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Friday, November 13, 2015

Green Rewind November 13, 2015

   First things first! Brandon Marshall drops at least one big pass a game. Marcus Williams can’t tackle. Demario Davis is useless in pass coverage. The Jets offense was anemic for 2 ½ quarters. Again, on defense the Jets couldn’t make a big third down stop in the first half. At the end of the first half Muhammad Wilkerson who played an inspired game, had LeSean McCoy behind the line of scrimmage 3rd and 2 and let him get away and get the first down. The Jets only score in the first half came on a drive that ended in a field goal after a favorable spot that Rex Ryan challenged but didn’t get. You can talk about the Devin Smith fumble on the kick off or the Chris Ivory fumble on the Jets first possession in the second half, but it is pretty obvious to me that the Jets just are not as athletic as most of the teams they play. Even in their win against the Jaguars, the Jets did not seem as quick as them. The Bills were faster and quicker throughout the whole game. The quickness of the Bills offense and some of their secondary is impressive. Their linebackers fill holes quicker than the Jets linebackers.
  The Jets again settled for a field goal in the first quarter. Either Marshall and Decker are really hurt or the offense is not as good as we thought. The Jets must punch in the football for a touchdown. We have seen this over and over again. After a Bills field goal, Devin Smith made one of the dumbest decisions of the game. The kickoff went about 5 yards deep and to the far right side of the end zone. Smith has got to realize that when he is so far over to one side, half of the field is cut off. He tries to run it out anyway and fumbles it for a Bills touchdown.
  The third quarter looked like we were completely out of the game going down 22-10.
The offense began to pick it up. Fitzpatrick went through a real dry spell but began to get hot. I don’t understand why on a 3rd and 4, we try and throw a 2 yard pass. We did that at least three times this game. There were numerous lost opportunities. One was the third down drop by Eric Decker. Bad drop. A player like Decker has got to make that play. Marshall also dropped a pass he should have caught. I don’t want to leave Jeremy Kerley off the hook. He dropped a 3rd down pass in the first half. To be fair to Decker, that 4th down completion was a great pass and a great catch. Fitzpatrick can make some plays. But he missed Marshall long. Revis let up that 3rd down catch to Watkins late in the game. Revis played him well but Watkins had a few drops during the game.
  I can’t believe I hear Todd Bowles (in post game interview) say on that 4th down incompletion it was a broken play or miscommunication. Please help me on this. If it was a broken play, the biggest of the game, maybe of the season, what is our coaching staff doing? How in the world can we have a broken play in a situation like that? Why in the world did Davis pull up and stop running? Why are we even targeting Davis who has 1 catch this season. We get the ball on the Bills 13 and come away with no points.
  Todd Bowles made some more questionable decisions. With 3 minutes left and all 3 time outs remaining, he passed up a chance to go for a field goal from the 7 yard line. I’ve been on Leonard Williams lately but he made a terrific 3rd down stop late in the game. Wilkerson played great and Richardson was effective. I thought Rontez Miles bounced back from last week. He made some big tackles and even his holding penalty on the punt looked to be a good play preventing it from being blocked. Fitz hit Devin Smith for a nice 19 yard gain in the first half. We have to target him more. Also Chris Ivory has all of a sudden become a fumbler. Part of the problem is he is fighting for every inch. He has to go down a little sooner and protect the ball better.
  This was a game good teams have to win. The Bills kept giving us opportunities and we refused to capitalize on them. We look no better than a .500 team. I hope I’m wrong but that’s what we look like.


  1. Marty,

    Nothing better than seeing the Patriots pull off another miracle and for the Dolphins to win also after we lose to Rex The Blustering Buffoon from Buffalo. One has to be a Master Masochist to be a Jet fan.

    I do not even know where to start. I guess I could simply stay positive and be thankful that the team is twice as good as last year? Is that it? Is that the ceiling this year? I guess so.

    The Jet defensive lineman and linebackers are simply not very fast laterally, period. Tackling remains a huge problem, and despite all the preseason hype we simply cannot get enough QB pressure. The secondary is much improved, but they cannot cover for 8 seconds or more! Cromartie is a gambler and when he guesses wrong he is a complete embarrassment. Revis and Skrine have been the stars on defense. Fitz and Decker on offense. Give credit to the offensive line for excellent pass blocking most of the season (a complete reversal from previous seasons).

    Other than that the team is pretty much an average to below average football team at this point. People are beginning to talk only about the possibility of getting the 2nd Wild Card when expectations were so much higher just a few weeks ago.

    From a scheduling perspective we should be able to beat Houston and Miami. However, Romo will be back for Dallas, the Giants look much improved with JPP back on defense and the possibility of Victor Cruz returning. Then we still have to face Buffalo and New England again.

    7-9 is looking like a solid prediction at this point my friend.

  2. I love being a Monday morning armchair Coach. It makes my analysis super intelligent and spot on.

    1. Coaching. Two observations. 1- The blustering idiotic insanity of the Buffoon in Buffalo is now gone and has been replaced by the calm reasoned and measured approach of Todd Bowles. Has this approach been too laid back? The team simply has not looked engaged or even motivated in the first half of games this year with the possible exception of the Patriot game. 2- Clock management, play calling and game situational awareness and decision making need a lot of work. A lot of work. We might attribute at least one of the losses, if not more to this one issue alone.

    2. Personnel Management. Mac gave the team some extraordinary talent this year, especially at running back. Ivory, Stacy and Powell made for great depth, yet for some unknown reason Stacy was inactive or not used at all in the first 3 games of this season. I attribute this mismanagement to the injuries sustained by both Ivory and Powell. Powell is a great field leader, pass blocker and great on 3rd down as a pass or screen option. He has proven himself over the years that he is not a running back option as the #1 or #2. That role should have been Stacy's in my humble opinion. (P.S. I sent in my resume to replace Rex but never got a response).

    3. Game preparation. The team looks "out of sorts" in the first half. Tackling has been a major issue on defense. Does anyone believe that these guys do not know how to tackle correctly? Of course they do. Then why are they not doing it?

    4. Special Teams. Horrible. We seem to have fixed the punt coverage issues, yet we still have a punt and kick off squad by "committee". We have seen Stacy, Thompkins, Kerley and Smith all put in to return. Why not just go with the rookie D. Smith? The guy is supposed to be the Flash. Let him get some steady practice and experience back there and stop the musical chairs back there. Consistency!

    5. Tight Ends. The loss of Jace Amaro was a terrible blow. Nothing was done to bring in a pass catching tight end. Not having one means one less thing that defenses have to prepare for and makes it that much more difficult for the wide outs to get open. All of the top teams in the league know that having a quality pass catching tight end is a must in this pass friendly league. I keep on hearing that the Jets just use the Tight Ends to block for the run. Well, okay. That was Rex Ryan's philosophy and we know it is faulty. The trade deadline has passed. It's now too late for that. What, if anything is available in free agency? Is there a solution? If so, this should be a top priority to fix if we think that it is even remotely possible that we might make the playoffs. This team would be twice as exciting if we had an Eifert, Olsen, Graham, or Gronk type Tight End (but no, for some stupid reason we are sticking with Cumberland and Davis).

    I have voiced a lot of criticism here, and deservedly so. However, the team is still twice as good as last years edition. The fan base was miserable by this time last year. Fitz may not be the answer or the future but he has played exceptionally well and better than most could have expected. Many of his incompletions and interceptions were not his fault (drops and deflections). He is a top notch game and risk manager. Decker is an outstanding and consistent wide receiver despite a critical drop in the last game. Marshall is a huge upgrade despite his inconsistency. Kerley is a big surprise to me as I thought his career in NY was over. The Coaching Staff is new and we expect that their issues will be resolved over time.

    So the future looks bright even though the hopes for this season have dimmed considerably.