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Rex Ryan and the New York Jets Must Address Challenging Issues Moving Forward

November 5, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Going into Sunday's game against the Lions, Rex Ryan and the New York Jets need to evaluate and adjust their approach to challenging plays after back-to-back games with brutal, head-scratching decisions.
In the second quarter of last Sunday's 9-0 loss to the Green Bay Packers, Rex Ryan first challenged a Brad Smith fumble, which gave the Packers the ball at their own 29-yard line.  Upon seeing the replay, the ball was clearly moving before Smith was down, but Ryan was advised to challenge anyway and the ruling on the field stood up.  While questionable at best, the challenge of the fumble looked great when compared to Ryan's challenge later in the quarter.
The next and worst challenge came after Mark Sanchez completed a third down pass to Jerricho Cotchery in which Packers cornerback Tramon Williams intercepted the ball by ripping it out of Cotchery's hands while both players appeared to have simultaneous possession.
Not an extremely terrible challenge except f...

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