Sunday, October 28, 2012
Rex gives 'em seven days off
By Rich Cimini
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The slumping Jets need work. But they're not going to get it this week during the bye.
The players have a full week off, Rex Ryan announced after Sunday's 30-9 loss to the Dolphins. The next practice is a week from Monday. Ryan said he had planned to work them Monday and Tuesday, but he changed because of Hurricane Sandy.
"I care about our players a great deal," he said. "They need that time to be with their families and make sure everybody is out of harm’s way. As much as I’d like to bring them in, that’s not going to happen. I care about our players too much to see them go through that, so they will not be in."
According to the collective bargaining agreement, players must have four consecutive days off during the bye week. Ryan was criticized in his first three seasons for giving six-day breaks, which were unusually long. In 2009 and 2010, they lost immediately after the bye week. He stuck to his six-day plan last year and the result was a win over the Bills.
Reeling teams are known to make coaching-staff changes during the bye, but Ryan gave an emphatic "not" when asked if he's mulling any shake ups.
"We've got to really look at ourselves," he said. "At this stage, you evaluate what you're doing, offensively, defensively, everything. Do we need to tweak things? Do we need to change things? You have to take a good, honest look at that. At the same time, you have to move forward as well, working on Seattle and (St. Louis) as well."
INJURY REPORT: RB/KR Joe McKnight, who played on a high-ankle sprain, aggravated the injury on a first-quarter kickoff return and was done for the day. He was replaced on kickoffs by Clyde Gates, who had a 47-yard return. ... CB Antonio Cromartie dislocated his pinky in the first quarter, but returned on the next series.
BELIEVE IT OR NOT: Some crazy, crazy stuff happened Sunday. Consider some of the madness, courtesy of ESPN Stats & Information:
• The Dolphins became the first team in the last 20 years to block a FG, block a punt and recover their own onside kick. Blocked FGs weren't recorded until 20 years ago.
• The Jets allowed a block punt for a TD for the first time in 440 games (1984, Week 15). That was the longest such streak in NFL history, three games longer than the Bears (1925-1960).
• The Jets have allowed two blocked punts this season, the most since 1975.
• The Dolphins' 21-point win was their largest over the Jets since 2002. The Jets have dropped four of their last five at home to the Dolphins.
ODDS AND ENDS: Rookie WR Stephen Hill continued to struggle with drops. One week after his killer drop in New England, he failed to haul in a catchable ball in the end zone. Hill was targeted seven times and caught only two passes. ... Shonn Greene's 36-yard run was the longest of his career in the regular season. ... WR Clyde Gates caught a career-high seven passes for 82 yards. ... The Jets have dropped four of their last five. ... QB Mark Sanchez attempted 54 passes, the second-highest total in his career.