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Rex evasive on timeout blunder vs. Bucs
Rex Ryan opened Monday's presser with his favorite accessory: another film study session for the media.
This time, the Jets coach highlighted Demario Davis (who "saved the game for us," Ryan said, referring to the second-year linebacker's late-game tackle on Vincent Jackson) and Antwan Barnes' "unselfishness" in coverage.
The Jets coach took the blame for the defensive play-calling on that big gain by Jackson, whose 37-yard, fourth-quarter reception helped the Bucs take a 17-15 lead on a field goal with 34 seconds left. (The Jets, of course, came back to win the game in stunning fashion.)
However, when asked why the Jets allowed precious time to run off the clock after a third-down defensive stop against running back Doug Martin, Ryan went out of his way not to provide an answer.
"I'm not going to get into exact things," he said. "I just have to do a better job of communicating. That's what happened."
On third-and-3 at their own 19, the Jets stopped Martin for no gain. But they inexplicably allowed seven seconds to run off the clock before calling a timeout. That allowed the Bucs to kick a 37-yard field goal at the 38 second-mark -- and more importantly, resulted in rookie Geno Smith having just 34 seconds to get the offense downfield to within field-goal range.
On the telecast, offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg was seen running toward Ryan on the sideline screaming for the timeout to be called.
The Jets head coach, though, wouldn't point fingers at anyone -- even himself.
"Everybody was very aware of it," he said, adding that the Jets had a similar issue in the first half when they allowed 13 seconds to run off before calling a timeout. "But it just didn't get executed the way it needs to."