SEATTLE (AP) — Mark Sanchez's reunion with Pete Carroll became another performance the New York Jets quarterback would rather forget.
And it left coach Rex Ryan again defending his decision about who the Jets' quarterback should be in what has become a lost season in New York.
"I know this is a common theme, you know if it was on one guy it's easy to fix, but it's much more we've had protection break downs, dropped passes, guys aren't getting open, there are other things involved in it," Ryan said. "So again, yeah, we'll stick with Mark and we know he has to get better and everyone around him has to get better — coaches, players, everybody."
Seattle rookie Russell Wilson threw two touchdown passes, Marshawn Lynch ran for 124 yards and Seattle's defense pitched a shutout in a 28-7 rout of the Jets on Sunday.
New York's only touchdown came when Muhammad Wilkerson returned a fumble 21 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter. Otherwise, it was a bevy of breakdowns, turnovers and poor decisions from the Jets, who are now off to their worst start since 2007.
"I don't know how many more losses you can spot somebody before you think they make the playoffs. It's about a two percent chance at making the playoffs with the record we have and we are going to take that shot," Ryan said. "I know one thing, there is not one quit in any of these guys, there is no chance of that. We are going to get after it and find a way to get better. We've been working at it. Been working our tails off, just hasn't gone our way yet."
Coming off their bye, this was an opportunity for the Jets (3-6) to try and make a late-season charge and reinvigorate an offense that was stymied by Miami in a 30-9 loss before getting a week off.
The performance didn't get any better. In fact, it regressed against Seattle's sticky defense that held the Jets to just 73 yards of offense in the second half and sacked Sanchez three times.
Sanchez threw a costly interception at the goal line in the first half, then fumbled at the Seattle 32 on a blitz from Richard Sherman and Seattle's Jason Jones recovered midway thorugh the fourth quarter. That led to Seattle's final punctuation to its fifth win at home this season when wide receiver Golden Tate threw a 23-yard TD to Sidney Rice on a reverse pass.
"We hung tough. We weren't playing very well early and some things happened and we hung tough and kept punching away at it," Carroll said. "We finally put together a real good finish."
Sanchez finished 9 of 22 for 124 yards. Tim Tebow ran four times for 14 yards, and was 3 of 3 passing for 8 yards. Even with an extra week to scheme for the Seahawks (6-4), Tebow was of no help to the offense.
It looked promising for the Jets when they got their first fumble return for a touchdown since 2009. Mike DeVito hit the scrambling Wilson, who held the ball too long. The loose ball bounced perfectly into Wilkerson's arms and he rumbled for the TD. It was the first fumble returned for a touchdown against the Seahawks since 2009.