Sunday, September 29, 2013
Locker Room Buzz: New York Jets
By Rich Cimini
NASHVILLE -- Observed in the locker room after the New York Jets' 38-13 loss to the Tennessee Titans:
Steamed Rex: Rex Ryan was furious, and he didn't mince words. He began his postgame news conference by saying they were beaten in every phase, including coaching. He added, "It shocked me. I never expected that the game would turn out like this. Shocked. I don't know what else to say." He wasn't overly critical of rookie quarterback Geno Smith, instead spreading the blame everywhere.
Growing pains: Before the media was allowed in the locker room, Smith approached individual players and, according to linebacker Antwan Barnes, told each one, "It won't happen again." Minutes later, Smith faced reporters, calling his four-turnover day a "piss-poor" performance. Later, Smith was seen walking to the team bus, limping noticeably on his still-tender right ankle. He was staring at his smartphone as he walked through the bowels of the stadium.
Silent treatment: Santonio Holmes and Calvin Pace, two of the so-called leaders on the team, left the locker room without talking to reporters. Holmes, who injured his right hamstring, was limping. Pace wasn't injured; he just put on his headphones and bolted past reporters, none too eager to discuss an awful defensive performance. You expect veteran players to face the music after a humiliating loss.