"To say I never saw this coming is an understatement," New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan told the press following his team's dismantling at the hand of the Miami Dolphins on Sunday afternoon. The Dolphins dominated the game on offense, defense, and special teams, heading home with a 30-9 victory.
"We had a great week of preparation and practice, but you have to execute," Ryan continued. "Clearly, Miami out-executed us."
The Dolphins finished the game with stats including an interception (Chris Clemons), a punt block (Jimmy Wilson) for a touchdown (Olivier Vernon), a field goal block (Vernon), a rushing touchdown (Daniel Thomas), a passing (Matt Moore) touchdown (Anthony Fasano), three sacks (Cameron Wake, Nolan Carroll, and Wilson), and a 53.3. yards per punt average (Brandon Fields). Every aspect of the Dolphins team made an impact on the game, and the Jets simply did not have an answer.
"This one, without question, is a tough one to accept," Ryan continued. "We've got to get better. I'm just blown away by it."
"Speaking from the offensive side, we didn't get it going early," Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez said after the game. "We just sputtered around there for a while."
The Dolphins were able to keep the Jets off the score board until the third quarter, and New York did not find the endzone until mid way through the fourth period. By then, the Dolphins were up 27-9, adding a late 42-yard field goal from Dan Carpenter, his third of the day, to finalize the score at 30-9.
"I thought Kevin [Coyle - Defensive Coordinator] and his staff did a good job," Miami head coach Joe Philbin told the media after the game. "I thought he had a good pressure package up. I thought, at times, it created indecision on their part, and allowed guys to get to the quarterback, and we had our hands on the ball a couple of times. I thought the defense played well."
It's actually a Miami offensive play, however, that's getting the highlight treatment right now, and it's not for anything on the field. In the first quarter, running back Reggie Bush took a hand off and blew past LaRon Landry, who, according to his pregame comments, must have thought Bush would just lay down as soon as the running back say the Jets' safety. Then, as Bush neared the sideline, cornerback Antonio Cromartie came over to escort Bush out of bounds. Bush wasn't really felling that, so he stiff armed Cromartie.
As the corneback jumped back up off the ground, he shoved and headbutted Bush, leading to the first pink flag in NFL history. The league utilized pink penalty flags in this game, after a fifth grader asked NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to make the switch in support of breast cancer awareness.
After the game, Cromartie was still upset about the incident. "I didn't lose my composure," said Cromartie, who apparently dislocated his pinkie finger on the play. "I just called him a punk, and that's exactly what he is. "He was trying to cuss me out, but at the end of day we know his true colors." Despite questions from reporter, Cromartie did not elaborate on Bush's "colors," but I must assume that Cromartie was referring to the aqua and orange Bush wears each week.
That aqua and orange that ran over the Jets yesterday. The aqua and orange that now sits a game and a half ahead of the Jets.
I think those are Bush's true colors.