Jets need extra day to prepare for Monday night
The Sports Xchange
NFL Team Report - New York Jets - INSIDE SLANT
Chicago Bears. Which is good, because they need it -- not only to get ready for the Bears but to get over Sunday's 31-24 loss to the Green Bay Packers.
Quarterback Geno Smith, deviating dramatically from the usual script, said he was still stewing over the Packers loss until the Jets took the field on Wednesday. The Jets, of course, blew a 21-3 lead and had a potential game-tying touchdown waved off because either offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg or defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson tried calling timeout from the sideline instead of head coach Rex Ryan.
"It stings anytime you lose," Ryan said Wednesday afternoon. "(As) a competitor, you can't stand it. I know I can't, or anybody else. Does it stay with you? Absolutely. But you move on from it and hopefully there's something about that loss that you can take from and actually improve."
The Jets got plenty of material in that regard Sunday, when their makeshift secondary was torched for 346 yards by Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who connected with wide receiver Jordy Nelson nine times for 209 yards.
It gets no easier this week, when cannon-armed Bears quarterback Jay Cutler and the 1-2 wide receiver punch of Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery take aim at the Jets.
"This kid might have the strongest arm in the league," Ryan said.
The Marshall-Jeffery tandem is the bigger problem for the Jets, and not only because of their tattered cornerback corps. Marshall stands 6-foot-4 and weighs 230 pounds while Jeffery is 6-foot-3 and 216 pounds, which makes it tough for the Jets to replicate the duo in practice.
"That is a challenge because you don't have guys that big," Ryan said. "I guess you can put our tight ends out there, but they generally run better than our guys.
"That is rare and to try to simulate a Brandon Marshall or Calvin Johnson; you're not going to put (wide receiver Jalen) Saunders out there, you're not going to put (offensive tackle) Breno (Giacomini) out there either," Ryan said.
Hmm. Maybe stewing over the Packers game wasn't so bad after all.
SERIES HISTORY: 11th regular-season meeting. Bears lead series, 7-3. The teams last met on Dec. 26, 2010, when the Bears edged the Jets, 38-34, at Soldier Field. The Jets scored 21 unanswered second-quarter points to take a 21-10 lead before the Bears stormed back. The Jets and Bears square off on Monday Night Football one day shy of the 23-year anniversary of their only other Monday Night Football meeting. The Bears won that game, 19-13, on a one-yard touchdown plunge by QB Jim Harbaugh with 18 seconds left in overtime. The Bears tied the game as time expired in regulation on a five-yard touchdown pass from Harbaugh to RB Neal Anderson, which was set up when Jets RB Blair Thomas fumbled deep in Bears territory as the Jets tried running out the clock.
NFL Team Report - New York Jets - NOTES, QUOTES
--On Monday, head coach Rex Ryan said he's seen teams jump-start their season following a gut-wrenching loss like the one the Jets endured Sunday, when they blew an 18-point lead and had a potential game-tying touchdown nullified due to an arcane rules infraction in a 31-24 loss to the Packers.
Fortunately for Ryan he doesn't have to look far -- though he does have to flip pretty far back in the history books -- to find an example of the Jets doing just that.
The Jets' second Monday Night Football game against the Bears comes one day shy of the 23rd anniversary of the first, a 19-13 Bears win that had every element of a "same ol' Jets" loss.
The Jets blew a 13-3 fourth-quarter lead at Soldier Field and allowed the Bears to tie it after a goal-line stand gave the Jets the ball back at the Bears' 1-yard line in the final five minutes. But beleaguered running back Blair Thomas fumbled as the Jets were trying to run the clock out and Bears quarterback Jim Harbaugh -- yes, that Jim Harbaugh -- threw a five-yard touchdown pass to running back Neal Anderson as time expired.