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We noted that Ryan had to lead Jets in St Louis and he did.
FINAL GRADE A:
The amount of pressure that Rex Ryan and his embattled offensive coordinator Tony Sparano faced heading into this must-win game against Brain Schottenheimer and the Rams was remarkable. They were 3-6 and on the brink. Stories began to raise the notion of Ryan's job security, amidst the Jets growing sea of issues.
So what did Ryan do? He went out and had a terrific defensive play-calling performance against his former offensive coordinator while keeping the Jets focused on the Rams, not the "Terrible Tim" saga that the Daily News started last week. Ryan showed why he is the Jets leader by providing a roadmap for the way out of the circus tent for now. It was only the 3-6-1 Rams, but as Ryan stated prior to kickoff, the Jets were "starving for a win." Thanks in big part to Ryan, they got one.
FOURTH QUARTER: A
The Jets stayed with the ball-control plan and closed the deal in a must-win contest. Great job by the entire coaching staff.
THIRD QUARTER: A
Rex Ryan has a pulse on this game, one that he knows the defense can close. The Jets ran a draw play on 3rd-and-long in order to punt near midfield, proof of the way Ryan wants to play the remainder of this game.
The coaching staff has not given in to media pressure calling for more plays for Tim Tebow. They recognize that Sanchez is in control of his play today and are not getting in his way through excess substitutions involving packages designed for Tebow.
SECOND QUARTER: A
The offense was as productive as one could expect. Running back Joe McKnight was finally turned into somewhat of a threat, and the defense took the game over.
We wondered if the Jets would be able to withstand an early uppercut given this past week's "Terrible Tim" drama. The Jets second-quarter comeback showed that these Jets are not ready to splinter apart just yet.
FIRST QUARTER: C-
Rex Ryan said this week, "I think the mark of a good coach is to maximize the talent u have around u. I think without question we do that." Sadly, he could be right.
We give the coaching staff a C- though for valuing Stephen Hill so highly, and that no other veteran was brought in to start the season. Another key drop, but don't blame the kid, blame the staff for that.