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Sunday, December 9, 2018

Jets Special Teams And Sam Lead Comeback!

  In a game that seemed lost a million different times the Jets came back to beat the Buffalo Bills 27-23. Todd Bowles who went through a week no one would want came up big going for the win instead of a tie on 4th down as the game was winding down. When the game started, nothing seemed to go right for the Jets. The first defensive series was a disaster as Josh Allen looked like he wanted show the Jets they made the wrong choice bypassing him for Sam Darnold in the draft. Allen showed everyone the gun he has for an arm but it was his legs that really impressed. He ended the drive scoring a touchdown on a 7 yard run. The Jets went 3 and out but it was seeing Sam Darnold walk into the locker room with what appeared to be another foot injury that concerned all Jet fans. At that moment I was hoping he wouldn’t return so he wouldn’t get another serious injury. In fact I didn’t want him to play the rest of the season with the talent that he is surrounded by. Today I was wrong. Sam proved his worth but more on that later. After Jamal Adams recovered a Josh Allen fumble Jason “Mr. Offense” Myers hit a 47 yard field goal. Josh McCown had replaced Sam and to be honest, he really should not see the field again as a player. The Jets should activate Davis Webb for the remainder of the season and let McCown start his coaching career. He cannot play quarterback anymore. The Bills scored another touchdown on a drive that Buster Skrine was called for pass interference that was the big play. The Jets scored on another field goal and the Bills answered with another touchdown. After a tremendous kickoff return by Andre Roberts for 86 yards, the Jets finally did something we very rarely see. They scored a touchdown on a run by Trenton Cannon.
  At the half the Bills were ahead 17-13. It was pretty remarkable the Jets were still in this game. It seemed like whenever the Buffalo needed a big play, Josh Allen would take off for a run. Or the Jets would commit a dumb penalty. As far as the penalties, there were 2 very questionable roughing the passer calls that the NFL has got to review. After each of those calls I had to wipe my eyes because I thought we were playing the Patriots who always get that call even if it just a sneeze in Tom Brady’s direction. On one of Josh Allen’s runs, he straight armed Leonard Williams who has about 70 lbs. on Allen. Williams (2 tackles, 1 Assist) did have a good game and it seemed he was getting stronger creating havoc as the game went on. The Jets penalties seemed to be out of control. That Buster Skrine pass interference happened on a 3rd and 4. On the second Bills TD, Jet linebacker Neville Hewitt seemed like a deer in the headlight just not reacting and the announcer mentioned it.
  The second half will be remembered by two plays. Both by Sam Darnold that should excite Jet fans. In the third quarter the only score was a Bills field goal. Sam Darnold had a bad interception throwing across his body.  A similar motion like his first ever NFL pass that went for a pick six. In the quarter the Bills had a 3rd and 18 and on a run that went 16 yards, Hewitt fanned on the tackle. Horrible fundamentals. I don’t know if it is me or every Jet fan feels this way. It has seemed for the longest time that whenever the Jets opponent has a 1st and 25 or a 3rd and 20, it doesn’t matter. The yardage gets eaten up just as quick as if the opponent only needed one yard. Drives me crazy!
  The Bills missed a 54 yard field goal. Then it was the Sam Darnold show with some help from Elijah McGuire. Sam was on target and showed his worth as the 3rd pick in the draft. He was throwing darts dead on to Leggett, Herndon and Enunwa. McGuire got a 34 yard run with a great stiff arm but it was the touchdown pass to Robby Anderson that was as thrilling as any touchdown Jet fans have seen in years. Darnold took the snap and was flushed out to his right. He then circled what seemed to be the long and wide route to his left and miraculously found a small window and hit Robby Anderson for a touchdown. It was a great play and a play Sam probably wouldn’t have made in his first few games. After a Buffalo field goal, Andre Roberts (co-MVP today with Sam) returned the ball to the 34 yard line after a 5 yard Bills penalty was enforced. Sam hit McGuire for 9 yards. After an incompletion and a 4 yard McGuire run, Darnold hit Rishard Matthews for 6 yards. Then Sam’s second great play. He goes deep to Robby Anderson for a perfect 37 yard pass up the right sideline. Darnold put the ball in the only place Anderson could catch it and he did a great job keeping his feet in bounds. The Jets tried three times and missed getting the ball into the end zone. With the ball on the one yard line, and Todd Bowles deserves all the credit in the world, instead of going for a field goal, the Jets went for it. They gave the ball to Elijah McGuire on a sweep right and he scores the winning touchdown. The Bills got the ball but a Josh Allen interception by Truman Johnson (3 tackles, 2 INT’s) gave the Jets their first win in what seemed like an eternity. Fans who wanted a high draft pick in 2019 got burned but believe me it was worth it seeing Sam Darnold play the way he did. And Robby Anderson (4 rec. 76 yards 1 TD) looked like the Anderson from last year. Sam Darnold (16/24 170 yds.1TD 1INT) played big today. Of his 16 pass completions, 9 different receivers caught the ball. This kid sees the field. He will continue to make mistakes but Sam Darnold has a chance to be a real good football player and an outside chance to be a star. The Jets must surround him with weapons and protection.

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Give Todd Credit
As all Green Rewind readers know I am not a Todd Bowles fan as a head coach. In fact I wanted him fired 2 years ago and have criticized him endlessly. With that said as a man, Todd Bowles has class. He was being blitzed in the newspapers all week. He never fought back and always took the high road. He always backs his players and never throws anyone under the bus. In a game today the Jets could have mailed it in, they played hard for their coach and came back with a victory. Todd Bowles deserves a lot of credit this week and if he is fired like it sounds, all Jet fans should wish him luck in his next job which will probably be as a defensive coordinator somewhere. 

Green Tidbits
…..Announcer probably only saw Jets opener against the Lions. How in the world can he say Darron Lee was having a very good year before he was suspended. Darron Lee is the “roller skate kid” the way he gets pushed back for what seems like 20-25 yards on some plays…..TE Eric Tomlinson had another big penalty on a Roberts return…..Chris Herndon was invisible until he made that 14 yard catch in the 4th quarter. Hopefully we’ll be hearing Darnold to Herndon for a long time……Jordan Leggett had a nice clutch catch but missed one he should have had…..DB Rashard Robinson (#30) is a disease. As soon as he came in for Claiborne, the passes went right to Robinson’s man. This was an awful pick up by the Jets last year and he should not see the field again…..Linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis had a sack today and had a blocked punt last week. Keep this man on the field. Also Brandon Copeland and Frankie Luvu need to play more….Draft pick DL Nathan Shepherd is playing less and less. Could be another Mike Maccagnan bust…..Draft pick Parry Nickerson is MIA or just missing…..Give Bills and former Jet running back Chris Ivory credit. He is 30 years old and continues to run and play hard…..Un-drafted free agent wide receiver Robert Foster of the Bills has been a real find. Today he only had 7 receptions for 104 yards…..DL Henry Anderson continues to be a great pick up. With a 1/2 sack today, he has 17 tackles and 3 sacks. Not bad…..After Darnold’s interception, he was 9/13, 119 yards with a touchdown and no more turnovers…..Despite a couple of brain freezes, LB Neville Hewitt was excellent filling in for the recently suspended Darron Lee…..Brant Boyer is the Jets special teams coaching in case you are wondering. He has had 2 good weeks in a row.....

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What The Jet Scribes Are Saying
Rich Cimini, ESPN
For 11 seconds, the New York Jets were as good as anybody in the NFL. Sam Darnold had the ball, and everything went right for a team that has experienced so much wrong this season.On one magical play, Darnold outran the Buffalo Bills, going this way and that way – a 46.8-yard scramble, according to NFL NextGen Stats. A highlight-film block from tackle Kelvin Beachum got him out of trouble, and wide receiver Robby Anderson -- invisible for stretches of the season -- got open to create a small window in the end zone. On the run, Darnold fired a 7-yard touchdown pass to Anderson, the signature play in the Jets’ 27-23 win on Sunday at Next Era Field. It was the most yards run by a quarterback on a completion in the last two seasons, but it was so much more than that for the Jets (4-9), who snapped a six-game losing streak. With one play in the fourth quarter, and a few other gems that followed, the Jets saw into their future. Darnold displayed poise and playmaking ability, giving the forlorn franchise something to feel good about in this dreadful season…..Darnold (16-for-24, 170 yards) played an uneven game, throwing an ugly interception in the third quarter, but he perked up in crunch time. Years from now, the game will be remembered for The Scramble. It was a schoolyard play in which he scrambled right … and then left … and then unleashed a laser to Anderson. At one point, he was 20 yards behind the line of scrimmage.
“He does really good outside the pocket,” wide receiver Quincy Enunwa said. “We have to figure out more ways to get him doing that. When he was coming out in the draft, I think that was one of the things he did best. Now that he’s healthy, we have to make sure he’s attempting that a little bit more.”
It had been a long time since he had delivered a "wow" moment. It didn't change the narrative of the season, which was ruined several weeks ago, but it provided a glimmer of hope.

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Danish Mehta, NY Daily News
Jets outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins won’t be exchanging Christmas gifts with Josh Allen, left tackle Dion Dawkins or any other Bills anytime soon after a cheap shot and a whole lot of trash talking Sunday. Jenkins didn’t hold back when describing Buffalo’s rookie quarterback in the wake of the Jets’ 27-23 win.“He can throw the ball far… maybe not accurate,” Jenkins told two reporters in the winning locker room. “I don’t really like that guy. That guy was talking trash out there. Personally, I couldn’t care less about that guy.” Allen carved up the Jets defense for 87 rushing yards and a touchdown on seven scrambles in the first half before the Jets made adjustments to hold him to just two runs for 14 yards in the second half. Allen, who had rushed for 99 and 135 yards in the previous two games, was the engine of the Bills offense that jumped out to a 14-3 first-quarter lead. He scrambled for 48 yards, including a 6-yard touchdown, on the game’s opening drive before Gang Green held him in check. “He was feeling himself,” Jenkins said. “He was talking trash out there today.”
Jenkins’ anger was fueled by left tackle Dion Dawkins’ chop block on the first play from scrimmage. Jenkins was engaged with the guard when Dawkins executed the dirty play that prompted the outside linebacker to briefly leave the game with an ankle injury.
“I took myself out, because I couldn’t really move well and I had to go inside,” said Jenkins, who returned and finished with two tackles, including one tackle for loss. “I was trying to get some taped up to help out. After the play, I told (Dawkins), ‘If you do that again, I’ll kill you.’ I was enraged at the time. That’s a career-ender. You’re trying to mess up my life. That’s classless. You don’t dive at somebody’s ankle when somebody’s engaged with somebody. That’s not real football.
“We know the tight end’s cut block,” Jenkins continued. “That’s totally legal. But if you’re diving at somebody’s ankles when you’re engaged with somebody, that’s classless. That’s not real football. That’s some punk type stuff.” Keeping Allen in the pocket made all the difference in the second half.

Brian Costello, NY Post
The Jets only had 248 total yards, but we’re grading on a curve here. They actually scored three touchdowns, equaling as many as they had in the previous five games. QB Sam Darnold (16-of-24, 170 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, 83.7 rating) showed what he can do in a brilliant fourth quarter when he made some big-time plays to lead the Jets to the win. The offensive line had a strong game, allowing no sacks and opening holes for 78 yards rushing…..The Jets continue to play hard despite being out of the playoff race. That is a reflection on Todd Bowles, who has not let the team give up on the season. Bowles made a nice adjustment in the second half to keep Allen in the pocket and stop him from running all over the Jets. Offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates had some suspect calls, but he pushed the right buttons in the fourth quarter.

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Jets, Jets, Jets! Same Garbage!

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The 2018-19 New York Jets have got to be the dumbest football team ever put together by any organization. If they were on Kids Jeopardy they would lose. I’ve been a fan since 1964 and the Jets invent new ways to blow games. The only silver lining today was that this game did not go into overtime and we were all spared and out of our misery 30 minutes sooner. What in the name of Darrol Ray is going on in Jet land? How can the ownership keep going on with this coach even though the season is lost? Why do the Jets ever not make half time adjustments? And why in the world was Robby Anderson still on the field for the rest of the game, yes the rest of the game when he got the dumbest penalty in the history of the NFL?  The penalties the Jets got today are an embarrassment to the whole Jet organization. They had eleven penalties today. Morris Claiborne makes $7 million dollars a year and today he played like his cleats were chained together. What a bum Claiborne has turned out to be. Besides the Anderson first half penalty, Kelvin Beachum had a horrible penalty wiping out a huge pass gain by Chris Herndon. On that last Titan scoring drive of the game, Claiborne, Jordan Jenkins and Trumaine Johnson had penalties that were inexcusable. And let me say this about Trumaine Johnson. He had a huge pick six in the first half but this free agent signing has to go down as one of the worst in NFL history. After his INT, he quit playing. What a loser he is.

There is nothing coming out of this season the way the Jets are coached. And then I have to hear Todd Bowles say at the post game press conference that he doesn’t know how to change things. Thank God Bowles is not a heart surgeon operating on someone you or I love. Losing begins at the top and Todd Bowles is one of the biggest losers as a head coach I have ever seen. He does not know what to do with any type of lead whether it is 16-0 or 22-13. And Jeremy Bates who I defended just does not know his offensive personnel and how to get the ball into the end zone. Jason Meyers the Jets kicker has had a great season but a lot of that is the result of the Jets inept offense. They are last in the NFL in the red zone and cannot score touchdowns.

A few things from the first half. The Jets blocked a punt and an extra point. Josh McCown (17/30 128yds. 1 INT) looked okay.  Frankie Luvu and Brandon Copeland and Jamal Adams were all over the place. Watching the first half you would swear there two or three Jets on defense wearing #33. On the negative I have about had it with Robby Anderson and his selfish antics. Henry Anderson had a sack that was wiped out because of a Jet penalty. It is so obvious to me the Jets defense cannot handle the opponents hurry up offense. The Titans went right down the field at the end of the second quarter.  The Jets went up 16-6 at half time and was getting the kickoff in the second half. Things seemed good.

In the second half the Jets got outscored 20-6 and did not have an offensive touchdown today. Andre Roberts had a real good game today returning kickoffs and had a nice pass reception. After Josh McCown played okay in the first half, he quit playing in the second half and cannot close the deal. He is a trooper but it is time to move on from him after the season. Josh McCown just does not see the field well. If the next coach the Jets hire is a defensive coach, it will be the dumbest thing they could do. Isaiah Crowell (21 carries, 98 yards, 4 receptions, 9 yards) played hard today and had some good runs. Chris Herndon always seems to be open.  In the third quarter McCown had a nice third down pass to Jordan Legget that was wiped out because of a penalty by Eric “penalty machine” Tomlinson. On the Titans winning touchdown drive they went 66 yards on 6 plays in 1:10 minutes. What disgrace.

A season of hope with a franchise quarterback that fell into the Jet’s lap is turning into another disaster. For Todd Bowles to coach the way he has and GM Mike Maccagnan to provide the personnel he has is an insult to any Jet fan who follows this team. I feel sorry for all those Jet fans who have season tickets and all those who go out of their way to attend road games. A complete house cleaning is in order. In a league where offense is the emphasis the Jets are going backwards. Look at the last five games-all losses.
    Game      Offensive TDs.
Titans 26-22           0
Pats   27-13            1
Bills  41-10             1
Dolphins 13-6         0
Bears 24-10           1

The Jets have scored three offensive touchdowns in 20 quarters of football. Teams that are coached well get better as the season goes on. Look at the Houston Texans. They were 0-3 and now they are 9-3. The Steelers started out 1-2-1 and now they are 7-3-1. Even the New England Patriots were 1-2 and now they are 9-3. Great organizations and great coaches figure it out. They are not immune to player injuries or other problems. The Jets don’t have an answer and I don’t trust Maccagnan with all that free agent money available. The Jets need a culture change in the worst way. All the Jets are playing for now is a high draft pick. I want to see Sam Darnold play again but it is probably in the organizations best interest to sit him. This GM and coaching staff will ruin this kid. Come on Johnson family, show some guts!

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Green Tidbits
…..I may be wrong but did CBS go to commercial in the second quarter in the middle of a live play?…..Brandon Copeland #51 plays with heart….. Jet tight ends Jordan Leggett and Chris Herndon were the most reliable Jets today along with Crowell, Meyers and Adams….Besides Jenkins bad penalty, he had a nice sack in the 4th quarter….On one McCown scramble, if he went straight instead of veering off, he gets a first down…..Robby Anderson wants a long term deal. Show us some discipline and we’ll show you the money…..If there is a fumble on the field, don’t hope, the Jets won’t recover…..As a team the KC Chiefs have 37 passing TDs so far. The Jets have 12…..Jets host the Texans December 15th and the Packers December 23. The over/under for people to show up is 25,000. If Sam doesn’t play it is 18,000. Mostly Texan and Packer fans…..I remember Leon Hess famous quote  “I am 80 years old and want to win now.” At 65 I’m beginning to know how he felt…..The Pats have had one coach for a long time. The Jets have gone through Herm Edwards, Eric Mangini, Rex Ryan and Todd Bowles....My wife's family is from Boston and things are so bad for me that on Mondays I refuse to answer my phone when I see a 617 area code on the other end....

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What The Jet Scribes Are Saying
Rich Cimini, ESPN
Each week, the New York Jets sink a little lower. Each week, their glaring warts are on full display. They can't score touchdowns, their defense crumbles in big spots and they commit dumb penalties. Worst of all? They've been infected by a losing mentality, the type of virus that can ruin teams and ruin seasons…..
It was on full display Sunday at Nissan Stadium, where the Jets came unglued in the second half and fell to the Tennessee Titans, 26-22 -- their sixth straight loss. This was brutal. The Jets led 16-0, but they played as if they expected something bad to happen. And it did. Over and over…..The Jets took a nine-point lead into the fourth quarter, but their offense played dead. Josh McCown, who started his third game for the injured Sam Darnold, failed to lead a single touchdown drive. McCown passed for 282 yards and threw a late interception to seal the defeat. Running back Isaiah Crowell, who complained last week about the play calling, was a bright spot with 98 rushing yards. Big deal. It didn't amount to anything.The Jets started with a 7-0 lead, thanks to a pick-six by Trumaine Johnson -- their first takeaway in six games. They blocked a punt and blocked a PAT, doing weird things to stay in the lead. You know things are bad when the best player on the team is the kicker -- Jason Myers, who kicked five field goals…..

Brian Costello, NY Post
The Jets season died weeks ago, but the Titans threw another shovel full of dirt on it for good measure. The Jets blew a 16-point lead and suffered another brutal loss in a brutal season, this one a 26-22 meltdown. It was their sixth straight loss, dropping their record to 3-9. The 6-6 Titans looked primed for an upset for most of the day, but the Jets wasted opportunities by settling for field goals, committing silly penalties and not being able to come up with one final stop…..

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Jets Lose Again & Again!

In human history a moral victory is always a disaster, for it debauches and degrades both the victor and the vanquished.
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Another week and another loss. No, there aren’t moral victories in the NFL. In a game that the New England Patriots looked more Jet like in the first half with ridiculous penalties, they still pulled out a victory 27-13. Fans have to remember that against the Patriots very rarely do the Jets get: an interception, a fumble or a sack. The Jet players would have to play above their talent level and coach Todd Bowles would have to out coach the best coach in the history of the NFL. There are just too many variables for the Jets to have any chance to come away with a victory. Of course Bill Belichick makes half time adjustments and the Patriots run through the Jets like a hot knife through butter to start the 3rd quarter. They mix up the pass perfectly and always to seem get the clutch play. On a 3rd down play in the second half Tom Brady made his best pass of the day to Josh Gordon for a first down. The Jets have neither the coaching or the talent (see Mike Maccagnan) to compete with the New England Patriots.

In the first half the Jets actually got out to a 7-0 lead on a fine pass from Josh McCown to Jermaine Kearse who also had a nice 
one-handed catch earlier in the game. To beat the Pats you have to play an almost flawless game and once you make a mistake, they make you pay. After the Jets touchdown, they got an extra 15 yards on the kickoff thanks to another Patriot penalty. With the extra 15 yards why not try to "pooch it" high to maybe have the Pats start below their own 15 yard line. No such hope. The Jets coach and play too vanilla-like.

On the Patriots TD drive it was 4th and 2 and their was a penalty on the Patriots that the Jets took. On the next play the Pats scored a TD on a nice pass to Rob Gronkowski. Some including me would have not given the Patriots an extra down. They may very well have gone for it on 4th and 2 and that’s what the Jets should have done. The teams traded field goals and the score at half time was 10-10. The Jets made an excellent stop forcing the Pats three and out after an interception thrown by Josh McCown. Jason Meyers nailed a 55-yard field goal. Meyers along with Lac Edwards may be the Jets best players this year. Not to be overlooked in the first half was the play of Jamal Adams who was all over the field on both runs and pass defenses. And he continued playing hard throughout the second half.

In the second half as mentioned, BB and the Patriots made the adjustments. The Jets were able to hold them to a field goal on the 3rd quarter opening drive and matched it with their own field goal by Jason Meyers (38 yards). After that it was all New England. The Pats offensive line wore down the Jets front 7 and literally did what they wanted. Sony Michel rushed for 133 yards (1 TD) and James White rushed for 73 yards but it was their yards per rush that was stunning. Michel averaged 6.3 and White 8.1 yards per rush. Think about it, with those stats after a first down run giving Tom Brady second and two or second and three opens up the world to him. And remember the Jets do not get turnovers. The touchdown scores in the second half were a 21 yard reception by Julian Edelman and a 1 yard run by Sony Michel.

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Totally awful. One touchdown does not cut it in the NFL. The Jets just do not have playmakers. I liked the move putting Spencer Long at guard and starting Jonotthan Harrison at center but the Jets could not get anything going on the ground. Isaiah Crowell had 30 yards on 6 rushes and Elijah McGuire had 19 yards on 6 rushes. McGuire dropped a big pass that McCown threw to him in stride that he may have gone to the house if he held on to the ball. Quincy Enunwa (4 rec. 73 yds.) had a couple of nice receptions. Jermaine Kearse (6 rec. 66 yds.) had a couple of nice catches including the only Jet touchdown. But to me it was tight end Christopher Herndon (7 rec. 57 yds.) that showed the most on offense. Those aren’t Pro-Bowl numbers but Herndon may be on his way to having a very good NFL career. He is getting better week in and week out. This was an excellent pick by Mike Maccagnan but is not enough. The Jets must upgrade the offensive line and this has to be their number one priority. As far as the total offensive stats for the Jets, they are skewed a bit because late in the 4th quarter the Pats were giving the Jets the underneath pass. 

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Jet fans have to feel bad like me for Jamal Adams (7 tackles, 3 assists). The Jets have not had a player who plays with such heart like him in a while. I’ve been on him as far as sometimes playing out of control but fans could not really ask for any better effort from him. He plays as hard and as intense if the Jets are up by 1 or losing by 30. Today the defense was at a disadvantage like they are in most games. Sometimes in the NFL the best defense is a very good offense that sustains long drives and scores touchdowns. The Jets defense held the best quarterback and one of the best tight ends in history to one TD in the first half. In the second half, the Jets defense just wore down. No one on defense ever steps up to make a big play besides Adams. 

I have been all over Jermaine Johnson, Buster Skrine and Mo Claiborne all year about how soft their coverage has been. Give these players and everyone else who played in the Jets secondary credit today. The Jets front seven got absolutely no pressure on Tom Brady. He literally had up to 7 seconds to throw the ball. In the Patriots opening drive of the second half, they went down the field on the Jets. On 3rd and goal, Brady had a ridiculous amount of time and he missed Gronkowski in the end zone. The time he had on that play was embarrassing for the Jets front line. After the offensive line, pass rushing has to be addressed in free agency and the draft.

I like the moves the Jets made putting Darryl Roberts (7 tackles, 1 assist) at safety. I thought he responded well even though he was out of position a few times. He looks to be talented and it is a good move keeping him on the field. Leonard Williams continues to play himself off the team. The only time I heard his name was on a roughing the passer penalty. What is going on with this very talented player?

Green Tidbits
…..Again, where the hell is the sense of urgency with the Jets and the hurry up offense. Disgraceful…..Todd Bowles cannot make half time adjustments. This is one of the biggest reasons he is not head coaching material…..What the heck happened to Robby Anderson this year?..... I am still a big fan of Avery Williamson and Henry Anderson.....Jets are not only thin at player talent but they do not have an assistant coach who is capable of being an interim head coach. Maybe Bowles is smarter than I give him credit for…..Jets have lost 17 of their past 22 games under Bowles…..Only silver lining today was that Sam did not play. I'm tempted to say it may be wise to shut him down for the season.....It's going to be a miserable December for the Jets (3-8), losers of five straight for the first time in the Todd Bowles coaching career….. The Jets will miss the playoff for the eighth straight season.....Darron Lee started the season well but he does not play like a 1st round pick......Jets got 2 straight pre-snap penalties.....Jets receivers coach Karl Dorrell might be the first coach to go....My man rookie free agent linebacker Frankie Luvu was getting a sack until he was held. At this point I bench Devon Lee and play Luvu or Brandon Copeland.....

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What The Jet Scribes Are Saying
Rich Cimini, ESPN
Simply put, the Jets have no playmakers on defense. Jamal Adams played a terrific game, but one safety can't change an entire defense. Their deficiencies on offense also were glaring. McCown, starting for the injured Sam Darnold, threw a touchdown to Jermaine Kearse and performed a John Elway-like helicopter on a third-down scramble. He did some Josh things, playing with pure heart, but the sad reality is he had no chance. Where are the playmakers on offense? Where's the plan? The Patriots' run defense was awful against the Tennessee Titans, and yet offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates dialed up pass after pass, putting too much pressure on his 39-year-old quarterback. When there's no plan and a limited amount of talent ... well, get ready for another ugly December.

Brian Costello, NY Post
The game was lost late in the third quarter. The Jets tied the game at 13-13 with 4:00 left in the third on a 38-yard field goal from Jason Myers, but, as usual, the defense could not come up with a stop at a big moment. Brady marched the Patriots 75 yards down the field on four plays. He hit Chris Hogan for a 27-yard gain on the first play. James White then ran for 27 yards, then no gain. On second-and-10 from the Jets’ 21, Brady found Edelman for a touchdown and a 20-13 lead. On the play, Jamal Adams sagged off of Edelman, expecting the pass to go to Gronkowski, who was covered by Morris Claiborne. That left Edelman wide open short, who then worked his way into the end zone. The Patriots added another touchdown early in the fourth quarter on a Sony Michel 1-yard touchdown to make it 27-13. Michel ran all over the Jets, gaining 133 yards on 21 carries. The Jets actually had a lead in this game — their first lead since Oct. 14. McCown connected with Jermaine Kearse for a 16-yard touchdown and a 7-0 lead with 4:02 left in the opening quarter. The Patriots answered, though, after a questionable decision from Bowles, who is in his final days as Jets coach. The Patriots were called for offensive pass interference on a third-and-2 incompletion from the Jets’ 24. Instead of declining the penalty to set up fourth-and-2, Bowles accepted the penalty, giving Brady another chance. On third-and-12, Brady found Gronkowski in the middle of the field for a 34-yard touchdown to tie the game.

Danish Mehta, NY Daily News
The best part for the green-and-white diehards who witnessed the Jets 27-13 loss to the Patriots at MetLife Stadium on Sunday? At least they didn’t need to bring a winter coat. The weather was sublime. Their team wasn’t. Gang Green (3-8) dropped their fifth consecutive game for the first time under Todd Bowles. The Jets were scrappy for 2 ½ quarters before Tom Brady & Co. seized control and pulled away to remain all alone atop the AFC East for seemingly the millionth consecutive season. In case you were wondering, the Jets were mathematically eliminated from winning the division (as if there were any doubt). On the bright side, the Jets didn’t roll over like they did in their embarrassing loss to the Bills before their bye week. In the end, it was too much Brady (two touchdowns), Sony Michel (100+ yards) and too little weaponry for the home team that did them in. The Evil Empire put together a pair of long touchdown drives in the second half to improve to 8-3.

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