Did the Jets’ defense feel more pressure with Bryce Petty under center?
The margin for error is always smaller with a quarterback making his first NFL start, but Muhammad Wilkerson said that didn’t weigh on the defense. “Nah, no pressure,” said the defensive end, who had four tackles in Sunday’s 9-6 loss to the Rams.
“Of course the coaches had confidence in him. That’s why they started him. Everybody’s just got to believe in Bryce moving forward in hopes that he can make plays. Today that wasn’t the case. We didn’t make too many plays on offense, but everybody can definitely learn from it in all three phases.”
The Jets kept the Rams out of the end zone and limited them to three field goals, but Steve McLendon wasn’t satisfied.
“The standard is the standard. The standard is no points,” said the nose tackle, who had 1 1⁄2 sacks on Sunday and has 3 1⁄2 this season. “Any time we’re on the field, we have to stop them and they got more stop than we did, so they won.”
Wilkerson didn’t seem particularly impressed with the Jets’ red-zone defense either. “At the end of the day, all three phases could have played better,” he said. “ . . . We really didn’t get a spark or no big plays. At the end of the day, the defense did an OK job of giving up nine points, field goals. But everybody could have played better.”
What did the Jets say about the hook-and-ladder play that produced the only touchdown of the game?
They had practiced it for weeks, and offensive coordinator Chan Gailey finally dialed it up in a game. “It was awesome,” Petty said.
Working out of the shotgun on third-and-goal from the 4, Petty threw a pass to Brandon Marshall at the Rams’ 6 and Marshall pitched to Powell, who scampered 10 yards into the end zone.
“I actually was laughing when I got that number in my [headset] and called it out and started reading it,’’ Petty said. “That’s awesome on Chan’s part to call it . . . You have to have that guy to say, ‘All right, let’s do it.’ He did it and we executed it perfectly. [Quincy Enunwa] made a huge block on that play, and that’s what you have to have.”
The play was officially scored a catch for Marshall for zero yards and 4 receiving/passing yards and a touchdown for Powell and Petty. Kicker Nick Folk missed the extra point, making the score 6-3.
“It’s a good play,” Marshall said. “I think we installed that play during camp. We’ve worked on that play each week. Basically, the defense converged on me, I pitched it to Powell and he was wide open.”
What did Darrelle Revis say about his bad day against Kenny Britt?
A week after not being tested at all by the Miami Dolphins, Darrelle Revis again was exposed by a bigger, much speedier receiver. Britt had seven catches for 109 yards on Sunday, with most of that production coming in the first half. After halftime, he caught only two passes for 11 yards.
It was similar to Week 8, when Browns receiver Terrelle Pryor had a monster first half against Revis: six catches for 101 yards. But he didn’t catch a single pass after that.
“We just didn’t play well,” Revis said of Sunday’s game. “We kept them to nine points, field goals. We controlled them . . . struggled here and there . . . I think most important, they had the momentum and we couldn’t capitalize on plays.”