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Seeing Jon Gruden back in the NFL, a major coup for the Oakland Raiders, has me wondering again.

What is the surest solution for any team looking to shake off the doldrums and make a serious run at the Super Bowl? And, to go along with that, why didn’t it work for the Miami Dolphins when they got their last splashy hire, Nick Saban?

Wayne Huizenga left the league when he couldn’t come up for answers to those questions. He’s the former Dolphins owner who made the huge headline hires of Jimmy Johnson and Saban at different times, and who had Dan Marino as his quarterback for a decade, but still never broke through to the top.

Huizenga was trying to buy a little magic, just as the Raiders are now with their $100 million investment in Gruden. Remember, Oakland is where Gruden started his head coaching career, but the late Al Davis tired of him after a couple of brief postseason appearances and let his popular young coach leave for Tampa Bay.

So what happened? Magic, more or less. A Super Bowl title in his first season there. A flash of charisma, too, that had you thinking dynasty.

A solid roster already in place surely helped. The Bucs had made the playoffs in four of the previous five seasons under Tony Dungy, who got the boot despite an overall regular-season record of 54-42. Right off the bat, Gruden could depend on Pro Bowl defenders like Warren Sapp and John Lynch and Derrick Brooks, who combined to make Tampa Bay No. 1 in fewest points and yards allowed.

There was, however, no elite quarterback. Gruden used Brad Johnson for most of that Super Bowl season, and turned to Rob Johnson and Shaun King for three emergency starts when injuries struck.

There was no immediate promise of help from the NFL draft, either. Tampa Bay traded its first- and second-round picks to Oakland for the rights to sign Gruden away.

Altogether, it seems that Gruden grabbed hold of some very rare lightning in his debut season with the Bucs, because he was only 45-51 after that, with a couple of wild-card playoff losses.

Clearly, this gig is harder than Bill Belichick makes it look. That’s why, in retrospect, it would have been astounding for Saban to thrive immediately with the Dolphins, and why it’s disappointing that he didn’t stick around to see what would happen when a few more things came his way.

No fewer than 11 coaches who already had Super Bowl titles or would eventually win one were working in the league when Saban showed up. All of them had figured out as much as anyone can about succeeding in the NFL, yet two of them – Gruden and three-time Super Bowl champion Joe Gibbs – could do more than match Saban’s 15-17 record in the seasons of 2005 and 2006.

Bill Parcells was 18-14 with Dallas over that same stretch. Bill Cowher was 19-13 with a Super Bowl title during those two years. Tom Coughlin and Brian Billick were 19-13 and failed between them to win a single playoff game.

Trying to be smarter than every other coach is not a viable long-term strategy in this league, unless you’re Belichick and Tom Brady, and having a great organization merely gives you a chance.

Look at Saban’s staff in 2005. His defensive line coach was Dan Quinn, who nearly won the Super Bowl last year as Atlanta’s head coach and has the Falcons on another title hunt this month. Two other future NFL head coaches – Jason Garrett and Scott Linehan – worked assistant jobs on offense. And no matter what anybody thinks of Will Muschamp, the Dolphins’ defensive coordinator in 2005, he and South Carolina just got a bowl victory over Jim Harbaugh, the savant of Ann Arbor and a former NFL head coach himself.

If there are lessons in all of this for Adam Gase, and for those who believe him to be suddenly in over his head, it’s that the NFL makes every coach look confused from time to time, especially those, like Saban, who didn’t have a top quarterback. Makes some very accomplished coaches decide to stay out altogether, too, men like Bobby Bowden and Bear Bryant and Joe Paterno and Tom Osborne.

So it’s good luck to Gruden and the Raiders. He’s a good coach but they have no guarantee of a brilliant relationship, even with glitzy Las Vegas in their future.

That’s because the Raiders are coming off a 6-10 season, just like Miami, and because there are no sure solutions for turning a mediocre team into a monster overnight. None at all.

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METAIRIE, La. — Drew Brees didn’t survive all these years in the NFL by winging it.

Meticulous in his preparation, he is approaching this week as if it’s any other game week. Yes, he’s well aware the New Orleans Saints are in playoffs for the first time since 2013, hosting the Carolina Panthers in an NFC wild-card game Sunday.

He also knows that, two weeks shy of his 39th birthday, the window on his career is closing.

But to change things up this week, to put more pressure or expectations on himself and his teammates, would cheat the process. That would cheat the Saints and their fans.

That would cheat him.

“I approach every game the same way. I prepare like every game could be my last or it’s a playoff game or I’ve got something to prove and I’ve got an edge,” Brees said Wednesday. “So it’s not like, `Oh, the playoffs are here. It’s time to ramp it up.’ It’s always important.

“So for me, the preparation is no different.”

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This doesn’t mean he’s blasé about the opportunity the Saints have. New Orleans made the playoffs five times in Brees’ first eight years, reaching the NFC title game in 2006 and winning the Super Bowl three years later.

Since losing in the divisional round in 2013, however, the Saints compiled identical 7-9 finishes in 2014, ’15 and ‘16.

As the Saints limped through the season, many around the league watched in pity, wondering if the last best years of Brees’ career would be wasted.

“We went through a little bit of a roller coaster ride in ’14, ’15 with the roster turnover,” Brees acknowledged. “We were trying to find ourselves again, re-establish what we had built when Sean (Payton) first got here in 2006.

“I think that’s what was realized, was that we needed to go out and find the right type of guys. Really value character, toughness and intelligence in the way that we draft and the way that we go out and look at free agents,” Brees added. “That’s really been the process the last two years. You look around the locker room, you see those types of guys and it’s the reason we’ve been successful.”

Guys like starting right guard Larry Warford and receiver Ted Ginn Jr., third on the team with four touchdown catches. Or defensive end Alex Okafor, whose 4.5 sacks are his most since his first full season with Arizona.

Or rookies Alvin Kamara, whose versatility has helped take some of the load off Brees, and Marshon Lattimore, who leads the Saints with five interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdown.

Though the Saints got off to another slow start – 0-2 for the fourth year in a row – Brees said he knew this team was different. Sure enough, a win at Carolina kickstarted a run of eight consecutive victories.

“We knew that man, we were just that close. So much closer than I think most people give us credit for. And you just needed the validation of going out there and getting the W,” Brees said. “It was just the confidence to know that the process is good. We’re doing something right here and it’s something to build on.”

There it is again, process and preparation.

Ginn said he always knew Brees was one of the best to play the game, a lock for the Hall of Fame. But he’s developed an even greater appreciation for him in his short time in New Orleans, just watching what Brees does every day.

“Just seeing how much of a routine he has, how much he does the same thing every day, it kind of helps you get into a routine a little bit. Kind of helps you get into a different situation when you’re coming into something new,” Ginn said.

“It’s been a blessing to be able to see somebody like that.”

Brees is fourth in the NFL in passing with 4,334 yards while the team is fifth in both passing yards per game (262) and rushing yards per game (129.4). His passer rating (103.9) is its highest since 2013.

Brees said he’s more diligent in taking care of his body now than, say, 10 years ago, which means he has to be more efficient with everything else. But while the way he does it might be more compressed, what he’s doing isn’t.

“I know how I learn the best. I know what I need to do in order to put the days’ worth of work behind me so I can move on to the next day,” Brees said.

The ultimate goal, of course, is another Super Bowl. But you can’t get there by skipping steps. So Brees will keep on doing what he’s doing all these years, treating every game like any other, regardless of how big it is.

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During the really tough times as he fought to overcome cancer, David Quessenberry would daydream about reaching his lifelong goal of playing in an NFL game.

It was a plan that was derailed when he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and put on hold for years as he underwent treatment for the disease.

Finally healthy, the guard was elevated to the active roster from the practice squad this week and in what his teammates call a storybook turn coach Bill O’Brien said he’ll make his NFL debut on Monday when the Houston Texans host the Pittsburgh Steelers.

“It’s been long, it’s been really tough … nothing that I’ve been through has been normal, a normal path since I’ve been drafted,” Quessenberry said. “This is just one of those things that lines up for an awesome opportunity on Monday … football on Christmas.”

Quessenberry was drafted by the Texans in the sixth round in 2013, but sustained a season-ending foot injury before appearing in a game. The following June he was diagnosed with cancer and spent three years fighting the disease before being declared cancer-free and returning to practice in May. He was cut before the season, but signed to the practice squad the next day, where he remained until his promotion this week.

“To overcome what he’s overcome, to be able to step back onto the field in an NFL football game, is an incredible accomplishment for him,” O’Brien said. “And I know for him, he’s such a driven guy, he really wants to go out there and play well.”

And O’Brien was quick to point out that he earned his spot on the roster.

“He doesn’t want to just show up and (say): ‘Yeah, thank you.’ This isn’t a pat on the back,” O’Brien said. “This is a roster move. He’s gotten better every week this week on the practice squad and we think he can help us.”

The 27-year-old lauded his family for their support during his treatment and is excited to share the moment with them on Monday.

“I’m sure it’s going to be special for them. Finally,” he said. “We talked about it and dreamed it and worked for it and now it’s here. For me, I get to play on Monday … on Christmas. It doesn’t get any better than that.”

Quessenberry’s fight with cancer has served as an inspiration for many who are dealing with the disease and he has continued to spend time with cancer patients at local hospitals since his recovery. He wasn’t always comfortable with the notoriety he gained as he worked to beat cancer, but has since made peace with it.

“That was hard for me at first just because I don’t always want to be known like this,” he said. “But then I’ve talked to so many patients and survivors and they’ve said that my story gives them hope or inspiration and that’s something that means a lot to me and something that I’m willing to bear and something that I’ve embraced.”

In June he was honored by the Pro Football Writers of America as the recipient of the George Halas Award. It’s an award given annually to an NFL coach, player or staff member who overcomes adversity to succeed.

Quarterback T.J. Yates, who has known Quessenberry since he was drafted couldn’t be happier for his friend and said his journey belongs in a storybook.

“To see how far he’s come back and to see his body transformation once he got sick, how much weight he lost. How much muscle he lost,” Yates said.

“To work as hard as he did to come back and to get to this point and to get this opportunity, it’s really cool.”

Receiver DeAndre Hopkins and Quessenberry are two of only three players left on Houston’s roster from the 2013 draft.

Since they joined the team the same year, Hopkins has been around to see Quessenberry’s entire path to recovery and has been one of his biggest cheerleaders as he returned to the field.

“That’s amazing for what he’s overcome – cancer,” Hopkins said. “Just for him to even be able to be normal in life and not just come out on the football field, but just be a normal person, a lot of people don’t come back from that, especially what he had and how bad it was. For a guy in my (rookie) class especially, I feel a little bit more happy for him because not many from my class are still here.”

Quessenberry knows it will be emotional when he steps on the field on Monday for his first game. But after working so hard and for so many years to get to this point, he’s not going to let his feelings get in the way of his chance to perform for the Texans, whose offensive line has been decimated by injuries.

“I’m excited just to cut it loose and just play ball and just be like a normal player,” he said. “I’m in the game plan. I’m really excited to suit up and play on Monday.”

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With a quarter of a season left it’s fairly obvious the Bears aren’t very good. A jaw-droppingly dreadful home loss to the formerly one-win 49ers is the latest evidence of that sad fact.

Must be the coaches. What have they ever done? John Fox came here a career Super Bowl loser having failed to pull off the trick twice with two different franchises. Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio had the same position he now holds at yet a third team that lost a Super Bowl.

Castigate coaches all you like, but it is a time-honored belief that coaches can’t coach if their players can’t play. Let’s be polite and say the Bears’ talent is lacking.

How far short is it? When the Bears face the Browns on Christmas Eve at Soldier Field, four experts contacted for this story believe it will be a battle between the two worst rosters in the NFL. At least the Browns have a ton of draft picks to fall back on.

“Yeah, I think their offense is the easiest in the NFL to game plan,’’ a longtime coach admitted.

It’s a formula the Bears see every week: stop the run; make them throw; cover them man-to-man on passing downs and watch the receivers fail to separate.

The Bears defense was keeping them in games earlier in the season, but they are a shadow of their former selves with multiple injury concerns at pass rusher, inside linebacker and safety. Once upon a time the Bears also boasted a power running game before injuries and inconsistency on the line and at running back took a toll.

It has been a theme with the Bears. Injuries follow the franchise like night follows day. The team used a strategy of pretending it was all bad luck after last year’s three-win, injury-plagued season. They didn’t make aggressive, drastic changes in staff or procedure. Heck, at this point why not try a shaman or a faith healer, even a witch doctor?

From the lofty heights of a 3-4 record with victories over the Steelers, Ravens and Panthers, the Bears have been stacking losses like Lego pieces. If every setback were a springboard to greatness the Bears would be a Super Bowl contender.

Sadly, that is not how it works in the NFL. Fox and his staff will be out of work at the end of the season and kid general manager Ryan Pace will be tasked with getting a younger, more energetic, less experienced and relatively unknown replacement.

Bigger name coaches won’t want Pace picking their players — not when his Plan A keeps failing and Plan B seems incapable of working. There won’t be much faith in a guy who can’t find a player to produce a sack unless he’s claimed off waivers or runs out of safeties to the point of signing a “starter” off the street. The GM has given us a work in progress that hasn’t progressed.

The offensive line is measured via sundial, or at least plays that way, a Pro Bowl receiver was allowed to walk without replacement and the shiny new quarterback to rust unfurnished with nary a playmaker in sight.

Pace will find a coach. You can get anybody to take a job. People want a paycheck. A bigger problem will be finding assistant coaches because most of the really good ones are already under contract around the league.

Any new coach will want to turn over the roster — out with the old and in with the new. Pace can begin another rebuild in the fourth year of his tenure. Blame the bad free agent signings and uneven drafts on the coaches.

But at some point in a private moment maybe he ought to ask himself if it is the coaches or the players, or even the guy stacking the deck?

Why wait three years to draft a quarterback? Shouldn’t Jay Cutler have been released a year ago if you were going to spend more money on one year of Mike Glennon? How’s Marcus Wheaton doing? How can you run out of kickers?

The Bears would own the No. 6 pick if the season ended now despite having the same 3-9 record as the Broncos and Colts. The winless Browns would pick first, followed by the 49ers and Giants (both 2-10). The rest of those teams all have a coach or GM with fewer years on the job than the Bears with Fox and Pace.

Being further along in a rebuild seemingly would indicate the Bears would be getting better instead of worse. Maybe Pace will get it right with a different coach who has a resume as thin as his own. Shouldn’t the Bears at least have to beat the Browns before that is decided?

Mike Mulligan is a special contributor to the Chicago Tribune.

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BEREA, Ohio — The Cleveland Browns may be winless, but they have not abandoned their coach.

Whether that saves Hue Jackson’s job remains to be seen, but the team’s effort since the bye week shows that the players have not quit, which is one measure of a coach’s — and a coaching staff’s — ability to get through to a team.

“That’s my head coach,” linebacker Chris Kirksey said after Sunday’s loss in Cincinnati. “I wouldn’t want to play for [anybody] else.”

“I think that is what Coach Jackson does best — is keep us motivated,” guard Joel Bitonio said Monday. “A lot of teams could have tapped out, but we are going to fight and we are going to play as hard as we can. I think you can see that, at least in our play.”

Not that this is the sole measure to judge a team. The scrap heap of ex-coaches is filled with guys whose players “gave it their all.” As Bill Parcells so wisely said, a team is its record. But teams are also judged on expectations, and the Browns did not begin this season with anyone predicting a winning record, much less a playoff run. That being said, they also were not expected to go winless. And when loss after loss piles up, it can wear a team down.

Amidst all their issues, one thing that can be said about the Browns is they haven’t given in to the losing. They lack talent in areas, they make mistakes, but they play hard and they compete.

Sunday’s 14-point loss in Cincinnati felt closer. The Browns outgained the Bengals, had two running backs average 5 yards per carry and got DeShone Kizer’s best game of the season.

The inability to get early touchdowns combined with defensive lapses, a dropped touchdown pass (by Corey Coleman) and a key and questionable late penalty call on Jabrill Peppers added up to a loss. But the 11th loss in 11 games hasn’t seemed to diminish any belief in Jackson.

“He’s the coach of the Cleveland Browns and I’ll forever have his back,” Kirksey said. “And that’s what the men in this room do. We have his back.”

Players said similar things last year as well when the Browns’ first win did not come until the 15th game, on Christmas Eve.

If the Browns were going to fade into oblivion, it would and could have happened after the bye, when they were starting the second half 0-8 and Kizer had played a poor second half in London.

But the Browns played hard against the Lions in Detroit. They led in the first and third quarters, and were down by seven until less than five minutes remained. For most teams, that’s not much to be excited about; for the Browns it represents positive steps.

The Browns and Kizer did not have the wherewithal to stay with a very good and physical Jacksonville defense, but still trailed by three deep into the fourth quarter in a game when the Browns were not penalized once.

Cincinnati was similar to Detroit, except the offense was even better.

This week, the team gets Josh Gordon back.

The Browns have started every game aggressively and actively. Their problem is when the offense plays well, the defense gives up points (Detroit and Cincinnati) and when the defense plays well, the offense hasn’t scored (Minnesota).

Jackson has said his team has to be perfect to win, a statement about the overall talent on the roster. Monday, he was asked why he didn’t take a couple of chances in the end zone late in the first half with the Browns down 13. His answer: “We’re not equipped for that.” Call it the corollary to the perfection theory.

A team is its record, so the Browns have earned every bit of 0-11. After Sunday’s game, Kirksey made an impassioned speech to his teammates that was so vocal he could be heard in the media interview room adjacent to the locker room.

“I think he just expressed what everyone on the team is kind of feeling,” Bitonio said. “It has been crappy right now. It sucks, but we are not going to give up. We are not going to stop fighting.”

Players have made speeches and stood up for coaches in the past, but this team went on the road having lost 24-of-25 and put 405 yards of offense on the Bengals.

“I love the spirit of the group, the grit of the group and the resiliency of the group,” Jackson said.

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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Ryan Fitzpatrick wants no part of a quarterback controversy, and one surely doesn’t exist in Tampa Bay.

At least, not yet.

Fitzpatrick threw for 275 yards and two touchdowns in leading the Buccaneers past the Miami Dolphins 30-20 on Sunday.

Fitzpatrick now has as many wins as the Bucs’ starter this season — two, in two tries — as Tampa Bay got in Jameis Winston’s starts over the season’s first eight outings.

“I like being the Grandpa,” said Fitzpatrick, who turns 35 this week.

Grandpa can still play.

“Real confident, very smart, processes things well and can make plays outside the pocket,” Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans said. “He’s similar to Jameis. We have two really good quarterbacks.”

Winston has been dealing with an injury to his throwing shoulder, and it’s unclear how long he’ll be sidelined. He’s got some off-the-field issues dogging him again as well, after it was learned last week that the NFL is investigating an allegation that he groped a female Uber driver in 2016 — a claim that Winston has denied.

None of that mattered on the field Sunday, anyway, with Fitzpatrick completing 22 of 37 passes and leading what essentially was the winning drive in the final 3 minutes after Miami tied the game.

Fitzpatrick got the Bucs into range for an easy field goal by Patrick Murray, and Tampa Bay got a touchdown as time expired when the Dolphins fumbled away a last-ditch, lateral-filled kickoff return.

“I thought we really stepped up at the end there,” Fitzpatrick said. “It was tough getting things going in the second half. We had a couple of possessions where I think we had seven plays in the third quarter. Games are going to have those ebbs and flows.”

Bucs coach Dirk Koetter couldn’t heap enough praise onto Fitzpatrick after the win.

“Heck, he’s 2-0 as a starter … a calm, professional leader,” Koetter said. “When you go get a veteran backup like that, that’s what you’re looking for.”

The Buccaneers (4-6) still have playoff hopes — slim, but existent — because of their backup.

The Dolphins (4-6) may have to ask their backup to find a way to keep them hanging on as well.

Matt Moore took over at halftime when Jay Cutler was diagnosed with a concussion, and completed 17 of 28 passes for 282 yards and a touchdown that tied the game at 20-20 — after Miami trailed 20-7 when he took the field for the first time.

“I understand my role,” Moore said. “My role is the backup quarterback on this team and when it’s time to play it’s time to play. Whatever happens, when you get the call to go, there’s obviously excitement, you’re fired up, you’re ready to go. I’ve done this for a long time.”

He might have to do it again next week against the king of the NFL mountain: Miami goes to New England next Sunday.

Here’s some of what to know after the Bucs’ win over the Dolphins:
IT GETS NO EASIER

The Dolphins are in huge trouble. They play New England twice in the next three weeks. They’re looking at probable cold-weather games at Buffalo and Kansas City on Dec. 17 and Dec. 24. And they have only one game left against a team currently below the .500 mark — that would be Denver at home on Dec. 3. Add in the injuries, roster shake-ups and now Cutler’s status, and things look bleak at best.
NEEDED ROAD WIN

Put simply, this was a road win that the Buccaneers needed to have after six consecutive losses away from Raymond James Stadium. They’re on the road each of the next two weeks as well, first at Atlanta and then at Green Bay. It will be far from an easy finish, but at least this win may give the Bucs some hope.
THREEPEAT

Fitzpatrick has now won on the Dolphins’ home field as a starter for three different teams. He beat the Dolphins in 2010 while with the Buffalo Bills, in 2015 while with the New York Jets, and now with the Bucs. In 11 appearances against Miami, he’s 6-5.
STILLS’ BIG DAY

Dolphins wide receiver Kenny Stills caught seven passes for a career-best 180 yards — matching the seventh-most by a receiver in Miami history.

Stills’ previous career best was 162 yards at Pittsburgh on Nov. 30, 2014, and he hauled in the 61-yard touchdown pass from Moore late in the fourth quarter to get the Dolphins even.
NO RUN

Take away Damien Williams’ 69-yard run on the second Miami snap from scrimmage, and neither team got a ground game going. Tampa Bay ran the ball 24 times for 53 yards; the Dolphins, without that big Williams run, had 14 yards on 18 carries. Williams’ nine other carries went for a total of 9 yards.

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CHARLOTTE — When All-Pro wide receiver Julio Jones dropped a wide-open 39-yard touchdown pass with just under nine minutes left in regulation Sunday, you knew what kind of day it had been for the Atlanta Falcons.

Jones’ bobble magnified another implosion for the Falcons in a 20-17 loss to the Carolina Panthers. The Falcons actually looked poised to silence the crowd at Bank of America Stadium after jumping out to a 10-0 lead after one quarter, building steam off two forced fumbles by strong safety Keanu Neal. But they’ve developed a reputation for blowing such leads.

They did it again Sunday.

“We’ve been under the same roof, the 2017 team, for eight games,” Falcons coach Dan Quinn said. “We’re going to continue to address the areas that we need to improve on.”

A game that could have served as a statement to the rest of the NFC South turned out to be the same old story. It marked the third time this season that the 4-4 Falcons blew a lead to lose a game. They led 10-7 at home against Buffalo at halftime only to lose 23-17. They jumped out to a 17-0 lead at home against Miami only to lose 20-17.

And then came Sunday.

The Falcons dropped their division opener to the Panthers after supposedly having built momentum with last week’s close road win over the New York Jets. Now it’s fair to wonder if Quinn’s team can recapture any of the swagger from last year’s Super Bowl run in time to make a playoff run — or make the playoffs, period. Upcoming games at home against the Dallas Cowboys and on the road against the Seattle Seahawks will test the Falcons’ ability to “reset” and get back on track. Regrouping really hasn’t worked too well thus far.

The Falcons’ latest failure can be traced back to a second-quarter sequence that could have given them possibly a stranglehold on an important road win. They faced second-and-2 from Carolina’s 36-yard line with 5 minutes, 54 seconds left before halftime. What followed were three consecutive running plays for 1 yard, including a failed fourth-and-1 by Devonta Freeman. It was a series of plays that had critics calling for offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian’s head again, although the execution wasn’t there, either.

“We have to execute as players better than we did,” Ryan said. “We’ve got to be able to move the chains with three opportunities from 2 yards or less, regardless of what we’re calling — run or pass.”

Rather than driving for possibly a 17-0 lead right then, the Falcons put the Panthers in position for their first touchdown with penalties on Austin Hooper (illegal crackback) and Brian Poole (unnecessary roughness). Then, two plays after Christian McCaffrey’s 4-yard touchdown run, Ryan threw his seventh interception of the season, this one to Mike Adams on a pass he was trying to get to Hooper down the middle of the field.

“We’re going to stay aggressive, for sure,” Ryan said of the interceptions. “Felt like we have an opportunity with Hoop in front of the safety. They made a good play. That’s one of those situations, disappointing. We’ll look at the film and see how we need to be better moving forward, but we’re going stay aggressive.”

The Panthers turned the turnover into Cam Newton’s 9-yard touchdown run, and turned the tide of the game.

Some of the same issues continued to haunt the Falcons. They went 4-for-12 on third down, not to mention 0-for-3 on fourth down. They had eight penalties for 70 yards, some of them foolish defensive flags. And they couldn’t pick up a single yard when they needed it most and finished with just 53 rushing yards on 18 carries.

Although the Falcons weren’t out of it until the very end, thanks to a late Tevin Coleman 19-yard touchdown reception, they still have to learn how to finish.

“We just lost,” Freeman said. “I guess we didn’t click. We will go back to the drawing board, figure out what we need to do to win, and win.”

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The New York Jets’ surprising start has taken a turn toward ugly.

After a 25-20 loss to the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday stretched the Jets’ losing skid to three, one of their most respected players, Matt Forte, questioned the playcalling at rain-soaked MetLife Stadium.

“I only had four carries this game,” Forte said. “I don’t think we ran the ball enough with this weather being the way it was.”

It was a season low in carries for Forte, who finished with only 7 yards. The Jets (3-5) ran 22 times, compared to 36 dropbacks for quarterback Josh McCown, who passed for 257 yards and two touchdowns.

Forte said the game plan called for the Jets to feature the running game, but he believes they “strayed” from that.

“Definitely surprised by that,” Forte said. “We knew the weather was going to be like this. It continued to rain the entire game. I think we ran the ball only 20 times, something like that. There should’ve been at least one person getting 20 carries, the way the weather was. I thought we were going to grind them out on the ground. It ended up not turning out that way.”

The playcaller is first-time offensive coordinator John Morton, who operates a West Coast offense and has a passing background. He spent the past two seasons as the receivers coach for the New Orleans Saints.

“I think he’d probably say because he’s more of a pass-type of guy, coming from New Orleans, where they’re in a dome and you have Drew Brees, of course, throwing the ball,” Forte said. “You have to analyze your team and see what your guys do best.”

It was a one-possession game throughout the fourth quarter, yet the Jets passed on eight of their first 10 plays before they got into must-pass mode in the final minute. In fairness to Morton, the Jets struggled to run against the Falcons, managing only 43 yards.

Forte acknowledged as much, but he said they should’ve copied the Falcons’ approach.

“The running game is where you keep wearing on a defense,” he said. “The more you run it, then later on, you may pop a big one. [The Falcons] did that. We held them to under 3 yards a carry until they broke a long one at the end. We just have to keep grinding.”

Forte was referring to Tevin Coleman’s 52-yard run for Atlanta in the fourth quarter.

Forte said it would’ve been pointless to lobby Morton during the game because it was “pretty apparent” that the plan was to feature the running game.

“Everybody knows that was the game plan, and that’s what we wanted to do,” he said. “I’m not going to be on the headset telling somebody how to do their job.”

Forte said players “will and have” talked to Morton in the past about becoming more balanced offensively.

“We definitely have to get on the same page — everybody,” he said.

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