Yes. The answers were yes.
Ryan had no regrets. "That was me all the way," he said. "I came here to win. That's it. Whatever it takes. Faking a punt in your own territory, going for it on fourth down in your own territory -- I came to win."
"No," Tebow replied after the game when asked if he has a clear understanding when and how he will be used. He added that he's always ready when his number is called.
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Except for his role on punt team -- no one executes a better fake -- the Jets utilize Tebow almost begrudgingly, as if he were forced upon them. One play here. Two there.
Consecutive carries by Tebow in the red zone for 16 yards ... and off the field he goes. Two Sanchez incompletions follow. And a 21-yard field goal. So much for continuity, imposing of will or rhythm.
They aren't, as of now, willing to do the same with Tebow.
He threw the prettiest pass of the game by a Jet -- make that one of the prettiest passes of the season by a Jet -- on the team's second possession. (Hill, signed last week, couldn't make the catch.) Yet Tebow didn't make another throw in the game.
Sanchez's completion percentage -- already lowest in the league among starters and falling -- has dropped to a pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey 48.4 percent. And the storyline is still that Tebow can't throw?
These Jets are in danger, serious danger, of being defined by their bad luck and considerable failings.
The Jets can't run the ball or stop the run. And neither looks like it's going to change anytime soon, especially when you consider that Monday night's effort represented considerable progress: After being outrushed by the San Francisco 49ers by 200 yards in Week 4, they were outgained by 100 by the Texans.
Outrushed by an even 300 yards in the past two weeks. That's failure.
Jets coaches spent last week looking for solutions, and the answers Monday came with gambles that paid off -- the fake punt by Tebow and the quarterback sneak by Sanchez in their own territory.
They got the rare combination, for this group, of a dynamic play with perfect execution on a 100-yard kickoff return by Joe McKnight. That's the kind of spark that often fuels an upset.
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Instead, Ryan went with the onside kick.
The Jets did show some moxie, making good on Ryan's vow that they would "fight like underdogs." Effort wasn't the issue. Reality was.
Really, what would it hurt? What could it hurt? For those answers, we're still waiting.