Rex Ryan Dodges Bullet With Win Over Buccaneers

By: Melanie Watson

New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan just barely led his team to an 18-17 victory against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in their season opener.  In fact, the Jets both lost and won the game during the final 76 seconds.

The loss occurred when Jets safety Dawan Landry missed a tackle that led to a Buccaneers field goal. The win came in the form of a 48-yard Jets field goal made by Nick Folk moments after Bucs LB Lavonte David committed a late-hit penalty. With only two seconds remaining in the game, the Bucs simply did not have enough time to answer back.

Although Rex Ryan escaped with a win, he still managed to make some coaching blunders yet again. He was responsible for two almost costly mistakes including the missed tackle by  Landry.  Ryan did not ensure that Vincent Jackson of the Bucs was covered on defense despite Jackson having already gained 154 yards on seven catches. And yes, it was Jackson who easily spun out of that previously mentioned attempted tackle.

The second error happened a few plays later when the Jets needed to call timeout and force Tampa Bay to kick with 45 seconds left.  Ryan did not call time out until seven seconds later after offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg ran towards him while screaming at him to make the call. The final result worked in Ryan’s favor as they still made the game-winning field goal.

In spite of these mistakes, it should also be noted that Ryan did some great things during the game as well.  He showed that he’s still a defensive mastermind as the Jets forced two turnovers, committed three sacks and held the Bucs to 12 first downs. Moreover, he inspired his team to play hard by sharing a copy of ESPN’s Power Rankings which listed the Jets at no. 32 on the list – the worst in the league.

If they want to keep moving up the power rankings, the newly ranked no. 27 Jets will need to figure out a way to defeat the no. 5 New England Patriots. The Jets may not have played like the No. 1 team in the NFL on Sunday but they played well enough to temporarily alleviate a bit of pressure off both themselves and Rex Ryan.

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About Miss__Melanie

Ever since I was in 6th grade I've aspired to become a sports journalist. I'm currently in college studying Journalism with an emphasis in Magazines. I love personal interest stories. I have a passion for finding out interesting things about entertainers/athletes and things that make them tick and sharing those interesting stories about them to the world. I root for athletes & stories more than teams. I also love music and feel that it complements my life. I create soundtracks for different times of my life and I highly respect artists and their creative processes. Interviews are my passion and I look to conduct several of them over the course of my life. My dream job is to be a publicist for athletes and entertainers because I love and respect them so much that I want everyone else to see them and love them the same way that I do.

2 thoughts on “Rex Ryan Dodges Bullet With Win Over Buccaneers

  1. Ben Bolton

    If I ever have a question about the Jets, I know who to talk to. You do a good job of explaining how week one unfolded for the Jets. I can hear the voice in your writing and tell there is passion behind it. I think my only criticism would be to make sure you don’t put too much opinion in there. It’s that fine line where I want to know you are passionate, but I don’t want to know if you are a fan. Otherwise, I really did enjoy it.

  2. connorsmo

    I think you made some really good points here Melanie. You were very thorough in giving details about the Jet’s opener, and the hyperlinks of the pros and cons of Ryan’s coaching job were a nice touch. I’d say despite some of the coaching mistakes that Ryan and the Jets made, I think New York played well enough to win the game, but they were given some help. The only constructive criticism I might have is that the opening paragraph is a bit confusing. I know what you’re trying to do with the opening paragraph, but it may seem confusing to a writer how a team could both win and lose a game.


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