An angry Rex Ryan gave another YouTube-worthy press conference following Sunday's game against the 49ers. Unfortunately for the Jets, the odds aren't good that this one will be viewed as the inspiration for a deep playoff run.
A brutal 34-0 loss to the 49ers proved the Jets are not only a long way from 2010 -- the year Ryan capped a profane speech for the "Hard Knocks" cameras by telling the Jets to join him for a "***damn snack" -- but also a long way from the opening week of this season, when the Jets beat the Bills 48-28 in the kind of thorough beating the 49ers delivered Sunday.
"I apologize for my language because I was going to say we got our butt kicked," Ryan said. "But we got our (-----) kicked. There's no two ways, ins or outs about it."
The Jets (2-2) committed four turnovers and generated just 145 yards in total offense in suffering their worst shutout loss since 2006. They surrendered 245 yards rushing to the 49ers, the most a team has gained against the Jets in the Ryan Era but the third time this year an opponent has churned out at least 185 yards rushing. And down 27-0 in the fourth quarter, punter Robert Malone had his kick blocked by Larry Grant, the only 49ers player charging on the play.
"Here's the recipe for getting your (butt] kicked," Ryan said. "Two-for-13 on third down, that's 15 percent. Four turnovers, a blocked punt when they rushed one guy, and giving up 245 yards rushing. How's that for a recipe? It's unacceptable."
And it may not get any better: The Jets host the Texans and their vaunted rushing offense Monday night.
Ryan will certainly take the extra day of preparation. While he ordered players to stay away from the Jets' complex until Wednesday, Ryan was ready on Sunday to bunker down with his assistants to try and figure out how to turn around a spiraling season.
"As coaches we need to look at what we're doing," Ryan said. "I've never given up so many rushing yards in my life. What can we do to help? We can't just say it's poor tackling and this and that. There must be something to it, so we're going to find out."
The Jets have scored fewer points in the last three games (40) than they did against the Bills. Over that span, Mark Sanchez is 44-for-101 for 547 yards and twice as many turnovers (four) as touchdowns (two).
Not surprisingly, Ryan was asked about Sanchez' job security Sunday, but with Tim Tebow still the world's most famous decoy, there's no controversy yet: While 49ers Wildcat quarterback Colin Kaepernick rushed for 50 yards and a touchdown, the Jets' Wildcat generated a meager 13 yards.
Sanchez is far from the only problem on an offense that lost its lone playmaker when Santonio Holmes suffered what seemed to be a serious foot injury in the fourth quarter. The Jets rushed for 45 yards on 17 carries Sunday, tied for the second-fewest rushing yards by the Jets under Ryan.
"We have a lot of football left," Sanchez said. "It's the guys in that locker room, myself included, that have to improve and turn this thing around."
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