Ryan tired of necessity for late heroics
For Jets coach Rex Ryan, the glass was a little
more than half-full after his team's latest fourth-quarter escape
However, he also seems to realize his team cannot
keep repeating the process indefinitely.
After the Jets rallied in the fourth quarter for
the second consecutive game, this time for a 34-19 win over lackluster
Washington, Ryan said, "It tells us that we have to get better because
we don't want it to always come down to fighting in the final quarter.
It does however, tell you about the character and the guts of this
football team and how we believe in each other and get the job done."
After a 17-play, 74-yard touchdown drive in the
first quarter, the Jets managed only two field goals until their
fourth-quarter offensive outburst, when they scored three touchdowns in
a span of 3:02.
"We need a better sense of urgency and a better
tempo," Mark Sanchez said. "That starts with the quarterback, so I need
to get better at that, but I am proud of the way the guys finished."
The Jets have made a habit of playing down to
their level of competition. At 7-5, New York is in a virtual four-way
tie with Cincinnati, Tennessee and Oakland for the second AFC wild-card
playoff spot. The Jets host Kansas City (5-7) on Sunday at MetLife
"They've been kind of like us, a little
inconsistent," Sanchez said of the Chiefs.
Actually, they've been decimated by injuries, most
notably the one to starting quarterback Matt Cassel, who is on injured
reserve after hand surgery. Replacement Tyler Palko has gotten the
Chiefs into the end zone only once in three games, and it took a
38-yard Hail Mary pass to Dexter McCluster on the final play of the
first half to finally get Kansas City a touchdown. That proved to be
enough for a 10-3 victory over equally punchless Chicago.
Kansas City broke a four-game skid with the win,
and although Palko briefly was relieved by Kyle Orton, the starting job
probably still is Palko's. Orton suffered an unspecified injury to his
right index finger, and his status going forward is uncertain.
Whoever starts under center, the Jets certainly
won't take the Chiefs lightly.
"We understand what we're playing for," right
guard Brandon Moore said. "We're playing to get a playoff berth."
TRENDING: The Jets brought their Wildcat offense
out of mothballs, and it gained 26 yards on seven plays, including a
9-yard scoring run by Shonn Greene after a direct snap. Greene, Jeremy Kerley and LaDainian Tomlinson each had at least one play receiving a
direct snap, which should give future opponents something to think
BY THE NUMBERS: 4 -- Consecutive games in which
the Jets have lost a fumble on special teams. In the second quarter
Sunday, Jeremy Kerley muffed Sav Rocca's punt, and Washington's Perry Riley recovered at the New York 18-yard line. That's the sixth turnover
on returns for the Jets this season. Coach Rex Ryan indicated after the
game that sure-handed Jim Leonhard likely will be the primary punt
returner going forward.
AFC East: Ryan Unhappy With Late Comebacks
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