During the Rex Ryan era, players have been instructed to play “Jets football”. Apparently the 49-9 rout on Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals wasn’t that brand of football so they’ll move past it as they so famously did against the New England Patriots in 2010 when they lost 45-3.
“We didn’t watch the tape. We knew that wasn’t Jet football. We’ve moved past that. We’re getting ready for New Orleans,” said defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson. “From the players, coaches, to the organization, we all know that wasn’t our style of football. We’d rather just put it behind us quickly and get ready for this next opponent.”
The defense allowed 35 points on the afternoon as 14 of the Bengals’ points came off of interceptions returned for touchdowns. It was the most points the defense has allowed since their brutal loss to the Tennessee Titans in Week 4.
The defense continued to stifle the rushing game, allowing only 51 yards to the top two rushers, but the Bengals did most of their damage through the air where Andy Dalton threw for over 300 yards and five touchdowns.
“We’re all going to stick together and, like I said, learn from these mistakes and get better, noted the Jets’ star defensive end. “We’ve just got to keep on believing in each other. That was a tough loss, but we can’t let one loss turn into two losses.”
Wilkerson was one of the only defensive players to have a positive impact on the game. He had a sack and intercepted one of Dalton’s passes, giving the Jets offense an opportunity to cut the lead to one possession in the second quarter. Self-congratulations doesn’t substitute for a win, though.
“Coach Thurman asked individuals from each group to talk about what we needed to do to win the game,” noted Wilkerson. At the end of the day, we just didn’t get it done collectively as a defense.”