Jets Q&A: Twenty penalties?
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What was the deal with all those penalties on the Jets?
Rex Ryan smiled as he took his post behind the lectern.
"I know this team will get better," he said, stressing his frustration with his team's penalties. "We overcame 20 penalties and two turnovers to win a game. I love that we found a way to win."
Somehow, some way, the Jets managed not to squander an opportunity to beat the Bills. But Ryan again found himself stressing the importance of eliminating those self-inflicted wounds that seem to have a way of biting his team.
Offensive lineman Vladimir Ducasse and cornerback Kyle Wilson were the prime offenders, flagged four times each in the Jets' 27-20 win Sunday.
Ryan took responsibility for the mistakes of his players, saying, "That's on my shoulder." Though frustrated, he seemed genuinely optimistic that those breakdowns will be corrected.
"I'm excited 'cause I know we'll get better," Ryan said. "How many games are we going to win with two turnovers and 20 penalties? Not many . . . We will get it corrected. I will get it corrected."
Told the number of the Jets' penalties, outside linebacker Calvin Pace said: "I knew it was up there. We need to do better. I'll leave it at that."
What did Rex have to say about wasting challenges?
Hindsight, of course, is 20-20, especially when it comes to challenging the spot rulings on the field. In the span of three plays, Ryan managed to burn two timeouts after losing two challenges. And as a result, he was unable to challenge what appeared to be a recovery by the Jets on EJ Manuel's fumble early in the fourth quarter. Later in the drive, Manuel found Scott Chandler for a 33-yard touchdown, then connected with Stevie Johnson on the two-point conversion.
Is Chris Ivory OK?
Ivory started in place of Bilal Powell at running back but finished with only four carries for five yards because of a left hamstring injury in the first quarter. After his final carry, Ivory was seen grabbing the hamstring and immediately was tended to on the bench. He did not return.
Ivory, who had the hamstring tightly wrapped in the locker room, told Newsday that his injury was "similar" to the hamstring injury he suffered right before training camp. "It grabbed on me," said Ivory, who missed most of training camp because of hamstring tightness.
Ivory also said he'll know more about the extent of the injury Monday. "It could be a three-day thing or a week," he said. "We'll see."
Did Dee Milliner start?
As expected, Wilson started at cornerback opposite Antonio Cromartie. Milliner, the Jets' ninth overall pick in April, did make a third-down appearance against Johnson.
How did Quinton Coples fare in his regular-season debut?
The outside linebacker was in on three tackles (including one for a loss) and had two quarterback hits in his first regular-season game of 2013. The former first-round pick also brought the pressure on Pace's third-quarter sack. With Coples back in the starting lineup, Ricky Sapp was inactive.