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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Green Rewind December 29, 2015

Second Thoughts and Buffalo Preview

  I’ve heard just about all the theories on the Bill Belechick decision to kick off in overtime. I have defended Belechick on many occasions over the years with his thinking outside the box. But let me be clear; his decision to kick off Sunday was one of the worse coaching decisions I have seen since I have been following sports! After one of the top three quarterbacks of all time leads his team down the field for their only offensive touchdown, the coach then decides to kick off to start overtime. I’ve read different articles defending his decision; I’ve listened to WEEI in Boston all week and gotten many phone calls and e-mails daily. The bottom line is, unless the weather is almost treacherous, you must get the ball on offense first if you have the choice. The proof is exactly how the game ended up. The Jets drove right down the field and scored a quick touchdown. Game over!
 Steeler conspiracy theory: The first week of the season, the Pittsburgh Steelers played the Patriots in New England with the Pats winning 28-21. According to a September Pro-Football Talk article:

“The Steelers now become at least the fifth team making accusations, with the team saying that its coach-to-coach communications repeatedly faced interference from the Patriots’ radio broadcast, and that the interference would stop when a league official came to the sideline to deal with it, only to start up again when the league official walked away.”

  Since that game, the Steelers have not been shy about their feelings toward the Patriots. Many Steeler fans say that Belechick wanted to lose to the Jets to avoid playing Pittsburgh, knocking them out of the playoffs. This is too far fetched and I don’t give it any credence.
 In closing about his topic, I will say that the Patriots decisions were odd the whole game including sitting on the football with 1:55 to go in the first half. With that said, the Jets just beat up an injury plagued team and should have won by more. Even with the Patriots at full strength, the Jets match up well against them.

Who is this Quincy Enunwa?
  I have become really fascinated by this player. He has shown sparks of greatness while also dropping some passes during the season. “Q” as he is known by his teammates, was born in Rialto California. He starred in track and field as well as football in high school excelling in the high jump and triple jump. He went to Nebraska and was the 209th pick over all in the 2014 draft going to the Jets in the sixth round. In the 2013-2014 season while at Nebraska, Enunwa broke Heisman winner Johnny Rodgers' school record for most touchdown receptions in a season, catching 12 touchdowns in his senior year. At the 2014 Gator Bowl Enunwa broke the Nebraska school record for longest reception, by scoring a 99-yard touchdown.
  On the negative side, he was suspended for four games this season without pay for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy, stemming from a domestic violence arrest at a New Jersey hotel in August 2014.
  He looks bigger than the 6’2’ 225 pounds he is listed at.

For those really interested, I dug up his college scouting report:

Quincy Enunwa /OVERVIEW
Prepped in California, where he also competed in the high jump. Saw very limited action in 10 games as a true freshman in 2010 and had one catch for 10 yards and no touchdowns. Started seven of 13 games in 2010, totaling 21 catches for 293 yards (14.0-yard average) and two TDs. Started all 27 games from 2012-13: Produced 42 catches for 470 yards (11.2) and a TD in 2012 (14 games) and 51 catches for 753 yards (14.8) and 12 TDs in 2013 (13 games). Team captain.

STRENGTHS Looks the part with terrific size, long arms and an NFL musculature. Can elevate and snatch throws above his head. Strong after the catch. Sheer size and brawn to block out corners outside. Has hustle traits. Knows where the sticks are and is very football smart. Excellent intangibles -- team captain with a professional approach and leadership traits. Was a 21-year-old senior.

WEAKNESSES Lacks elite top-end speed to separate vertically. Shows some hip tightness. Is not fluid or sudden out of breaks (wastes steps). Not a natural catcher -- lets throws into his body, double catches some and drops catchable throws.

BOTTOM LINE Big, tough, athletic, West Coast receiver who broke out as a senior. Has a mixture of "Z" and "X" traits and could even be viewed as a developmental H-back prospect.

Buffalo Bills Game Preview:
  The Jets go up to Buffalo with a ton on the line. Not only is a playoff birth in their grasp but they can turn around the “same old Jets” story line by Jet haters and fans alike. They look like they may have caught lightning in a bottle and everything is going their way as they are playing better and better each week, whether it is a 4th quarter comeback or a 4th down stop. They have done this with an inferior Special Teams unit and catching the injury bug with their quarterback one week and their offensive line a couple of others. Don’t be fooled by Todd Bowles and his soft-spoken manner. This rookie coach does not hesitate to shake things up. It can be cutting a player who punches out their starting QB or cutting a former #1 draft pick or benching a number of players on their kicking team. Todd Bowles is pushing the right buttons.
  I have a lot of concerns going into this game. Quarterback Tyrod Taylor is the second leading rusher on the Bills. The Jets have to contain him in the pocket. He will try to get outside and get past our defensive front line to take advantage of our linebackers. We must keep Taylor’s rushing yardage below 25 yards for the game. If he starts putting together large chunks of yardage running, the Jets will be in trouble. Revis will probably be on Sammy Watkins. This is not the Revis of 8 years ago so he will need help. The Jets should consider playing 6 defensive backs and 1 linebacker in passing situations. As of now,  LeSean McCoy is listed as “out” and so it tight end Charles Clay who is their leading receiver and Nigel Bradham their linebacker who is 4th on defense in tackles. If this is true, the Jets caught a big break.
  On offense we cannot turn the ball over like the Jets did against the Patriots, who scored a touchdown on a Fitzpatrick fumble. On team defense, the Bills are 20th in the league, 15th vs. the run and 23rd vs. the pass. The Jets should be successful passing the ball and Bilal Powell should have a good game. Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker should continue their successful combination as long as the offensive line does their job. I’m beginning to get worried about Chris Ivory. The ball keeps popping out of his hands at the end of his runs. The Jets have been lucky the last few games with the ball going out of bounds or the refs calling Ivory down before he coughs it up.
  I expect a Jets victory and am quite confident they will come through. Hopefully the stadium up in Buffalo will be mostly green. Let’s go Jets!

What the Jet scribes are saying…………………..

Rich Cimini, ESPN
“I think the Jets were so freaked out by their Week 7 loss to the New England Patriots, who held Marshall to four catches, that offensive coordinator Chan Gailey started scheming up ways to free up his No. 1 wide receiver. That's what you'd expect any coach to do, but maybe he got too cute. He started relying on deception instead of letting the player's talent solve the problem.”

Manesh Mehta, NY Daily News
“Cam Newton and Carson Palmer are justifiably the MVP front-runners entering the final week of the regular season, but Fitzpatrick has elevated his play to new heights during the Jets’ five-game winning streak that has them facing a win-and-in playoff scenario against Rex Ryan’s Bills on Sunday. Fitzpatrick’s sizzling five-game stretch has vaulted him into the MVP conversation. He is a Top 3 MVP candidate, behind Newton and Palmer, but ahead of Tom Brady and Russell Wilson.”

Brian Costello, NY Post
“The Jets have spent the season changing the perception of the team. Todd Bowles’ businesslike approach as head coach has made it clear the circus has left town. The performances of quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and wide receivers Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker have made it clear the Jets are not just a defensive team anymore. Now, Sunday they have a chance to slay the Same Old Jets image. You know the Same Old Jets. The ones who choke in the biggest of spots in ways no one could have imagined. The Jets travel to Buffalo this week with a chance to quiet the doomsayers around the Jets that bring up past collapses.”

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