I’m still kind of in shock to be honest. How did we win that game? We definitely didn’t deserve to win. But as they say…a win is a win is a win. Did it inspire confidence? Definitely not. But that’s 1 win down…5 more to go.
There are a lot of storylines to discuss in this one, but the lead has to be Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson and his gunshot mocking antics. As you may know, Jets wide receiver Plaxico Burress served 20 months in jail for carrying a loaded gun into a nightclub, and then promptly shooting himself in the leg (enough has been written on that story already). He served his time, and is now back in the NFL, and is having a great season with the Jets. He’s redeemed himself and rededicated himself.
Today, after Stevie Johnson caught at touchdown in the 2nd quarter, he acted as if he shot himself, and then went on to mock the Jets’ “flight” celebration that Burress & Holmes often do after scoring a TD. Wow. Classy move Stevie Johnson. I’m sure that one is going to earn you a lot of respect from your fellow NFL players. You deserve the media firestorm that’s headed your way…(Johnson went on to drop not one, but 2 potential game-winning TDs in the game. Karma is a bitch)
Storyline #2: Mark Sanchez (shocker). Could that be the worst 4-TD performance for a QB in NFL history? His performance defies logic. He threw 4 pretty sweet TDs, including a phenomenal game-winning TD, on the run, to Holmes. Yet the rest of the game he was awful – over/under-throwing receivers, poor decisions and another back-breaking interception that led directly to a Bills TD. One step forward, two steps back with the Sanchise.
Storyline #3: Poor Jets coaching. Once again, the decisions by the coaches are bizarre. Even the most amateur of NFL fans could pick up on this. Abandoning the run in the 4th quarter when you’ve been dominating on the ground all game? Check. Having a guy (Cromartie) who hasn’t returned a punt all year long to be your punt returned in a critical game? Check (he fumbled the punt). Calling Timeouts early in the 2nd and 3rd quarters for no apparent reason? Check. It was maddening to watch. There were times that I truly believed that Schotty was trying to get fired. It was that bad.
Storyline #4: Revis is human. Was that Revis’ worst game as a Jet? I think so. He was repeatedly burned by Stevie Johnson and even gave up a TD. As my Dad said…”it looked like he took a few Xanax before the game…” Whatever it was, he played poorly and looked very average. The guess here is that he was hurt and the Jets never let on. It will be interesting to see how that plays out in the media this week.
Storyline #5: The Jets are still alive. 6-5 and still “in the hunt” (at least on paper) as they say. That said, they will have to play a lot better to even think about making a run to the playoffs.
Onto the quick summary:
- Sanchez – a bizarre game for him. He made some huge throws in the red zone, and then some throws that just made your stomach drop. My mom (one of the more astute NFL fans I know) said it best at half-time: “You can tell he has no confidence right now.” He better get some, and fast. The season still rests on his right arm.
- Greene – another great game for him. He’s running with power and attitude and gets stronger as the game goes on. Which makes is it even more shocking that they continue to go away from him in the 4th quarter. I’m beginning to think that Schotty might be dumb. I’m serious and I don’t meant that in a nasty way. I think he may be lacking intelligence. There is no other logical explanation here.
- Receivers – Burress made some ridiculous catches, including the one-handed grab that saved the game/season at the end of the 4th quarter. Holmes’ game-winning TD was clearly clutch, and Keller was a beast. Please, please feature him some more Schotty. I’m begging you.
- Overall, a mediocre game for the defense. They made some big stops, but they never dominated and you never felt like they were in control. They were really helped by some big drops on that last drive – result could have been very, very different. Their lack of pass rush was really problematic today. That continues to be a big weakness for them (and has been since the start of Rex).
- Revis: He is human. I really couldn’t believe what I was seeing. All day he was getting beat. It’s as if he was as surprised as the fans were that they were throwing at him, and with success. A humbling performance to say the least. It will be fun to see how he bounces back next week. I worry for next week’s #1 receiver.
- Cromartie: As I’ve been advocating for weeks, please demote this clown. His muffed punt nearly lost them the game. He then gives up the game-tying TD. He whiffed wildly on a tackle on a critical 3rd down play. He’s really just garbage. I know that having 7 kids to 6 moms is tiring, but that’s no excuse.
- Mike Westhoff, the Special Teams Coach and future Hall of Famer, has had an amazing career. Unfortunately this year is not part of that amazing career. He’s already announced that this will be his last year, but in all honesty, he probably should have retired a year ago. Another special teams gaffe almost cost them the game. The decision to have Cromartie back there returning punts is on him. There best be a good reason.
- Unless the Jets make a deep run into the playoffs (not likely), my prediction is that both Schotty and Pettine (D-Coordinator) will be fired. Today’s performance did nothing to change my mind. Bizarre play calling on both sides, especially on offense. They opened the game with a run by the Fullback (who has less than 10 carries on the year) and it really never got better. Again, maybe Schotty’s just not that bright.
Rex Ryan Weight Watch: Is it just me, or did Rex look like he actually dropped a few? Kind of surprising, especially after Thanksgiving. Maybe he was just wearing a bigger sweater.
So…6-5 now. Battling for the last playoff spot. Still alive, but barely. This was not a dominant performance. This was an anxiety-inducing, nail-biting, throw your jersey at the TV at least 3 times (just me?) kind of performance. But they won. Another week of analysis. Another week of hope. Another week…Let’s Go Jets!