NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- For most NFL teams, the philosophical shift from a run-heavy to a pass-friendly offense is complete. But not for the Jets.
Rex Ryan remains rooted in running the football, and last week's win in Jacksonville -- spurred by 39 rushes to Mark Sanchez's measly 19 passes -- was the latest proof of his affinity for ground and pound.
On Saturday, however, Ryan said, "[If] we have to throw it 40 times, so be it." But with so few healthy receivers, don't expect this to be the week the Jets (6-7) air it out.
In a playoff-elimination game for the Jets tonight at Tennessee, Sanchez will be without his favorite target, tight end Dustin Keller (ankle), and rookie wideout Stephen Hill (knee sprain). Both players, along with linebacker Bryan Thomas (chest) and cornerback Aaron Berry (hamstring), did not travel yesterday with the team.