After San Diego's 31-0 rout, Ryan, Smith, and the Jets will likely be facing an angry fan base as well. And Ryan knows it.
"I've been beat before, but not like this. First off I apologize to our fans - those that are left," said Ryan, who said the loss was on him. "Clearly got outcoached. I thought we had a good plan going in and obviously that wasn't the case."
The Chargers (4-1) heaped more pain on the Jets (1-4), who lost their fourth straight game and turned to Michael Vick. Vick replaced Smith in the second half, but wasn't any more effective. Smith was 4-for-12 for 27 yards and one interception for a passer rating of 7.6. Vick was 8-for-19 for 47 yards.
Ryan said he made the switch to try and give the team a "spark". But he also said Smith was not totally to blame for the first-half performance and will get the start next Sunday at home. "It wasn't on him," Ryan said of Smith. "He wasn't the guy out there blocking or blowing assignments or doing whatever."
"How am I supposed to react over it?" Smith said about being benched. "I didn't like it, but I had to change my mindset to support these guys.
Smith said it was "a pathetic show on my part. I didn't help at any point during the game, so I'm going to look myself in the mirror."
Asked to evaluate his performance, Vick said: "We didn't score any points and that's the evaluation right there. We didn't get into the red zone until the fourth quarter and that's totally unacceptable."
The Jets were the first NFL team to be shut out this season and were blanked for the first time since losing 34-0 against San Francisco on Sept. 30, 2012.
The Jets didn't cross the 50 until 7:35 remained, thanks to a 33-yard gain on a pass interference call against Richard Marshall. The Jets had only four first downs through three quarters.
Vick was sacked on his second play. In the fourth quarter, Vick was called for intentional grounding on one drive and later was whistled for throwing a pass while beyond the line of scrimmage, negating a touchdown catch by Greg Salas. That left the Jets with fourth-and-goal from the 16 and Vick's completion was short.