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Sunday, November 25, 2018

Jets Lose Again & Again!

In human history a moral victory is always a disaster, for it debauches and degrades both the victor and the vanquished.
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Another week and another loss. No, there aren’t moral victories in the NFL. In a game that the New England Patriots looked more Jet like in the first half with ridiculous penalties, they still pulled out a victory 27-13. Fans have to remember that against the Patriots very rarely do the Jets get: an interception, a fumble or a sack. The Jet players would have to play above their talent level and coach Todd Bowles would have to out coach the best coach in the history of the NFL. There are just too many variables for the Jets to have any chance to come away with a victory. Of course Bill Belichick makes half time adjustments and the Patriots run through the Jets like a hot knife through butter to start the 3rd quarter. They mix up the pass perfectly and always to seem get the clutch play. On a 3rd down play in the second half Tom Brady made his best pass of the day to Josh Gordon for a first down. The Jets have neither the coaching or the talent (see Mike Maccagnan) to compete with the New England Patriots.

In the first half the Jets actually got out to a 7-0 lead on a fine pass from Josh McCown to Jermaine Kearse who also had a nice 
one-handed catch earlier in the game. To beat the Pats you have to play an almost flawless game and once you make a mistake, they make you pay. After the Jets touchdown, they got an extra 15 yards on the kickoff thanks to another Patriot penalty. With the extra 15 yards why not try to "pooch it" high to maybe have the Pats start below their own 15 yard line. No such hope. The Jets coach and play too vanilla-like.

On the Patriots TD drive it was 4th and 2 and their was a penalty on the Patriots that the Jets took. On the next play the Pats scored a TD on a nice pass to Rob Gronkowski. Some including me would have not given the Patriots an extra down. They may very well have gone for it on 4th and 2 and that’s what the Jets should have done. The teams traded field goals and the score at half time was 10-10. The Jets made an excellent stop forcing the Pats three and out after an interception thrown by Josh McCown. Jason Meyers nailed a 55-yard field goal. Meyers along with Lac Edwards may be the Jets best players this year. Not to be overlooked in the first half was the play of Jamal Adams who was all over the field on both runs and pass defenses. And he continued playing hard throughout the second half.

In the second half as mentioned, BB and the Patriots made the adjustments. The Jets were able to hold them to a field goal on the 3rd quarter opening drive and matched it with their own field goal by Jason Meyers (38 yards). After that it was all New England. The Pats offensive line wore down the Jets front 7 and literally did what they wanted. Sony Michel rushed for 133 yards (1 TD) and James White rushed for 73 yards but it was their yards per rush that was stunning. Michel averaged 6.3 and White 8.1 yards per rush. Think about it, with those stats after a first down run giving Tom Brady second and two or second and three opens up the world to him. And remember the Jets do not get turnovers. The touchdown scores in the second half were a 21 yard reception by Julian Edelman and a 1 yard run by Sony Michel.

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Totally awful. One touchdown does not cut it in the NFL. The Jets just do not have playmakers. I liked the move putting Spencer Long at guard and starting Jonotthan Harrison at center but the Jets could not get anything going on the ground. Isaiah Crowell had 30 yards on 6 rushes and Elijah McGuire had 19 yards on 6 rushes. McGuire dropped a big pass that McCown threw to him in stride that he may have gone to the house if he held on to the ball. Quincy Enunwa (4 rec. 73 yds.) had a couple of nice receptions. Jermaine Kearse (6 rec. 66 yds.) had a couple of nice catches including the only Jet touchdown. But to me it was tight end Christopher Herndon (7 rec. 57 yds.) that showed the most on offense. Those aren’t Pro-Bowl numbers but Herndon may be on his way to having a very good NFL career. He is getting better week in and week out. This was an excellent pick by Mike Maccagnan but is not enough. The Jets must upgrade the offensive line and this has to be their number one priority. As far as the total offensive stats for the Jets, they are skewed a bit because late in the 4th quarter the Pats were giving the Jets the underneath pass. 

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Jet fans have to feel bad like me for Jamal Adams (7 tackles, 3 assists). The Jets have not had a player who plays with such heart like him in a while. I’ve been on him as far as sometimes playing out of control but fans could not really ask for any better effort from him. He plays as hard and as intense if the Jets are up by 1 or losing by 30. Today the defense was at a disadvantage like they are in most games. Sometimes in the NFL the best defense is a very good offense that sustains long drives and scores touchdowns. The Jets defense held the best quarterback and one of the best tight ends in history to one TD in the first half. In the second half, the Jets defense just wore down. No one on defense ever steps up to make a big play besides Adams. 

I have been all over Jermaine Johnson, Buster Skrine and Mo Claiborne all year about how soft their coverage has been. Give these players and everyone else who played in the Jets secondary credit today. The Jets front seven got absolutely no pressure on Tom Brady. He literally had up to 7 seconds to throw the ball. In the Patriots opening drive of the second half, they went down the field on the Jets. On 3rd and goal, Brady had a ridiculous amount of time and he missed Gronkowski in the end zone. The time he had on that play was embarrassing for the Jets front line. After the offensive line, pass rushing has to be addressed in free agency and the draft.

I like the moves the Jets made putting Darryl Roberts (7 tackles, 1 assist) at safety. I thought he responded well even though he was out of position a few times. He looks to be talented and it is a good move keeping him on the field. Leonard Williams continues to play himself off the team. The only time I heard his name was on a roughing the passer penalty. What is going on with this very talented player?

Green Tidbits
…..Again, where the hell is the sense of urgency with the Jets and the hurry up offense. Disgraceful…..Todd Bowles cannot make half time adjustments. This is one of the biggest reasons he is not head coaching material…..What the heck happened to Robby Anderson this year?..... I am still a big fan of Avery Williamson and Henry Anderson.....Jets are not only thin at player talent but they do not have an assistant coach who is capable of being an interim head coach. Maybe Bowles is smarter than I give him credit for…..Jets have lost 17 of their past 22 games under Bowles…..Only silver lining today was that Sam did not play. I'm tempted to say it may be wise to shut him down for the season.....It's going to be a miserable December for the Jets (3-8), losers of five straight for the first time in the Todd Bowles coaching career….. The Jets will miss the playoff for the eighth straight season.....Darron Lee started the season well but he does not play like a 1st round pick......Jets got 2 straight pre-snap penalties.....Jets receivers coach Karl Dorrell might be the first coach to go....My man rookie free agent linebacker Frankie Luvu was getting a sack until he was held. At this point I bench Devon Lee and play Luvu or Brandon Copeland.....

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What The Jet Scribes Are Saying
Rich Cimini, ESPN
Simply put, the Jets have no playmakers on defense. Jamal Adams played a terrific game, but one safety can't change an entire defense. Their deficiencies on offense also were glaring. McCown, starting for the injured Sam Darnold, threw a touchdown to Jermaine Kearse and performed a John Elway-like helicopter on a third-down scramble. He did some Josh things, playing with pure heart, but the sad reality is he had no chance. Where are the playmakers on offense? Where's the plan? The Patriots' run defense was awful against the Tennessee Titans, and yet offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates dialed up pass after pass, putting too much pressure on his 39-year-old quarterback. When there's no plan and a limited amount of talent ... well, get ready for another ugly December.

Brian Costello, NY Post
The game was lost late in the third quarter. The Jets tied the game at 13-13 with 4:00 left in the third on a 38-yard field goal from Jason Myers, but, as usual, the defense could not come up with a stop at a big moment. Brady marched the Patriots 75 yards down the field on four plays. He hit Chris Hogan for a 27-yard gain on the first play. James White then ran for 27 yards, then no gain. On second-and-10 from the Jets’ 21, Brady found Edelman for a touchdown and a 20-13 lead. On the play, Jamal Adams sagged off of Edelman, expecting the pass to go to Gronkowski, who was covered by Morris Claiborne. That left Edelman wide open short, who then worked his way into the end zone. The Patriots added another touchdown early in the fourth quarter on a Sony Michel 1-yard touchdown to make it 27-13. Michel ran all over the Jets, gaining 133 yards on 21 carries. The Jets actually had a lead in this game — their first lead since Oct. 14. McCown connected with Jermaine Kearse for a 16-yard touchdown and a 7-0 lead with 4:02 left in the opening quarter. The Patriots answered, though, after a questionable decision from Bowles, who is in his final days as Jets coach. The Patriots were called for offensive pass interference on a third-and-2 incompletion from the Jets’ 24. Instead of declining the penalty to set up fourth-and-2, Bowles accepted the penalty, giving Brady another chance. On third-and-12, Brady found Gronkowski in the middle of the field for a 34-yard touchdown to tie the game.

Danish Mehta, NY Daily News
The best part for the green-and-white diehards who witnessed the Jets 27-13 loss to the Patriots at MetLife Stadium on Sunday? At least they didn’t need to bring a winter coat. The weather was sublime. Their team wasn’t. Gang Green (3-8) dropped their fifth consecutive game for the first time under Todd Bowles. The Jets were scrappy for 2 ½ quarters before Tom Brady & Co. seized control and pulled away to remain all alone atop the AFC East for seemingly the millionth consecutive season. In case you were wondering, the Jets were mathematically eliminated from winning the division (as if there were any doubt). On the bright side, the Jets didn’t roll over like they did in their embarrassing loss to the Bills before their bye week. In the end, it was too much Brady (two touchdowns), Sony Michel (100+ yards) and too little weaponry for the home team that did them in. The Evil Empire put together a pair of long touchdown drives in the second half to improve to 8-3.

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