Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Rex Ryan mandates changes to Jets offense
Toward the end of last season, New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan lamented what he portrayed as a probability: offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer was going to be a head coach somewhere.
"I realize we're probably only going to have him for as long as we're in this tournament," Ryan said during the playoffs, "but we're enjoying it right now."
One game into the 2010 season, Ryan's not enjoying Schottenheimer's strategies as much as he used to.
With a few hours to mull that humiliating offensive performance in a 10-9 home loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Monday night, Ryan expressed his dissatisfaction with Schottenheimer's game plan and revealed changes were in the offing.
Ryan said he "absolutely" was concerned about the offense.
"We need to get better," Ryan said. "If that's dialing things back or whatever, we'll search for the right answer."
The Jets gained 176 yards of total offense. They converted one third down and finished the game with six first downs, tying for fewest in franchise history. Mark Sanchez completed 10 of 21 passes for 74 yards and no touchdowns.
In his postgame news conference Monday night, Ryan was dismayed receiver Braylon Edwards wasn't more involved in the offense. Edwards was targeted three times. He had one catch for 9 yards. Jerricho Cotchery was the most prolific receiver with two receptions for 18 yards.
"We're going to have to throw downfield more," Ryan said Tuesday. "We just need to take advantage of some of the things we have. Braylon is a great matchup for us against any corner in the league. He's got great size and speed. J-Co is the same way. Both of them are big guys that we have to use to loosen people up."
The Jets made two roster moves Tuesday, re-signing receiver David Clowney and releasing running back Danny Woodhead, who played on special teams Monday night.
The Buffalo Bills received permission from the Jets to interview Schottenheimer for their coaching vacancy last winter. Schottenheimer declined the chance to talk about the job and stressed his commitment to remaining with the Jets.