PITTSBURGH (AP) — The New York Jets were uncharacteristically quiet all week.

Not much changed once the game started. By the time they made some noise, it was simply too late.

Rex Ryan’s big-mouthed bunch was shut down and shut up in the first half by Pittsburgh on Sunday night. The Jets’ defense was dominated by Ben Roethlisberger, Rashard Mendenhall and the Super Bowl-bound Steelers 24-19.

Listen To Rex Ryan’s Post Game Comments:

“It’s the toughest loss I’ve ever been a part of,” linebacker Jason Taylor said.

After a loud run through the postseason that had the Jets in the AFC championship game for the second straight year, New York was silenced until a second-half comeback attempt fell short.

And it was because of a stunningly slow start that lacked the intensity of the Jets’ first two playoff victories.

“We just came out flat,” cornerback Darrelle Revis said.

Added defensive end Shaun Ellis: “They came out and out-tempoed us.”

Ryan’s aggressive defense was leaky from the beginning, allowing Pittsburgh gain after big gain as the Steelers jumped out to a 24-0 lead that the Jets couldn’t recover from.

“They made plays when they had to,” Ryan said, “and that’s why they’re moving on.”

Ryan said all season he thought his team was going to win the Super Bowl, even boldly scribbling “Soon To Be Champs” on an ESPN bus during training camp. On Friday, he reiterated that he wanted to see green and white confetti fall, wanted the celebratory hats and T-shirts and to raise the trophy as AFC champions.

It wasn’t to be. Again.

“Think about the worst thing that can happen to you,” center Nick Mangold said. “That’s the feeling.”

Two trips to the AFC championship game, and two disappointing walks off the field by Ryan and the Jets.

“I would change the outcome of this game and that’s the only thing I would change,” Ryan said. “We don’t need to apologize to anybody. We’ll be back, you’ll see.”

And, just like that — right to the very end — Ryan ended the season the way he started it. With a bold guarantee.

But the Jets have a whole offseason to think about what might have been.

“There’s nothing to smile about right now,” quarterback Mark Sanchez said. “We wanted to be the one out there with the Lamar Hunt Trophy and we just weren’t — two years in a row.”

Things got so frustrating for the Jets, Sanchez said, the headsets to communicate with offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer malfunctioned multiple times in the game. That caused the quarterback to have to run back and forth to the sideline to try to get plays.

“It was just one of those things we had to keep fighting through,” Sanchez said. “Just another challenge.”

Ryan called the Jets’ first-round playoff game against Indianapolis “personal” against Peyton Manning, and the defense bottled up the Colts’ Pro Bowl quarterback.

The next week, Ryan said it was between him and the Patriots’ Bill Belichick, declaring he needed to outcoach his counterpart. Cornerback Antonio Cromartie fired things up by calling Tom Brady an expletive, and the trash talk escalated from there.

The Jets backed up all the big talk by stunning the Patriots 28-21. But things took a silent turn last week when Ryan heaped praise on Steelers coach Mike Tomlin, using words such as “respect” and “like,” and his players followed suit.

Turns out, the Jets needed to keep that mean streak going. Maybe they left it all out on the field at Foxborough.

At least it certainly appeared that way from the start, as the Jets couldn’t get the Steelers’ offense off the field. Missed tackles, bad decisions and sub-par performances put New York in a 24-3 halftime hole.

“I have no idea what happened,” Revis said, echoing several of his defensive teammates.

Pittsburgh held the ball for more than 21 minutes, outgained New York 231-50 and outrushed the Jets 135-1 in the opening half.

“It came down the most basic lesson in football, man: tackling,” defensive tackle Sione Pouha said.

New York’s defense had a solid second half, keeping the Steelers off the scoreboard. But the Jets needed to make one more stand to give themselves a chance at a late comeback. With the Steelers facing third-and-6 with 2 minutes left, the Jets got pressure on Roethlisberger. But the big quarterback rolled out and got a pass off to Antonio Brown, who went down and grabbed the toss for a first down, allowing the Steelers to run out the clock.

“Ben is Ben,” said Pouha, who smacked into Roethlisberger as he threw. “I was just hoping it would deter the throw, but that’s second nature to him.”

Ryan then slammed down his headset, knowing his team’s season again ended one win short of where he told everyone it would.

“There’s no tomorrow,” Pouha said, almost whispering. “We’re going home.”

Do you think the Jets had a successful season, despite Sunday’s loss? Sound off in the comments below…

Comments (19)
  1. DM says:

    The Jets got jinxed when they stomped our terrible towel in the street. Always goes down that way. I had thought Jets would win, until I saw that. We laid down after 1st half to give you guys a chance to catch up, but it was a no go.

  2. Joe Pardo says:


  3. kayte says:

    It would have been a Cinderella Story if the Jets made it through the GAUNTLET of the mighty trio. I am refering to Manning, Brady and Rothlesburger. Lets face it Jets fans, It’s ALWAYS going to be the “Same old Jets”. Old Rex did get his mouth full of Foot. (I hope he liked it since he enjoys his foot fetish). I don’t think he can talk now, he is too busy crying in the terrible towel. Come on boys no need to cry. If you want to come up to upper Manhattan my girlfriends and I can give each of you tampons. If you need instructions in their use, just ask we will tell you ! Rex, you might want to use pads.

    The Jets are NOT a Superbowl caliber team. Not even next year. So your dreams end here. You can’t just stay quiet. This was your destiny. You boys man up! Or do up scale young ladies have to show you how its done?


  4. sweeper2010 says:

    “We’ll be back, you’ll see.” LOL….famous last words of all the losers ! When the Jets beat the Patriots last week…it can’t be described as a “stunning” defeat. 28 to 21 is neither stunning or crushing. Just like the Jets defeat of 24 -19 isn’t crushing or stunning. But LOSE they did…..and they earned it. All the losers will be back next year…and there is one more loser to go. GO PACKERS !

    1. talkinnow says:

      Thank you sweeper when the Jets beat the Pats it wasnt a stunning or crushing defeat. For the way the Pats and especially Brady played they should have lost by a whole lot more. Should have never had a chance to get as close as they did. Shows how great a team the Jets have. (sarcasim) Choked again hows it feel???

  5. irwin mainway says:

    Jets choke again. where’s the news?

    1. talkinnow says:

      It isnt anything new irwin its just they ran their damn mouths so much that people have to rub it in now. It was like they thought they won it all when they beat the Patriots. Couldnt stop talking and acting like a bunch of morons then. Now like the article says silence, its all i hear. Nobody is talkin this morning.

  6. Digger says:

    Johnny, You’re correct Ryan will lead you to a Super Bowl. I was impressed with how he maintained control of his comments about the Steelers especially since his Dad despised them with a purple passion. I gained a lot of respect for him this past week & after the game listening to his interview. Providing the Steelers are not playing against them again next year I would even support the Jets to win the Super Bowl.

  7. Johnny Blaster says:

    I wear my colors with pride. Thanks for a great run and I belive that Coach Ryan will get us to the promised land….. And it will last a lifetime

  8. Ernest says:

    Rex Ryan is this all he knows how to say you know you know you know does he speak English ????????????

  9. Tim says:

    I am a die hard Steeler fan and so excited about the game. However, you Jets fans have nothing to hang your heads about. Your team came back, just a little short. I have been listening to sports radio on my pc and you guys are way too hard on your team. Congrats on a great season and I am sure you will be back again next year.

  10. nonebus says:

    Jd…you NAILED it. The Jets go against everything we learned about sports…respect, humility, fair play, integrity…just sad…

    1. s maine says:

      at last ryans mouth is shut what a blow hard hire a few more bad boys like he is

  11. non business says:

    Ohhhhh….Fireman Ed…go back to your Mom’s basement…if you are lucky, she will give you a twinkie in your lunch box tomorrow 🙂

    1. Jerome Rowe says:

      LOL. Good one.
      Yes, Don’t cry Fireman Ed…the Jets will be back next year so you can make a fool out of yourself and think you are the true mascot of the chokers- it’ll be 3 years in a row that the big mouths show they can’t win the AFC championship. In the meantime, sexy Rexy can get a pedicure and place online ads with his wife.

  12. Phil says:

    Thats ok Jd and Taylor,

    Steelers will lose in the Super Bowl to the Packers.

    Your little city sucks just like your team and the fans.

  13. jd says:

    usually, i am a gracious winner, but you disrespectful jet fans deserve this pain, for you acted like loud mouthed fools. you got to bring some to get some. i grew up watching the steelers lose until 1974. i watched a city come together around their team. i watched a team go from worst to first and maintain that winning character! The Rooney family has put together the greatest franchise in football since the merger in 1970, and to think you guys dissed us like we were redheaded step children. you’ll be back next year, i just hope you folks have gained some integrity and respect for the game and its players by then.

    1. s maine says:

      i dont think the jets know the word respect they are a bunch of loud mouths i wonder what they were saying at the end when ben took a knee 3 times i bet they were calling them some cute names. as coaches go loud and disrectful so go players amen to silence now fro the jets.

  14. Taylor says:

    Ryan was not just silence, he was crying like a little girl. What happened Ryan, just like your daddy, you were not allow to play in the Super Bowl? Ha, Ha, Ha, HAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

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