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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