Rex Ryan is ditching one of his core philosophies to try to jump-start an offense that has repeatedly sputtered out of the gate. The Jets’ defensive-minded coach has won the coin toss 13 times in 31 games. He has deferred every time. That will change if the Jets win the flip Sunday against the Dolphins. “I give in,” Ryan said. “I’m tired of hearing about it. …Maybe I’m not sending the right message by not taking the ball. We’ll find out if that works and we get off to a fast start.” Although Ryan admitted, “It’s much better to play defense first,” he decided to stray from that principle in an effort to breathe life into an offense that has scored only 26 points in the first quarter this season. “I can’t remember the last time we started fast,” wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery said. How ugly has it been? Mark Sanchez has engineered only two first-quarter touchdown drives, and none since Week 4. The Jets haven’t scored in the first quarter in six of their 12 games, including five of the last seven. They have scored only nine first-quarter points in the last eight games. Sanchez called Ryan’s decision to go… Read full this story
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