Sunday, December 11, 2011
Worst. Timeout. Ever
By Rich Cimini
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Jets have been wasting timeouts in recent weeks because of various reasons, but they outdid themselves Sunday, burning a timeout after the opening kickoff and before their first play on offense.
That's something you don't see too often.
Rex Ryan said it was a miscommunication with regard to the personnel package. The Jets had only 10 men on the field, and the 11th was FB John Conner, who ran on late. With the play clock running down, QB Mark Sanchez called timeout.
"That wasn't great," Ryan said. "That's not going to go on my coaching resume."
It was just a hiccup on the way to a 37-10 win. On the first play, Shonn Greene ran for 31 yards, the Jets' longest rush of the season.
HISTORIC DEFENSE: The Jets' first-half defensive performance was one for the ages. They held the Chiefs to four total yards and minus-15 net passing yards -- both the lowest first-half totals for an opponent in team history.
CHEERS, WHAT CHEERS?: After getting boos two weeks ago by the home crowd, Sanchez received a nice ovation during the pre-game introductions. Sanchez said he wasn't paying attention.
INJURY REPORT: The team fears that S Jim Leonhard tore a knee ligament and will be lost for the season. He will have an MRI exam Monday to confirm ... CB Marquice Cole was kicked in the leg, but returned to the game.
LT'S TD: It took nearly two full seasons, but RB LaDainian Tomlinson scored his first TD at MetLife Stadium. He circled out of the backfield and caught a 19-yard pass from Sanchez, giving the Jets a 28-3 lead at halftime. For his career, Tomlinson has 162 TDs (145 rushing, 17 receiving), third on the all-time list. He has scored touchdowns in 30 of the 36 stadiums in which he’s played.
FIRST-HALF EXPLOSION: The Jets scored 28 points, their best first half since Sept. 28, 2008, against the Cardinals. That was the day Brett Favre threw six TD passes.
GO GREENE: RB Shonn Greene enjoyed another stellar game. He rushed for a season-high 129 yards and also added 58 yards in receiving, a career-high 187 combined yards. It was his sixth 100-yard rushing game.
MARK THE RUNNER: Sanchez scored his fourth and fifth rushing TDs -- a one-yard naked bootleg and a three-yard QB draw. The bootleg was called from the sideline, but Sanchez hinted that he called the draw on his own.