Jets look to change it up from last season's opener


Remember the New York Jets home opener loss last season to the Baltimore Ravens?

The Jets do.  And they don’t want that to happen again.

The stagnant offense.  The terrible defense.  It was all on display last season.

On a rainy night against the Ravens, the Jets gained six first downs and 176 yards of offense.

“I think last year we were just trying too hard,” QB Mark Sanchez said. “You get  that pressure from ‘Hard Knocks.’ You have to show the world everything you got.  We have all of these new players and we want to do so much. Let’s be ourselves.  Go with what you do well.

“We’re a good rushing team. We can throw the ball when we need to. We’re  going to have great field position with our special teams. Our defense is going  to get the offense the ball back, and that’s it. Don’t get too cute. Don’t make  anything up on game day. Just play and have fun.”

Coach Rex Ryan said he takes the blame for the loss to the Ravens last year. He thinks they emphasized not turning the ball over so much that the offense was afraid to turn it loose.

” I took responsibility for that one,” Ryan said. “I thought we had the quarterback dialed in on not making mistakes and all that. But we forgot to tell him you can go ahead and make plays. So I think just play and turn it loose. We know how to play the game, we know how to protect the football. Do the things we’ve been preaching about all training camp long, and just go out and execute.”

It begins tonight.

Jets vs. Cowboys.

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