Grrr! The Jets were soundly beaten at home, 34-0, yesterday, one of the worst defeats in the Rex Ryan era and his second shutout. Poor execution on both sides of the field, and four turnovers did them in.
Offense: Sanchez's Worst Game of the Year
There's plenty of blame to go around but I must start with the player who is most often cited for the Jets' offensive woes —
Like his ill-advised shuffle pass in Game 1 against Buffalo, Sanchez showed again his disregard for avoiding turnovers. With the Jets down, 7-0, late in the first half, and well within
Then in the second half, Sanchez set up a perfect screen pass to
The Jets' running game continues to struggle with Greene averaging a paltry 2.8 yards per carry. For a team that wants to "ground and pound" and has a weak passing game, this is a recipe for disaster. The Jets need to fix their poor running game immediately. Otherwise, this will be a long season.
The offensive line allowed Sanchez to be sacked three times.
Defense: Can't Stop the Run
Right now the Jets can't stop the run. It's as simply as that. Opposing teams are running with ease, and the 49ers were no exception. San Francisco rushed for a whopping 245 yards and averaged 5.6 per carry. Poor fundamentals led to quite a few long runs. You can't expect an arm tackle to stop Frank Gore. With the score 10-0 in the third quarter, 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh showed the Jets defense no respect, opting to go for it on fourth-and-1 from the 2 rather than taking an chip-shot field goal. Of course, the 49ers made it with Gore scoring on the 2-yard run.
While the Jets and Tony Sparano are supposed to be the Kings of the Wildcat, Harbaugh and backup quarter Colin Kaepernick ran it much better than the Jets. Kaepernick rushed for an easy 7-yard touchdown and finished the day with 50 yards rushing.
The 49ers' passing game (12-for-22, 124 yards) wasn't impressive, but who needs to throw when you can run at will?
Special Teams: No Highlights
Larry Grant blocked a Jets punt while the 49ers were rushing just one player! Pitiful.
The Jets did manage to keep Ted Ginn Jr. in check. He's a special teams player who has burned them in the past.
Next week: A Move That the Jets Should Make
So where does Gang Green go from here? With Holmes likely out for a while, the Jets' starting wide receivers will be