Sunday, October 20, 2013
Locker room buzz: New York Jets
By Rich Cimini
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Observed in the locker room after the New York Jets' 30-27 overtime win over the New England Patriots:
Beaming Rex: Rex Ryan approached the podium in the interview room and declared, "That's what I'm talking about." This had to be his most satisfying victory in a long time. Yeah, the Monday night win in Atlanta was exhilirating, but this was the Patriots. And Tom Brady. And Bill Belichick. The Jets snapped a five-losing streak to the Patriots, who had won 12 straight in the AFC East. That the Jets rallied from an 11-point deficit made it sweeter for Ryan, who probably would've talked all day about the game if time permitted.
What happened to MartyBall?: As he left the locker room, offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg stopped to chat with general manager John Idzik. It appeared to be a pleasant conversation, and why not? Winning makes everything feel better, but you have to wonder if Mornhinweg's play calling in overtime came up. The usually aggressive Mornhinweg turned ultra-conservative on the game-winning drive, calling eight straight running plays to set up a 56-yard field-goal attempt that missed. The Jets caught a major break because of the Patriots' unsportsmanlike-conduct penalty, allowing Nick Folk to eventually win it from 42 yards. If the Jets had lost, Mornhinweg would've received heavy criticism for his late-game decisions.
Mark Sanchez appearance: Sanchez was spotted in the locker room after the game. He tried to slip out the side door, but he was seen by reporters. Sanchez, who underwent recent shoulder surgery, had his right arm in a sling. He wasn't on the sideline during the game, so he probably watched from a club suite. This has to be a bittersweet time for Sanchez, whose season is over. No doubt, he's happy for the Jets, but it must be weird seeing someone else -- Geno Smith -- lead the team he once called his own.