Rex Ryan: F
The biggest qualm I have with the coaching staff is that the team appeared to quit on this game after Carlos Rogers returned Santonio Holmes' fumble for a touchdown.
The defense's poor tackling got worse from there, Mark Sanchez's already awful focus got worse, and the 49ers threw the Jets around the field for much of the fourth quarter.
That kind of play falls directly on the head coach.
There will be a ton of questions to answer for Ryan about the quarterback situation. Ryan could have given Tebow a lengthy look as early as the second quarter but stuck with Sanchez for every disgusting drive for the rest of the game.
Tebow wouldn't have been the difference in winning or losing the game, but by just letting Sanchez give a clueless and scared performance, what kind of message does that send?
Without Dustin Keller and Santonio Holmes, Sanchez has virtually no weapons to speak of. Throw in the running game's failures and that makes things even harder. However—for the second straight week—when Sanchez did have open receivers, he couldn't connect with them.
Ryan was furious at the postgame press conference and gave the team Monday and Tuesday off to do some "soul searching."
He remained steadfast in his support of Sanchez as the team's quarterback, for better or worse.
Tony Sparano: B
I didn't have many problems with Sparano's play-calling, as he was clearly just trying to execute the game plan. About the only call that came under question was a 3rd-and-1 in which he called a passing play when the Jets were clearly having trouble protecting Sanchez.
The Jets started the game conservatively by design and tried to open things up in the second half as they fell behind.
The Jets' offense has no identity to speak of, so Sparano has to get some of the blame for that. But were there any real instances where you were screaming at the television because of the play-calling? Probably not.