Monday, September 23, 2013
Best offensive day under Rex
By Rich Cimini
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Under the defensive-minded Rex Ryan, the New York Jets have not enjoyed too many days in which they resembled an explosive offense. But it happened Sunday, as they produced 513 total yards, the most ever in 67 regular season games under Ryan.
It was their first 500-yard day since the 2000 season finale in Baltimore.
And it came against Ryan's former protege, Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine. Afterward, Ryan didn't do any gloating.
"It's just the way it works," Ryan said. "Mike is a heck of a football coach and sometimes those things happen. You give up big plays and that number happens. Obviously, I'd much rather be on this end than that end."
Told it was the most total offense he's had as the coach of the Jets, Ryan laughed and said, "Well, don't give me credit."
Coordinator Marty Mornhinweg called an aggressive game, attacking downfield. The Jets had four pass plays of 40 yards or more, only one shy of their 2012 total. They exploited a secondary that began the day without two starters, and lost cornerback Leodis McKelvin during the game.
For those obsessed with Mornhinweg's run-pass ratio, the Jets had 41 runs and 29 passes. The Jets had a 300-yard passer, a 100-yarder rusher (Bilal Powell) and two 100-yard receivers (Santonio Holmes and Stephen Hill) for the first time since 2006.
The offensive line did a fantastic job, not allowing a single sack. Defensive end Mario Williams, who set a team record with 4 1/2 sacks last week, was held to one solo tackle. The Bills began the day tied for the league lead with nine sacks.