Jets-Dolphins Postgame Notes & Quotes

Posted Dec 2, 2014

Jets Reactions and Storylines from the MNF Loss to the Dolphins


#25 S Calvin Pryor, #7 QB Geno Smith, #78 DL Leger Douzable, #94 DL Damon Harrison, #98 LB Quinton Coples

Rushing Offense:

Rex Ryan: It’s what we thought we had to do to win the game. We were going to run the ball. We had 49 rushing attempts for 277 yards, over 200 yards more than the Dolphins...They outplayed us on special teams and I think that’s the difference in the game."

The Jets gained 131 rushing yards on 13 carries in the first quarter, marking the highest number of rushing yards accumulated in the first quarter in the NFL this season. The last time a team was able to reach this mark was Denver with 167 rushing yards on 15 carries vs. NE (12/18/11). The Jets 131-yard total in the opening quarter ranks as the fifth-highest in the league in the last 10 years.

In the first half, the Jets ran for 210 yards, marking the most since 2009 when the Jets ran for 212 yards vs. BUF (10/18/09). The Jets split the rushes between eight different players, finishing the night with 49 carries for 277 yards and a touchdown. The total was the team’s highest since they rushed for 316 yards at OAK (10/25/09).

Rushing Defense:

The Jets defense held MIA to 74 yards rushing on 18 carries, the eighth time this season they have held an opponent under 90 yards rushing.

Chris Johnson:

"The offensive line got up on those guys and were pushing those guys around and giving not just me, but all the running backs lanes to run."

Jets RB Chris Johnson ran for 105 yards on 17 carries (6.2 avg.) for his first 100-yard rushing game as a Jet. Early in the first quarter, Johnson notched a key 47-yard rush that lead to a WR Greg Salas touchdown, giving the Jets a 7-0 lead.

Darrin Walls:

"If you look at some of the drives we've had and some of the second-half drives we gave up throughout the year, we just couldn't finish. And I think that's another thing tonight. We just couldn't get off the field when we needed to."

Jets CB Darrin Walls recorded his first interception of the season, picking off QB Ryan Tannehill’s pass intended for RB Lamar Miller and returning it for 25 yards. This marks his second career interception.

Kenrick Ellis:

Jets DT Kenrick Ellis notched his first career sack, dropping Tannehill for a loss of eight yards in the second quarter.

David Harris:

"Our goal was just to stop the run first, make them one dimensional. But, like I said, they did a good job of making plays when they needed to...We didn't make enough plays to win."

Jets LB David Harris brought down Tannehill for a loss of eight yards in the second quarter. He now has 3.0 sacks on the season and 27.5 for his career. Harris has registered at least three sacks in a season in five of his eight years in the NFL.

Greg Salas:

Salas recorded his first career touchdown on a 20-yard rush. Salas’ rush was the second of his career and first since 2011. The last time a Jets WR recorded a rushing touchdown was versus CIN (11/25/10) on Thanksgiving night when WR Brad Smith recorded a 53-yard run.

Nick Folk:

"I don't think word can describe it. I want another chance to get this team back to winning ways, to another chance in overtime."

Folk went 2-for-4 on field goal attempts on the night, marking his first two-miss game since Game 10 of the 2012 season.

NFL Debut:

Jets TE Chris Pantale saw action in his first NFL contest tonight, returning one kick for 24 yards.


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