Carlos Rogers thinks Jets quit

Updated: October 3, 2012, 10:36 AM ET
By Rich Cimini | ESPNNewYork.com

One of the worst defensive performances in Rex Ryan's coaching career turned even worse Tuesday night, when San Francisco 49ers cornerback Carlos Rogers accused the New York Jets of quitting late in Sunday's 34-0 blowout.

"Yeah, you could see it happening," Rogers told SiriusXM NFL Radio. "It kind of shocked me because a lot of guys on (our) sideline were saying, 'They don't want to tackle, they don't want to do this, they don't want to do that.'

"That's a Rex Ryan defense," he continued. "That's a Rex Ryan team ... and his defense, you know, plays throughout. That was the shocking point about it."

Rogers, who scored on a 51-yard fumble return, also said, "It really kind of shocked me to see that them guys were really just ready to get in the shower."

Rogers said he knew it was over once they opened a comfortable lead. "I know, looking at their defense, they didn't want to be out there," he said. "After that, it was like, 'Man, these guys really don't want to play the game. It's pretty much over.' "

That's a scathing indictment of the Jets, who allowed 245 rushing yards -- the largest amount in Ryan's 52 games as the Jets' coach. Nine different players carried the ball for the 49ers, including backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who ran for 50 yards and a touchdown.

After the game, Ryan was livid, saying, "I apologize for my language because I was going to say we got our butt kicked, but we got our a-- kicked. There's no two ways, ins or outs about it."

On Monday, Ryan counted 17 missed tackles by his defense, saying that for the first time in his career he actually wanted the opponent to pass the ball against his defense.

The Jets (2-2) are ranked 31st in rushing defense, surrendering 173 yards per game. It doesn't get any easier for the Jets, who face the undefeated Houston Texans on Monday night at MetLife Stadium.

Rich Cimini

ESPN New York Jets reporter

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