Not much evidence of progress
NEXT UP - Patriots
Mon Oct 21
They done did it to me!
To all the loyal Jet fans out there, I'm sorry.
The New York Jets, our New York Jets, my New York Jets finally got to me. The Jet organization as a whole broke my resiliency and spirit.
After so many years of Lucy pulling the football away from Charlie Brown.... Charlie Brown finally walked away!
I just can't care any longer until they show me something. Anything. Yes our record improved to 7-9. But does anyone believe we achieved anything else this year? Does anyone think we will automatically be somehow better next year?
We were supposed to see Sam Darnold improve this year under quarterback whisperer Adam freakin' Gase. We were teased with rumors of an explosive, unstoppable offense.
We acquired Le'veon Bell one of the most productive backs in the league and turned him into a limp linguine noodle.
I have so many stats from last year to this year and they all suck. The offense as a whole is down from last year in almost every meaningful category. Think about that.
Who was our coach last year? Todd Bowles. We hire the offensive innovator who is going to take NFL offenses to a whole new level and go backwards!
I was looking forward to some creative play calling this season and we got a few but, more often we got questionable vanilla play calling, with more putrid run plays up the middle.
I think the Cincinnati game was the most sickening. In the first quarter, the broadcast announcer stated that this is an odd play by the Jets, running up the middle into the strength of the Bengals defense. Most other teams run to the outside where they are weaker. Perhaps somebody could have run down the sideline to clue coach Gase into that nugget of information. After halftime surely they would adjust right? Nah, this is the Jets.
Butt-fumble City and home of misfit boys.
Gase, whose strategy seems to be Plan A - pass, Plan B - pass some more, Plan C - pass all the time. Running the ball is something that he's required to do a few times a game to not look completely idiotic. He apparently thinks every quarterback is Peyton Manning.
It's no wonder Le'Veon didn't reach 1000 yards. He's lucky to have hit 500!
But wait, you say; We won 6 of our last 8 games. Yeah look at who those games were against and look at the scores. Nothing pretty at all with the exception of the Raiders game.
Progress. (forward or onward movement toward a destination). That's what I'm looking for. The inconsistency is maddening. I don't know if Gase is a good coach or not. I don't see evidence of it. Just glimpses. My biggest fear is that we go into next year and are in exactly the same spot again.
So I will wait and watch. Let's see what Joe Douglas can do in the draft and free agency. Everything I've heard about him says he's the real deal. I certainly hope so.
I've had enough of the misery!!
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL!!
Wow. Wow. And Wow!
Right from the start this was a different team. The porous offensive line, receivers not knowing which routes to run, the calamity of errors. Gone. Poof!
Sam Darnold stepped under center and all was right with the world. Robbie Anderson, Jamison Crowder were rediscovered. LeVeon Bell had help for a change. New found targets Demaryius Thomas and Ryan Griffin contributed also.
Sam thew for 338 yards and 2 TD's. The defense was alive with Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye prowling the center of the field and hitting with ferocity.
The defense stepped up in the first half making a key 4th down stop with the Cowboys needing 2 yards from the Jets 7. Quinnen Williams and Jamal Adams shut it down.
With a few minutes till halftime Sam poured it on moving down the field and hitting TE Ryan Griffin for the TD giving us a 21-6 lead going into the locker room.
Sam's only mistake came in the 3rd quarter when we drove down the field again and were in the Red Zone, getting intercepted at the Dallas 6 yard line.
The 4th quarter was all about hanging on. We did manage another drive and field goal to make it 24-16.
Then the Cowboys crept closer on the back of Ezekiel Elliott. It came down to the 2 point conversion try for the Cowboys after they had scored with 2:41 remaining.
I was nervous as the refs had started handing out flags like M&M's. The blitz call had Jamal Adams coming right up the middle in Dak Prescott's face and thew the ball incomplete.
Wait.... No flags right? I don't see any, Ha!
And just for an added amount of drama the onside kick attempt goes right to Demaryius Thomas who bobbles the ball and then on the ground reaches a hand out to pull the loose ball back in. Whew!
So we have at least some hope for the rest of the year.
It's late already at 1-4 but, as they say, better late than never!!
Coaches on the Hot Seat:
Jets' Adam Gase
I get it. Gase has been dealt a terrible hand. He was brought in to develop second-year quarterback Sam Darnold and before he really had the chance to do exactly that, Darnold caught mono, forcing the Jets -- after backup Trevor Siemian also got hurt -- to start Luke Falk at quarterback, who, like Minshew, went to Washington State, but unlike Minshew, is not good. That's a legitimate excuse Gase can exercise.
But the Jets offense, under an alleged quarterback guru and offensive mastermind, has been pathetic. They're averaging 9.8 points per game. Twenty-two of their 39 points have come via defensive and special teams scores (not counting field goals), which means their offense is averaging 4.3 points per game. They've scored two offensive touchdowns all season. Two!
Again, Gase has been dealt a 2 and 7 off suit (a texas hold'em reference that I hope is not dated). But it's not as if he's handled the situation well. Before the Jets' Week 5 loss to the Eagles, NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reported that Darnold, whose status was in doubt during the week leading up to the game, received all of the first-team reps on Wednesday and Thursday, which means Falk only got one day of practice in with the starters.
"Falk has told those close to him, 'This would break some men, but not me,'" Garafolo reported on Sunday.
Gase is the same coach who posted a 23-25 record with the Dolphins from 2016-18. During Gase's tenure in Miami, the Dolphins were outscored by 243 points. Even his 10-6 season that led to a playoff berth resulted in a point differential of negative-17. The point being, he was lucky to depart Miami with a 23-25 record. It very easily could've gone worse.
His offenses finished 14th, 27th, and 26th by DVOA. If Gase is so good at designing offenses and calling plays, why do most of his offenses suck? It's partially due to the quarterbacks he's worked with, but at some point, Gase himself deserves blame. At some point, it's worth asking: If Gase really does sleep fewer than four hours a night in order to work, as has been reported, why? Does he really need to work 20-hour days to come up with different variations of swing passes on third-and-long?
This is what his fate will come down to: how Darnold looks when he returns. Because if Darnold ascends under Gase after an inconsistent, but promising rookie season, then Gase's job will be safe regardless of the Jets' record. But if the Jets' offense fails to improve with Darnold under center, there's no point in keeping Gase around.
I'm betting Darnold won't ascend under Gase. But I'll admit, I'm not sure if the Jets will be wise enough to cut bait with Gase before he gets another season to work with Darnold.
Not much to say that we haven't been saying for the last 4 years. Just going to give one stat.
Jets scoring this season
FOXBOROUGH – It was nearly impossible to pinpoint the most annoying part of the Jets’ embarrassing 30-14 loss to the Patriots that dropped them into an 0-3 hole entering their bye week.
Was it the lack of ingenuity from Adam Gase, whose offense generated a grand total of zero points?
Maybe it was the early defensive dud that dug a hole too cavernous to climb out of less than two minutes into the second quarter?
Perhaps it was Le’Veon Bell and Robby Anderson running into each other in the fourth quarter?
Could it have been that the Jets averaged a laughable 2.2 yards per play and didn’t convert a third down (0 for 12)?
Or was it that you wasted a sun-splashed Sunday afternoon watching a team that looked like it didn’t belong on the same field with their mortal enemies?
Whatever bothered you the most, the result was predictable. There wasn’t a competitive moment in this one. The Jets scored special teams and defensive touchdowns after the Patriots built a 30-0 lead, but don’t be fooled.
This felt like a 70-0 bloodbath.
The Jets were out-gained, 381-105, trailed by three touchdowns in the blink of an eye and looked like a team searching for a clue.
CEO Christopher Johnson’s claim that Gase was “an innovator” who was “coaching football to where it’s going” upon making the hire looks, uh, a bit shaky at the moment.
Imagine how the frustrated fanbase feels. The organization sold Gase as the latter-day Bill Walsh, a creative, offensive whiz who would electroshock one of the league’s most anemic units last season.
So far, the offense looks worse than it did last season.
Gase’s offense generated just 2.2 yards per play and six first downs. There were way too many moments in the first half when Gase inexplicably dialed up a play that had little chance to succeed. It was a safe approach on a day that called for aggressiveness against the juggernaut Patriots, who improved to 3-0.
Gase called a couple give-up third-down draw plays to Le’Veon Bell, sprinkled in a failed screen pass to Robby Anderson on third and 9 and dialed up a backwards pass to Bell on third down that picked up a whole lot of nothing.
If that’s innovation, then I don’t want to know what cluelessness is.
Not the start any of us were looking for. Another epic 4th quarter collapse that let a win slip from our grasp. That's not the new look Jets we hoped for.
We wanted to check a few boxes in the first game of the season to see where we might go and the Jets flunked in about every area.
i was expecting more both from the play calling and Sam. Didn't see either. No answers to counter what Buffalo was doing. Offensive line looked as if they hadn't had a snap together all preseason. Oh wait, they didn't. So that can be some of the line woes but, not all.
No screens, no counters, nothing.
Even so, we still had a chance with 3 minutes to go when Robbie Anderson broke free. But Sam, conditioned to being under attack, rushed the throw off his back foot and under threw Robbie, giving the defender time to catch up and knock the ball away.
Next week, against a knocked around Cleveland, who will also be hungry for a win, it's imperative the Jets get clicking on offense and figure out a way to win. One of us will be 0-2 with the hard part of the schedule upon us. There won't be any coming back and competing for anything meaningful unless we can tread water until the second half.
Here's to hoping we will be shocked (in a good way) next week!
Not sure what we've learned so far. First string offense and defense looked good. Our special teams are truly special with a revolving door at kicker. What's Carli Loyd doing right now?
That's the one move Magic Mike made that infuriated me. We had the best special teams in the NFL and instead of building on it, we jettisoned it. Over what? 6 million total? Brilliant! Someone please explain that to me!!! How are you supposed to build a championship team if you get rid of the best part of it?
Le'Veon could be good, great or, somewhere else. We don't know cause all we've seen has been during practice. Everything I've heard has been good but, why not put him in for a series with the first string to get his feet wet? Don't want the first hit to knock him out of a real game. Curse me for even saying that!
I'm hoping to come back later today and write how good our first game of this new regime was. And not the same old ...... you know.
Nothing much to say yet. Preseason is preseason. The good news is the first string has looked good in the limited sample size. Jamison Crowder already appears to be a favorite target.
The bad news is we lost Avery Williamson for the season with a torn ACL. Nothing to say but, next man up.
Our new GM Joe Douglass has been busy securing LB replacements and making many other moves as we head into the season.
The decision by McCagnan to not pay our special teams stars from last year appears to be biting us in the butt already as the kicking game looks atrocious. We may get lucky with some of the off-season acquisitions for punt and kick return duties though.
The Jets have hired recently fired Miami Dolphins coach Adam Gase.
I still don't know how I feel about this but, at least Sam Darnold is excited. For now I'm going to keep positive. One of my concerns was hearing he had a riff with the owner down in Havana, I mean Miami. I've since heard that was because he told the owner that Ryan Tannehill was not the man they needed.
I'm OK with a no-nonsense guy. These players can use a dose of humility.
I am encouraged to hear that Sam and Jamal Adams are doing their own recruiting and talking to other players about coming to the big city.
All we can do is wait and hope at this point.
Now Mr McCagnan is on the clock. With the number 3 pick in the draft and 100 million in cap space he had better show his worth or he will be shown the door!
With the number 3 pick, you know someone will fall in love with a quarterback and want to move up. My hope is that we can trade for another high 1st round pick and a second rounder. Or if McCagnan is really on his game, maybe a trade for an impact player as well.
Well, it's only 104 days till the draft. See you all there!
In our finale the defense, with the exception of Jamal Adams, took this game off, letting Tom Brady slice and dice all day. Quite boring.
On to the NFL Draft which hopefully will turn into something good, with the number three pick again.
"Th-Th-The, Th-Th-The, Th-Th... That's all, folks!"
Sam looked good once again and the Jets played well enough to win but, of course couldn't close it out. The offensive play calling that was the best I've seen all year was put back in the bag as we went into prevent offense mode.
The defense that played pretty well also went in the tank and couldn't stop Aaron Rodgers when we needed to.
And I'm not one to call Ref bias but, OMG were those refs trying everything to let the Packers win?!!! Every ticky tack foul you could imagine they somehow found and called on us.
Just more of the same maddening football we've become accustomed to.
At least our draft position improved and we should be able to turn that into a couple of good picks.
It's almost over Jet fans. Just 2 more games to go to put us out of our 2018 misery.
The maddening Jets played well enough to make it a game but, not well enough to win.
Sam Darnold helped show us that he is the QB we've been looking for. He made some great plays including 2 touchdowns and NO interceptions.
He and Robbie Anderson seem to be developing some chemistry.
Elijah McGuire did an admirable job at running back but, our offensive line couldn't be consistent in opening any running lanes for him.
The defense played OK but, again couldn't step up when we needed them to, allowing a long pass and score to the Texans after we had taken the lead.
This left our offense to try and score late and the Texans D would have none of that getting pressure on Same almost at will.
So another game where we played OK but not good enough.
Gotta get our Christmas shopping list to prepare us for 2019.
Ooops! The Jets actually won a game and it's got me all discombobulated! So much so that I forgot to write the column!
Well the Jets tried to blow this game.
Josh Allen ran all over the place setting another record for back to back 100+ yard rushing games. Thank you Jets!
And despite being outplayed and out gained for 3 quarters of the game, the Jets hung around.
Then our future franchise player delivered in the fourth quarter big time. A beautiful bomb to Robbie Anderson was a big play that has been sorely lacking. His improve skills were on full display as he scrambled right, then left and threw a strike to Robbie in the end zone.
Elijah McGuire did a good job filling in for Isaiah Crowell who left with an injury.
Down the stretch Jeremy Bates called some good plays leaving us to wonder where that has been the rest of the game.
And the topper was Todd Bowles going for it on fourth down??! The safe 3 points to tie the game or the gamble on winning the game. I think I saw him flip a coin on the sideline after the offense was clamoring to go for it.
They go for it and bang into the end zone for the touchdown and take the lead.
So the Jets get the win and screw up their draft position but, so what? It felt good for a change. I think I even heard a Jets chant in Port Orange! The first in approx 44 games (unofficially.)
Stay tuned Jet fans. Who knows what's going to happen in the last 3 games of this wacky football year.
Another putrid affair that ends in the same old style. Another Jets loss.
Trumaine Johnson gave us a first quarter pick six in week 13 for his 72 million dollars. By the way, that was the only Jets touchdown of the day.
The Jets decided to give Jason Myers another workout as he put on another kicking display hitting 5 field goals. At least it's nice to know we have one player of Pro Bowl caliber.
The Jets actually moved the ball in the first half. That is until they got in the red zone. 4 red zone trips, 4 field goal attempts.
Andre Roberts has a 59 yard kickoff return only for the offensive offense to go 3 and out.
Questionable play calling yet again as we continually tried to run up the middle into the awaiting Tennessee defense. Or the telegraphed screen plays that were so obvious the Titan defenders were selling tickets to the spot. Jeremy Bates finally in the 4th quarter tried to give the run game a few new looks, which I liked but, not on 3rd and 5 at a critical stage of the game.(Yup, you guessed it, 3 and out). All we needed was one freaking drive to put the game away but, that just isn't programmed into the Animatronic brain of that guy frozen on the sideline who purports to be a head coach.
I don't know that firing the head coach is the answer but, Bowles clearly isn't the solution!
Mike McCarthy was fired today in Green Bay. Yet Todd Bowles continues standing on our sideline watching his players(who really love him) commit these same stupid penalties that extend opponent drives, help them move quickly down the field and hand us yet another loss.
Can't imagine us winning another game this season.
At least the Jets showed up for one half of this game. No running game but, Josh McCown played well enough to help the Jets score their first touchdown since the World Series ended. And put together a drive before half to tie the game.
But that's all she wrote. The woeful offense returned in the second half and put the remaining Jet fans to sleep. Check another L off the schedule and start thinking about who we can get in the draft.
Just another week in Jets land.
Just when we thought we couldn't sink any lower. A drubbing by the only team we were favored to beat the rest of this season. The New York Jets have supplanted the Cleveland Browns as the most hapless team and franchise in the NFL.
There's so many things that were absolutely horrible today but, let's try and keep the list down.
1) Give up a touchdown to an historically anemic offense in the first 49 seconds.
2) Get duped on a fake punt
3) Give up a touchdown after forcing a fumble at the one-yard line.
4) Give up a touchdown catch to a tackle-eligible.
5) Commit three holding penalties ON THE SAME PLAY.
6) Rack up a grand total of one yard in the first quarter.
7) Turn a journeyman quarterback signed off the street 12 days ago into Jim Kelly.
8) Lose seven yards on a garden-variety handoff.
9) Fail to convert a third down in the first half.
10) Roll out a rusty 39-year-old signal caller
Don't know about anyone else but, I'm done. I just can't take it any more. At least for this year.
I went into this season just wanting to improve and keep our team moving in the right direction. Well, the rudder has broken off and the ship is circling aimlessly with no captain capable of righting it.
"Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi, you're our only hope!"
Another barely watchable game from the Jets. Was it the 3rd quarter before we had a 3rd down converted for a first down?
The defense again kept us in the game despite being on the field way too much.
The offense had no answers. Sam Darnold also took a few steps in the wrong direction today with some bad Sanchez-like interceptions. 4 INT's that could have been 2 or 3 more.
Bowles again stands stoically or is it clueless, on the sideline infusing the team with all his energy. I was expecting more from offensive coordinator, Jeremy Bates but, he couldn't find any answers today either.
The light is fading fast as cooler air creeps in as Ned Stark warned, "Winter is Coming".
And it promises to be a long one.
Just another horrible performance from the Jets after a pretty pathetic outing the week before. So much for the bounce back effect.
Not much to say about the game except that it was close for most of the game. At least on the scoreboard.
It felt like it was over after the 1st quarter. The offense looked like a team that was having their first scrimmage of the season. Darnold looked as if he didn't know the names of any receiver other than Jermaine Kearse. And he tried and tried to force the ball to him too many times.
The yellow hankies again littered the field with all of them but 1 or 2 going against the Jets.
Can you say, "Momentum killer?"
The defense struggled against the run all day as well. Even though we had a few stops for no gain, most were 3-4-5 yard gains, play after play.
And when the offense finally got it together enough and scored a touchdown, our defense couldn't hold up their end of the bargain, allowing the Bears to march down the field for another score of their own.
While resigned to the fact that this is primarily a learning year for Sam, we had hoped for better.
Having said that, I haven't had so much fun in a loss in a long time!
The return of our Giant fan buddies and our new couple in for a wedding just off the plane, Jet fans, made the day quite enjoyable. At least there was no shortage of sarcasm on display throughout the afternoon.
If only we could figure out how to have this kind of fun while winning??!!
If Niedermeyer from Animal House were berating his team of pledges he'd say, "You're all worthless and weak!!! I think that's what the Jets need. Somebody screaming in their face and telling them the obvious. You're all just out there going through the motions. There was no fire, no energy, all game long.
When one facet of your team is doing bad, you look to the others to pick them up. Instead we passed around the mistake-sies like an office cold! On offense, Sam was definitely off, overthrowing several receivers. Then receivers just started dropping balls left and right, a few bad snaps here and there. OK what can special teams do for us? Well, Andre Roberts forgot that he was actually supposed to catch the ball and began rumblin, stumblin, watching the ball go over his head. It was a nightmare.
To be continued shortly........
I had wondered all week which Jet team would show up on Sunday, the good one or the bad one. The answer is, both!
Our defense forced 4 turnovers including Mo Claiborne's pick six just seconds into the game. Andrew Luck had 3 interceptions. AND, the Jets gave up over 400 yards of offense to the Colts.
Fortunately our offense was opportunistic and converted the Colt turnovers into 20 points.
The defense did come up big during a pivotal stretch in the first half after the Jets committed two turnovers on consecutive possessions that gave the Colts great starting field position (Jets 35 and 41-yard lines). Gang Green kept Indy out of the end zone and held them to two field goals before scoring 20 unanswered points.
Sam Darnold continued his growth with 2 touchdowns of his own to TE Chris Herndon and a strike to Terrell Pryor at the goal line. He had a bad interception of his own but, in true form, shrugged it off and continued to play well.
The running attack we were hoping for did not materialize as Isaiah Crowell was nursing an injury and Bilal Powell only had limited success. We ended with just over 100 yards for the game.
On the other side, Jermaine Kearse showed up big with Quincy Enunwa going down with an injury. He was everywhere and had some good yak! Sam spread it around today finding 7 different receivers.
The biggest sign of growth(actually there were 2) was the performance leading into halftime. The Jets got the ball back with 42 seconds on the clock on their 28 with 1 timeout remaining. Instead of our traditional hand off up the middle to run out the clock, Sam started slinging it. Pryor, Anderson, Kearse. On the edge of field goal range time was running out. 18 seconds left and Sam threw a strike to Kearse over the middle, clock running. The offense hurried to the line and Sam calmly spiked the ball with 3 seconds left!
The crowd was immediately applauding the Jets execution of the 2 minute drill so competently. Myers kicked the easy field goal to put us up 10 at the half.
Growth number 2:
Finishing the game! Not long ago we would have found a way to lose a game like this. When the Colts scored we came back and put more points on the board.
It wasn't pretty but, a win is a win!
I'm by no means letting Bowles off the hook here. I about puked when the announcers( Bruce Arians) in particular said what a great job Bowles is doing as a head coach! What the heck have they been smoking and watching!
I'm encouraged by news of the players holding their own meetings to help with communication and focus on game day. Alleluia!!
So let's hope the Jekyll and Hyde are both gone for a while and a steady, improving Jets team shows up for the next 10 weeks!
What if indeed?
I had given up after last weeks ridiculous performance and our coach admitting he has no clue why things didn't go well. It's good I wasn't at that press conference as I would have lost my mind on Mr Bowles.
This week however, the Good Jets returned and envisioned the 2009 team that founded the "Ground and Pound" mentality that took them to 2 straight AFC Championship games.
Isiah Crowell surpassed Thomas Jones by rushing for 219 yards and setting a franchise record! Bilal Powell had 99 yards of his own contributing to the "Pounding"
And the Jets also found out that Robbie Anderson is very fast! The vertical attack that has been just a rumor finally came to fruition today as Robbie streaked down the sidelines for 2 touchdowns. Sam Darnold did his part in getting him the ball in stride for some pretty plays. Terrelle Pryor had a nice catch and touchdown of his own.
This was a game that we easily could have folded after Bilal got stripped on our second possession play of the game. Instead the Jets fought back like we hope they would every game. Breaking those big chuck runs today was awesome and sorely needed to give the offense the balance it needs to be effective. Especially while our rookie QB feels his way into the NFL.
The defense showed up today also garnering 4 sacks of Case Keenam. They kept good pressure on for most of the day.
Andre Roberts made another appearance for special Teams and almost broke one on a punt return of 51 yards.
I'm not going to get too high on this one as we've seen this before just a few weeks ago.
Next week is another winnable game against the Colts.
Will it be Dr Jekyll or Mr Hyde?
I don't think my words will suffice here, so I'm going to let coach Bowles do the talking.
It was an A-to-Z fiasco.
How do you figure that, Coach Bowles?
“I wish I could sit here and explain it because we weren’t very good,” he said.
Um … OK, about all those wide-open Jags receivers galloping gallantly (and uncovered) all across the secondary … ?
“I don’t know why,” he said. “We ran that all week and we knew it was coming.”
“I don’t know why we didn’t play well,” he said.
"I thought in the first three games, we fought and made a lot of progress," Bowles said. "I thought we took a step back today.
"The other three games, we lost on silly things, but we were in ball games. Today, I don't think we were in the ball game, and we didn't give ourselves a chance."
So after a week and a half of preparation our coach doesn't have any clue why the team didn't play well. The very thing he says they prepared for are what killed the Jets today and still, he has no clue.
Where is Bill Parcells when you need him?
This passive, let's just wait and see approach is leaving the Jets grounded.
Perhaps it's time to switch the crew and see if we can get the Jets off the ground before this season is over. And as Yogi said, "It's getting late early".
I'm so sick of this I don't have any superlatives left.
I thought we had turned a corner. I thought we were progressing in building a solid team.
Instead, coming down from the near perfect opening game, we have quickly approached "Same Old Jets" territory.
Breathing life into a team that hasn't won a game in over and year and a half.
Committing stupid penalties that turn the momentum of games. Finding ways to lose, rather than grinding out a win.
I think that Chris Johnson and Mike McCagnan are doing a good job. Could it be better.... Sure. Some issues with player talent evaluating lurk but, I'm fairly confident that they've got us on the right track.
It's the head coach position that I haven't been sure of and am still questioning. While I think Bowles is a good D coordinator, I just don't know if he's a head coach.
The Jets seem to lack an identity as a team and Bowles seems clueless. Standing on the sidelines with that vacant stare while his players continue to do dumb things over and over again. He keeps saying those things will be addressed but, they never are. This is year 4 now people.
When might these things be addressed? Is it that Todd has no idea of how to go about fixing those things.
I have no expectation going into Jacksonville next Sunday. I take that back. My expectation is that we will find a way to lose another game. I'm not digging it, feeling this way about my team. It is obvious that something needs to change. The question remains, what is it that needs to change?
Back to Earth you silly humans! Or in this case, silly Jet fans. We were ready for playoffs. Playoffs, ...playoffs?
I expected a let down after last weeks high octane, clicking on all cylinders team but, this isn't what I had in mind.
The Jets shot themselves in the foot at the most inopportune moments, all game long. Turnovers that led to 14 of the Dolphins 20 points was the glaring error but, there were plenty to go around. Terrell Pryor and Chris Herndon dropping balls for first downs and great field position among them. Penalties to extend Dolphin drives added insult to injury.
A few questionable play calls also didn't help.
It was still close enough for the Jets to have a chance right down till the end, when time was the enemy. Knowing the Dolphins would run the ball to bleed clock and we still could't stop them.
No time to dwell on this performance though. We play again Thursday night, giving us 3 games in 10 days. Wonderful scheduling NFL. Thankfully it is the Browns. That team who hasn't won an NFL game in over a year. Bowles had best have the team ready to play or we will have another Jets major embarrassment on our hands.
While it's not all doom and gloom, it was a horribly sloppy game that will not win games in the NFL. I'm content to let this game slip from memory and look forward. Let's hope the players can do the same.
Let's start at the beginning.
A pick 6 for Sam Darnold on the first play of the game. Same old Jets.
Everything that happened after that was not. Thankfully!
Sammy the savior rebounded, brushing off the old Jets habits and had a very solid game. He led the Jets on a scoring drive capped by a touchdown run by Isaiah Crowell. He didn't look jittery anymore and limited his mistakes. He had only four incomplete passes after the pick six. He was consistent through the whole game as was the rest of the team, for a change.
If this is a sign of things to come, I'm a happy camper. One of my biggest pet peeves has been the inconsistency of our team.
We outplayed the Lions but, only led 17-10 at halftime.
When they tied it up just minutes into the second half, I was concerned about how we would respond. Fugheddaboudit!
Sam led the Jets on a drive, leaning on his favorite target, Quincy Enunwa, who carried a few Lions into the end zone for a touchdown.
Then a bomb to Robbie Anderson who ripped the ball from the defender for another TD.
Isaiah Crowell then ripped off a running TD of his own! (another nice pick up).
The defense was in Matt Stafford's face all game long leading to 4 int's! Jamal Adams was prowling everywhere, nice hits left and right.
And special teams?! Wow! A punt return for a touchdown? When was the last time that happened? 2012, I believe. Andre Roberts paying big dividends already.
Jason Myers the kicker also impressed, booming every kickoff into the back of the end zone.
I'm just giddy with the excitement that comes with such a convincing win! Didn't mind at all seeing Fireman Ed leading the Jets chant behind our bench.
So win number 1 is in the books. I wish this one counted for more but, we'll take it.
If this same team shows up next week against the Dolphins - look out!
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Robbie's 92 yard TD. Click Image.
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