The Jets have quickly moved on from Sunday’s disaster in Cincinnati as if it never happened.
Head coach Rex Ryan elected not to show the team the game film from Sunday’s schlacking in Cincinnati. The tactic is one that Ryan previously used following a similar, 45-3, defeat against the New England Patriots in 2010. Although the tactic didn’t garner immediate results — the Jets lost the following week — they did regroup and go on to play in the AFC Championship Game.
Wilkerson Calls out the Secondary
The Jets defensive leader Muhammad Wilkerson scathingly called out the Jets secondary after their dismal performance against the Bengals.
“We need the defensive backs to hold up the wide receivers, so us up front can get a little rush,” he said. “If they’re not getting any type of hands or pressing on the receivers, by the time we make a move on the offensive linemen, the ball is thrown. There’s not much we can do about that up front.”
The Jets didn’t get close to Bengals QB Andy Dalton on Sunday — statistically, they only had one QB hit, which was a technicality as Wilkerson pushed Dalton out of bounced on an attempted scramble short of the line of scrimmage — but in the defensive line’s defense, Wilkerson is correct. The secondary were collectively so poor that they had little opportunity to get close to Dalton before the ball was in a receivers hands — more often than not in the endzone.
Don’t Tell Pacman Where David Nelson Lives
Bengals cornerback, Adam Jones, took offense to Jets wide receiver David Nelson’s style of play on Sunday. According to the New York Daily News, Jones told Nelson he was “going to find out where you live and come and get you.”
Nelson isn’t about to enter the witness protection program though; he told the media during a conference call: “I wouldn’t say it was a threat. I’m not going to say that he threatened me or anything like that,” Nelson said. “He did say some stuff on the field, but I wouldn’t take it as a threat.
Jones was apparently upset at some of the tactics Nelson used to block the oft-troubled cornerback, but Rex Ryan was perfectly happy with how his wide receiver played.
“I thought he was playing hard. He was blocking like crazy, and I think that’s maybe what Pacman took offense to that, but he was competing his butt off out there,” Ryan said. “I was impressed with him. I never thought it was a clip, the one he got flagged on. I thought it a clean shot.”