In the first half it looked like the Jets might just have figured it out. The second half proved that wrong. And at the end of the day, Peyton Manning is simply someone with a talent on a whole other level.
With the loss of RB Shonn Greene and CB Donald Strickland, and a hobbled Bart Scott things shifted against the Jets. There was also the matter of the pass rush that seemed to disappear.
The locker room was a very quiet place. A lot of the players were having trouble focusing on how good of a season it was, but acknowledged that they probably would be able to down the road. The most intriguing comment came from Braylon Edwards who said the team came out with a different attitude in the second half than they did in the first. I asked him what specifically he meant by that and he deferred, saying he didn't want to speak for anyone else.
Unfortunately, Thomas Jones was yet again, a total no-show. He was not in the locker room at all this entire week leading up to the game and was not there after the game today either. Otherwise I would certainly have liked to have brought you his thoughts.
Mark Sanchez was disappointed but also trying to look at the positives, what the team accomplished this year and looking ahead to next season.
Punter Steve Weatherford was in the most upbeat mood. He said "I'm a glass half full guy. Plus, everybody in this room is incredibly blessed."
More later. In the meantime check out the Rapid Reports and a story on the pass rush that will be up on CBSSports.com shortly.