"It was a learning process through 60 minutes." Clemons said, a day after suffering his first loss as a professional quarterback. "I started out making some simple errors early on, whether that was jitters or the lack of experience. As the game progressed I was able to calm down, see things more clearly and the game slowed down."
The Jets were trailing 20-3 in the fourth quarter before Clemens finally found his rhythm.
When he did, an offense that spent the majority of the day in hibernation, finally came to life.
Clemens went to the air, completing 10 of 19 passes for 176 yards in the final quarter of play, including a touchdown pass to tight end Chris Baker.
Baker's touchdown cut the deficit to seven.
The Jet defense seemed to rally behind the momentum of their offense and came up with an important stand to give Clemens the ball back with enough time to mount one final drive.
"I wish we would have played that well throughout the entire game" Linebacker Victor Hobson said of the team's fourth quarter performance. "The second half we came out and we played really well. We were getting the offense the ball back and they were doing what they do."
The drive, which saw its fair share of opportunities left in its wake, was stymied at the seven yard line when Ray Lewis picked off a deflected Clemens pass with 1:04 left on the clock.
Although the outcome was disappointing, the fourth quarter gave Jets fans the season's first real glimmer of optimism.
Chad Pennington is likely to be the starter next week versus the Dolphins, but there is no doubt that Clemens is the Jets quarterback of the future.
The final fifteen minutes of Sundays contest was a good demonstration as to why.