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Sunday, September 29, 2013
Rex's push-up plan not working

By Rich Cimini

NASHVILLE -- So is the answer more push-ups?

For the second straight week, the New York Jets were an undisciplined football team, committing 10 penalties for 66 yards in a 38-13 loss to the Tennessee Titans Sunday at LP Field. That makes 30 penalties in the last two games.

If you want to take the glass-half-full approach, you can say they cut the number in half. Rex Ryan was in no mood to look at it that way.

"Ten penalties? How 'bout that?" he said sarcastically. "Obviously, we've got to do a heck of a lot better job than that. ... Apparently, I was wrong on the penalties -- at least it's going to take longer than I thought. But it's going to get fixed. Hell or high water, it's going to get fixed."

The most frequent offender was wide receiver Ben Obomanu, who was flagged three times -- unnecessary roughness, illegal shift and holding. (The holding penalty was declined.)

The other culprits: LG Vladimir Ducasse (false start and a declined holding), LT D'Brickashaw Ferguson (false start), CB Darrin Walls (defensive holding), LB Garrett McIntyre (personal foul), RG Willie Colon (illegal use of hands), TE Jeff Cumberland (illegal shift), DB Ellis Lankster (out of bounds on punt) and QB Geno Smith (delay of game).

The most alarming part? Five were pre-snap penalties, indicating a lack of awareness and focus.

It looks like Ryan needs to step up his penalty-prevention program.