Rex Ryan: A
Not everything Rex Ryan tried worked tonight, but you have to love the effort given by the coaching staff. Ryan pulled out every stop he could think of and showed a tremendous amount of confidence in his team in doing so.
Obviously, a win would have been huge here, but it was essential for the Jets to at least show that they could give what could be the best team in the NFL a legitimate game.
One week after being embarrassed by the 49ers, the Jets started the game tentative on offense and defense. However, as the game progressed, the Jets took Ryan's lead and eventually became the aggressors.
As for a football standpoint, the onside kick backfired, and some will have a problem with that call right there. There was also the idea that the Jets were left with just one timeout when the Texans got the ball for the last time in the game.
The Jets had to burn one timeout early when Jason Hill had no idea where to line up on a crucial play in the fourth quarter. Whether that falls on the coaches or Hill is something only the players and coaches will know.
The Jets were severely undermanned against a team that is much more talented than they are, yet they had the ball with a chance to win in the end. Just as the coaches deservedly got ripped for the 49ers effort, they should be lauded here.
Tony Sparano: B+
The good part about Sparano's game plan was that he continued to take shots down the field, even without Santonio Holmes and Stephen Hill. The Jets should have connected for at least five plays of 20 yards if the players executed properly. Sparano is putting the players in the right place to succeed; it's up to them to execute.
On the negative side, the Jets' running game continues to lack any creativity. Shonn Greene simply isn't going to run the ball down the throats of an elite defense, yet the Jets continue to try it. Bilal Powell still should be getting more looks than he has been, and they should really think about calling more screen plays.
Mike Westhoff: A+
As much as people want to say the Jets are a mess, and at times, they have been this year, the special teams cannot be lumped into that category.
Joe McKnight's return, Robert Malone's punting and Nick Folk's perfection all fall under the umbrella of Westhoff's genius.
As a fan, it's hard to figure just how much of this is based on schemes and how much is players simply doing their jobs, but every year, the personnel changes, and every year, the specials remain excellent. If not for the special teams tonight, the Jets would not have been in this game.