If the Jets do not get better in a hurry, this season could begin spiraling out of control.
“We have to come up with some solutions,” Ryan said, “because if we just keep repeating the same things or whatever, how can we expect the results to change?”
That is why Ryan is huddling with his coaches on Monday and Tuesday, giving the players the two days off to do some soul searching. The coaching staff is going over what they have been doing for the first four games and trying to figure out what has gone so wrong.
“We have talent,” Ryan said. “There’s no doubt we have talent here. Are we getting the most out of our talent? I think that’s what we have to do. That’s a challenge to myself and the coaches.”
As much as Ryan likes to spin things positive for his guys, he knows the season might already be on the brink — just five weeks in.
“I’m confident we’ll come back,” Ryan said. “I’m confident we’ll respond and play much better.”
The defense is just as at fault as the offense. Sure, it kept the Jets in it early before the 49ers ran all over the field, rolling up 245 yards on the ground. New York is ranked 31st in the NFL against the run, a stunning spot for a Ryan-led defense.
Even the special teams unit has had some mishaps, with a blocked punt on Sunday the capper to an all-around horrid performance by New York.
“It’s [the media’s] job to push the panic button,” Scott said.
However, after that display on the field at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, it’s difficult to spin it any other way.
Unless, of course, you can somehow see the silver lining.
“It could be one of the best things to happen to us all season,” Tebow said. “When you have defeats like this where you get beat up and you get beaten in every phase, it really is something you can rally behind and motivate you.”