It took Rex Ryan's best coaching effort to get this depleted Jets team ready for the Monday Night matchup, after the blowout to the 49ers. With an 0-4 record following blowout losses, it's time to look at Rex and see what he could have done better last night.
The answer? A whole lot.
Forgetting about the risky onside kick, there are three instances that show how unorganized the Jets are, and why the blame has to go to Rex Ryan.
With the Jets trailing 23-14 entering the fourth quarter, the offense looked to be making major strides after a Cumberland completion for 24 yards. The Jets had the ball in Houston territory and first down.
Sanchez hooked up with Kerley on second-and-14 from the 48 to bring the Jets all the way to the Texans' 16.
The Jets then had absolutely zero clue what to do on offense. They were forced to call their first timeout. One would think after a timeout the team would come out prepared and ready to get into the end zone.
A touchdown would have made the game a two-point game, with the Jets having all momentum.
Instead, the Jets wasted the opportunity, scored only three, and never scored again. Burning the timeout would come back to haunt the Jets, when they watched Houston run down the clock with under two minutes.
A second busted timeout was called later, and the Jets once again seemed to not have a clue what to do.
After the Jets defense held the Texans to a third-and-out, the Jets got the ball back with great field position with 10 minutes to go in the game.
Shonn Greene finally showed signs of life with a 12-yard run and a 19-yard catch, bringing the Jets to the Houston 35. After the big screen-play, though, the Jets looked confused and flustered, and were forced to waste another timeout.
After the timeout, the Jets had a "stellar" drive. Tebow for no gain, Sanchez incomplete, Sanchez sacked and Malone punted.
The Jets were never the same.
Following that punt, Houston had the ball on their own 15 with 6:29 to play. The defense came on the field hungry, too hungry. 12 guys came on the field, gave the Texans five more yards, and led to more time killed off the clock.
There is zero excuse. None. How can a coach in the NFL allow for something like that to happen? Rex's team was in a position to win this game, but poor decisions and a lack of organization ultimately killed any hope for a comeback in the fourth quarter.
In the NFL, where each game matters and every decision in each game is so important, Rex whiffed several times and cost his team the game.
If he doesn't improve with his time management, there will be way more controversy then just Tebow vs. Sanchez.