|Among the many things that went wrong for the Jets in Sunday's loss to the 49ers was a foot injury to WR Santonio Holmes. (US Presswire)|
Things didn't look any better the morning after. The film of the 49ers' 34-0 victory over the Jets on Sunday was just as bad as the live event.
Most of the time, Jets coach Rex Ryan will say that the film didn't look as bad as a loss or as good as a win. This time, it was what is was. Bad.
"It was pretty much what I thought happened,” a grim-looking Ryan said on Monday.
This was the second worst loss since Ryan took over as head coach of the Jets in 2009. In 2010, they lost 45-3 to the Patriots. Sunday's loss was only the second time they've been shut out under Ryan. (Green Bay beat them 9-0 in 2010). However, it's been more than 20 years since they've experienced this big of a shutout. Not since 1989 -- when they lost to Buffalo 37-0 at home. That probably isn't the silver lining they're looking for.
The word of the day on Monday was execution -- or lack thereof.
“It's a matter of us staying on our blocks longer, finishing guys, running backs knowing where to go and making the right reads and making plays,” RG Brandon Moore said. “I thought, for the most part, we had a good week of practice. For whatever reason, it's not transferring over into game day in the execution portion of it.”
Moore did give an indication of how hard this loss was to take when he admitted that he watched the tape of the game on Sunday night. “I don't know if I ever watched it at home the night of a game at home, after a home loss or a home game,” he said. “I was up and couldn't really sleep and just decided to watch it.”
LB Bart Scott tried to bring a measure of objectivity. “At some point, every team, I believe, is going to kind of go through this.” Then he added, “We're fortunate enough that other teams in our division have lost games as well. We're still bundled in there, like a little pack. We all know going into November and December, the cream starts rising to the top.”
Of their run defense being ranked 31st in the NFL, Scott said, “It's absurd. We pride ourselves on that, and it's something we have to improve on.”
Not surprisingly, there were questions about whether QB Mark Sanchez should remain the team's starting quarterback or if it's time for backup QB Tim Tebow to take over. Ryan reiterated his support of Sanchez.
"[Sanchez is] definitely our guy," he said. "I know in my heart this is not the right time. Do I think Mark has the talent to be an excellent quarterback? I do, absolutely."
To add insult to injury, or in this case, injury to insult, it appears that the team has lost WR Santonio Holmes, their No. 1 receiver for at least several weeks. Holmes suffered a foot injury in Sunday's game. The X-rays were negative, and Ryan said the medical staff is still determining the extent and specifics. However, the fact that Holmes left the stadium with his leg in a brace and crutches by his side didn't bode well.