Swept By Miami: Amen for the Bye Week

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Swept By Miami: Amen for the Bye Week

The Jets had 23 first downs. The Dolphins had 10. The Jets had 378 yards. The Dolphins had 104 yards. Yet, despite both statistically and realistically dominating the game…the Jets lost and that is all that matters. Why? They let up two kick returns for touchdowns and a Shonn Greene fumble bounced right into Jason Taylor’s arms and he took it back for a touchdown. Sometimes football just doesn’t make any sense, unless you are a Jets fan and accustomed to this type of thing.

Reading some fans reaction, everybody has jumped off the building on the season. Everybody is blaming the loss on Rex Ryan for his two point conversion decisions and Brian Schottenheimer for his play calling. It is funny because if you read the reactions at half time, they were calling for Mark Sanchez to be benched and how would that decision look now?

Brian Schottenheimer didn’t call a bad game. The Jets offense went up and down the field in the second half. They didn’t score on the final drive because Alan Faneca was beat and Sanchez made a rookie mistake by taking a sack, leaving the Jets with little more than a prayer on 4th and 13. It is probably fair to question the two point conversion decisions, but that isn’t why the Jets lost. Rex Ryan coached a great game on defense. Did you see what the Jets defense did to Miami today without Kris Jenkins? Don’t blame Rex…blame Danny Woodhead, Ryan Fowler, Donald Strickland, Jay Feely, and everybody else on the Jets coverage unit. Blame Shonn Greene for coughing up the football.

Dolphins Jets FootballSo in the end, I think Bart Scott said it best. Miami is awesome. They clearly showed today they have a better offense and defense than the Jets. They are probably going to compete for a Super Bowl. Watch out NFL, the 3-4 Miami Dolphins are coming and they got Chad Henne who racked up 120 yards passing today and was only sacked 5 times. They got Ronnie Brown who ripped off a ridiculous 27 yards on the ground and don’t forget Ricky Williams who also added an equally insane 27 yards. Devone Bess was a beast today with 18 yards receiving, and Greg Camarillo was like a young Randy Moss out there with 15 yards. Miami also has a scary good defense that allowed 22 second half points and a rookie quarterback to rack up three second half touchdowns on them.

 Funny enough in my article here:  http://turnonthejets.com/2009/09/07/40-predictions-for-2009-new-york-jets-season/ I said this:

“34. The Jets will enter their week 9 bye as a 4-4 team and not be considered a serious playoff contender.”

and this…

“35. Similar to the 2006 team, they will rally to a 6-2 finish and end up as a 10-6 wild card team.”

by doing this…

“36. They will either upset the Colts or Pats on the road in the second half of the season, not both. Their other second half loss will be at home to Atlanta…so yes, I am saying they win in Buffalo (aka Toronto), Tampa, and take care of the Panthers at home in the second half of the season.”

Do I still believe this? Yes, I can see it happening. If they learn how to tackle on a kick returns, why can’t they beat Jacksonville, Carolina, Tampa Bay, Buffalo (not factoring 5 INTs from Sanchez), or maybe the Colts with them resting their starters in week 16? I don’t know they might lose all their games, or they might win all of them (probably not). All I know, is I am exhausted and nauseous after watching the Jets lose in that fashion. It is a good time for the bye week and good time to get a little rest/mental stability away from this team.

Author: Joe Caporoso

Joe Caporoso is the Owner and EIC of Turn On The Jets. His writing has been featured in the New York Times, Huffington Post, MMQB and AdWeek. Caporoso played football his entire life, including four years at Muhlenberg as a wide receiver, where he was arguably the slowest receiver to ever start in school history. He is the VP of Social Media at Whistle Sports

  • The Iron Marshal

    Not as much of a heartbreaker as was the buffalo game. Miami played tough football, but save for the obvious events, the Jets would have had this.

    Parcells: “you are what your record says you are”

    unknown: “you’re never as bad as you look when you lose, or as good as you think when you win”

    I will be looking out for the rest of your predictions, Joe –

    truth be told, at the beginning of the season, I was praying for a 4-4 or 5-3 at the break, and hoping our guys, especially Jenks, would be healthy. I never envisioned losing our biggest playmaker or Jenks, but then I also thought, if we lost Jenkins to injury, that our line would collapse like last year.

    Thankfully that hasn’t been the case; Pouha has improved significantly, has more confidence and no longer gets pushed back like before. Douglas proves his worth again. Green held his ground. Pitoitua was in there too, and played with a chip on his shoulder. Ellis (my MAN!!!) had a monster game, and all the LB’s played very well, the TD over Thomas notwithstanding.

    I think this defensive unit can get better, and that’s a tribute to the coaches.

    I think the team can have a winning record, but would love to see 10-6 – but I don’t think they’re going to the show this year. The Chargers, Ravens, Steelers, Bengals are in the hunt, playing well and with better records than the Jets.

    The team is exciting to watch, and they’ve got fire in the belly, so there will be improvement.

    Keep up the great work, Joe – season’s got a few surprises yet for us to celebrate (or drown in beer..) with…

    T I M

  • d2183

    LOLOLOL sweep and those idiot jets still talk trash. I guess it must be something in the water that makes you all cry all the time.

    Bart Scott can feel however he wants; as long as he knows The Dolphins are the far superior team.

  • Coach

    Ah, the bye week. Yes it is probably a good time to get away from the game awhile. One thing to think about over the next 13 days without your team is the way your coaching staff in going to respond to the disappointment of losing ground in the division and AFC. Old Rexy looks a little confused over there and he should stop pumping his fist and start coaching! The scheme was OK and most improved from the last time they played the Fish but it is still a rookie QB they played against, who didn’t turn it over as I recall. With that said better teams are ahead with better QB’s meaning that they may have to play from behind which could be a problem. But, as I said enjoy the week off but please stay out of the woods and especially out of the water, could get you sick. And if you get caught peaking into somebodys window, you could be sharing a cell with Bray-man once his trial is complete and we don’t want that to happen, we need the blog!

  • dooooowa

    Far superior team? Did I see different games than you did?

    To be honest: The only thing beating the Jets at the moment: The Jets!