Jets Talk About The Meltdown

It all looked so promising in the preseason opener against the Giants as the Jets took a 13-10 lead into halftime. Then, the errors and sloppy play began.

East Rutherford, NJ – The Jets took a promising 13-10 lead into the locker room at halftime, only to see the result dwindle during a disappointing second half performance. Three times in the second half the secondary got beat by large passing gains, leading to the Giants' three touchdown outburst. The first of those plays came in the third quarter when Dwight Lowery was left in the dust on a 64-yard touchdown catch by Victor Cruz.

Head coach Rex Ryan wasn't pleased with the effort from the second team defense.

"I was totally disappointed with the way our twos [played]," Ryan said in the post-game press conference. "These are some guys that we're counting on to give us good depth and guys that are going to have to play, and we got whipped."

Ryan likened it to a pick-up game of touch football.

"They did a good job playing backyard bombardier on you, when you set up, playing the one-on-one matchups, back shoulder fades - they put a clinic on us," Ryan said. "We clearly have a lot of work to do with our backups in particular."

Lowery made no excuses in the locker room following the game. He said that the defense didn't "execute" and linebacker Bart Scott said that the defense as a whole didn't do a good job finishing plays. On the third quarter catch by Cruz, Lowery appeared lost as the wide receiver shed the cornerback for the long touchdown run.

Lowery said that in the snap-count, he knew what play was coming and where the ball was going. He says he anticipated everything coming his way.

"As I went to attack the ball, I just ended up on the ground," Lowery said. "I saw the ball in the air, went to go get it, and didn't get it."

Lowery said that one minute he was stride for stride with Cruz and the next minute, he was on the ground. He had no idea how it happened but he credits Cruz with a great play.

"We made [Cruz] look like Randy Moss," Scott said.

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