Passing game problems for Jets

BALTIMORE -- When Rex Ryan gave his opening remarks at the New York Jets' postgame news conference after a 19-3 loss to the Baltimore Ravens, he pointed to a lack of third-down conversions and dropped passes.

“I’ll feel much better about it when we really look at it,” Ryan said. “I just know it jumps out at me. Drops in the National Football League as a receiver, you must catch the football.”

David Nelson and Santonio Holmes each had one drop, and it’s certainly been an issue in the past, but it doesn’t account for a passing game that was way out of synch. You could blame the cold for the 140 yards passing, but Joe Flacco and the Ravens had 273.

“It wasn’t [hard] for Baltimore to judge balls, so it wasn’t hard for us,” Stephen Hill said.

Running back Bilal Powell had a team-high three catches for 24 yards, and Greg Salas led in yardage with 48 on two catches. Tight end Kellen Winslow, who did not see extensive playing time, rounded out the list of Jets with more than one catch, with 34 yards on two catches.

If the obvious answer to struggles in the passing game had to do with rookie quarterback Geno Smith, it’s something that the Jets are definitely not ready to discuss.

So instead, the players used words like technique and execution when talking about the struggles in the passing game.

Notably however, Ryan declined to say Smith would be the starter next week against Miami.

One of the best passes came from Josh Cribbs during a Wildcat play. Cribbs got plenty of help from his receiver on the play, who was none other than Geno Smith.