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Sunday, October 4, 2015

Green Rewind By Marty Schupak Oct. 5, 2015


I thought these three were key in the Jets 27-14 victory over the Miami Dolphins:

1. Chris Ivory
2. Buster Skrine
3. Brian Winters
   
    First off let’s give credit to guard Brian Winters and the rest of the Jets offensive line. Except for an untimely penalty by tackle Breno Giacomini, I thought the OL played great.  Ryan Fitzpatrick got the line off the hook on a few plays with some nifty running of his own. And what can you say about Chris Ivory! He gives 100% on every play. At times when he should go down to prevent injury, his feet never stop moving.
   The defense was awesome. The most effective offensive weapon for the Dolphins was pass interference called on the Jets. And a few of those were very questionable. Our secondary played consistent throughout the game and our front seven was excellent in the first half stopping the run and forcing the Dolphins to pass. They had 59 net rushing yards for the game. Here’s a stat for you, Miami was 0-12 on 3rd down efficiency. And for that matter they were 0-4 on fourth downs.  David Harris had an excellent blitz and Buster Skrine continues to impress with his quickness.
    Our quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick is kind of an enigma. I actually felt better about him after the loss to the Eagles. Against the Dolphins he kept missing receivers but did hit them when it really counted like the Eric Decker touchdown pass. With that said, there is something radically wrong with Fitz and his chemistry with Devin Smith. If Fitz isn’t missing Smith long or short, then it is Smith who is turning around at the wrong time for the reception. Hopefully with a couple of more weeks of practice, they’ll straighten this out.
    Chan Gailey has got to put in some type of “hurry up” offense. As soon as Brent Grimes went out of the game, I would have gone “hurry up” and exploited Grimes’ replacement on every play. We had the receivers to do it.
    A tip of the hat to newly signed safety Dion Bailey. He did an admirable job when Pryor went out of the game. Speaking of Pryor, the injury bug hit us in the second half. David Harris (quadriceps), safety Calvin Pryor (bruised knee) and defensive end Leonard Williams (sprained ankle) all came out of the game. Hopefully with the bye they will all be ready in two weeks.
    Our punter Ryan Quigley is not getting the job done. Our opposition is starting their drives in very good field position. Quigley had five punts averaging 29 yards a punt. This is not acceptable.
    Bring on the Redskins!

Green Tidbits:

Marcus Williams keeps making plays and has a nose for the ball.

If I’m Mike Maccagnan, I’d tryout punters during the bye week. My first phone call is to Steve Weatherford.

Dolphin game was not only tough to watch but it went on forever!

It wouldn’t be shocking if Eric Mangini becomes the Dolphin head coach in 2016.

Nick Folk has got to make that FG.

I swear with that beard of his, Ryan Fitzpatrick looks like the same guy that delivers Pepsi to my convenient store where I get coffee in the morning.

Brandon Marshall can still do better than he is doing. I still say he should have caught that pass in the end zone for a TD. Even with the defenders hand near the ball.

We need to throw the ball to Jeremy Kerley more, like in the Eagle game.

I’ve been critical of Cromartie but give him credit on that hit that kept the Dolphins short of the first down on the play they challenged.

Jets had 207 yards rushing, 218 passing with 37:23 time of possession.
But if you are like me, this game was too close to being a loss.



Your comments are welcome below.

2 comments:

  1. I can't agree with you on Marshall as far as the pass in the end zone... clearly the db made a nice play to break it up and if I could upload pics I would include a screen shot of the orange glove right in there to deflect the pass. If that had been Revis/Cromartie/Skrine you would have been giving kudos for a great defensive play. As for Folk, yes I would like to see him make ALL his kicks but let's face it, for the most part he has been money and we haven't been able to say that about many, if any, Jets kickers over the last 15 years so unless he gets a case of the shanks I'm not gonna kill him for missing a 40 yarder.
    You left out the biggest stat of all... FOURTEEN penalties!! And we still won... that isn't going to happen very often. They better get a handle on that in a hurry.

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  2. Hey Marty!

    Positives -
    1. Gailey did a great job of managing the RB personnel in this game with just the right mix of Ivory, Stacy and Powell keeping them fresh. Hopefully this mix will be the plan going forward. Point - Redskins have the #2 rushing defense.
    2. Fitz - fantastic job of avoiding the rush and picking up yards, but with no viable replacement it isn't something we want to see a lot of. Check it down and stay safe, I do not want to see Geno on the field ever again.
    3. Offensive Line - A+ again. The running and passing success are all a direct result of this OL. The OL should eat free on the road with the QB, RB and WRs all picking up the bill.

    Negatives:
    1. Punts and Punt Coverage get a grade of F. Something needs to be done and little tweaks isn't the answer.
    2. Punt Returns. Another grade of F. Neither Kerley or Stacy is the answer. Owusu or D. Smith? I thought letting Walt Powell get away was a mistake. Not sure why we kept Kerley, but hey I am not sure why we kept Geno either.
    3. Devin Smith/Fitz out of sync. They say that D. Smith is the fastest Jet but the routes and the execution are making him look like a tortoise out there.
    4. Folk misses an easy FG? Huh? For a few minutes there in the 4th quarter it looked like the Dolphins might get back in the game. Have to make those easy FGs. Have to.

    Well, off to the bye week! We need a victory vs the Redskins to build momentum for week 6, the real test. I would say that week 5 may be the make or break week for us. Lose and we likely flounder the rest of the year. Win and we are 4-1 going in to the Patriots game. Beat the Pats and we are on our way. Lose to the Pats and we still can get to the playoffs.

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