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Sunday, November 4, 2018

Jets Free Fall Continues! Darnold Regresses!

When the Jets are on offense, the field seems 120 yards long, with a 10-percent incline. Is it playcalling? Talent? Rookie QB? All of the above.
           -Rich Cimini, ESPN, Tweet during game

Things may change by next Sunday but I will be wearing my Buffalo Bills jersey at game time. If the Bills pull out a win, hopefully Bowles will be gone. I’ve had it with this regime. I want to clean house. Say anything you want about playing hard, staying together etc. but the Jets stink! The personnel stinks! The coaching stinks! The play calling stinks! There is really nothing good about this Jet team. Or maybe a couple of things are good. Jamal Adams is a player and gives effort. Avery Williamson has pride. But the rest, especially on the offensive side of the ball is as bad as it comes. Maybe except for Quincy Enunwa who gives effort. And kicker Jason Meyers despite missing a field goal today has been consistent. But the rest are not worth a dime. Give me the University of Alabama offense and Nick Sabin coaching and I’ll take my chances. Since this regime has taken over I have yet to see any evidence of building a foundation for a team to compete. If you tell me they have a franchise quarterback I’ll over look his play today but then you have to convince me why has Sam Darnold all of a sudden does not see the field? Why are his throws just floating? I’m telling you what I would do if I was in charge. I would shut down Sam Darnold for the season and bring up Davis Webb to see what he can do. Maybe if somehow he gets some lightening in the bottle and Webb plays well then maybe you can squeeze out a draft pick for him though I’m not sure how his contract is structured. Sam Darnold is 21-years old and has a hit a rookie wall. I said last week if the Jets don’t change this regime, there is a chance they will ruin this player and that would be a shame. 

If I was not a Jet fan, I would have been out of my house by half time. At the beginning of the season we knew that starting Sam Darnold (21-39 229 yds. 4 INT) a 21-year old rookie was taking a chance. He has shown that he can be a franchise quarterback but he is showing some regression. A lot has to do with the way the offense is moving the ball. The Jets were 2-12 on 3rd down plays. The running game has disappeared. The play calling is becoming more and more predictable running on 1st down almost every series in the 1st half. To be fair the Jets offense field position was awful in the first half. The 3 and outs will end up gassing the defense.  Isaiah Crowell (13 carries, 49 yards) and Elijah McGuire (6 carries, 23 yards) never had a chance. The offensive line was consistently losing the point of attack. Brandon Shell reminded me of the old Jet tackle from the 1960’s, Sam Walton (I knew I’ve used this analogy before but if you are too young, you wouldn’t believe how bad an offensive lineman could be) getting beat the whole game and even getting a 15-yard penalty on one of Darnold’s interception. When Shell is playing good he looks great but there have been too many games like today when the pressure keeps getting in from his side. I run hot and cold on Jermaine Kearse but he should not be on the team next year. Besides a dropped pass, for him to run a pattern and end up out of bounds and then catch the football is inexcusable. On one of the most important drives of the year the Jets got 30 yards on 2 face mask penalties and proceeded to go backward via a sack and delay of game penalty. The Jets receivers coach is Karl Dorrell. I don’t see the Jet receivers finishing their patterns the way they should. This combined with the fact that there is very little separation from the defense needs to be addressed.

I’d love to ask two questions to Todd Bowles and Jeremy Bates. It was obvious center Spencer Long was having all sorts of issues with the snap, why not move Darnold over the center? Also if Sam Darnold plays effective in the last 2 minutes of the half, why not put the hurry up into the playbook? I don’t see the coaching staff doing what they are suppose to do. It is one thing not to throw your own players under the bus but you have to hold these overpaid bums accountable for their play. I see and hear the same old story that the fans take these losses harder than the players and this is true. Uh oh, the Jets just had another pre-snap penalty.

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There were some big plays the Jets gave up and they made Brock Osweiler (15-24, 139 yards) look better than he is. The Jets offense did not help out the defense at all today and even with the big plays given up, I’m going to give them a pass because many on the defensive side of the ball played with heart and pride. These players need to be recognized: Jordan Jenkins, Jamal Adams, Avery Williamson and Brandon Copeland. When a defense gives up only 6 points in an NFL game, the offense has got to do it’s job. Jamal Adams was phenomenal today as was Jordan Jenkins. Avery Williamson was in on 12 tackles (7 solo, 5 assists) and Brandon Copeland continues to do things that don’t turn up in the box score.  

Green Tidbits
…..Of course the Jet players love Todd Bowles. Because he is too nice to them and holds no one accountable….I know he was sick but since defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers has been back, the turnovers have disappeared….Jeremy Bates star has dimmed by a lot in my eyes…..Announcer made a big faux pas announcing on a Dolphin punt that Lachlan Edwards was the punter…..uh oh! Sam Darnold was just sacked……How long would Spencer Long have lasted in the game if BB was the head coach?…..Jet need to clean house and are fortunate they have some assets to attract quality people. They have a franchise quarterback (I hope) and tons of money under the cap to spend…..I apologize for ever being negative to Jamal Adams. He is passionate and plays with heart and the Jets could use 22 like him…..Including losing that last game against Buffalo in Bowles 1st season, his record as head coach of the Jets is 13-28 with a 32% winning percentage. What in the name of Band Aids is Chris and Woody Johnson waiting for?…..Me? I’d put out feelers to Jim Harbaugh at Michigan or offensive coordinator for the Vikings John DeFilippo…..I refuse to buy anymore Johnson & Johnson products until a regime change is made. I suggest you do the same.....How many timeouts are the Jets going to burn unnecessarily?....

What The Jet Scribes Are Saying
Rich Cimini, ESPN
Jets coach Todd Bowles said the decision to replace center Spencer Long late in the game was due to an injury, not because of his many errant shotguns snaps. Inexplicably, Bowles said he didn’t consider a more before the injury (he aggravated his right middle finger/hand). “We were fine. We didn’t play well on offense, period, “Bowles Said. “It wasn’t the snapping thing. We didn’t execute anything.” He should have made the move earlier. Period.

Brian Costello, NY Post
Any notions of the Jets still having a glimmer of hope at making a playoff run melted in the South Florida heat Sunday.The Dolphins beat the Jets 13-6 in a game that set back offensive football about 80 years. No one told the Jets and Dolphins the NFL has become dominated by offense. This was a game dominated by punters as both offenses sputtered and slipped up all day long. The only touchdown in the game came on an interception return for a score by Miami linebacker Jerome Baker with 10:56 left to go in the fourth quarter. It was the second of four interceptions for rookie quarterback Sam Darnold, who played his worst game of the season. Nothing worked for the Jets on offense. They could not run the ball. They could not pass the ball. They could not even snap the ball.

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