Kevin Barnes said he had two choices: Hit Mark Sanchez in the chest or around the leg area.
The Redskins cornerback blitzed unblocked from the slot position late in the third quarter of the Jets 34-19 victory and drilled Sanchez.
Unfortunately for Barnes, he was called for unnecessary roughness.
The Jets eventually punted on the possession but it did flip the field position the Jets would have to punt from inside their own 20-yard line; instead, the Redskins started their drive at their own 14.
Barnes said afterward the penalty was because the hit came after the play was blown dead because of Dustin Kellers false start.
It wasnt helmet to helmet, Barnes said. They threw the flag because it was after the whistle. Nobody could hear. They blew a whistle and Im playing and I hit the quarterback simultaneously.
Barnes penalty erased Kellers flag and resulted in a 15-yard penalty.
It was only the second illegal hit on the quarterback by the Redskins this year Rob Jackson roughed Sam Bradford in Week 4.
No Sacks A First
For the first time this season, the Redskins defense was unable to record a sack.
As a line, we definitely tried to zero in and understand that protection is the key and we did everything we could to protect Sanchez, left tackle DBrickashaw Ferguson said. Mark did a great job of getting the ball out and made our job easier.
The Redskins entered the game averaging three sacks per game.
After the Redskins took a 16-13 lead with 7:52 remaining, Graham Ganos kickoff to the Jets 20 (45 yards) before Josh Baker returned it 29 yards.
Upon viewing, it looked like the Redskins called a directional kick with hang time to catch the Jets off guard. But Shanahan said Ganos foot into the ground before the ball as the reason why the kickoff was short.
The Jets took advantage of the field position to quickly move down the field and go ahead for good on Sanchezs 30-yard touchdown pass to Santonio Holmes.
Jets coach Rex Ryan said he wished running back Shonn Greene would have gone to the ground on purpose instead of scoring a 25-yard touchdown with 1:47 remaining.
That was something I was a little upset about because of the simple fact we had to go back and play defense, you have to cover a kick and sometimes Ive seen guys get injured in those situations, Ryan said. Thats something I was disappointed in myself for not telling them.
Redskins running back Roy Helu rushed for 100 yards and had all of the offenses 23 attempts.
Helu became the first Redskins rookie back to rush for at least 100 yards in consecutive games since Reggie Brooks in 1993 (Weeks 10-11).
Nose tackle Barry Cofield batted down two passes, giving him a career-high eight for the season, which is the most among NFL defensive tackles.
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