The Jets returned to practice yesterday after a full week off. They are 0-2 after the bye week under Rex, and each time he has given them a full week off (the NFL only mandates that players get 4 days off in a row). Yet he stuck to the formula again. You can argue both sides of this – Yes, they needed the rest, but clearly this strategy has not worked the last 2 years. Some of you may recall the 9-0 clunker against GB a year ago…
A few thoughts as we enter the 2nd half of the season:
- We are surprisingly in the “driver’s seat” at the moment. Now, those that know me know that I’m prone to making silly predictions and plans for the season, but what the heck. If we beat Buffalo next week (we are 2-0 on the road against them in the last 2 years) and the Pats the week after (Pats have never beaten Rex or the Sanchise at home), we would be in 1st place. Another win against Buffalo 2 weeks after that and things are looking really good. These are all really big “Ifs”…
- The team is gaining confidence. I like what the players have been saying in the bye week – they seem confident, but not cocky, and they seem to recognize how fortunate they are to be in the position they are in. The conference is crowded at the moment (the Chiefs are 4-3!), but there is no reason for them not to make the playoffs. Beyond the Bills and the Pats, they have only 2 really tough games left – at Philly and home against the Giants. Everything else is very winnable.
- The attitude is back – check out this quote from Matt Slauson: http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york/jets/post/_/id/8388/slauson-hunter-an-upgrade-over-woody
Revis – loyal readers know that Revis is my favorite Jet. He’s a professional, he’s classy, and he’s simply the best at his craft. If he’s not the best player in the NFL right now, he’s the best defensive player for sure (please debate me on this…). This article sums up just how sick of a season he’s having – he’s allowed 10 receptions – yes – TEN – all year. That’s ridiculous given that he plays every snap. No TDs allowed and QBs have a 2.9 (yes, 2.9) passer rating when throwing towards him. http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york/jets/post/_/id/8369/another-take-on-revis-ridiculous-season
Finally, can someone please fill me in on Tim Tebow? I know that most people are now down on him after last week’s debacle against the Lions (gotta love the Lions this year – talk about a franchise in need of some love), but what was the infatuation before that? Yeah, he can run, but i’m pretty sure that my 2 year old son has a better arm and more accuracy than he does. It’s interesting, the Packers seem to have been the only franchise who has been able to replace their hall of fame legendary QB in the past 10 years. The Broncos, Dolphins, Bills, Cowboys, 49ers – they’ve all struggled. It’s taken the Jets nearly 15 years to replace Ken O’Brien. I kid, I kid. Here’s hoping that the Pats & Colts have the same struggle in a few years….
So, big game on Sunday. I predict a lot of Shonn Greene and Santonio Holmes when they do throw it.