Week 7: The Jets stay classy, San Diego

For those of you who are new to this – welcome to weekly Jets recap!  A chance for me point out the good, the bad, and the ugly about the previous day’s game.  This started out as just an email for 2 friends, but has slowly grown bigger. If you have any suggestion as to how I can improve these weekly recaps, please do let me know.  And feel free to forward this on to anyone else that you think might be interested in this.  And if you take issue with any of the analsyis, while you are probably wrong, I welcome the feedback.  Okay, on to the recap…

Ahhhhhhh….that was a sigh of relief.  It only took them 7 games to play a “complete” game.  The defense finally showed up (albeit not until the 2nd half), and we had a Plaxico sighting (or 3) on offense!  And welcome back running game – it was great to see you.

While it was clearly Gang Green’s best played game of the year, it was by no means without fault.  Still too many penalties, blown coverages, a number of big mistakes and a poor start to the game for the D.  But I think we can feel pretty good about that performance, especially going into the bye week:

Offense:

  • Shonn Greene – where you been hiding?  When he gets a head of steam, he is a beast.  That reminded me of the Jets 2 years ago. Running up the middle and just knocking people over.  No surprise that he gets 100 yards and Sanchez doesn’t have to throw for more than 200.  The O-line finally “clicked” and the offense was balanced.
  • Plaxico – what else is there to say – 4 catches, 3 TDs.  That’s pretty efficient.  He still looks like he could fall asleep on the field at any moment, but I will take that if he keeps catching TDs.  It must feel pretty good to know that a year ago you were making license plates, and now you are catching TDs in front of 80,000 people.
  • Sanchise – still ridiculously inconsistent.  He has some brilliant moments (especially that TD pass to Holmes that was called back), but then still throws some absolute killer INTs.   But probably his most solid game, including that nifty 25 yard run in the 4th quarter.   I think this game springboards him to a big 2nd half.  The haters will be silenced for a week.
  • Jeremy Kerley – liking this kid.  He will stick around for awhile.  No showboating, just biz (on a related note, I absoluitely hate the little thing Holmes does after a 1st down.  The refs must hate it more).
  • O-line – solid protection – crazy to see Mangold get called for 2 penalties in a row.  I bet that never happens again in his career.   Whenever Ducasse enters the game, I immediately do a shot of whisky.

Defense:

  • A tale of 2 halves really.  In the 1st half they probably couldn’t stop the vaunted Half Hollow Hills West High School football team (Go Colts).   Some nice 2nd half adjustments though to have their most dominant half of the year.  Solid performance by the entire D. Apparently they were pretty fired up by some comments that Warren Sapp made earlier in the day.  A more important question however is this – why is Warren Sapp an NFL analyst?   I picked the wrong career.
  • Revis is still very, very good.   There was one play in the 2nd half where he stayed stride for stride with Jackson on a long throw where Jackson made like 3 different moves – it was like watching a mirror image.  Just sick.  It’s so much fun to watch a player at the pinnacle of their game.  He is just amazing.   Obviously his INT turned the game again.  He’s probably responsible for 3 victories this year – Dallas (The pick that set up the game winning FG), last week against MIA and then the game turning pick this week.   Dude is UNDER paid.
  • Kyle Wilson should be starting.  Most improved player by far.  I know Cromartie is much bigger, but when are they going to realise that he is too inconsistent.   Make the change Rex.   (on a side note, after Wilson made that big INT, my Dad called me.  Now, whenever my phone rings during a game, it’s usually one of my parents calling to discuss the previous play.  If it’s a TD, it’s usually my mom calling.  If it’s a Jets mistake, it’s almost always my Dad.   So I was surpsied to hear my Dad on thep hone after the Wilson INT.  But in fact, he had called to talk about the comeback that the Bucs were trying to pull off in London.  Since moving to the Tampa area, he’s now a Bucs/D-Rays fan, usually when the Jets/Mets are sucking, which is often.   Needless to say, I had to remind him where his allegiances lie.  The Bucs were not discussed again…)
  • Eric Smith had a very good game.  I’ve been real critical of him in the past, but he finally stepped up and played great run D.
  • D-line really missed DeVito – probably the most underrated player on the defense.  Hope he gets back.  Plus his name is DeVito – sounds like either a Sopranos character or most people I went to high school with.
  • That Jim Leonard penalty on Gates in the end zone was bunk, but at least they were being called on both ways.

Special Teams

  • Normally a strength, this was not a good performance.  I think they were called for a penalty on every single punt return.  Sloppy stuff that you know Westhoff will clean up.

Coaching (a new addition here)

  • Mixed – they made a great 2nd half adjustment on D, but why is one until always so flat at the start of the game?   And I think that makes is the 4th or 5th time this year when they had 12 men on the field (saved by a Jets timeout this time) – that is just inexcusable.  Still too  many blown coverages as well and missed assignments.  I’m beginning to think that Mike Pettine needs to go.  There is too much talent for that to happen.

Rex looking especially stout in his trademark sweater vest...

Rex weight watch:  275 pounds?   There will be a “guess Rex’s weight” contest from this point forward.  Winner at the end of the year gets my circa 1993 Browning Nagle jersey.  A true collector’s item.

The bye week comes at a great time.  The team is pretty banged up, especially on defense, and could use the rest.  They could also use the time to clean up some of the sloppy play.

4-3 with the next 3 games against Buffalo (twice) and New England.  I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that the season, or at the least, the division will be determined in the next 3 weeks.  Need to go at least 2-1…enjoy the bye week.  I’ll be back in 2 weeks.  Go Jets!

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Week 6: Jets “mug” Miami

As much as I hate getting up at 6 am to watch a game, I can’t tell you how enjoyable it is to watch a game with the commercials removed for you already, and the 10 second fast forward button at your disposal.  It’s the little things….

So before we get too excited over a much needed win, let’s acknowledge that the Dolphins are bad.  Real bad.  And as much pleasure as that brings me as a Jets fan, we shouldn’t read too much into the game.  But a win is a win, and we did a bunch of encouraging things tonight…

Offense:

-How bad was the start to the game?   I think it was Four 3 and outs?  For whatever reason, they have just sucked in the 1st quarter the last 2 years.  They ahve to get that fixed.  Good teams will put them away early.  Sanchez in particular was awful.  When he is off, he is real off.  They need to figure out a way to get him going early.
-Was it just me, or did they gain positive rushing yardage everytime Conner was in the game?   Where the F has that been all year?   Enough of these 1 RB sets…pound it with the Terminator.
-Holmes proved why they gave him a big contract – some big catches and a great move on that TD catch.  Burress is proving why a lot of teams passed on him.  He just looks so disinterested.   Kerley is going to be a solid player for a long time.  Thanks for playing, Mase.
-O-line had their best game of the year.  Hopefully that is a sign of things to come.  Solid Pass and run block, and no major blow-ups.

-Sanchez needs to be more consistent.  Stating the obvious here, but he’s just so up and down.  But no turnovers, and he made some good reads.   They need to move him out of the pocket more and continue to use the play-action, which had mysteriously disappeared.

Defense:

-Revis is still very good.  I couldn’t believe how much they threw to him, and he let up a few passes, but man is he good.   That 100 yd return was fun.
-Cromartie, on the other hand, is not.  Why would he ever be on Marshall, or any #1 receiver for that matter?   I just don’t get why Revis isn’t on Marshall the entire game.   I actually think Kyle Wilson should be the #2 CB moving forward.
-David Harris is a beast.  That hit on Moore was sick.  I felt it here in London.
-Hello Aaron Maybin!  Where is this dude coming from?   He’s found a nice home in Rex’s D as a specialist.  Liking the look of him.
-Run D was solid

-I love Rex – blitzing on 4th down with 8 seconds left and the game in hand.  He was sending a message for sure:  I’m fat and crazy (speaking of, is he getting fatter as the season goes on?  Its like watching Oprah)

Special Teams:

-Ugh, what is normally the most solid unit, did not look good.  You know Westhoff is going to destroy someone this morning.   If they were playing any other team, they would have converted that turnover on the KO into points.
A few random points:
-Rex sent out Holmes & Moore together for the coin toss.  I love Rex – only he would think to do that.
-The talk about Jon Gruden’s new MNF contract was ridiculous.  Really?  Who cares.  I liked him better as Chucky the insane psychopath coach.

Next week, big home against SD coming off a bye.  Gates might be back, who will cause problems.  G shall be in attendance…

Okay, I’m off to have my 7am rally beer.
Til’ next week….

Week 5: The Evil Empire reigns victorious

Where to start…inconsistency has to be the theme of that game, and the year. We’ve yet to put together a truly complete game. Either the offense blows, or the defense. We really haven’t had a solid performance on both sides of the ball in one game (maybe Jax, but I kind of discount that game).

Is it just me or does the offense only play well when they HAVE to score? They should just run the 2 minute drill every set of downs…

We had some tough calls in that game – the reversal of the fumble call was a bit of a game changer (even though we scored on the next possession) and there were some questionable penalty calls, including the one against Revis, that gave them 1st downs. Thems the brakes…

Offense:
-7 of 11 drives were 3 and out. That is awful. Remember when Holmes said this team could average 30 pts a game? Let’s start with 20 pts a game boys. Play call continues to be beyond questionable. Pass to Jon Conner on 3rd down? why? You have the best pass catching RB of all time on your roster, (no disrespect, Johnny Johnson. Only Joe will get that joke) – why not pass to him?
-We saw the first showing of bad Plaxico. dropped passes, just looked disinterested. This is the player that Giants fans hated. Ugh.
-Dustin Keller anyone? Did he play?
-Shonn Greene – welcome back buddy. That’s the guy we were hoping to see. Running hard, bowling people over. He’s a man. More of that and we will win some games.
-Nick Mangold is the offense’s Revis. Looked like a totally different line.
-Sanchez is really up and down. Unbelievable throw to Holmes on that TD, but too many ducks. He needs to man up a bit.  Phil should have his dog hump him a few times.
-Schotty is lost. Real lost.

Defense:
-Revis is good. Real good. Did you see him track down Welker? Damn.
-Eric Smith is not good. Did you see him get smoked by Welker?
-Overall, a very good game for the D, but unfortunately couldn’t come thru in the clutch. But unfortunately not surprising when your defense has been on the field all day. Those guys must have been exhausted. The drive that the pats stuck down our throats at the end is what we did the last 2 years to opponents in the 4th quarter.
-Jamaal Westerman – Rutgers in the hizzy. Joe is psyched.

A few random thoughts:
-Joe McKnight is for reals on kick-off returns. I love watching him play
-Kerley will be a starter next year for us, or at the least our slot guy.
-I love watching a Phil Simms game. He’s the best analyst in the game – fair, honest and really knowledgeable, even if he blows smoke up Parcells’ ass whenever prompted.

We will bounce back next week on MNF, followed by a big game against the bolts. 2-3 isn’t great (our 3rd loss last year didn’t come until week 10), but not dire. I have faith.

J E T S.

Week 4: Season on the brink

Thought I’d get a little bit of an earlier start on this one.

First, to the positives:
-I have this thing called NFL GamePass – it lets you watch the game with all the commercials taken out already, and you can skip along in 10 sec increments.  I watched the entire game in 50 minutes, which is probably the best way possible to watch a shit show like that.
-I made a mean cup of coffee this morning.
-Yael and the boys are back home.  🙂
Ahhhh
So where to begin…
Offense:
-I know people hate on Schotty, often for the wrong reason, but really dude?  Last week he makes no 2nd half adjustments.  This week, he does nothing, at all.  Was that even a game plan?  Sure, they were hamstrung without Mangold and the Turnovers, but you know theRavens sit on every route, and have shitty CBs, so why not throw deep, just once?  Wait, they actually did – with 4 mins left in the game down 17.  Sweet dude, sweet.  I’m seriously losing patience
-Sanchez’ worst game as a Jet?  I know there was that 4 or 5 INT game against BUF his rookie season, and his O-line right now is a joke, but that was bad.  Dude has more balls tipped than anyone I can remember, and throws some ducks.  So much for stepping up and leading.
-I love the Jets strategy – whoever has a big game the week prior, is immediately taken out of the game plan by Schotty the following week (Burress Week 1, Holmes Week 2, LT Week 3).  I guess the good news here is that nobody had a big week this week!
-If the O-line isn’t fixed quick, we won’t win more than 7 or 8 games.  Obviously losing Mangold is probably about the worst injury the Jets could have, next to Revis.  He’s clearly proven that he’s almost indispensable.  But Wayne Hunter is also terrible.  How could the front office so poorly overestimate the quality and depth of the line?  What was always the strength, is now the albatross.
Defense:
-Well at least they played well.  Aaaron Maybin?  What?  Where did that guy come from.  I assume he’ll be sticking around
-Mo Wilkerson is for real.  Finally a young rookie on D that we can count on.
-Sadly, this was the defense’s best game of the year.  Too bad the Offense let up  27 points!
A few other random thoughts
-Get Joe McKnight more involved on offense.  Yes, sad that I’m writing that.
-The Ravens D is just awesome.  What they have that our D lacks is that nasty attitude.  They are intimidating. Our D is good, but they don’t bring that same edge and attitude.  I feel like we haven’t had that since Bryan Cox and his spearing neck pad of death.
-Revis is good.  Still.  Did Boldin even have a catch?
-I started Sanchez over Josh Freeman in Joe League.  Whoops.
So, 2-2.  2 losses away from Uncle G’s prediction.   The good news is that it’s 4 games in, and they are only 1 game off the lead.  The bad news is that they are playing terrible, and are on the road against NE next week.  Ahhhhh.
We’ve been here before with this team though.  So no jumping off the bandwagon.  Yet.