The Jets were in trouble without Darrelle Revis. They could be in deeper trouble without Santonio Holmes.
But a 34-0 loss to the 49ers?
"Trouble" doesn't begin to describe a loss like that. This cut deeper, and that was evident in head coach Rex Ryan's postgame press conference.
"We got our ass kicked," Ryan said after the game.
Rex says players will not report to facility Monday or Tuesday. Says they need to do soul searching #nyj— Manish Mehta(@MMehtaNYDN) September 30, 2012
Soul searching will not fix the problems at every level of this football team.
After giving up 245 yards rushing and 5.6 yards per carry, the Jets have clear problems in the front seven. They got minimal pressure from the front four, with Bart Scott, Bryan Thomas and Calvin Pace each logging a quarterback hit, and Thomas and Pace each picking up a sack, as well.
But the 49ers were hardly even concerned with throwing the ball, running it 44 times against just 24 drop-backs.
Turns out losing Darrelle Revis wasn't the only problem. In fact, judging by the 49ers' offensive tendencies against the Jets, losing Revis may not have even been the biggest problem.
At least, not the biggest problem for the defense. The offense has problems of its own.
Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez has had a few bright spots this season—most of the first half after the opening drive against the Bills, the opening drive against the Steelers, and the very end of the game against the Dolphins.
Outside of that, it's been a lot of ugly.
How much of that is on him is debatable, but inconsequential at this point. The Jets went 2-for-13 on third downs, gained 2.6 yards per rush and were sacked three times.
No quarterback goes a dreadful 13-of-29 passing without a lot of help (read: no help at all) from his receivers.
We'll hear a lot of calls for the Jets to make the switch to Tim Tebow at quarterback, and it's fair; Sanchez has been statistically one of the worst quarterbacks in the league (49.2 percent completion rate will probably be dead last in the league after Week 4), but the truth of the matter is that Tebow will be throwing to the same set of receivers and handing off to the same set of running backs.
With help from any one of those two groups, we may not even be having this discussion right now.
This big loss may have been a blip on the radar, but chances are much stronger that it is the beginning of the trainwreck which the NFL world began bracing for the minute Revis's injury was announced. He may have been one of the only things keeping the Jets somewhat on track, but his absence is far from the only thing causing them to fall off it.
Erik Frenz is the AFC East lead blogger for Bleacher Report. Be sure to follow Erik on Twitter and "like" the AFC East blog on Facebook to keep up with all the updates. Unless specified otherwise, all quotes are obtained firsthand.