Delayed Reaction: Lights Out on Jets Playoff Hopes
I am pretty sure I have seen this one before…the Jets defense dominates, controls the entire game, the offense struggles, can’t put points on the board…allows the other team to stay close…then with the game on the line the defense chokes and allows the other team to win…yup, that’s about right. It all looked familiar today for the Jets as they fell to 7-7 with a gut-wrenching 10-7 loss, failing to take advantage of a Miami and Denver loss.
I thought the defense was amazing today, except when the game was on the line. I know the offense didn’t help them at all, but you can’t be an elite defense when you have lost 3 games on the final drive because you couldn’t make a play. Zero sacks and about nine dropped interceptions doesn’t help your cause for being elite either. This team badly needs a pass rusher…the type of guy who can get to the quarterback when the Jets don’t call a blitz.
Sanchez…what can I say? He doesn’t value the football. There were the usual flashes of talent and potential but the same turnovers and missed throws. No, I am not ready to give up on him…he is a freakin rookie. If he is playing like this, come next December then yes I will be worried. Braylon Edwards had his best game as a Jet go to waste, which is a shame. Thomas Jones and Shonn Greene were quiet, Brian Schottenheimer also had plenty of questionable calls.
Obviously the special teams were a major issue…Kellen Clemens can’t hold. James Dearth can’t snap and Jay Feely can’t make kicks all of a sudden. I don’t know why, maybe because they are the Jets and they needed to take turns being responsible for a loss.