The Jets got back to basics on offense this week, trying to correct the ills that were prevalent in Sunday's pummeling in Baltimore.
Apparently, they even implemented an old trick used by Bill Parcells -- utilize a buzzer similar to basketball's shot clock, with hopes of improving the rhythm during passing plays heading into Sunday's showdown in New England with the rival Patriots.
"You give them a certain time," Rex Ryan said this afternoon. "It challenges [them]. The offensive line has got to protect that amount, the receivers have to run their routes at this kind of speed and the quarterback has got to get rid of the football. It’s just a little thing in their head."
Mark Sanchez has been running for his life this season, getting hit on 25 occasions, which ties him for sixth-most in the league. He's also been sacked 11 times.
So with the Jets trying to get their rhythm down, Ryan said he went to quarterbacks coach Matt Cavanaugh to help come up with the necessary amount of time for each pass. Ryan then had equipment manager Gus Granneman do his thing to make sure it worked out exactly the way they wanted.
"I’ll be honest with you, the tempo was great," Ryan said. "It really was. I had Matt Cavanaugh go over every single pass and say, ‘Ok, this ought to be out in two seconds, three seconds, four seconds -- whatever it was -- and we started that way. By the time the practice was over, we had alreadty trimmed one seconds off each one.
"That ball was coming out quick, the routes were great and at full speed. And I think added to our practice."