After Brock Wright gave the Lions a 20-17 lead on a 51-yard catch-and-run with 1:49 left, the Jets took possession at their own 25-yard line with all three timeouts.
Quarterback Zach Wilson was sacked on the opening kickoff, but head coach Robert Saleh opted not to call the snap at that point and didn’t give up after Wilson hit wide receiver Garrett Wilson a few plays later for a 22-yard gain. Saleh called another timeout when the two Wilsons connected on a 10-yard drive with less than a minute to play and about 12 seconds on the clock until the Jets’ next drive.
The Jets would eventually use two timeouts on a drive that ended with a 58-yard Greg Zuerlein field goal attempt on the final play of the game. Zuerlein missed, and many wondered if the Jets might have had a better chance to win or tie the game if Saleh had managed his timeouts differently.
Saleh didn’t deny the thought after the game, but expressed no regrets about how things turned out.
“I can probably look back on it and say we definitely should have used one,” Saleh said, via ESPN.com’s Rich Cimini . “But at the same time, when you have three timeouts, time is not an issue, whether you take advantage of it or not. But, yeah, in hindsight for me, I could have called a timeout to tie the guys up.”
There were a lot of missed opportunities for the Jets in Sunday’s loss, and that has been a theme in each of their close losses this season. Those missed opportunities add up to a 7-7 record and will give them plenty of room to mourn if the season ends without a playoff berth.