Sunday, December 8, 2013
Jets players reject Victory Monday
By Rich Cimini
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Rex Ryan tossed his players a bone after Sunday's 37-27 win over the Oakland Raiders. They tossed it back.
The New York Jets' coach announced a Victory Monday -- an off day -- but the idea didn't gain much traction in the locker room. Willie Colon said he looked at D'Brickashaw Ferguson, and, speaking on behalf of the rest of the players, they decided to make it a work day.
"We realized, 'Hey, this is no time to relax,'" Colon said. "You give us two days off and we have to go down (to Charlotte) and play a lot that's kicking a lot of tail right now" -- the Carolina Panthers. "We have to put our foot on the gas."
Ryan said he was impressed with the players' attitude.
"Everyone was like, 'Yeah, let's go to work,'" Ryan said. "And that's what we have to do."
You call this defense?: This wasn't a good game by the defense, which allowed a season-high 150 rushing yards. Fullback Marcel Reece, the Raiders' fourth-string running back, ran for 123, including a 63-yard run in which he outraced cornerback Antonio Cromartie. The Jets let Matt McGloin, an undrafted rookie, pass for 245 yards and two touchdowns. His favorite target was receiver Rod Streater, who caught seven passes for 130 yards, including a 48-yard touchdown.
Ryan didn't sound that alarmed.
"We had a couple of amazing plays, which don't happen against us very often," he said. "We have a couple of things to fix. It's not something I'm overly concerned with."
Nice gesture: After the game, Ryan made a presentation in the locker room to general manager John Idzik, giving him the game ball. Idzik is mourning the death of his father, John Joseph Idzik, who died last Tuesday after a long illness. He was 85.
What the Hill?: Reciever Stephen Hill was inactive with a knee injury. He was a full practice participant last Friday, but was a late addition to the injury report, listed as questionable. It was his first missed game of the season.
Ryan said Hill has been bothered by knee swelling for several weeks.
"The young man has been competing his tail off, but he's just not himself," Ryan said. "He's not able to burst out of cuts. Quite honestly, as much as he wants it, it's best for us to make the decision to deactivate him this week."
The Jets used a four-receiver rotation, with Santonio Holmes, David Nelson, Jeremy Kerley and Greg Salas.
Injury Report: Cornerback Antonio Cromartie suffered a head injury, according to the team. He collided with teammate Ed Reed with 6:26 left in the third quarter, but he remained in the game.
Odds and Ends: Ferguson became the first player in Jets history to start the first 125 games of his career. ... The Jets scored a season-high 37 points and produced their third-highest yardage total, 352. ... Antonio Allen blocked Marquette King's punt and recovered it in the end zone for a touchdown. It was Allen’s second touchdown of the season (he scored on an interception return) and second blocked punt. Before leaving the locker room, Allen said he asked to no one in particular, "Who's going to give us that spark?" It turned out to be him. Allen became the first Jets defensive player to score multiple touchdowns in a season since safety Dwight Lowery in 2010. ... Nick Folk made three field goals, increasing his season total to 28-for-29.