For Jet fans this is as tough as it gets. Losing 44-38 in overtime stings. And it will for a long time. To me the turning point of the game is when stupid Leonard Williams gets thrown out for throwing a punch. After he left, Aaron Rodgers got more and more comfortable with an incredible amount of time to pass. And the left side of the Jets defensive line was awful. After the game Todd Bowles went off on the officials. The Jets had 16 penalties for 172 yards. Of course some were not justified but Todd, what about 12 men on the field? Twice today. Who is that a reflection on? Sam Darnold (24-36, 341 yards, 3 TDs). was magnificent today but he could not close the deal. In addition to Sam, Robby Anderson (9 rec. 140 yards, 1 TD), Chris Herndon (6 rec. 82 yards, 1 TD) and Eli McGuire 14 rushes, 35 yards, 3 rec. 50 yards 2 TDs) played their tails off. One catch by Herndon was ridiculous as he pulled the ball in with one hand. The Jets led by 7-0 after the first quarter and 21-17 at half time. There were a lot of highlights but the 99 yard kick off return by Andre Roberts was terrific. Roberts is a quality special teams player and if you look closely at that play, it was the blocking that was the key. Every player on the Jets return team was glued to a defender and Roberts just picked his spots and faked out the kicker and went into the end zone untouched. Andre Roberts showed everyone why he was chosen to the Pro Bowl.
In the second half the Jets were up 35-20 but the game never seemed like it was a lock. The defense besides the penalties (16 for 172 yards), could not make a big stop. Besides the Jets offense, the highlight of the second half may have been the Jets fake punt that went for a first down. At that point it looked like the Jets may win. But if you watched a lot of Aaron Rodgers (37-55 442 yards 2 TDs) over the years, you knew it was not over. Rodgers just took over the game. If there wasn’t a Jet penalty, he hit the open receiver or used his legs to run for a first down, TD and even a two point conversion. He showed why he will be in the Hall of Fame. Rodgers favorite target Davante Adams (11 rec. 71 yards 1 TD) was a one man wrecking crew who killed the Jets today. His 11 receptions seemed like 30 as Rodgers found him over and over. If Adams was #1 then Jamaal Williams (15 rushes 95 yards 1 TD, 6 rec. 61 yards) was 1A. He was also a one man wrecking crew running and receiving. I said it last week and I’ll say it again. I’d love to see Sam Darnold work with the same weapons that his opponents have. Robby Anderson is a true weapon and so it Chris Herndon. But the Jets lack play makers on both sides of the ball.
In the end the Packers won the coin toss in overtime and Rodgers sliced and diced up the Jets defense ending the game on a TD pass to Davante Adams. Game, set, match! If you watched the whole game you probably felt like you played in it. It was emotionally draining. The back and forth roller coaster can take it’s toll if you are a Jet fan. Some of us have built up an immunity to games like this. I haven’t!
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Penalties Are Part Of The Game
16 Penalties, 172 yards. I don’t care how bad the referees were, many of those were inexcusable. Who is teaching the Jets secondary technique? Why in the world of Erik McMillan did Trumaine Johnson make that pass interference penalty? Rodgers was just about ready to get sacked and he just threw the ball up. No way it gets caught. Johnson has been the number 1 disappointment for the Jets this year. And game after game Buster Skrine is a disease. He will make some good plays but the plays do not offset the timely penalties he gets.
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Jets Defense Cannot Get Turnovers In Crunch Time
The Jets got a turnover on a kick off on a great hit by Anthony Wint. Turnovers are such an important part of the game that if you don’t believe it, look at the New England Patriots. Besides a couple of hiccups, they almost never lose the turnover battle. And for that matter, they very rarely get more penalties than their opponents. When the Jets signed Trumaine Johnson, it was more because the Jets coaching staff talked Mike Maccagnan into signing him. He had 7 interceptions in 2015 but his total has gone down until this year. He has 4 so far but if you were to make a judgement on his interceptions and consider which ones are made in “garbage time” and which ones are made in close games as real clutch plays, Trumaine Johnson comes up empty. Too many times this year there have been fumbles not recovered by the Jet defense and too many potential interceptions dropped that were very catchable. There has to be a reason why? The Bears takeaway stats show 26 interceptions and 9 fumbles recoveries (35 total) and their giveaway stats are 14 INT and 8 fumbles (22 total) for a difference of +13. While the Jets languish at 26th in the league (out of 32) with 13 Interception and 6 fumble recoveries while their giveaways are 19 INTs and 8 fumbles (27 total) for a -8 differential. This stat and penalties should be the biggest reflection on the head coach. Of the top 10 in the league with positive turnover stats, 8 teams will make the playoffs. I don’t know where the Jets go with this but with the new players and coach coming in next year, there has to be a change on defense getting players that make impact plays. Even Jamal Adams who is deserving of the Pro Bowl and having a great year, lacks making impact plays in clutch moments.
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…..There is talk of tendering Robby Anderson for a 2nd round pick. Big mistake. He’ll get picked up by another team. Tender him for a 1 and 2 and pay him the money…..Kudos also to Jermaine Kearse 4 rec. 55 yards who had another good game…..Chris Herndon may have had the catch of the day inbounds. But did you see that grab by Deontay Burnett when he was just out of the end zone? Play this kid more…..Can Chris Johnson force the next Jet head coach to keep Brant Boyer as special teams coach?…..Bates called a good game. But I thought he should have a package where Sam can use his feet more…..This was Jamal Adams worse game in a few weeks…..Another sack (7) for Henry Anderson. Hey Jets, sign him…..Frankie Luvu also had another sack. 3 so far this year. Not bad for an un-drafted free agent rookie…..I don’t know why but I’m just not a fan of Trenton Cannon yet…..Except for 1 or 2 questionable snaps today, Jonotthan Harrison is solidifying the center position…..Chris Herndon with 38 receptions, 494 yards and 4 TDs is looking better and better…..Still waiting to see CB Jeremy Clark get in. He cannot be any worse than Rashard Robinson……Sam Darnold makes it fun to watch the Jets…..
What The Jet Scribes Are Saying
Rich Cimini, ESPN
The Jets' latest loss proved two undeniable truths: No. 1 — Rookie QB Sam Darnold has a bright future, as he delivered yet another strong performance. No. 2 — The Jets are an undisciplined mess under Todd Bowles, whose imminent ouster is justified. Once again, his team came unglued (16 penalties) and imploded in crunch time, blowing a 15-point lead for a 44-38 loss to the Packers.....Jets coach Todd Bowles, not known for complaining about questionable calls, lashed out at the officiating Sunday after a penalty-marred overtime loss to the Green Bay Packers at MetLife Stadium.
Brian Costello, NY Post
Another week, another defensive collapse. This time, the Jets defense managed to fall apart twice, once in the fourth quarter and once in overtime. Aaron Rodgers led the Packers to a 44-38 win with a 16-yard pass to Davante Adams in overtime. The eight-play winning drive handed the Jets — who never got the ball in OT as the Packers won the coin toss and marched down the field — their seventh loss in eight games and dropped them to 4-11 this season. Rodgers threw for 442 yards and tortured the Jets defense, which committed huge penalties down the stretch again. Trumaine Johnson was called for pass interference for a 23-yard penalty that put the ball at the Jets’ 27 in overtime. Then, Buster Skrine was called for interference that put the ball inside the 10……The most encouraging sign for the Jets was the play of rookie quarterback Sam Darnold. The 21-year-old threw three touchdown passes, the second time he has done that this year. He continued the strong play he has shown since returning from a foot injury this month. He finished the game 24-of-35 for 341 yards with the three touchdowns for a 140.7 rating, his best of the season…..Darnold was not the only young Jet to have a good day against a dismal Green Bay team. Herndon had a touchdown and 82 yards receiving and made an unreal one-handed catch. Robby Anderson had his best game of the season, finishing with 140 yards and a touchdown on nine catches, continuing to show a developing chemistry with Darnold. Second-year running back Elijah McGuire scored a rushing touchdown and a receiving touchdown.
Bob Glauber, Newsday
Mike McCarthy had outlasted his usefulness for the Packers and was summarily dismissed Dec. 2 after a humiliating 20-17 loss to the woeful Cardinals at Lambeau Field. After watching the team drop to 4-7-1 and sensing that McCarthy’s relationship with quarterback Aaron Rodgers had steadily decayed, team president Mark Murphy severed the relationship and named offensive coordinator Joe Philbin the interim coach.
But McCarthy shouldn’t be out of work for long. In fact, he ought to be high on the list of potential coaches for the Jets. With Todd Bowles expected to be dismissed after a third straight season with double-digit losses, McCarthy might be the most attractive candidate of all. It has been more than 20 years since the Jets last hired someone with previous head-coaching experience, and they would do well to make McCarthy the first former head coach since Bill Parcells in 1997 to take over. The Jets have been through five head coaches since Parcells stepped down after the 1999 season, and only Rex Ryan got as far as the AFC Championship Game (twice)…..If McCarthy isn't the choice, there are several promising would-be head coaches, but none with previous NFL head-coaching experience. Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley, USC offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury, Chiefs special teams coordinator Dave Toub and Titans offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur are some hot names. But none has McCarthy's resume. And it’s McCarthy who stands alone when it comes to checking the boxes of what you’re looking for in a head coach who’s uniquely suited for the Jets.
Manish Mehta, NY Daily News
Bowles has a solid case that some of the Jets’ 16 penalties for 172 yards (the most for the franchise since 1963) were unwarranted. But let’s get real: How many were bad calls? Three? Four? Five? Even the green-and-white homers will concede that their team still committed way too many mistakes and gave Aaron Rodgers (37 for 55 for 442 yards and three total touchdowns) way too many chances to burn them. And anyone who knows anything about football is fully aware that the Packers future Hall of Famer will kill you if you give him one extra chance after another. “When you got a guy like that down,” linebacker Avery Williamson said, “You got to keep him down.”Alas, the Jets couldn’t do that… and Rodgers ultimately made them pay for it with an 18-point fourth-quarter that set up his 16-yard touchdown pass to Davante Adams in overtime to send Gang Green home losers. The Jets were penalized eight times for 109 yards in the fourth quarter and overtime, including three flags on Green Bay’s game-winning drive, including a killer 33-yard pass interference call on Trumaine Johnson on third down that kept the drive alive and helped seal the Jets’ fate. Was that a bad call? Probably. How did Johnson feel about it? Nobody knows since he kept his mouth shut and bolted out of the losing locker room. How did everyone else feel about all that laundry on the field? Mo Claiborne: “It was bulls--t. Period.” Jermaine Kearse: “I would agree with Coach Bowles. It’s hard enough to win an NFL game each week. When you’re dealing with some tough stuff out there, it just makes it that much more frustrating.”