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Jets Still Digesting That Bitter Shutout Pill

Posted by Randy Lange on November 1, 2010 – 5:21 pm

Shutouts in any sport hurt. Shutouts in the NFL really sting. Home shutouts and home shutouts by teams who want to win it all … well, you get the picture.

The Jets are not taking Sunday’s 9-0 home loss to the Packers lightly. The seriousness of the loss and what it means moving forward was not lost on the players as they made their way through their locker room at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center this afternoon.

“The object of the game is to put points on the board by any means and we went out and had zero points in the game,” wide receiver Santonio Holmes said. “Unacceptable by us as a team, offense, defense, special teams. 

“We’ve got to put this loss behind us. We’ve got to do that right now,” said cornerback Darrelle Revis. “Even with a win, you’ve got to throw that aside and move on to the next opponent.”

Rex Ryan was subdued as well at his just-concluded news conference in the media room.

“We had a couple of good meetings,” Ryan said, “and we do our walkthroughs for corrections, all that kind of stuff, after a win or a loss. Clearly there was much more than normal. When you have those corrections and you look at the tape, man, you wish you had another shot. We had plenty of opportunities. We didn’t execute very well. You’ve got to give our opponent a lot of credit. I think Dom Capers is an outstanding coordinator, and Green Bay just made more plays than we did.”

That was especially true regarding the Jets’ offense. True, the Jets’ three turnovers and some of their penalties were of the arguable variety, but Ryan wasn’t making any excuses.

“I think we’re going to be who we are. We’re not going to change who we are one bit,” the coach said. “But I just want to execute better and stop the self-inflicted wounds. Penalties and dropped balls are going to get you beat, as simple as that.”

Ryan was asked about QB Mark Sanchez taking a large heaping of the responsibility for the O’s dysfunction on himself.

“The one thing about that young man, he always takes the blame. He’s got broad shoulders. He’ll take it. That’s the nature of the position, and it takes broad shoulders to play quarterback in this town,” he said. “Can he be more accurate with the ball? Probably. Could Santonio catch that ball? Absolutely. For whatever reasons, that never happened. We dropped five balls in the fourth quarter alone. You’re not going to win many games that way.”

Some Shutout Facts

An interesting note about the Jets’ offense in the loss is that for being blanked, they really moved the ball well. Their 360 yards was the most in a game in the last 31 NFL seasons by a team that was shut out.  That’s no consolation, and what it means is open for interpretation.

On the one hand, it was better than 160 yards and no points, giving a sign that the unit was still operating fairly well (while obviously not finishing drives) in those deceptively strong winds. On the other hand, the self-inflicted wounds were severe enough to prevent a 360-yard offense from mounting any more than a 37-yard field goal try.

Suffice it to say that being shut out at New Meadowlands Stadium, while discomforting and concerning, is not fatal. Of the 20 teams since 1970 to gain 300-plus yards in a game and still be shut out, five put it behind them and moved on to the playoffs (but none since the 1987 Colts).

And for those who asked about teams reaching the Super Bowl despite a regular-season shut out, only seven of the 88 previous Super Bowl participants suffered a goose egg. And only two of those were Super Bowl winners — the Steelers in IX after losing to the Raiders, 17-0, and the Patriots in XXXVIII after dropping their opener to the Bills, 31-0. And only the Steelers have won a Super Bowl after suffering a home shutout loss.

But that is a purely academic exercise. Ryan and his players have spoken of their goal of going to the big dance this year. It still remains a goal, but as WR Braylon Edwards said today, “the Super Bowl, we know we’re nowhere near that right now.” Much more important road games at Detroit and Cleveland are next on the calendar.

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18 Responses to “Jets Still Digesting That Bitter Shutout Pill”

  1. By charliejet on Nov 1, 2010 | Reply

    This may be a blessing in disguise.

  2. By charliejet on Nov 1, 2010 | Reply

    There is a story ( I don’t know how true this is) that the 70 Steelers were in the same situation (as the Jets) had a good team on paper but were losing. After losing yet another game, the team had a closed door meeting (coaches not invited) things were said players said what was on there minds. From what I understand the team never looked back after that and well you know the rest is history.

  3. By William on Nov 1, 2010 | Reply

    @charliejet: I agree, it’s a blessing, but only if they are truly and genuinely humbled

  4. By Jets Fan Since '64 Tom on Nov 1, 2010 | Reply

    Forget about the off-the-field stuff, assuming he straightens that out: Like during last year’s mid-season slide, Edwards speaks frankly and shows leadership. Keep that in mind when you speculate on how many of these recent pickups we’re gonna let go next year.

  5. By Westcoast GangGreen on Nov 1, 2010 | Reply

    Just turn the page Jets. Can we all put the Super Bowl talk / statistics away “Randy included” HA HA.. and just take it one game at a time. There no more gimmes the rest of the way Jet Nation and that what makes the NFL fun to watch… 5 and 2, i’ll take it , Jet history tells us all we never had many 5 and 2. Last time they lost this season, they ran off 5 in a row, i”ll rub my lucky charm for that again, BUT..!! One game at a time first…

  6. By TONY GARCIA on Nov 1, 2010 | Reply

    jet fan since 1968 i agree this can be a learning experience. correctable mistakes.were 5-2 we haven’t played 8 games.new england will stumble.

  7. By scjoe on Nov 1, 2010 | Reply

    If the Jets, who have the talent, go on and win it all, then, and only then can you say it was a blessing in disguise. If they continue this pattern, like so many Jet teams before them, there simply is no blessings, now or ever. Like a lot of you, I have followed this team right from the beginning, and I have seen so many strange things over all those years, just when you think they are over the hump, you get another one of these games. Lets hope it will not be like so many past years where things continue to steamroll down hill.

  8. By spis on Nov 2, 2010 | Reply

    This game is not a blessing, it was an embarassment.
    The game was lost in the days before the game, the gameplan was awful. The execution was just as bad!
    What happened to halftime adjustments???
    What NFL team allows a punter, a punter! To make play calls???
    They must strip this priviledge away immediately.

    The Defense was awesome!

    Someone explain to me the bogus ruling on that simultaneous reception/interception. Was it not obvious that Cotchery was down by contact prior to the ball being stripped???

    Lord help me!

  9. By ALJetsFan on Nov 2, 2010 | Reply

    I think this serves as a wakeup call for a team that maybe was taking things for granted. I bet they learned a good lesson; they’ll have to work hard if their goal is to win a SB. With that said, I agree with CharlieJet.

  10. By Pranit on Nov 2, 2010 | Reply

    just speechless with the performance….specially dissapointed with Holmes & JC….and we need a new OC….

  11. By sal cottone on Nov 2, 2010 | Reply

    If I had a chance @ moss I woud jump @ it, instantly the better reciever, issues but can Catch the ball.surprized @ Cotchery having ball handling issuses, guess edwards is contagious.Get moss if u can

  12. By frank on Nov 2, 2010 | Reply

    i listened to rex news conference and the reporters never ask reall intelligent football questions and rex never answers question good. i could do a better job asking the coach that it was not dropped passes or sanchez that killed the jets but it is the play calling and the OC is to blame

  13. By Ray on Nov 2, 2010 | Reply

    Sal? “Guess Edwards is contagious”? Obviously no matter what he does (or doesn’t do) that moniker will stick to him like a disease. Edwards has dropped how many balls this year? Two? (Randy you can supply some info on that) If anything Edwards has been our most consistent and reliable receiver this year. I only wish Cotchery and Holmes would “catch” whatever Edwards has this year!

  14. By spis on Nov 2, 2010 | Reply

    I agree with Ray. THIS year Edwards has been pretty good.
    Still can’t forget the one last year when he was open deep and the ball bounced off his facemask. LOL.

  15. By Jack's Tattoos on Nov 3, 2010 | Reply

    agreed, edwards snag last sunday was a very difficult ball to catch..def the best WR on the team this year..he’s playing like he wants to stay.

  16. By Tems on Nov 3, 2010 | Reply

    come on people we won 5 in a row we lost 9-0 i Know is hard to swallow but
    most analyst think is the end of the JETS we are 5-2 we have a better record than
    most analyst super bowl picks. We have a team that should be respected i just hate when analyst talk garbage about the Jets when they lose a game

  17. By NC on Nov 4, 2010 | Reply

    Being shut out at home 9-0 the week after a bye says a lot of things about a team–none of them good. The Jets better stop talking and thinking about the Super Bowl for a while.

  18. By Nicholas on Nov 5, 2010 | Reply

    I think the loss/shut out loss to the Packers will be a wake up call.
    people forget, Green Bay, injuries or not is a very good football team.
    Yes getting shut out at home is a tough pill to swallow. But I would be more concerned if we lost to a poor team and then major questions would arise.
    Green Bay was the pre season favorite to win the NFC,,sure they are banged up,,actually I have never seen a team snake bit with injuries like them…..But their depth is good, and still makes them a good team.
    Bottom line, it was a close loss to a good team.

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