The Jets have lost their best defensive player for the year, their best offensive player for the year, and according to Carlos Rogers, they’ve lost their heart.
The 49ers cornerback said on Sirius XM Radio (via the Newark Star-Ledger) that the Jets quit during the 34-0 beating the 49ers gave them Sunday.
“It kinda seemed like, after a while they just, I know, looking at their defense, they didn’t want to be out there,” Rogers said. “And after that it’s like, man, these guys don’t really want to play the game. You know, it’s pretty much over.
“You could see it happening. It kinda shocked me just because, you know, a lot of guys were saying on the sideline, ‘Oh, they don’t want to tackle, they don’t want to do this, they don’t want to do that.’ That’s a Rex Ryan defense. That’s a Rex Ryan team.”
Rogers said the stamp of their head coach made what he saw surprising, because he never thought he’d see such a thing.
“His defense, you know, plays throughout,” Rogers said. “And that was the shocking point about it. . . .
“It really kind of shocked me to see that them guys were ready to go get in the showers.”
You can fully expect Rogers’ remarks to be in the ears if not the hands of every Jet today. While no coach wants to be in the spot the Jets are in, every coach relishes the opportunity to create an “us vs. them” mentality, with “them” being the entire world.
It might work as a motivational tool, unless, of course, Rogers was right.