Jets Vs. Steelers: New York's Offense Stalls In 27-10 Loss At Pittsburgh

Behind a shaky offensive performance, the Jets lost to the Steelers, 27-10, on Sunday.

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Rex Ryan Defends Lack Of Playing Time For Tim Tebow

Jets Nation -- well, at least the tiny corner of Jets Nation here at SB Nation New York -- is up in arms about Tim Tebow only playing three snaps at quarterback for the New York Jets on Sunday in a 27-10 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Head coach Rex Ryan had to deal with the 'why didn't Tebow play more on offense' questions on Monday.

"I thought we were doing a great job offensively early in the game, especially the beginning of that game. Almost the entire first half, I thought we were moving the ball well. For us, we're always going to do what's in the best interests of (our) team, what (we) think is going to give (our) team a chance to be successful.," Ryan said. "We did have some Wildcat plays going into that game, but as the game went on, we're down by 10 points late in that game, I even thought about it. But it was more like, ‘Hey, we're down, let's see if we can't make some plays.' We knew we we're getting a lot of press coverage on the outside, we thought we could make some plays."

Translation: We were losing and Tebow can't throw.

"We've always said from day one that we can do it 20 times, 40 times, 10 times, two times, whatever, but we determine that. It's not just going to be that these specific things have to be lined up. It's just that that's exactly what happened in this game," Ryan said. "Does that mean that given the exact same scenario against a different opponent that we may or may not use it? That'll be (up to) us. We'll always do what we think is in the best interests of our football team."

As we pointed out earlier today, that meant sticking with Mark Sanchez, who completed a Tebow-esque 10-of-27 passes.

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Is Tebowmania Dead? Tim Tebow Disappearing From Jets' Offense

Tim Tebow has played only 12 offensive snaps in two games, including only three Sunday against Pittsburgh.

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Jets Vs. Steelers Analysis: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

Do you remember in Independence Day when Bill Pullman picks up the newspaper and grunts "That game couldn't have been pretty."

No? Really? Am I the only person who knows ID4 that well?

Well, if you hadn't watched the New York Jets' 27-10 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers and picked up the paper on Monday and looked at the box score, you would have said the same thing as the great President Thomas Whitmore.

Indeed it wasn't pretty for the Jets, who failed in all three phases of football on Sunday in falling to 1-1 on the season. Before we dish on what was bad, and hoo boy was there a lot of bad, we'll get the very short amount of good from yesterday's poor showing out of the way.

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The Good

It might already seem like a decade ago, but the Jets' first drive of the game was as good as anything you'll see from Mark Sanchez. He was 4-of-5 for 80 yards and a touchdown. Unfortunately, of course, that was the bulk of the Jets' offensive production for the entire game as they looked lost for the most part after their first drive.

The Jets used the Wildcat on three plays (in a row, interestingly enough), starting with Tim Tebow's 23 yard run. On the next play, Tebow handed to Joe McKnight for his only carry of the day, a 12 yard scamper. Unfortunately, Shonn Greene ruined the party with a six yard loss, at which point Sanchez retook the reins in a less-than-ideal situation. But as MeatLoaf once so eloquently put it, two out of three ain't bad.

Bilal Powell showed some flashes and led the Jets in rushing with 33 yards on nine carries. More on this in a bit.

Garrett McIntyre, ladies and gentlemen. Starting in place of the injured Bryan Thomas at outside linebacker, McIntyre recorded seven total tackles, including four for losses and added two sacks. Unfortunately, when Garrett McIntyre is your best player on the field, that leaves a lot left for us to discuss in the next section.

The Bad and The Ugly

It's kind of hard to make a discernable difference between "The Bad" and "The Ugly" from Sunday's Jets performance, so we're going to mesh it all together into one big slopfest. We start with the offense, which was shutout after their opening two drives netted their entire scoring output of 10.

The Jets' receivers had an awful day, led by Santonio Holmes. Holmes absolutely has nobody else to blame for his horrible performance against his former team. Sanchez threw his way 11 times. Sure, not every throw was on the money, but Holmes only hauled in three catches for 28 yards. He dropped numerous passes, and spent most of the day looking for calls on the Pittsburgh defense, some of which he actually was able to coax the officials into. But overall it was a terrible game for Holmes, who this time can't complain that he was ignored by the game plan or by his quarterback. His poor output was solely on him.

The rest of the Jets' receivers were manhandled by the Steelers' defensive backs. Stephen Hill was only targeted two times and had no receptions. In the second quarter, Sanchez appeared to hit Hill deep down the sideline on a post-corner route, but the rookie couldn't haul it in. It wasn't a blatant drop, but it was also a makeable play. Jeremy Kerley caught the Jets' longest passing play of the game, a 45 yarder which helped set up their only touchdown of the game on their opening series. But Kerley also had a key hand in the loss by muffing a third quarter punt. The Jets had problems with turnovers on special teams last season. There's almost nothing more backbreaking in a football game than turning the ball right back over after your defense has made a stand.

Pittsburgh won the time of possession battle 36:36-23:24. A big reason for that is the Jets' inability to run the ball with any effectiveness, and it starts with Greene. The more you watch Greene - this is now his second season as the Jets' feature back - it becomes more and more apparent that he just isn't a starting-level NFL running back. He hits the hole with no gusto whatsoever, doesn't even attempt to make anybody miss (I guess you have to give him credit for knowing his limitations), has ball security problems, and has almost never, ever had two consecutive good games. When Bilal Powell averages a measly 3.7 yards a carry, and that has an Upper East Side apartment full of Jets fans clamoring for him, you know you have a problem at running back.

You'd be hard pressed to find a worse starting running back in the entire league right now. Go ahead, look at the depth charts around the NFL, and tell me one team that would be better off if they had Greene at running back over their current starter. I honestly don't think you can. With that, it is of my personal opinion that Greene is the NFL's worst No. 1 running back. The Jets should either start Powell next week against the Dolphins, or at the very least split the carries 50/50 between the two.

Now, we move to the Jets' defense, which obviously had a huge hand in the discrepancy of time of possession. New York couldn't get off the field when it needed to the most, allowing the Steelers to convert eight of their 15 third downs. Not having Darrelle Revis hurt, as Kyle Wilson and Antonio Cromartie both had rough days - especially Cromartie who made a terrible play on Mike Wallace's third quarter, 3rd-and-16, 37-yard touchdown, in which Ben Roethlisberger's pass seemed to hang in the air for about an hour. In total, Roethlisberger picked the Jets' secondary apart to the tune of a QB rating of 125.1, the highest ever against Rex Ryan's Jets' defense. Through two weeks, the Jets' defense is averaging 27.5 points allowed a game.

However, Ryan did a good job of dialing up the correct blitzes to get pressure on Roethlisberger. It's true that Big Ben is one of the best in the league at avoiding pressure and extending plays, but the Jets' tackling in the backfield was an abomination. New York had countless opportunities for sacks that they whiffed on, including on Wallace's touchdown. In total, the Jets' tackling was downright bad all over the field, but was magnified the most on the missed sack opportunities.

The loss put the Jets back to Earth a little bit, but it's no death knell. They simply played a poor game, in a place where its very tough to win against another good, desperate team. Would you rather have lost on the road against Pittsburgh, or at home against the Arizona Cardinals (here's looking at you, New England)? With that, the entire AFC East is 1-1, and if Denver loses on Monday at Atlanta, most of the conference will be 1-1 as well. The Jets missed an opportunity to take an early lead in the division, so it's disappointing, but it's not exactly a game to be up in arms about.

If they fall in Miami next week? That's another story.

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Jets-Steelers Final Score: Pittsburgh Defeats New York, 27-10

Ben Roethlisberger completed 24 of 31 passes for 275 yards and two touchdowns Sunday to propel the Pittsburgh Steelers past the New York Jets, 27-10, at Heinz Field. Roethlisberger helped the Steelers (1-1) score 21-unanswered points, 14 in the second half, to hand the Jets (1-1) their first loss of the season and place some doubt in the mind of the New York fanbase that watched its offense struggle against a physical Pittsburgh defense, which was without Troy Polamalu.

A week after torching the Buffalo Bills defense, Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez looked shaky completing just 10 of 27 passes for 138 yards and one touchdown. Sanchez's play was especially suspect in the second half were he was just 6-for-17 for 58 yards. Tim Tebow saw little action carrying the ball just once for 22 yards.

Early on, the Jets did have everything clicking as they scored on their first possession of the game -- an eight-play, 90-yard drive that featured a 45-yard reception by wide receiver Jeremy Kerley and ended with a 14-yard reception by wide receiver Santonio Holmes from Sanchez -- to take a 7-3 lead with 4 minutes, 24 seconds to play in the first quarter.

New York led 10-6 after a 38-yard field goal by Nick Folk capped a 12-play, 61-yard drive with 9:38 to go in the first half.

From there, it was all Pittsburgh which reclaimed the lead near the end of the first half by driving 80 yards in 11 plays. The march was capped by a 1-yard touchdown reception by Heath Miller.

The Steelers pushed their lead to 20-10 with a 37-yard third-quarter touchdown reception by Mike Wallace, and capped the game's scoring with an impressive 14-play, 75-yard touchdown drive that sucked more than 10 minutes off the clock and gave Pittsburgh a 27-10 advantage with 3:41 remaining.

Overall, a victory in Pittsburgh was a lot to ask for but there will, again, be question marks heading into Week 3's match up at the Miami Dolphins.

For more on the Jets, head over to Gang Green Nation. For more news and notes from around the NFL, head over to the SB Nation NFL Hub Page.

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Jets vs. Steelers 2012: Game Preview, Kickoff Time, TV Schedule And More

The New York Jets will travel to Heinz Field for a clash with the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday afternoon.

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Tim Tebow Press Conference, 09.14.12: Trade Demand Rumor 'Pretty Funny'

On who could run the Wildcat best other than him...
I don't know, that's a good question. I feel like we have a lot of talented guys on this offense. I feel, if practiced, a lot of guys could step up and do it.

On Joe McKnight...
Well, his athleticism, his skillset, is very unique. He's someone that is very fast, very athletic, can be kind of like a slash, a receiver, (and) a running back. He can do a lot of things and that's someone that's very rare.

On how big of a factor the Wildcat can be against Pittsburgh ...
Well, we want to be a factor and be able to be effective and execute and be efficient when we're in there. But, I think that also depends on play calling time and how many opportunities they put in (for) the Wildcat. We just want to find ways to hold on to the ball, to get first downs, to keep our defense off of the field and if we can do that through the Wildcat, that'd be great.

On if he likes the fact that other teams don't know how he will be used...

I don't know. I guess there's some sort of (benefit in) them having to plan without knowing exactly (what we're going to do), which is good. (It) definitely takes up more of their practice time and reps and thinking about certain things. So in that way, I think it's a good thing.

On the reports stating he will ask for a trade in 2013...
That's what these guys told me about a little bit ago. I find that pretty funny. It's about as true as me living in Hoboken, I think. (laughter) I guess it's just part of what you have to deal with, is rumors and stuff like that, I don't know. All I can say is, I love being here as a Jet, I'm thankful for it and I want to be here for a long time. I guess you just have to put up with stuff like that.

On if he has anything against Hoboken...
(Laughter) Nothing, except everybody says I live there, still to this day.

On if he sees similarities between working with Coach Ryan and Coach Westhoff...
Yeah, there are definitely some similarities.

On the similarities between Coach Ryan and Coach Westhoff...
(The) passion. The way they just coach, it's kind of similar as far as, (they are) just very outgoing, serious, but kind of humorous at the same time, if that makes sense. (They are) never afraid to step in there, in the middle of plays. (It) doesn't always have to be perfect, it's kind of coaching in a bit of a chaotic way, which is kind of on the run and it's fun. I think that's effective, as well.

On whether Westhoff has talked to him about other players he has used in a similar way...
Yeah, he has talked to me about certain things he did with Brad Smith and other guys. Being around Coach Westhoff, you hear a lot of stories. He's one of the best I've been around as far as telling stories. So you hear a lot of stories about old guys and stuff that he did in all sorts of situations.

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Jets-Steelers Official Injury Report: Darrelle Revis, Dustin Keller Out

We already reported the news that New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis will not play Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers due to a mild concussion. Tight end Dustin Keller (hamstring) will also not play. For Pittsburgh, running back Rashard Mendenhall (knee) is doubtful, and linebacker James Harrison (knee) and safety Troy Polamalu (calf) are questionable.

Here is the complete reportL

JETS

OUT: TE Dustin Keller (hamstring), G Dennis Landolt (knee), CB Darrelle Revis (concussion), LB Bryan Thomas (hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: RB John Conner (knee), CB Isaiah Trufant (ankle)
PROBABLE: LB Nick Bellore (shoulder), CB Antonio Cromartie (shoulder), DT Mike Devito (calf), WR Stephen Hill (calf), WR Jeremy Kerley (back), S LaRon Landry (heel), LB Joshua Mauga (rib), G Brandon Moore (hip), DT Sione Pouha (back), WR Chaz Schilens (ankle), S Eric Smith (hip, knee)

STEELERS

OUT: LB Stevenson Sylvester (knee)
DOUBTFUL: RB Rashard Mendenhall (knee)
QUESTIONABLE: LB James Harrison (knee), S Troy Polamalu (calf)
PROBABLE: RB Jonathan Dwyer (foot), DE Evander Hood (back), T Max Starks (illness)

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Jets Vs. Steelers, Wednesday Injury Report: Darrelle Revis, Jeremy Kerley Do Not Practice

The New York Jets' injury report has been released, and All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis did not practice Wednesday as the Jets prepared for Sunday's Week 2 contest against the Pittsburgh Steelers (4:05 p.m. ET on CBS). Revis was listed as having a concussion and reports say he has been cleared for practice Thursday, but has to avoid contact.

Also not participating in practice were wide receiver Jeremy Kerley (back), offensive tackle Dennis Landolt (knee) and linebacker Bryan Thomas (hamstring).

Limited in practice were: safety Eric Smith (knee, hip), tight end Dustin Keller (hamstring), fullback John Conner (knee), defensive tackle Sione Po'uha (lower back) and wide receiver Stephen Hill (calf).

Meanwhile, Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu (calf) did not practice Wednesday. The case was the same for linebacker James Harrison (knee), linebacker Stevenson Sylvester (knee) and running back Jonathan Dwyer (foot).

Defensive end Ziggy Hood (back) was listed as limited, while running back Rashard Mendenhall (knee) fully participated.

For more on the Jets, be sure to check Gang Green Nation and SB Nation New York.

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Jets Vs. Steelers: Mike Tomlin Conference Call

After an impressive season-opening win against the Bills, the Jets now hit the road for a tough test against the Steelers in their home opener at Heinz Field. Pittsburgh is smarting from a loss to the Broncos, and will be looking to pull even and get on the board with a win. Mike Tomlin held a conference call and addressed what his team is doing to prepare for the Jets. As expected, Tim Tebow was a topic of conversation, and Tomlin said he wasn't sure what to expect from the Jets back-up quarterback and utility man, stating:

"I don't necessarily have the answer to that. That's something that they control, from a play-calling standpoint. I know that we better be prepared for more than what I saw him do in the game on Sunday. That wasn't very different from what was done in Miami with the likes of Pat White, Ronnie Brown, or others. Obviously, he's a capable passer. That's an element of it that we need to be prepared for."

Tomlin said preparing for the Wildcat look on offense is not quite the undertaking it was a couple years ago, with several teams now using it regularly. The Steelers coach said his team will be ready if Tebow lines up in the Wildcat, but "the process of preparing yourself to play it, is not as difficult as it once was, just because you get exposed to it more often than you did say four or five years ago."

Tebow got the best of the Steelers last season, knocking them out of the playoffs with that dramatic overtime win. Tomlin's team will be ready to exact a measure of revenge on Sunday, but they're not going out of their way to prepare for the multi-dimensional look the Jets can offer at quarterback.

For more on the Jets, please be sure to check out our blog Gang Green Nation and SB Nation New York for all the latest news and updates.

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Darrelle Revis Injury Update: Jets' Cornerback Has 'Mild Concussion'

New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis suffered a mild concussion in a Week 1 win over the Buffalo Bills. Revis was accidentally kicked in the head during the Jets' 20-point win over their division rival, and initial reports indicated that he did not suffer a concussion. But head coach Rex Ryan confirmed that his star cornerback did suffer what he called a mild concussion:

I just watch the tests. I understand it's a mild concussion. He seems to be feeling good. Whatever those scores are, apparently that's low, but again, I'll lean on the doctors and trainers, and we'll see how he progresses during the week.

Ryan confirmed that Revis is not required to sit out the Jets' Week 2 matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers, but said he'll continue to follow doctors' orders as the week moves along. The Jets' head coach reiterated that he would err on the side of caution.

For more on the Jets, please be sure to check out our blog Gang Green Nation and SB Nation New York for all the latest news and updates.

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