Rex meets to jump-start offense

October, 21, 2011
10/21/11
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The Jets offense has been plagued by slow starts for much of the season.

Gang Green began Monday's game with four straight three-and-outs. They also went 0-for-their-first-four the previous Sunday against New England.

Rex Ryan met with members of his coaching staff to address the issue this week.

"I've had some meetings, not that I've got all the answers, but I can listen," Ryan said.

Ryan said he met with linebackers coach Bob Sutton, offensive line coach Bill Callahan and special teams coach Mike Westhoff. He also huddled with Mark Sanchez.

Conspicuously absent from that list was offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer.

It certainly could have been a simple oversight by Ryan.

But if he indeed met with those staffers and not Schottenheimer to discuss slow starts, that could be viewed as a lack of confidence in Schottenheimer.

(SEE UPDATE BELOW)

Schottenheimer, of course, is a lightning rod for Jets fans. He has been relentlessly criticized for his play-calling.

Schottenheimer earlier this week acknowledged the offense has been stagnant early in ball games.

"We're still searching," he said.

The veteran play-caller said he's emphasized the need for a fast start in practice this week by preaching execution.

"If we can get that solved through focusing on the execution one play at a time that will help us really get started and jump off," Schottenheimer.

UPDATE: According to a Jets staffer, Ryan later clarified to the team's public relations department that he had also consulted Schottenheimer on the team's slow starts on offense this week. He neglected to mention Schottenheimer by name in the press conference.

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