It's not that easy being green;
Having to spend each day the color of the leaves.
When I think it could be nicer being red, or yellow or gold-
or something much more colorful like that.
-Kermit The Frog
Dan Fouts said it at the end of the game; the Jets are not worthy of being a playoff team. There is so much to discuss in this game but there are a few glaring questions:
1) How does Stevan Ridley start in the backfield over Ivory in the biggest game of the season?
2) It was obvious Revis couldn’t cover Watkins alone. Why couldn’t we adjust and double-team him?
3) With our defensive line, how do we not get pressure on the QB?
4) Why can’t we stop this banged up offensive team on 3rd and 4th down all game?
5) Are there any unsigned punters sitting in their living room that can punt better than Ryan Quigley?
The whole first quarter, the Jets field position was pathetic. The Jets offense was so flat, it was horrid. The only score in the first quarter was a Bills TD on a run by QB Tyrod Taylor who killed the Jets (along with Sammy Watkins) all day.
In the second quarter score, Karlos Williams scored on a 2 yard run. The extra point was missed. The Jets scored on a 17-yard pass to Brandon Marshall and the Bills scored on a field goal. In between all this Quigley had a punt so bad, if we had someone else who could punt I’d have cut Quigley right there on the field. There were a few dropped passes in the first half including Marshall. One play overlooked was a pass knocked down by Calvin Pace. If he was alert, he might have realized it was behind the receiver and considered a lateral and he could have scooped it up. Players have to play hard and smart for 60 minutes. I still can’t figure out why the Jets came out so flat on offense and why they couldn’t stop the Bills on any big 3rd or 4th down play.
In the first half it was obvious Sammy Watkins was a major factor. The Jets have got to adjust! Revis is not the same player he once was so he needs help. Also why is Stevan Ridley playing more than Chris Ivory? The Jets should have passed on first down more in the first half. This was a huge mistake.
In third quarter Bullock (can’t cut this guy soon enough for me) hit a field goal and Carpenter matched. When Decker caught a 21-yard TD pass, all Jet fans thought we were on the way. But the Bills kept controlling the ball for long periods of time. Carpenter hit a field goal in the 4th quarter.
The Jets had such a wonderful drive going but Fitz threw an awful INT trying to force the ball into Decker and should have thrown the ball away. In my mind, that play sealed it! The Jets got themselves in a position to win and did not perform when it counted. The clock management was terrible. Doesn’t Todd Bowles realize you can call time out and don’t have to run the clock down to the 2-minute warning? The Jets should have gotten at least one and maybe two more plays off before the 2-minute warning.
I still can’t figure out why the Jets came out so flat on offense and why they couldn’t stop the Bills on any big 3rd or 4th down play. Thomkins almost pulled the game out with tough reception on the sideline but could not control the ball. This would have been a miracle win if he controlled the ball and went in for a TD. I don’t know what happened to Quincy Enunwa. He dropped two balls in a row that if he held on to them he could have broken it for a TD or at least a big gain.
There was an obvious administrative error not having an extra running back available in case someone went done a la Bilal Powell. Should have had a back ready on the practice squad. At this point the Jets have gotten as much as they can out of Ivory. He always gets banged up which we all know but the biggest game of the season? It was like the Jets were protecting him for the next game. Except for that great 58 yard run by Ivory, our running game was weak. I still can’t figure out why the Jets came out so flat on offense and why they couldn’t stop the Bills on any big 3rd or 4th down play.
The Bills 2nd quarter field goal drive lasted 9:16 minutes.
After that drop in the 1st quarter, Brandon Marshall was great!
David Harris had 10 tackles. Erin Henderson had 7.
Our special teams need a complete make over.
I still want to know what was the strategy using Ivory and Ridley?
Mo Wilkerson broke his leg but should be back 100% next year.
Would love to know the coin toss stats for the year. Did the Jets win any?
Rex out coached Bowles.
Hey Chan, we are still waiting for a reverse.
He didn’t look as bad as Willie Mays did for the Mets in the ’73 series but Revis was manhandled all game!
Time of possession: Bills 39:13, Jets 20:47. That tells the whole story.
In the sports world of “ifs.” The Jet win today and Marshall holds on to that TD pass in 1st Pats game, guess who wins division?
Jets brass will have lot of decisions to make. Offensive line, Cro, Damon Harrison, Bilal Powell, Chris Ivory, tight end, contract for Fitz, etc.