“I feel sick for our guys, said head coach Rex Ryan after the loss. “(They) just played great for the most part in a lot of areas…we can’t buy a win.”
The Jets set the tone of the game early running the ball down the Dolphin’s defense throats for 131 yards on 13 carries in just the first quarter. The big run of the game, came on the Jets second drive by running back Chris Johnson.
Johnson, who has struggled this season, broke off a 47-yard run, making several defenders miss before he was eventually brought down at the Dolphins 20 yard line. Johnson’s run lead to 20-yard Greg Salas rushing touchdown, which gave the Jets an early 7-0 lead.
Johnson looked like the player who ran for over 2,000 yards five seasons ago, rushing for 105 yards on 17 carries, averaging over six yards per carry.
“He went for over a hundred yards…but yeah Chris; Chris Johnson did a tremendous job,” said Ryan.
By halftime, the Jets ran the ball 29 times for 210 yards, an average of over seven yards a carry and maintained a 10-3 lead.
Coming out of halftime, the Jets had several opportunities to extend their lead but were unable to capitalize.
With the Jets leading 13-6, Darrin Walls intercepted a Ryan Tannehill pass and returned it 25 yards to the Dolphin 30 yard line. However, the Jets went three-and-out including a sack on third-and-ten, which took the Jets out of field goal range.
“When D-Walls got that pick, that’s a key moment in the game and we’ve got to seize it and we didn’t do it,” said offensive lineman Willie Colon.
What really hurt the Jets in addition to not capitalizing on opportunities to score was their special teams play. The Jets had four penalties on special teams including a ten-yard defensive holding penalty on Saalim Hakim, which set the Dolphins up with the ball on the Jets’ 39 yard line and eventually led to the game-tying touchdown.
“They outplayed us on special teams and that probably was the big difference in the game,” said Ryan. “We missed a couple field goals which we don’t normally miss. The blocked punt… it just wasn’t our normal game on special teams and I think at the end of the day that’s probably the difference of this game.”
After Nick Folk missed the 45-yard field goal that would have put the Jets up 16-13, the Dolphins drove 57 yards on nine plays and took the lead with only 1:57 remaining in the game.
“I thought when I released it I felt pretty good about the throw,” said Smith of the interception. “I’ve got to watch the film to see exactly what happened…I think it was the right read going down the middle in that situation. We had one-on-one with the linebacker and we always like our matchups.”
Smith who made his first start since week eight, only attempted 13 passes. The Jets opted to run the ball 49 times and were successful, rushing for 277 yards.
“I thought the coaches did a great job on that game plan it was good,” said Ryan. ”It was what we thought we wanted to do to win the game. 49 rushing attempts, 277 yards, over 200 yards rushing more than the Dolphins I think that we would have taken that, there’s no doubt.”
Ryan also added that the amount of rushing attempts had nothing to do with him not having faith in Smith.
“Well it has zero to do with us not having faith in our quarterback,” said Ryan. “(It) had everything to do with us trying to win the game.”
One thing isn’t up for debate, Ryan is shocked at the teams dreadful record.
“Man, I can’t believe we’re 2-10, what a joke,” Ryan said.