Robert Mayer-US PRESSWIRE
Overall Game Grade: D
Rex Ryan is going to face a ton of questions this week for sitting idly while Mark Sanchez made a mockery of this game.
They had a good game plan at the start, relying on the running game and short passes, but in order to win a game like that, you have to play mistake-free. The Jets played the complete opposite of mistake-free.
Ryan vowed to get more aggressive on offense and defense in the second half, and they did to an extent, but all that did was expose Sanchez and the offensive line further.
Fourth Quarter: F
After Carlos Rogers returned a fumble for a 51-yard touchdown, there was little the coaching staff could do as the game was now out of hand.
FOX announcers Kenny Albert and Daryl Johnston belabored the point for much of the quarter that Tim Tebow should be given a chance.
It's not likely that Tebow would have fared any better than Sanchez did, but maybe it would have been worth a look.
The likely excuse will be that the Jets were in a passing mode, down by four scores, but that's besides the point.
The Jets had a look of a team that gave up, and that falls directly on the coaching staff.
Third Quarter: C-
FOX sideline reporter Tony Siragusa said that Rex Ryan told him the Jets would come out more aggressive in the second half. They did just that, as Sanchez hit his first two passes of the half for 23 yards, but then threw an interception on what looked to be a well-designed screen play.
The coaching staff has been more than patient with Sanchez, but it will be interesting to see just how many more careless mistakes will be tolerated.
If they stick with Sanchez through the remainder of the game, they will be criticized heavily for not giving Tebow at least a full series to see what he could do.
Second Quarter: C-
The Jets somehow remain unprepared defensively for the Wildcat. They have been practicing against it since July, but seem to have no idea how to stop it.
The team continues it's poor tackling, and as much as that falls on the players themselves, the coaches have to take some responsibility as well.
For the third time in four weeks, Rex Ryan challenged a play that the broadcast booth thought would be overturned, yet the play stood. This time, referee guru Mike Pereira weighed in that Dedrick Epps' fumble should have been overturned.
Offensively, the Jets game plan to pound the ball on the ground is quite obvious. Inexplicably though, the Jets called a pass on 3rd-and-1, resulting in a sack. Wasn't that the kind of thing that got Brian Schottenheimer fired?
First Quarter: B
The Jets were caught off guard by an option play by 49ers quarterback Colin Kapernick and also burned on a 26-yard pass play to Mario Manningham with their run defense on the field.
However, the team appears ready to play and doesn't seem to be intimidated by the 49ers' tough defense. Keep an eye on whether they start sliding some help Austin Howard's way as he tries to handle the ferocious Aldon Smith.
The play calling has been fine so far, as the Jets clearly are trying to establish the run and utilize the short pass. That's the same game plan the Vikings used last week to beat the Niners.