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Sunday, September 27, 2015

Green Rewind By Marty Schupak Sept. 27, 2015

The 3 Biggest Reasons The Jets Lost the Eagle Game

  1. Brandon Marshall
  2. Offensive Line
  3. Playing from behind
     We all know there are no moral victories in the NFL. Nothing really good came out of this game. Maybe Devin Smith showed some real upside and Jeremy Kerley made some plays but other than that the Jets looked bad.
Brandon Marshall can be a beast on offense. He is one of the most athletic players the Jets have had in a long time. With that said, something is missing in his game. He gets open a lot but does not catch as many passes as he should. The lateral play was beyond words. And as Marshall said himself, “It was the worse play in the history of the NFL.” As good as he has been, he has to step up and make more impact plays on offense. And he can!
    The offensive line is in a bit of disarray. I don’t buy the fact that with Chris Ivory the running game would have done a lot better. Bilal Powell and Zac Stacy are very capable backs. Too many times the OL wasn’t keeping the pocket long enough for Fitzpatrick.  They are not winning the point of attack. Mangold is getting pushed back like never before. When Willie Colon went down and Brian Winters took his place, I knew we were in trouble. Winters was responsible for being pushed back on one of the tipped passes.
    This Jets team does not have the make-up to come back from three touchdowns. If things click, we may get there but right now if the Jets go down by more than one touchdown, it is not good news.
    I didn’t think Fitzpatrick played as bad as everyone said he did. He was under too much pressure most of the game. And on one of the interceptions, Devin Smith should have fought it off. He is a rookie (and he looks real good) and like most rooks, hasn’t been schooled enough on his responsibility when he can’t make the catch.
    The defense played well enough to win but in the first half there were too many mistakes and not enough 3rd down stops. Darren Sproles hurt us!

Green Tidbits:

Jeremy Kerley has got to watch that old YouTube clip of Bill Parcells teaching Dedric Ward how to catch punts.

Number 47 Kellen Davis has got to protect sideline on punts. His miscue aloud Darren Sproles to get going.

Todd, you are 0-3 on challenges already!

Say what you want about Bilal Powell but he never gave up on that Sproles punt return. He was the same way on Geno’s “pick six(s).”
He is always the last guy hustling to the goal line trying to make the saving tackle.

We need to see more of Devin Smith.

Why was Chris Ivory activated?

For that matter why was Geno Smith sctivated?

Great to see #55 Lorenzo Mauldin back on the field!

All of a sudden if Colon is out, our OL looks weak.

Off to London! Tally-ho!


  1. I felt all week that this was a step back game for this team. ALL the tv "experts" were fighting to get on the Jets bandwagon and in their history this team has never handled success well. The Eagles needed this win WAY more than the Jets... 0-3 would have almost ended their season, even in the weak NFC Least.
    Either Bowles needs to replace the guy upstairs telling him to challenge calls or he needs someone upstairs telling him when to challenge calls, I don't know which but he needs to figure it out!!
    This team was hurt the most by the absence of Eric Decker and to a lesser degree Owusu. Even though Kerley looked good those two guys made the Eagles look a lot better on D.
    Fitzpatrick's only pick that was really his fault was his first one... can't underthrow the deep ball like that. We were in field goal range at that point.

  2. I have two major concerns at this point and they are critical of Todd Bowle's management of the QB and RB personnel. Mac has done a fantastic job in putting together the talent, but there have been some questionable HC personnel management decisions.

    Quarterback: I really don't understand the loyalty decision behind naming Smith the starter so early in preseason. Sure, you can make the case that Geno has a big arm. His mobility would also be a great asset as well. Some will also argue that Geno is a product of a run oriented Rex Ryan offense and that he never had a chance to develop in that system, nor did he have the weapons that the current edition has. All good points. However, there is no argument with respect to Geno's lack of maturity and that he sorely lacks in leadership skills. Geno has to be diapered before taking the field because any time the defense got within arms reach he seemed to just freak out resulting in an errant throw for an INT and too many pick 6s. He was 32 of 32 starting QBs last year. FUN FACT: Tim Tebow has a higher QB rating than Geno Smith.

    So, why didn't Todd announce a competition for the starting job with Flynn, Johnson, Geno and Fitz? For me, this decision was very questionable.

    RUNNING BACKS. After 3 games Chris Ivory is held out because he is too bruised and sore to go (even though he was active and dressed). Ivory is without a doubt the #1 RB and go to guy on critical 1st, 2nd and 3rd down short yardage. However, everyone on the planet knows that Powell is not a 1st, 2nd or short yardage running back. He is a great pass blocker and pass receiving option out of the backfield. He clearly should be a #3 with Zac Stacy as the #2 guy. Bashing up Ivory for two straight games with Stacy inactive in game 1 and not used except on special teams in game 2 is downright personnel mismanagement in my opinion. Two years ago Zac Stacy was nearly a 1000 yard rusher with a 4yd/carry average. He had a great preseason from what I saw of him. So, why is he not the #2?

    As far as the Eagles game goes, Todd Bowles has to shoulder the majority of this one. The team was definitely not prepared to play. There seemed to be no answer to the Sproles/Matthews wheel routes in the first half (not sure we had it shut down in the 2nd half either because there was at least one drop that should have been another Eagle TD). Special teams was not prepared to defend against one of the NFL's all time returners and they too got burned.

    We can talk about the bone head Marshall play too, but there isn't much to say about that except that on its own that play killed a likely Jet comeback (10 point swing).

    On Facebook, the Geno Cockroaches were all crawling out from under the rocks calling for Fitz to be benched in favor of Geno. Sure, Fitz wasn't great but 2 out of 3 of those INTs were not his fault. One was on the O line and the other bounced off Marshall's hands. I am really impressed and comfortable with the play of Fitz. After the streaky play and all of the turnovers from Sanchez and Geno this is a huge improvement.

    Going forward it would be best if Stacy were the #2 RB, but we will see. We should beat Miami this week. Hopefully London won't be too much of a distraction.

  3. I believe Powell is the #2 because first he is a pass catching option and a good blocker for pass protection, but second because Ivory and Stacy are similar backs so there is no change of pace for the defense to prepare for if either of them are in the game. I also think Powell is a better runner than you are giving him credit for, just not the same style as Ivory. Although I do agree they could use Stacy more and keep the wear and tear on Ivory down so that he isn't worn out by the end of the year.