What were the Jets thinking on their final possession?
Todd Bowles had no regrets, even in the face of the Jets' 30-23 loss to the Patriots on Sunday.
Down by seven with no timeouts and 14 seconds left, Bowles opted for a short Ryan Fitzpatrick pass over the middle on first-and-10 at the New England 49. The 12-yarder to Eric Decker put the ball at the Patriots' 37 with time running out.
"We were trying to get a little closer so we could spike it so we could have a chance at a Hail Mary," Bowles said, adding that Fitzpatrick's arm was the main factor in his decision. "He wouldn't have thrown it that far if we stayed where we were. We would have never made it."
After Brandon Marshall recovered the Jets' onside kick at the Patriots' 49, Fitzpatrick completed the pass to Decker over the middle. But as the quarterback spiked the ball with one second left on the clock, Marshall was flagged for a false start because he still was moving when the ball was snapped. The penalty resulted in a 10-second runoff and the game ended.
"I was trying to communicate with the inside guy," Marshall said, referring to rookie Devin Smith. "I should have been able to see it clear and get off with the ball. I was trying to get in the right place . . . I was trying to figure out who was on and who was off. I should have done a better job of trying to figure that out faster. That's on me."
Fitzpatrick said the Jets knew the Patriots "were going to cover the sidelines and we felt like with 15 seconds, we were still able to complete one and get up around 15 to 20 yards and have a better chance getting it into the end zone . . . [And we weren't] able to execute it with the penalty."
Did Chris Ivory's hamstring affect him?
The running back didn't feel right from the very first play.
"I think I tried to get going a little too early without being as warmed [up] as I usually am," he said, adding that his hamstring started bothering him on his first run of the game, a 4-yard loss. "It's real tough, but I was able to work through and finish the game."
Thanks to Ivory, the Jets entered the game with the NFL's top rushing attack at 146 yards per game, but he finished with 41 yards on 17 carries. Ivory insisted he'll be fine for next week's game in Oakland.
Asked if his sore hamstring or the Patriots' defense had more of an impact on his performance, he said: "A combination of both. I think they set the edge a couple of times pretty good."
Is Nick Mangold OK?
A frightening scene played out when center Nick Mangold lay motionless with a minute left in the game. Jets and Patriots players knelt down nearby as Jets trainers and doctors tended to the veteran center. Mangold was helped to his feet and walked slowly to the sideline before being carted to the locker room. He was spotted wearing a neck brace as he left the visitors' locker room. Bowles said Mangold will get X-rays on his neck.
Any other injuries?
Fresh off last week's concussion, Buster Skrine is dealing with a new injury. The nickel cornerback hurt his elbow after delivering a crushing hit on Julian Edelman late in the second quarter. He returned, but he had several fingers on his left hand wrapped after the game and needed help getting his shirt on in the trainer's room.
Calvin Pryor left the game with an ankle injury and Sheldon Richardson injured his left arm, but Bowles didn't know the severity of either injury.
What happened to punter Ryan Quigley?
The punter, who was inactive, said his right shin started swelling up after Friday's practice. Turns out he had an infection underneath the skin. "It was kind of out of control," he said. "We were playing it safe today. We didn't want to risk it because if that gets into the blood, then you'll see problems." The Jets signed Steve Weatherford on Saturday to replace Quigley.