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Rex Ryan asks for more Wildcat after Jets press “panic button”

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The regular Jets offense isn’t too dynamic, so Rex Ryan made a request of offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer last week.

More Wildcat!

The team practiced it all week and used it quite a bit against Washington with average results. The Jets ran seven times out of the formation for 26 yards, including a touchdown by Shonn Greene.

“I think it’s tough to defend if you’re not really focused on it,” Ryan said on Monday, admitting that it was his idea to make it a big part of their attack.

Ryan also decided that only Jim Leonhard willnow  return punts from now after a streak of fumbles.

“He can catch it in a hurricane,” Ryan said of Leonhard.

Things have calmed down some in New York after two straight wins.  Guard Matt Slauson admits that the team had to make adjustments after the loss to the Broncos.

“There was a point after the Denver game where it did seem like the panic button had been pressed a little bit,” Slauson said Monday via the New York Daily News.

The best thing thing the Jets have going for them, other than their pass defense, is a very advantageous schedule. They don’t play another team with a winning record the rest of the season.

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43 Responses to “Rex Ryan asks for more Wildcat after Jets press “panic button””
  1. turdfurgerson68 says: Dec 6, 2011 10:25 AM

    In related news, Ryan also asks for more tissue…he’ll be crying hard after his Super Bowl prediction falls flat…again.

  2. imag3d says: Dec 6, 2011 10:25 AM

    Well the game in Miami might not be a push over…

  3. cstiles20 says: Dec 6, 2011 10:26 AM

    They should ask for more than that like a qb who can actually lead i know he can make the throws but can he LEAD?

  4. tundey says: Dec 6, 2011 10:27 AM

    I suppose a win is a win is a win. But I wouldn’t count a win against the Redskins as proof your wildcat works. I hate that stupid play. It’s so dumb…because 100% of the time they never pass out of that formation. And if am a defensive coordinator, I am going to tell my DBs to simply crush any QB that lines up as a WR (except for Cam Newton, he’s bigger than most DBs).

  5. djteknision1200 says: Dec 6, 2011 10:28 AM

    Isn’t this the same team that called the wildcat High School football when Miami blasted them with it in 2008? This is Rex clearly admitting that he has a problem with his QB play, there is no way a team with a so called FRANCHISE QB use the wildcat and take their QB off the field. If Sanchez was getting it done the Jets wouldn’t have to use this so called High School formation. You never saw any team with a true QB like Brady/Manning ever break into a wildcat formation.

  6. nyyjetsknicks says: Dec 6, 2011 10:31 AM

    Brian Schottenheimer is terrible. There’s nothing like being 7 beers in and knowing exactly what the jets are going to do.

  7. grilledjesus says: Dec 6, 2011 10:31 AM

    Step one to looking like a genius: Run wildcat at DeAngelo Hall.

  8. twitter:Chapman_Jamie says: Dec 6, 2011 10:33 AM

    Cue the idiot Rex Ryan haters complaining that he can’t keep his mouth shut.

  9. wegonnadoitbaby says: Dec 6, 2011 10:36 AM

    The “Teboffensive” assault has been launched in the NFL

  10. dcfan4life says: Dec 6, 2011 10:41 AM

    The Redskins had a 4th quarter lead against the Jets and then gave up a touchdown, a turnover, another touchdown, scored a field goal, then gave up another touchdown. Thats because this is the Redskins, that kind of stuff wont happen against most teams and the Jets will lose 2 out of their remaining 4 games.

  11. test2402 says: Dec 6, 2011 10:42 AM

    Tim Tebow would do much better.

  12. nyjetsholdupsbtrophyin2012 says: Dec 6, 2011 10:42 AM

    To say the jets schedule is a huge advantage is a bit of a stretch,K.c. Yes very winnable game,at Philly depends on if they continue to just mail it in,now there is nothing easy about facing a NYG team who will be battling for a playoff spot and who just showed they can hang with the best, and finally at Miami who no one wants to play right who would love to keep the jets out in the final game of the year..so if the jets get in which means they will more and likely have to win out unless like 3 other teams just collapse the jets would of definitely earned getting in!!

  13. brutus9448 says: Dec 6, 2011 10:43 AM

    I think he said more cow bell not more wildcat

  14. seidinho says: Dec 6, 2011 10:48 AM

    Sanchez is simply awful.

  15. tundey says: Dec 6, 2011 10:54 AM

    @grilledjesus: Unless you play the Redskins 16 times a year, that step is going to fail more times than not.

  16. dynaco says: Dec 6, 2011 10:55 AM

    djteknision1200 says:
    Dec 6, 2011 10:28 AM
    Isn’t this the same team that called the wildcat High School football when Miami blasted them with it in 2008? This is Rex clearly admitting that he has a problem with his QB play, there is no way a team with a so called FRANCHISE QB use the wildcat and take their QB off the field. If Sanchez was getting it done the Jets wouldn’t have to use this so called High School formation. You never saw any team with a true QB like Brady/Manning ever break into a wildcat formation.

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    I’ve seen plenty of times where the Pats direct snap to the back and Brady fakes like the snap went over his head. By your logic BB just doesn’t trust Brady to handle the ball in that situation huh?

  17. otistaylor89 says: Dec 6, 2011 10:55 AM

    They are going to have problems with KC.

  18. paleandpasty says: Dec 6, 2011 10:57 AM

    Didn’t Ryan and the rest of the Jets rip the wildcat and call it a college gimmick offense.

    I think that he also he also said more but I can’t recall everything this loud mouth says.

    Just another example of him putting his foot in his mouth. Hmmmm foot in mouth, just another way to live out his fetish ; )

  19. RexCanCoach says: Dec 6, 2011 11:14 AM

    I GOT A FEVER…AND THE ONLY PRESCRIPTION IS MORE WILD CAT!

  20. 2dollarpbrs says: Dec 6, 2011 11:19 AM

    Rex Ryan also added he loves Sanchise’s happy feet

  21. djteknision1200 says: Dec 6, 2011 11:32 AM

    dynaco says:
    I’ve seen plenty of times where the Pats direct snap to the back and Brady fakes like the snap went over his head. By your logic BB just doesn’t trust Brady to handle the ball in that situation huh?
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    The direct snap is not the wildcat and the Patriots use the direct snap once a year…so i wouldn’t call that plenty. You have a better chance catching a Solar eclipse than Patriots use the direct snap to move the ball

  22. sterilizecromartie says: Dec 6, 2011 11:35 AM

    Please don’t let this team make the playoffs again.

  23. forcef1ve says: Dec 6, 2011 11:42 AM

    djteknision1200 says: Dec 6, 2011 10:28 AM

    Isn’t this the same team that called the wildcat High School football when Miami blasted them with it in 2008?
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    Rex Ryan joined the Jets in 2009….

  24. djteknision1200 says: Dec 6, 2011 11:58 AM

    @forcef1ve says:

    Rex Ryan joined the Jets in 2009
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    Oh excuse me I stand corrected…In 2009. My point is still valid.

  25. lobacz87 says: Dec 6, 2011 12:03 PM

    If you dont know what your talking about, please dont comment.

    First of all, Rex has used the wildcat since he has been here. With Brad Smith, it was very successful and if had its moments on Sunday.

    Second of all, Sanchez is not awful and in response to the person who posted, “Can he lead?”—the dude has more 4th quarter comebacks than anyone in the league. He is one of FIVE players in NFL HISTORY to have won 30 games in his first 3 years and he is tied for the most playoff road wins in NFL HISTORY. It’s funny, most of you who say the Jets have a horrible team are the first to say Sanchez only wins because of how good his team is. He was put into a good situation, but the defense has broken down at times and this year, they lead the league in lost fumbles, most of them coming on special teams. There are times where he has looked awful, but as history shows, when they NEED him, he carries this team and they WIN…thats the most important thing. He is still learning and he will get better.

    Most of you may hate his talking but Rex has done an amazing job turning this franchise around and WINNING.

    Keep hating…

  26. watermelon1 says: Dec 6, 2011 12:15 PM

    And this is exactly why Rex should have brought Troy Smith in when Baltimore cut him before last season. I’m shocked he didn’t considering Bart Scott was one of Troy Smith’s biggest supporters in Baltimore.

    Sanchez looked like he figured it out in the playoffs a year ago, but this season has been ugly. Maybe it’s because they can’t run the ball at all. Maybe he’s just not that good. I don’t see giving him ANOTHER year without some competition at the QB position.

  27. damnsureis says: Dec 6, 2011 12:31 PM

    lobasz makes a great point about how good Rex and Sanchez are at winning.

    Without them there is no “Runner-up to the runner-up of the Super Bowl” trophies. And they wouldn’t be in the hunt for their third consecutive AFC East second place championship.

  28. bigbluelou says: Dec 6, 2011 12:34 PM

    The Jets are a “win now” team. They will do whatever it takes to do to make good on Rex’s boasts. I don’t know how long that will work for if they don’t make it to the Super Bowl soon.

  29. supashug says: Dec 6, 2011 12:41 PM

    that is admission you cant win with your current QB

    man the Jets suck

    Bmore is so lucky not to have Rex

  30. caseyanthonymunoz says: Dec 6, 2011 1:01 PM

    Bahaha. The Wildcat is pretty much the coach’s way of saying, “Our QB is awful. We’d rather have a running back behind center”. Even Rex knows Sanchez is terrible. Thanks for proving the point that everybody else in America has been saying. Sorry good people of New Jersey, even your own coach thinks Sanchez is a lousy.

  31. rahavort says: Dec 6, 2011 1:13 PM

    He probably also asked for more goddamn snacks

  32. miamidolphins1 says: Dec 6, 2011 1:37 PM

    the jets are such a bunch of hypocrites. after my fins beat them in 09 with the wildcat on Monday night, u had all sorts of jet players calling it a gimmick offense, high school offense, etc ( pretty embarrassing how the jets lost to a high school offense). Now they are using the same thing they once called a ”gimmick”?

    the jets last win of the year will come this sunday vs kc. after that 3 losses in a row, at philly, vs the giants, and to cap it off not that it will matter because the jets will be eliminated by then, but a blowout loss vs the fins.

  33. ice90 says: Dec 6, 2011 1:40 PM

    As I’ve pointed out a hundred times, no one thinks Sanchez is Tom Brady. We get that. But his stats continue to improve. Hell…. he’s on pace to throw 25 TD’s this year. Quite frankly, Schotty’s offensive scheme is what’s predictable and you can’t hang that all on Sanchez.

    The defensive lapses at critical times and O-Line have been a bigger problem than Sanchez this season.

  34. weepingjebus says: Dec 6, 2011 2:15 PM

    People claiming Sanchez is a leader have obviously never read the ESPN NY preseason puff piece about how he spends his off days getting in pillow fights with Brunell’s kids and how he needs halftime pep talks to keep him from freaking out.

  35. vincentbojackson says: Dec 6, 2011 2:29 PM

    The Jets are more and more ridiculous each week. If they squeak into the playoffs it will only be due to their weak closing schedule.

  36. rcali says: Dec 6, 2011 2:47 PM

    I guess now we really know how Rex feels about his QB and O Cord.

  37. jets624 says: Dec 6, 2011 3:46 PM

    Mark Sanchez will be a great quarterback, Pause not!!!

  38. dynaco says: Dec 6, 2011 5:58 PM

    vincentbojackson says:
    Dec 6, 2011 2:29 PM
    The Jets are more and more ridiculous each week. If they squeak into the playoffs it will only be due to their weak closing schedule.

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    Are there any other teams making the post season due to weak teams on their schedule or is it only the jets? So now it’s the jets fault that philly decided to wet the bed?

  39. dynaco says: Dec 6, 2011 6:04 PM

    sterilizecromartie says:
    Dec 6, 2011 11:35 AM
    Please don’t let this team make the playoffs again.

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    A pleading hater is so much better than the ill informed ones.

  40. zinn22 says: Dec 6, 2011 7:42 PM

    Gainst the Skins the average ypc were 3.7 yds per carry with wildcat.
    3.2 yds not using the wildcat.

    4 big plays using the wildcat including the clinching TD. I think it was a successful debut. Plus that is 7 plays where Sanchez does not touch the ball. That has to be a plus

  41. jetsfan136 says: Dec 7, 2011 12:10 AM

    miamidolphins1 says:
    Dec 6, 2011 1:37 PM
    the jets are such a bunch of hypocrites. after my fins beat them in 09 with the wildcat on Monday night, u had all sorts of jet players calling it a gimmick offense, high school offense, etc ( pretty embarrassing how the jets lost to a high school offense). Now they are using the same thing they once called a ”gimmick”?

    the jets last win of the year will come this sunday vs kc. after that 3 losses in a row, at philly, vs the giants, and to cap it off not that it will matter because the jets will be eliminated by then, but a blowout loss vs the fins.

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    C’mon. Jets thrash KC, Squeek by Philly. Even if they lose to the G- Men, that’s 9-6 heading into Miami. And it’s not like Tenn, Cincy and Tebow are winning every game. Maybe Tebow, and then we’re done. If not though, get ready for a sea of Green and white invading and crapping on your stadium as usual. Like always. Cheers bro, and good luck!

  42. dynaco says: Dec 7, 2011 10:15 AM

    miamidolphins1 says:
    Dec 6, 2011 1:37 PM
    the jets are such a bunch of hypocrites. after my fins beat them in 09 with the wildcat on Monday night, u had all sorts of jet players calling it a gimmick offense, high school offense, etc ( pretty embarrassing how the jets lost to a high school offense). Now they are using the same thing they once called a ”gimmick”?

    the jets last win of the year will come this sunday vs kc. after that 3 losses in a row, at philly, vs the giants, and to cap it off not that it will matter because the jets will be eliminated by then, but a blowout loss vs the fins.
    ————————————————-
    The only reason the Jets use it is because they found out how to improve on it. Fins used it because they were dire need.
    By the time the two meet up again most Fin players will be packing their duffle bags BEFORE the game begins!!!

  43. pdfiore says: Dec 8, 2011 1:50 PM

    As a former Def Coor, Rex knows that wildcat forces teams to spend time preparing – leaving less time preparing for vanilla offense plays. The wildcat is just a play-action with a RB who may throw 5% of the time – but the threat is always there and if successful results in a huge play so the possible pass must be respected. Teams usually only run from the wildcat and save a surprise pass from a Flex player for late in the season. Tebow and Cam run the wildcat, but with a 40% chance of pass.

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