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Sunday, November 17, 2019

Jets Show Hope!

"Hope is a good thing, may be the best of the things. And good thing never dies." 
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For two consecutive weeks the New York Jets looked like an NFL team. Their offense was constantly moving the ball forward as Sam Darnold (19/30 293 yds. 4 TDs.1 INT. 121 QB Rating) showed his worth extending plays while dealing with the weekly pass rush.  He may have played his best game as a pro. Only one mistake that ended up as an interception dampened a near perfect day. Darnold was the recipient of excellent play calling from Adam Gase who everyone (including me) wanted him out and quickly. With a beat up offensive line both Le'Veon Bell (18 rushes 59 Yds.1 TD) and Bilal Powell (7 rushes 42 yards) showed some giddyup getting some hard fought positive yardage. Ryan Griffin (5 Rec. 109 Yds. 1TD) continues to build on a chemistry that has been developing with Sam Darnold. The offense was cooking and it was great to see. The last drive at the end of the first half going 82 yards on 3 plays in only 43 seconds was excellent.  

On defense Jamal Adams (3 sacks) continues to play like he is three players! Defensive backs Arthur Maulet and Bless Austin may never make the Pro Bowl but it was refreshing to see the Jets have people not named Trumaine Johnson covering  people without a 10 yards cushion. Austin has got to let up on the trash talking though. He has been in the NFL for 2 minutes and he is standing over the receiver jabbering like he is Darrelle Revis. It was a nice win. Yes I know the opponent was the Redskins but the Jets can only play the team in front of them. Bring on the Raiders!

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Who Is This Ryan Griffin
Before you get excited, Ryan Griffin has been around for a few years. He is 29 years old. He was drafted by the Houston Texans in the sixth round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He played college football at Connecticut. In 2018 Griffin entered training camp slated as the de facto No. 1 tight end on the depth chart for Houston after C. J. Fiedorowicz announced his retirement due to concern over his numerous concussions. In 11 starts Griffin had 24 receptions for 305 yards and no touchdowns. On April 27, 2019, Griffin was arrested at Hotel Indigo in Nashville, Tennessee for public intoxication and vandalism. Griffin was allegedly drunk and punched a window inside his hotel room. He was released from jail on a $1,750 bond the next morning.The charges were later dismissed. On May 17, 2019, the Texans released Griffin. On July 22, 2019, Griffin was signed by the New York Jets. He was signed  as insurance and to be a place holder until Chris Herndon came back from his 4 game suspension. As we all know Herndon got injured while he was training and in his first game back he fractured a rib. Ryan Griffin has been nothing less than terrific. He blocks, he catches everything thrown his way and he runs well with the ball. He signed a 1 year contract with the Jets that pays him $1,125,000. Before this Londonderry New Hampshire native ends up back in New England, the Jets should try and lock him up and quick. It is obvious he has developed a very good chemistry with Sam Darnold. And when Sam is able to extend plays, Griffin seems to know exactly what to do and where to end up. If the Jets feel that incident in that Nashville hotel is not a habitual thing, I would offer this guy a three year $10 million dollar contract with a team option for the third year. He is becoming a big part of the Jets offense and the Jets have to keep him!

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Green Tidbits
…..Quinnen Williams is not showing up in the stats but he has to be doing something right the way the Jets are stopping the run…..Sorry, I’ve seen enough of Vyncint Smith and I want Braxton Berrios to return kicks and get more reps at WR…..Shocking that offensive pass interference was over turned. Great move challenging by Gase…..DL Nathan Shepherd continues to show us he belongs. Another sack and he was active…..TD pass from Sam to Jamison Crowder in the second half was picture perfect hitting him in stride…..Patchwork offensive line has looked better the last two weeks…..I have zero confidence in kicker Sam Ficken…..Jamal Adams has six sacks, a new single-season team record for DBs. All six have come in the last three games…..The Jets have scored eight offensive TDs in the last two games — same total as the first EIGHT games….I’d be shocked if Robby Anderson is a Jet next year. With the season he is having, a 4th rounder might be the best Jets can do…..

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What The Jet Scribes Are Saying
Brian Costello, NY Post
The Jets are starting to look like an NFL team again. Gang Green put together their most complete game of the season and beat the dismal Redskins, 34-17, for their second straight win behind a career-high four touchdown passes from Sam Darnold and a swarming defense led by Jamal Adams’ three sacks.

“It’s huge,” Darnold said of the team getting back-to-back wins for the first time in 13 months. “But it’s one game after the other. It’s continuing to stack wins, but also continue to have the mindset of every single day. Tomorrow we’re going to come back to work and have great meetings and get after it. We’ve just got to continue to go back to work every single day and stay with the process.”

The Jets are now 3-7 and in the midst of an easier stretch of their schedule. For all of the criticism of the Jets this season, the 1-9 Redskins make the Jets look like a dominant force. Rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins looked baffled by the Jets defense for most of the day and Washington committed the critical mistakes that usually plague the Jets.

…..The offense will get the headlines for their best game of the year, but the Jets defense was outstanding again. Haskins (19 of 35, 214 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT) looked confused until the game was already well in hand. Adams continues his great play, sacking Haskins three times bringing his two-game total to five. Washington managed just 225 yards, 54 rushing.

The Jets now face a tough Raiders team before games against the putrid Bengals and the two-win Dolphins (one of those wins coming against the Jets).

“Slow start to the season, for sure,” Griffin said. “The schedule’s kind of opening up for us here. We’ve got to take advantage of these opportunities, especially when we have the offense kind of stepping up and winning these games for us.”

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Manish Mehta, NY Daily News
The Jets’ Tomato Can Tour rolled with a no-doubt-about-it win over a hapless opponent that should secede from the union due to general ineptitude. Gang Green’s 34-17 laugher over Washington on Sunday was exactly what Adam Gase & Co. needed amid this painful season. Sure, the 3-7 Jets didn’t prove much beyond the fact they absolutely don’t belong among the worst two or three teams in the league, but who cares right now? Sam Darnold threw a career-high four touchdowns to highlight Gang Greens’ dominant performance. The Jets probably would have signed up to play Summit High if the suits on 345 Park Avenue would have allowed it. Instead, they got a team representing the Nation’s Capital, which has resembled a high school outfit in 2019.The Jets just needed a feel-good victory to give them some juice in the second half of the season. Gang Green officially has a two-game winning streak for the first time in 20 games.Break out the bubbly! The cupcake portion of the Jets schedule features a string of hideous teams that should help them rack up some wins after a disastrous first half of the season. A few days after CEO Christopher Johnson gave his embattled head coach a public vote of confidence, the Jets did what they needed to do: Stomp on a weaker opponent. Gang Green beat a rookie quarterback for the second consecutive week. A third lost signal caller awaits in Cincinnati in a couple weeks. The Jets will undoubtedly feast on that guy too. This was the perfect get-well game. The Jets made their fair share of mistakes, but it didn’t matter because, well, Washington stinks to high heaven…..All three of the Jets’ wins this season have come against NFC East teams. The Jets are separating themselves from the true dreck after edging the Giants and trouncing Washington. There’s no evidence to suggest they’re anything better at this point. The same important questions remain. But there was no catastrophic collapse or ill-timed flop against a clearly inferior opponent.The Jets did what they needed to do. Now let’s see them do it again when the Raiders roll into town next week.

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