New York Jets coach Rex Ryan finally came clean, admitting Monday it was a bad idea to go into the season with a suped-up passing attack.
The Jets took a walk on the wild side, using a three-receiver package as their base offense and letting Mark Sanchez air it out, but it didn't work. After four games, Ryan decided to go back to their roots -- Ground & Pound -- and that change has helped the Jets to a two-game winning streak.
The Jets (4-3) played their most complete game, rushing for a season-high 162 yards in a 27-21 victory over the San Diego Chargers.
In the first four games, the run-pass ratio was 37-63. Over the last three, it has shifted to 49-51. It has helped Sanchez, who has cut down on his mistakes (one turnover) and sacks (five).
In his career, Sanchez is 5-6 when he's had to throw at least 35 times. But his record is 23-15, plus four playoff wins -- so, yes, he can win with help from his supporting cast.