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Sunday, November 1, 2015

Green Rewind By Marty Schupak Sunday Nov. 1, 2015

  Did the Jets defense realize they were playing tackle and not flag football or two handed touch?When Rex Ryan was the Jets coach, he prided himself on coaching defense. With that said, the Jets rarely made a big 3rd down stop in a close game. It looks like the same thing with the Todd Bowles regime. On paper one would think with the defensive front and the defensive backs the Jets have they would be able to make a stop. But whether it is 3rd and 17 against the Patriots or 3rd and 7 against the Raiders, the New York Jets defense cannot make a big stop. With 7:44 to go in the fourth quarter, the Oakland Raiders punted for the first time. I don’t know where to start on this 34-20 loss. I will say that Antonio Cromartie, Demario Davis, Marcus Williams and the invisible man Leonard Williams should be ashamed of themselves. To play like they did was atrocious. Cromartie (he should have been benched) and Davis missing the tackles they did was not even on par with a high school team. The other thing I have to touch upon is Geno Smith. I thought up to the middle of the fourth quarter he played okay but the two sacks he took at the end of the game were unexplainable. I don’t know if Geno doesn’t know the rules about the clock stopping or what, all I know is both sacks were ridiculous.

   It wasn’t suppose to be like this! After the Patriots loss we were suppose to go out to Oakland and show the rest of the league that the Jets are a legitimate playoff team. Well some things just don’t work out in Jet land.  Ryan Fitzpatrick goes down after a scramble and hurts his left hand on the sixth play of the game. Geno Smith comes in and he is ineffective at first but did make some strides and began getting a rhythm and was moving the team down the field. Our defense was pathetic. We had no sacks and very little pressure. We let a very good improving young quarterback in Derek Carr look much better than he is.  Carr was 23-36 for 333 yards and four touchdowns passes. In the first half alone Cromartie let Andre Holmes, an undrafted free agent wide receiver look like Raymond Berry. Except for some fourth quarter stops when it was too late, the Jets defense in general looks like it is tired and beat up. And worst of all they don’t seem to be playing with any individual or team pride. In the first half, the three Raider TDs were drives of 78, 76 and 78 yards. The Raiders just looked quicker than the Jets in all aspects of the game.

  As bad as our “Special Teams” are playing why oh why does Zac Stacy who is not the fastest guy, try to run the ball out 5 yards deep in the end zone on the opening kickoff? He never gets it out to the 20. Later in the game it was probably the highlight of the day for the defense when Sebastian Janikowski missed the 52 yard field goal.

  Our two minute drill or “hurry up” offense is lacking. Our sense of urgency in a game like this is also lacking.
  I thought at the end of the game both head coaches-Bowles and Del Rio were competing for the “Stupid Award.”  Bowles punts very late in the game down by two scores and Del Rio had the Raiders keep throwing the ball which made no sense at all. If they ran the football the game would have ended a lot earlier.

  Wide Receiver Kenbrell Thompkins (#10) played well. He had 6 catches for 41 yards.
Also Nick Mangold’s replacement Wesley Johnson played okay. It looked to me like guard Willie Colon was getting beat a lot. I really expect Brandon Marshall to make more catches in a game like this. He is being targeted a lot but he is letting too many "important" passes end up as incompletions.
I thought that late touchdown pass went right into his gut. He has to hold on to that!

  QB situation is getting thin with Geno looking beat up. Watch for Mike Maccagnan to
contact Ryan Mallet. Remember Maccagnan came from Houston spending 15 years there. Now we’ll have a QB on the roster who missed a plane to go along with a QB who missed a meeting last year in San Diego.  Maybe we should sign Thurmond Thomas and have a player who is missed a helmet.

  By the way, the Jet radio station 98.7 has got to fix their phones. No one could get through for about an 30 minutes when they were taking calls on their 5th quarter show. Maybe Greg Buttle will somehow blame the Patriots for sabotaging the phone lines.

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