Ryan says struggling Jets 'desperate' for win
"We've had plenty of opportunities to score a lot more points, and we have to do that," general manager Mike Tannenbaum said during a radio interview with 660 WFAN. "I'm sick being 3-6."
Much of the criticism has fallen on Tannenbaum, who has been blamed for not putting together a winning roster with adequate depth and skill at key positions. Others have blamed quarterback Mark Sanchez, who is struggling through a rough stretch and not taken the expected leap in his fourth season.
Even backup quarterback Tim Tebow has taken some shots, being called "terrible" by an unnamed player in a newspaper report with other anonymous members of the team saying he hasn't developed into a serious threat to Sanchez as the starter.
Ryan is also a common target lately after being the toast of the town during his first two seasons in New York. The coach boasted about someday winning Super Bowls and meeting the president, but he has toned down his bravado the past two years while also continuing to support his players and insisting his locker room is as strong as ever.
Ryan has rubbed many outside the organization the wrong way with his confident approach, including current 49ers running back Brandon Jacobs, who got into an argument with the coach on the field last season while with the Giants. But even Jacobs thinks Ryan might be getting a raw deal for what's going wrong with the Jets.
"Rex Ryan is a really great coach," Jacobs said at 49ers practice. "I'm sorry he's going through what he's going through in New York. Guys love him. You can't give up on your team. You can't give up on your coach."
And for the Jets, as desperate as they may be, they refuse to give up on this season. Not yet.
"I have faith that these guys can turn it around and we just have to keep fighting and don't question your preparation," Sanchez said. "If you have something that you know it's going to help us, work. Don't stop watching film, watch more. Don't stop throwing routes after practice, do more. It'll turn."
NOTES: Rams C Rob Turner, who spent his first five seasons in New York, called the Jets "the Chicago Cubs of football" — a shot at both franchises' long stretches without a championship — on Thursday. Ryan, always fond of Turner, laughed off the comments, saying: "I expect that the double-play combination of Tinker to Evers to Chance is going to show up on Sunday in St. Louis. I'm just going to throw it out there." Ryan said it was "interesting" Turner would say that, and added: "Either way, we're bringing our mitts and here we come. If they want to play two, that's fine also with us." ... Tebow was asked if he likes playing in open-air stadiums or domes, such as the Rams' Edward Jones Dome. "I prefer grass," he said. "I prefer playing in elements and grass. I feel like that's how football should be played. It really doesn't bother me too much."
AP Sports Writer Janie McCauley in Santa Clara, Calif., contributed to this report.
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