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Sunday, October 9, 2016

Jets Defense & Loser Mentality Lead To Loss

  Todd Bowles may become a great head coach one day but it won’t be with the Jets. Bill Belichick was not successful his first time around with the Cleveland Browns. When he became head coach of the Patriots, he built a dynasty. Mike Shanahan was not successful his first time around as head coach of the Los Angeles Raiders. When he became head coach of the Denver Broncos he won two Superbowls. Todd Bowles is showing us week in and week out that he is in over his head as a head coach in the NFL. Another loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-13 puts the Jets record at 1-4. Bowles was an excellent defensive coordinator for the Arizona Cardinals and he comes across like a nice person but he does not learn from his own mistakes, cannot adjust and cannot think ahead during the game. At the end of the first half the Jets had the ball at their own 25-yard line with 41 seconds to go and were down 14-13. Knowing the Steelers will get the ball in the second half, Bowles decides to let the clock run out.  This is coaching scared and coaching not to lose. It shows no confidence in your offense or team. In the 4th quarter, (7:36 to go in the game) the Jets were faced with a 4th and 2 (looked more like 12”) near midfield and Bowles decides to punt. If there was ever one play in a game that gave the Jets any little chance to make the playoffs this was it. But no, the Jets coach decides to punt. Again, he is coaching not to lose and coaching scared. Can you ever imagine Bill Belichick or Pete Carroll punting in the same situation? Also I wish someone would ask Bowles why he challenges some plays?  Everyone watching the game saw that Bilal Powell’s knee was down and the Jets did not get that first down. He throws away a time out.  And if this is not his fault and it is the “guy upstairs” then he needs to get another “guy upstairs.”  By the way how about Rich Cimini or Manish Mehta asking Bowles at a press conference what is the name of the coach upstairs advising on challenges?
  The Steelers long touchdown pass in the first quarter set up their offense for the rest of the game. On a 3rd and 7 on their first possession, Roethlisberger threw a 72-yard touchdown pass to Sammie Coates who ran right past Marcus Williams who later in the game dropped a sure interception. The importance of this play was that the Steelers threw underneath at an incredible rate of success the rest of the game because of the concern for the long pass. The touchdown pass came after a field goal by Nick Folk. The Jets went ahead on a great TD catch by Brandon Marshall who had another big drop in the game killing a drive in the first quarter. By the way Marshall did have a good game
8 receptions,114-yards and the Jets only touchdown. The Steelers ended the scoring in the first half on a Roethlisberger 1-yards pass to Jesse James. James was standing there alone as the Jets defenders were tripping over themselves.
  In the second half the Jets were shut out and the Steelers scored 17 points. Ben Roethlisberger was brilliant all day (34-47, 380 yds., 4-TDs). It looked like he was toying with the Jets in the second half. And a good number of his passes were dropped. He mixed up short passes via crossing patterns, and throwing to Le’Von Bell out of the backfield. The biggest issue with the way the Jets played was the amount of time Roethlisberger had to pass all game. In the second half it looked like he could have sat down in a rocking chair and passed the football. At the beginning of the season the Jets defense and defensive line were considered the strength of this team. There was talk that the defense was one of the top defenses in the league. This could not be further from the truth. The Jets defensive line is a farce and not even average. Muhammad Wilkerson signs a big contract then he disappears. The Jets think dropping Sheldon Richardson into pass coverage is the best way to use him. Steve McLendon has not had a good game since the Bengal game. Leonard Williams is the only lineman worth anything this year. As far as the rest of the defense, Darrelle Revis (out today) has looked only ordinary.  Lorenzon Mauldin was better his rookie year. Calvin Pryor is a joke.
  The Jets need play makers on both offense and defense. I thought we had them but now there is pressure on both our GM as well as our coach. Some thought the Jets might start out 1-5 with their schedule. We all knew the schedule was tough but the way they are playing is totally embarrassing. And getting outscored in the second half every game reflects the coaching. Loyalty will only last so long during the football season. It is only a matter of time before rides to the country, cleaning the garage and baby-sitting the grandchildren will become the priority for Jets fans on Sundays. This coach, GM and organization has got to wake up. They also need a vocal leader in the locker room who is committed 100% to bettering the Jets and not worried about how he looks on his weekly football TV show.
Green Tidbits:
….LB Jordan Jenkins had an up and down game but made some real good hits….3rd and 1 in first quarter, Jets pass again….It’s obvious the Jets miss a Chris Ivory type of runner…Pryor had a bad holding call but made a great play on punt return shedding a block and making the tackle….Rontez Miles made great a play on fake kick….Darron Lee has got to get better in pass coverage….Leonard Williams made a good hit on the turnover that Richardson got the ball….Sometimes it seems our coach thinks there are 6 quarters in a game….Buster Skrine picked the wrong game to have an off day….How can Marcus Williams not down that punt inside the 5-yard line….For the record, let it be known that at 10:16 of the first quarter Brandon Bostick (#82) had the Jets first tight end reception of the season….Speaking of tight ends, Austin Seferian-Jenkins had 2 more tight end reception….Am I wrong but going into the game wasn’t the Steelers offensive line beaten up already?....Another must win next Monday against the Cardinals….How many more losses before Jet tickets on Stub Hub go below face value….

Fans Comments:
What a frustrating franchise, and yes the Pats keep on winning. 
I would cut Marshall some slack. I like him as a Jet and on his show.
John G. 


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