But it wasn't all about Geno, who got the starting nod for lucky Game 13 on Sunday against the Raiders. It was also about receivers, those that were on the field a lot and those that weren't.
Specifically, head coach Rex Ryan was asked about
"We thought he was going to play a little more than that, but what we noticed as coaches was that the burst wasn’t quite there," Ryan said. "And so, instead of him possibly having a setback, we were only going to play him in what we said was a must situation because we can’t afford for him to take a step back, lose him for the rest of the year. We need him to be going forward."
"But with that said, we thought we could get some plays. We started him first play. We had exactly what we thought would happen — the safety came down and doubled him and then we thought we were going to throw the big ball over top. That wasn’t the case, we got sacked.
"He’s a presence, he gives us a presence out there, and if he’s healthy enough, you want him out there."
So newly beset Santonio joined
"I think it’s pretty bad," Ryan said of Cribbs' shoulder injury. "We’ll have an update for you as we get going. I don’t have the specific thing right now, but I think it’s pretty serious."
When it rains, it pours. And then it aches. Boy, does it ache.
Many fans are unhappy with Geno Smith's regression from hot to not, but as much as they may not want to hear it, there are many reasons outside of Smith's physical skills and psyche affecting his and the offense's skid. The available receivers, for one thing.
Consider that Smith really has had the same cast of wideouts and tight ends in back-to-back games only twice: for New England/Cincinnati and maybe for Buffalo/Baltimore. But as Rex has been candidly saying, even if they are dressing out for games, they're not always on the practice field. As Ryan noted, both Holmes and TE
"Those are things where, if we get those guys back out there, they’re practicing and we’re making plays, that bodes well for us," he said. "But if they’re not available to you, even on the practice field, it’s hard to get consistency when some of your guys aren’t even out there."
Put another way, when
Even if Jerry Rice and Wayne Chrebet unretire together to play for Rex in Marty Mornhinweg's West Coast hybrid and fight over who gets to wear No. 80 beginning Wednesday, it's not going to help.
What will help is if Holmes, Kerley,
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