a 7.6 passer rating on the day. He was benched for the second time in his career for lack of performance for the first time since week 13 of last season at home against the Dolphins. He remained the starter for the rest of the season and will do so against Denver this upcoming week as Ryan told reporters after the game.
"It's not on 1 player, it's on 1 individual -- and that's me," said Ryan.
To Geno's credit much of the criticism should go all around, as the overall team performance was a huge struggle. Vick after he was inserted into the lineup fared no better finishing the game 8/19 for 47 yards and was sacked twice.
Smith took his coaches lead and said he simply has to play better.
"A pathetic showing on my part," said a somber Smith.
They became the first team in the 2014 NFL Season to be completely shutout from the scoreboard in the 31-0 defeat. Hard to find any silver linings in a game where your only touchdown was negated after Greg Salas hauled in Vick's throw in the endzone because Vick went pass the line of scrimmage.
The Jets offense today crossed into Chargers territory for the first and only time in the fourth quarter. Overall, they had 11 total first downs, went 1 for 12 on 3rd down and 151 TOTAL yards (compared to San Diego's 439) on 12 drives.
To make matters worse, the Jets top-ranked rushing defense heading into week 5 allowed Branden Oliver who received the majority of the snaps due to Donald Brown leaving the game with a head injury to rush for 114 yards on 19 attempts. Oliver became the first rusher to go over the century mark on the Jets since week 14 of last season (Marcel Reece of the Raiders). Losing the time of possession battle 38:54-21:06 the Chargers dominated wire-to-wire.
Mo Wilkerson put the onus on the players, saying at the end of the day they are the ones out there on the gridiron.
"Rex is not playing. ... as men out here we’ve got to do our job. We get paid to [bleeping] play football," said Wilkerson.
Some things the Jets can take away from this one is that they can get takeaways. After leading the NFL in sacks prior to week 5 but not having an interception, Gang Green finally came away with their takeaway when Phillip Adams (replacing Darrin Walls -knee), intercepted a Phillip Rivers pass in the endzone out-dueling Keenan Allan for the ball. Things went downhill following that, as Chris Johnson fumbled the ball away on the immediate play after.
A players only meeting earlier in the week did not help at all and ultimately the Jets have to go back to the drawing board. It's going to be a long long week at Florham Park where questions and criticism will surround the team.
"I apologize to our fans -- those that are left. This is on 1 person... It's not the QB or on 1 individual. It's on me," Ryan said.
Adapting the old adage - 'us against the world' should help in a firestorm of doubt that's sure to follow the team heading into another difficult game against the defending AFC Champion Broncos (3-1) on their home turf and with a crowd that will not tolerate another poor performance.
Up next for the Jets? The second part of the 'Missiles of October' as Peyton Manning, fresh off of 4 touchdown passes (surpassing the 500 career touchdown mark) and 479 yards passing comes to MetLife Stadium for the first time since February -- Super Bowl XLVII
Jets inactives for today's game: WR Owusu, LB Edds, G Dozier, T Ijalana, WR Decker, NT Ellis and DT Barnes
Per ESPN Stats & Info, Geno Smith and Michael Vick a combined 0-for-9 on passes of 10 or more yards downfield
Jets left the game bruised and battered:
LB David Harris (shoulder) will undergo an MRI exam tomorrow
CB Darrin Walls left the game as (questionable) with a knee injury
DT Sheldon Richardson left the game as (questionable) to return with a neck injury
DT Damon Harrison also left the game with injury
The previous low for total yards under Rex Ryan was 145 during a 34-0 loss (also the last time they were shutout) to the San Francisco 49ers in 2012 at MetLife
Jets gave up 307 yards in the first half
Chargers were 9-for-10 on third down, including 3 TDs in the first half
Jets had 9 DBs active, 4 DL
Folk, Pace, Davis, Salas, Hakim, Reilly were the game captains
Jets are now 2-10 in their last 12 road games