FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Rex Ryan saw all he needed the first time.
So, when he and his New York Jets gathered Monday morning after being embarrassed 49-9 by the Cincinnati Bengals, Ryan decided to skip the team film review.
“Anybody that was on the sideline or played in that game knows what happened,” Ryan said. “We got our butts kicked and there’s no two ways about it.”
Normally, the players gather with the coaches in the film room and go over everything that went right and wrong, and what needs to improve during that week in practice. Instead, the players received their grade sheets and were sent on their way.
“For us to sit in there, go over it again when we know exactly what happened,” Ryan said, “I thought it would be more beneficial just to move on to New Orleans, get a start on them, and that’s exactly what we did.”
“He stood before the team and told us that, quite honestly, we didn’t get it done,” rookie quarterback Geno Smith said. “The best thing for us to do is to learn from it, to move on from it, and to come back and respond.”
The Saints are the next opponent for the roller-coaster Jets (4-4), who haven’t won — or lost — consecutive games this season.
Win, loss, win, loss, win, loss, win, loss.
“I hope the trend continues (this week) and then we’ll figure it out,” Ryan quipped.
Ryan and the Jets were already focusing on the high-powered offense of the Saints, whom the coach mistakenly said are 7-1 instead of 6-1.
“Shoot,” Ryan said, smiling. “If that’s not foreshadowing.”
Truth is, many players were planning on watching the game film either alone or with other teammates or coaches. Smith, who had two interceptions returned for touchdowns Sunday, viewed the game with quarterbacks coach David Lee.
“I’m the type of guy that’s always going to put it behind me because you can’t get it back,” Smith said. “It’s come and gone. As bad as I want to take some of those throws back, to have some of those plays back, you can’t get them back.
“So, you’ve got to move on from it.”
Smith was hoping to build off a mostly solid performance in New York’s win over New England last week. Instead, the Jets were in an early 14-0 hole that became 28-6 by halftime.
“Usually, you can stop the bleeding, but it just seemed like that day it was tough,” Ryan said. “We needed a tourniquet and we couldn’t find one.”
Smith finished 20 of 30 for 159 yards and the two picks, giving him three interceptions returned for scores in the past two games.
“You can pinpoint a bunch of things that could be done,” Smith said. “We can speak hypothetically here, but it just can’t happen.”
But, it wasn’t all on Smith. The offense was out of sync in general, and the defense failed to put pressure on Andy Dalton. The Jets also had repeated breakdowns in the secondary as Marvin Jones set a Bengals record with four touchdown catches.
“You can say shocking,” linebacker Demario Davis said. “It’s tough. You think when they get out quick and go up 14-0 that you’re going to put your feet in the ground and be able to fight back. But it’s kind of like quicksand.
“The more we fought, the deeper we slipped.”
The Jets will be going up against the third-best passing offense in the Saints, with Drew Brees second in the NFL with 19 touchdown passes and third with 2,290 yards passing.
“We have to improve in a hurry in a lot of areas,” Ryan said. “And the challenge, if we don’t play better pass defense than we did this past week, he’ll throw for 700 yards.”
A week ago, some fans and media were talking about how a win against Cincinnati could launch the Jets into the conversation as serious playoff contenders.
A week later, a bit of the gloom-and-doom talk is back, with some wondering if this could be the start of a spiral that could define the season.
“We’re brothers,” defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson said. “We’re all going to stick together and learn from these mistakes and get better. 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.”
That hasn’t happened since last season, of course, when the Jets lost their last three games.
Oh, and as far as Ryan not having the team watch the game film together? That happened once before: after the Jets’ 45-3 loss to the Patriots in 2010. That’s when Ryan buried the game ball in the practice field to try to quickly put that lopsided defeat behind them.
New York lost its next game to Miami, but then won two of three to make the playoffs and go all the way to the AFC championship game for the second straight year.
“I never buried the football this time,” Ryan said. “We’re a much better team than that. We know we’re a better team than that. But again, what happened happened. We better move forward. That’s why I did what I did.”
“Today his message was simple,” Smith said. “Put it behind you, don’t focus on it, don’t dwell on it, and prepare ourselves for another hard-fought game.”
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