The Jets traveled to Pittsburgh on an incredibly high note, after dominating the Bills 48-28 in Week 1. Many fans were confident about the game, even with the absence of Darrelle Revis, because of the complete effort the team showed in the week prior.
However, Gang Green could not have been worse on Sunday.
The Jets were outplayed and out coached in every facet of the game, but in the most frustrating manner possible.
After a hot start, New York seemed incapable of playing even the most basic football.
For starters, the tackling was horrendous.
The Steelers offense must have been wearing butter, as the New York defense could not bring them down to the ground after immediate contact.
The Jets managed to break through a subpar Steelers offensive line on numerous occasions, but were then unable to make a big play in the backfield.
Ben Roethlisberger was grabbed and disrupted nearly a dozen times, but on the vast majority of these, he was able to escape the pocket and make a play downfield.
Roethlisberger may be a big man, but he is not The Incredible Hulk.
In the fourth quarter, New York struggled to bring down running backs Jonathan Dwyer and Isaac Redman on first contact.
The team paid for it dearly, as Pittsburgh marched down the field on a long drive to ice the game.
Tackling was not the only problem on defense, as pass coverage seemed impossible for New York's secondary without Revis.
The Steelers converted on multiple third downs, thanks to the secondary's inability to make a play.
Mike Wallace's third-quarter touchdown on Antonio Cromartie was one of the worst defensive efforts in recent memory.
On offense, the troubles only grew.
The wide receiving corps that was so impressive in Week 1, could not hold onto the ball.
Santonio Holmes dropped a boatload of catchable passes and Jeremy Kerley had butterfingers on a crucial punt in the second half.
Perhaps the most frustrating part of the Jets' loss was the poor coaching, though.
Why were the Jets playing zone against explosive wideouts Antonio Brown and Mike Wallace?
Why did New York abandon the Tebow option after it had some success early in the second half?
Why was the offense so conservative, even when down by double digits late?
New York's loss to Pittsburgh was not because the Steelers had the more talented team; it was because of the Jets inability to play fundamental football.
That is why the early-season loss is so infuriating.