Jason Bridge-US PRESSWIRE
There wasn't a ton to complain about as far as game strategy by Rex Ryan, Tony Sparano or Mike Pettine, but as coaches they do have to take the blame for some things.
With Darrelle Revis out, the decision to go conservative on defense and play mostly zone backfired as Roethlisberger picked apart the Jets defense piece by piece with short passes.
On offense, the Jets' play-calling also got conservative after two impressive drives to start the game.
The real gripe people should have with the coaching staff falls on discipline.
The Jets were hit for seven penalties by a flag-happy crew that called 17 total penalties on the day. While it's not Ryan himself that is out there hitting players late, the coaching staff has to take some of the blame for the flags.
Also, the Jets were visibly tired as a unit defensively, losing fundamentals and resorting to arm tackles as the game went on. This lack of conditioning may just have been a one-game instance, but again, it's on the coaches to have these players in shape and prepared to go.
They simply weren't today.
No gripes on game management as the clock was not a factor and Ryan was right in challenging two plays, even if the referees didn't overturn one when they should have.
One point of debate this week will be the lack of Tim Tebow in this game. With the Jets offense struggling so bad, they could have used the spark.
Tebow provided a nice 22-yard run on his only rushing attempt and then wasn't heard from again.
It is likely that Ryan or Sparano would rather have seen Sanchez work through his poor play rather than turning it over to Tebow. Their failure to give Tebow significant playing time may have shown Sanchez that he shouldn't be scared to make mistakes and that they won't have the short leash with him that the media predicted they would.
But in the end, the Jets could have used him today in some capacity.