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Rex: No Second-Guessing on Revis Start

Posted by Randy Lange on October 12, 2010 – 1:56 pm

Rex Ryan knows the Jets’ Monday night win over the Vikings was victory-licious, but he also knows it wasn’t a perfect game. He said at his news conference early this afternoon that Mark Sanchez “has played a lot better than he did in this game,” his receivers dropped some passes, and the defense’s yielding of three second-half touchdown passes, even though executed by a great and desperate opponent, were “disappointing things.”

But we know Rex and he’s not giving anything back, especially a W that puts his Jets at 4-1 — they’re in sole possession of first place in the AFC East for only the 12th week since 2000 and they’re off to one of the seven best five-game starts in franchise history.

The head coach also didn’t agree with a few of the postgame storylines being talked about today. One of them was the theory that he and the Jets’ medical and training staffs rushed Darrelle Revis back too soon from his hamstring injury. Revis said he had to fight through his hamstring soreness during the game and the muscle was sore and swollen afterwards.

“I certainly don’t think so,” he said of the rush-back theory. “We wouldn’t have put him out there if we didn’t think he was healthy. We thought he was healthy and ready to play, he thought he was healthy and ready to play.

“Hopefully this is not a big deal, he’ll be able to get through it and we’ll have him back up for Denver. We’ll always do what’s in the best interests of the football team and the player. That’s the truth. I’ll stand by that and I live by that. If any player would come up and say he can’t play, he wouldn’t play. It’s as simple as that.”

Ryan also wasn’t ready to venture out early in the week and speculate that it might be a good idea to send Revis back to rehab for this week and the bye week and have him renewed for Game 7 at home against Green Bay.

“I certainly understand where you’re coming from with that question and all that kind of stuff, but if he’s healthy, we want to play Darrelle,” he said. “It’s not vacation time. It’s time to beat somebody. This is an AFC opponent and we need to win games so we can get into the postseason. That would be my thought.”

Then there was the matter of Dwight Lowery’s late interception-return TD against Brett Favre, even though the Jets defenders were reminded before that series started: In case of interception, fall down.

“We work on it all the time. It’s called ‘Get Down Victory,’ ” Ryan said. “When you jump a flat route, it’s a touchdown. If you intercept a flat, generally you’re taking it to the house, nobody’s going to be able to stop you. It’s one of those things that are instinctive. Before we ran out, we’re telling our guys, ‘Get Down Victory,’ as soon as you intercept it, get down.

“But I’m not complaining because he scored a touchdown.”

Ryan does concur that the Jets haven’t played a complete game yet, but agrees that being 4-1 despite that is all the more encouraging.

“You look at our defense, the numbers aren’t where they were last year. But look at the challenge we’ve had. We’ve had some of our best players not on the field,” he said. “We’re just now hitting our stride on defense, and that could be a scary thing. … When we get our guys healthy and we’re humming and playing with our confidence that we know we can play with, this team’s going to be right there.”

Rex Cetera

Ryan said LB Calvin Pace, who returned from his broken foot for his first game action in 5½ weeks, “is really sore today,” but no prognosis for Denver yet. Other than that, he doesn’t expect his Wednesday injury list to contain anything more than “just basic bumps and bruises.” … The other 4-1 or better starts in franchise history: 4-0-1 in 1966, 4-1 in 1982, ’85, ’86 and 2000, and the 5-0 start in 2004. A win a mile high in Denver would give the Jets their sixth 5-1 start ever.

You’re the One

The Jets’ 155 rushing yards propelled them not only past Minnesota but back to the top of the NFL’s rushing stats. The Green & White are averaging 165.2 yards per game, No. 1 in the league for the first time this season. Coupled with last year’s rise to the top, the Jets have been first in this category 10 times in the last 16 weeks.

“They have a really good front seven, and we feel like we have a really good rushing offense,” said tackle Damien Woody, who provided one of the right-side blocks that sprang Shonn Greene for his 23-yard misdirection TD dash. “It was kind of like a battle of the titans.”

Appropriately, the team that once was named the Titans prevailed.

“We know we can run the ball,” said guard Brandon Moore. “We’re a pretty confident team.”

The Jets also remain No. 1 in the NFL in percentage of interceptions thrown (0.0), number of giveaways (1), turnover margin (plus-11), opponents’ completion percentage (51.1) and point margin (plus-54 total, plus-10.8 per game).

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28 Responses to “Rex: No Second-Guessing on Revis Start”

  1. By davetharave on Oct 12, 2010 | Reply

    Is somebody going to do something about the dark text on a dark background ? I’m gonna lose my eyesight in about a minute.

    Hey, Clock Management fans !! Don’t teams practice Clock Management in training camp ? Tell you what, if we would have lost that game because we gave the Vikes 40 free seconds at the 2 minute warning there would be heads rolling this morning. AWFUL. AWFUL. AWFUL. That’s on the coaching staff but Sanchez should have had the presence of mind to not call for the snap until the GAME clock showed 2:01 — that simply CANNOT be allowed to happen again.

  2. By wayne on Oct 12, 2010 | Reply

    Ira, as I was saying, it’s not when Dr. says a guys ready to go that determines when he’s ready…Every comment Revis made was filled with doubts about his bum wheel, just as it was with Pace, even as Rex was pushing for him to return early. Why Revis would rile up Moss and his mates when he didn’t feel ready I do not know.They won every games this year without him..What’s the rush?….DBs drink up your Gatorade,bring your oxygen tank…Denver is going to spread field and fling ball all over the place….

  3. By sal c. on Oct 12, 2010 | Reply

    At no point, did I think the Jets were going to let the game get away, even when Farve almost caused Gholsten to throw his back out(try living that down buddy)..For a fan since birth its a great feeling, i like what I see, and if Rrevis can get into shape who knows how far they can go, LT and Green, the wideouts & t -end , and Both lines , A plus Cromarte keeping the secondary together, while( the greatest of all time) for a season, heels, Iam thrilled.w/ this team
    I guess asking for everything is too much for a Jet fan, Thanks Revis

  4. By Chris on Oct 12, 2010 | Reply

    Sanchez didn’t have his best game but I counted at least six drops (2 each Edwards, Holmes, Keller).
    Also, thought we missed on three possible interceptions.

  5. By IBLEEDGREENSTUFF on Oct 12, 2010 | Reply

    I like to old website better. No Headlines in this one like in the last one. very bland and non-exciting. But if it’s the reason why my JETS are the complete opposite then AMEN HALLELUJAH!!!!!!!!!! Keep it coming. The reading material is great btw. Thanks Randy and company.

  6. By IRA on Oct 12, 2010 | Reply

    Wayne, Agree and they have to have him healthy. Sometimes a player’s competitive nature is to go out and i am sure he felt pressure to comeback to help his teammates. It is what it is and just hope he gets back to his old self ASAP.
    Got to love that +11 in takeaways. They keep doing that they will keep winning. And while they do have a potent passing game with Holmes back they need to keep pounding the ball at the pace they are right now.
    One thing they need to improve on is TD passes given up. They have already given up 9 which is 1 more than all of last year’s regular season games. I will cut them some slack because of Revis.
    Westhoff deserves a lot of credit for having all his ST’s units playing the way they are.
    GO JETS!!!!!

  7. By Westcoast GangGreen on Oct 12, 2010 | Reply

    A win is a win, i’ll take it anyday. Poor playing condition, and no major injuries ??? Othan than D. Revis not looking up to par, it’s best to just hold him out the Denver game along w / bye week , thats about 20 days to heel that hamstring until the Packers game…. No second guessing here, again win is a win.. GO JETS Keep it going…

  8. By Tom Spicer on Oct 12, 2010 | Reply

    The dropped passes killed us in this game there were at least 7 dropped passes (1 Cotchery, 1 Keller, 2 Braylon & 3 Holmes). These were not dink & dunk throws either most of them were 10 yards down the field or more we can not have a game with that many dropped passes again or the outcome will be different.

  9. By Christopher on Oct 12, 2010 | Reply

    The biggest surprise of them all is leading the league in point margin. Can only image what the odds in vegas woulda been on that one to start the season.

    The D finally scored. This game shoulda never been as close as it was, we gotta convert in the red zone. It seems like when we get there we shy away from our running game, I know time was a factor, but 1st and goal from the 4 and we call 3 pass plays, in the pouring rain. I felt like 1 run was all it was going to take, but we never tried it.

    I don’t think it was mentioned, but the Jets tied an NFL record going 4 straight games without a turnover. One more and we will hold the record exclusively. Go Jets!!!

  10. By Christopher on Oct 12, 2010 | Reply

    I know it’s still early, but iIt sure feels wierd to have a team that is looking like Superbowl contenders, even favorites, besides maybe Pitt and Baltimore, no one else is even playing on the level we are currently at, although the Giants are sneaking up…could be an all NY Superbowl???

  11. By Big O on Oct 12, 2010 | Reply

    All I have to say is Drew Coleman, Dwight Lowery did their thing! Everybody else played very good, but I think that Drew and Dwight should get some light!!!!

  12. By sal c. on Oct 12, 2010 | Reply

    I know with the drops, but from Cotchery too? Your gonna get that from Edwards, Holmes too but this is his first game!.. I think his reduced role or being over looked may be problem, I never thought Sanchez thought of him as a primary, maybe the old guard mentalllity I thought of him as surehanded, and making great catches more often than not…not calling him H.O.F type, but dosnt have the hands as of a couple of seasons ago.
    I guess if they caught every pass and Sanchez hit every target, would be no point in watching….would be nice for a season

  13. By Arte Old School Section 327 on Oct 12, 2010 | Reply

    How many times have I (and Rex) been hoping for a shutout? It’ll come! FYI – We blitz every down for some very simple reasons: 1) pressure the QB to force an ill-advised interception (Lowery), 2) less time to throw (Buffalo), 3) a potential sack, tipped ball, or fumble (Favre), 4) to close out the game (JT)!!! All of which, if we don’t do, we lose a game, like last night.. That Same Old Jets mentality, or actual passivity, is a thing of the past.. We found a way to win.. NEVER has a Jet team ever been a TEAM like this one before.. We win as a TEAM now! We used to lose with holes, players not RISING to the occasion, and most importantly, NOT CLOSE OUT THE GAME.. “Another 1 bites the dust..” See you in Dallas :-)

  14. By FrankB on Oct 12, 2010 | Reply

    What a game and thank god for the win!!!! I think the receiving corp will come into it’s own soon and I agree we should continue to pound the ball , LT is playing like they dipped him in the fountain of youth and Greene is starting to kick it into gear. Gotta say I LOVE hearing various sportscasts both TV and radio calling the J-E-T-S the best complete team in football. There is no doubt Revis is a shutdown corner but Cromartie is really starting to play to the level that Rex said he saw in him, he deserves more credit and he is a beast!! I like what I have seen to date and feel good about this season and the future of the team. Go JETS!!!

  15. By Jimmer on Oct 12, 2010 | Reply

    Christopher, cut that all-ny nonsense, It sounds as bad as the 49’ers owners boast. ESPN got under my skin within 24 hours. First saying on 1 show we were gonna lose, the next day saying we’re the best team in football. I believe none of it. We’re in the top 3(Ravens/Steelers). No NFC team looks that good this year. It IS the year of defense, and unless we kick it up a notch, we may be grasping at the wind again.
    Stop knocking Sanchez for last night, Favre said the same crap, it should have been caught. The weather played a serious role last night. That goes both ways. No team has those conditions built into it. All said and done, B.Smith looks like the team mvp so far.

  16. By TONY GARCIA on Oct 12, 2010 | Reply

    great win for jets revis is not back,let him heal lots of droped passes,that being said we won hung in their won as a team good teams find a way to win when they don’t play thier best. go jets fan since 1968.

  17. By scjoe on Oct 13, 2010 | Reply

    Dropped passes hurt in this game yes, I agree, Tom Spicer, but if you take a good look at all the starting QBs in the league you will see that Sanchez is # 29 completing just 55% of his passes, and there have not been many dropped passes in each of the first four games. He is just not very accurate, and the deeper the pass the less accurate he becomes. I like the fact that the game plan recently has called for some down field passes, it can open up a lot of things, you just would like to see a completion every once in while of more the 20 yds.Look at Orton by comparison, he has 34 passes of more then 20 yds down field 7 for more then 40 yds.

  18. By J.Z. on Oct 13, 2010 | Reply

    4-1 sounds pretty good to me!denver this week could be another BILLS KILLER!than a bye.this team is the best team since joewillie.

  19. By pranit on Oct 13, 2010 | Reply

    re: Revis, i agree with Rex…if Revis says he’s ready to go, then he should go…Rex can revis 3 more weeks off, and Revis can again get sore when he gets back…so there seems no end to this thing…

    Randy, whats the official or rather medical way to completely heal this hamstring on Revis? …Lets just get it fixed for once even if it means 3 weeks of complete rest….

  20. By Tom Spicer on Oct 13, 2010 | Reply

    scjoe, we are going to agree to disagree on this one the Jets are 4 & 1 our 1 loss was by 1 point to a team most guys have as there favorite to win the super bowl. Mark has 8 touchdowns & zero picks with zero fumbles to ask for anytihng more from a 2nd year QB is nit picking at this point. IF there is anything to complain about is the pass D. We can run the ball, we can pass the ball & we can stop the run but our pass D is terrible. Brady 248 yards & 2 TD’S, Favre 264 yards & 3 TD’S & Henne 363 yards & 2 TD’S. Last year we gave up 150 per game passing we were number 1 in the league now we cant stop anyone. Mark is not our worry for a 2nd year QB he is doing great.

  21. By THUNDER LIPS on Oct 13, 2010 | Reply

    As for the dropped passes … not only did the weather play a siignificant part but I have also been hearing that the pink ribbons painted on the balls are making it very slippery. The game should have been over at halftime or at the very latest the third quarter when we kicked the last field goal. 2 touchdowns instead of two field goals changes the whole game. The Viks would have had no wind in their sales (no pun intended) at that point.

    Our biggest probelm this year (one that has plague this organization for a long time) is our ability to knock the opponent out for good when they are down. too many times do we let teams back in the game after having a 10 plus lead at half. THis game was the perfect example.

  22. By scjoe on Oct 13, 2010 | Reply

    Tom Spicer, I agree with you on the pass defense, it is what it is. The only thing I can say about that, in all fairness, is all of those teams mentioned were playing from behind for the most part and that adds up to passing yardage. The point I made about Sanchez, actually it is not a point it is a fact, is that he is not very accurate, especially down field. This game could have been put away early if only there was more accuracy in the passing game. “So far” it has not hurt us, true, but we are only in the first quarter of the season. As all of the experts say, and it is a fact as well, this is a QB driven league, usually the play of the QB determines the outcome of the season. Further, game 1, our only loss was determined by QB play.

  23. By davetharave on Oct 13, 2010 | Reply

    Well, looks like nobody thinks the LOUSY CLOCK MANAGEMENT at 2 minutes to go was a big deal, not a single comment about it other than mine at the top of this post. It only could have cost us the game. OK fine, on to Denver.

  24. By Hans on Oct 13, 2010 | Reply

    Yes, clock management was definitely an issue near the end, but Sanchize realizes what he did. He learned from his mistake and that is what’s important.

  25. By scjoe on Oct 13, 2010 | Reply

    davetherave, I think every Jet fan watching that game knows what a disaster that could have been, we got lucky plain and simple. You just hope that it was a learning experience, even though it is something that should have been prepared for a long time ago. It wasn’t the only nightmare in that sequence, the play calling was horrid and the pass itself was not great either, so yea, we got lucky, just hope something similar don’t happen in the future and we do not come out of it like we did this time. They should have run the ball, that would have made the clock mismanagement seem not quite as bad.

  26. By Jets Fan Since '64 Tom on Oct 14, 2010 | Reply

    I’m largely with Spicer in general here, we’re 4-1 with many of our tougher games behind us, so let’s stop quibbling about stats (even if LT and SG’s stats dwarf TJ and Leon’s). GB, PITT, NE, the Fish, and maybe CHI are the only games coming as tough as those we’ve already played. But I’m with GaryC on Leonhard, tough as he is he seems easy to throw against. As for Revis, I don’t see any columns defending him and his greedy holdout now that it’s obvious he’ll be lucky to get into real shape by mid-season. As for dropped balls, what do you expect with that weather? How come nobody praises Sanchez for NOT fumbling when Favre fumbled twice and lost the game with a terrible pass? P.S. And if Leon’s looking so good, why’d SEA pick up Lynch?

  27. By Tom Spicer on Oct 14, 2010 | Reply

    scjoe, You could agrue it was the play of Mark that lost us the Raven game but when both coach Ryan & coach Schotty come out & say it was there fault & that they were way to conservative & also drilled into his head all week be careful with the ball. Also I think the reason why we lost was 14 flags vs us not the QB play we gave them the game by flags (half of which I didnt think were flags). He had no picks or turnovers he was under constant pressure when he went back to pass & its the guys jobs he checked down to to take the ball & do something with it. I think at this point Mark has gone above & beyond what is expected of a 2nd year QB,

  28. By scjoe on Oct 14, 2010 | Reply

    64tom, it rained on Minn parade as well, how many drops did they have? Besides, some of those drops came at a time when it was not raining. So, lets not put it all on the conditions. There were to many dropped passes, that is a fact not an opinion.Now, I don’t think that has been a chronic problem up to that point, if it were to become one then us “critical” bloggers would put it out there.

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