Sunday, September 30, 2012

Rex on Sunday debacle: "We got our asses kicked"


Rex Ryan wasn't very happy after the New York Jets' 34-0 loss to the San Francisco 49ers, and with good reason. It was a stinker in every way possible.

Ryan put it bluntly when addressing the media after the game: "We got our ass kicked."

"... Here's the recipe for getting your ass kicked, all right: 2-for-13 on third down. That's 15 percent. Four turnovers. A blocked punt when they rush one guy. And giving up 245 yards rushing. How's that for a recipe? It's unacceptable."

That pretty much summed it up, but there's more. The Jets' pain extended well beyond the stat sheet.

A week after losing their best defensive player in cornerback Darrelle Revis for the season, Gang Green suffered a potentially huge blow when receiver Santonio Holmes, New York's best offensive skill player, went down to a foot injury. Holmes will have an MRI done Monday.

And to make matters even worse, Holmes tossed up the ball on the way down, handing the 49ers a game-sealing touchdown score via a 51-yard fumble return by Carlos Rogers on a play that was telling of the entire afternoon.

Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez was terrible, completing just 13 of 29 passes with an interception and a lost fumble. His protection was decent, but Sanchez didn't have much to throw to, missing No. 2 wideout Stephen Hill and his favorite target, tight end Dustin Keller, who we thought would be a go until the inactive list was released.

Ryan said the Jets wouldn't report to the team's practice facility Monday or Tuesday, but Sanchez plans on seeing plenty of players' faces over the next two days regardless.

"Well, I think his message there was really to look yourself in the mirror and ask yourself how you’re going to get better," Sanchez said. "And if we all do that and really stick to it, come up with a quick plan here of how we’re going to improve individually, we can accomplish what we want to, what we set out to accomplish this year.

"I’m sure a lot of guys will still be there working out, but he just wants to make sure guys let a loss like this sink in. Hopefully, we never have to feel like this again."

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