Jets vs. Dolphins Round 1: First Look

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First a few updates:

1. On Braylon Edwards’ stupidity…There is never any excuse to drive drunk and regardless of what the league sanctions, the Jets need to take some type of action to tone down some of the behavior on this team. Obviously, it would be nice if the Jets could “collect the facts” this week and then bench him against the Bills (because they are the Bills) and the Vikings (because Santonio Holmes will return). Yet, it is more likely he won’t play against Miami which is the appropriate action. I have confidence in Jerricho Cotchery and Dustin Keller’s ability to step up, although Brad Smith and David Clowney are also going to have to produce. How about it The Clown?

Final Thoughts on Week 2:

Offensive MVP – Mark Sanchez – A no brainer here. It was the best game of our young QB’s short career. Sanchez played well in both games against Miami last year, so hopefully he can now start stringing together a few strong performances.

Defensive MVP – Antonio Cromartie -Played the part of “Revis Island” in the second half and rallied the secondary around him with a half time speech to his unit.

They Deserve Some Love Too – Nick Folk…How about 5/5 in two games? Steve Weatherford…who is kicking the crap out of the ball. Dustin Keller…for shredding the New England cover two in pieces…Sione Pouha/Mike DeVito…unsung heroes on the Jets defense. LaDainian Tomlinson…Bringing a ton of energy and explosiveness to the Jets offense. Matt Slauson…He has struggled at times but overall is holding his own well enough.

Jets vs. Dolphins Round 1: First Look

The Opponent: You aren’t much of a Jets fan if you can’t already feel the hate flowing through your veins when thinking about the upcoming match-up with Miami. The Dolphins swept the Jets despite going 7-9 last season, thanks mostly to Ted Ginn Jr, who is fortunately no longer on the team. In 2010, Miami is off to a 2-0 start thanks to an impressive win in Minnesota and a not so impressive win in Buffalo. Their defense has been terrific so far this year but their offense has been struggling to produce points.

Miami Starters/Key Reserves

OFFENSE

  • Quarterback: Chad Henne -30/49, 296 yards, 1 TD
  • Running Back: Ronnie Brown – 26 carries, 145 yards, 1 TD, 1 fumble
  • Running Back: Ricky Williams – 28 carries, 92 yards, 1 fumble
  • Fullback: Lousaka Polite – 6 carries, 16 yards
  • Wide Receiver: Brandon Marshall – 12 receptions, 124 yards
  • Wide Receiver: Brian Hartline – 3 receptions, 28 yards, 1 TD
  • Wide Receiver: Davone Bess – 7 receptions, 63 yards
  • Tight End: Anthony Fasano – 3 receptions, 46 yards
  • Left Tackle: Jake Long
  • Left Guard: Richie Incognito
  • Center: Joe Berger
  • Right Guard: John Jerry
  • Right Tackle: Vernon Carey

DEFENSE

  • Defensive End: Kendall Langford – 7 tackles, 1 sack
  • Nose Tackle: Randy Starks – 3 tackles, .5 sack
  • Defensive End: Jared Odrick -1 tackle
  • Outside Linebacker: Koa Misi – 6 tackles, 1 sack
  • Inside Linebacker: Bobby Carpenter – 4 tackles
  • Inside Linebacker: Karlos Dansby – 17 tackles, 1 sack
  • Outside Linebacker: Cameron Wake – 5 tackles, 2.5 sacks
  • Corner: Vontae Davis – 8 tackles, 1 INT
  • Corner - Jason Allen – 17 tackles, 2 INTs
  • Corner: Sean Smith – 3 tackles
  • Safety: Chris Clemons – 9 tackles
  • Safety: Yeremiah Bell - 20 tackles

SPECIAL TEAMS

  • Kicker: Dan Carpenter – 2/3 FGs
  • Punter: Brandon Fields – 40.8 yards per kick
  • Kick Return: Clifton Smith – 17.3 yards per return
  • Punt Return: Clifton Smith – 4.5 yards per return

PhotobucketKey PlayersBrandon Marshall and Ronnie Brown are the Dolphins two biggest weapons on offense. Chad Henne has the ability to push the ball down the field and Ricky Williams has killed the Jets in the past. Davone Bess is a dangerous slot receiver. On defense, Cameron Wake leads Miami’s pass rush, while their young secondary has played well so far. Karlos Dansby is a very good inside linebacker.

Injuries – For the Jets, don’t expect Darrelle Revis or Calvin Pace to suit up. On Miami, Jared Odrick should be out.

Key Storylines – The rivalry…Can Rex Ryan beat the Dolphins? How will the Jets slow down Brandon Marshall without Darrelle Revis? Mark Sanchez’s follow up performance. Braylon Edwards suspension and how it affects the Jets offense. Jason Taylor’s homecoming.

Highlights of Dolphins Week Two Win

  • simplysimon2

    A bit sanctimonious on Braylon, Joe. He will play and play with fire and ice the fish. I don’t know from what Bible your reading but an automatic suspension or sit down ain’t happening this weekend. Rex is not that stupid. Nor is any Jets fan. Where does that leave you? Have you actually “TURNED ON THE JETS”?

  • Coach

    Joe, First of all, simplysimon2 needs to get back to the insane asylum before someone realizes he’s gone. Next, I would like you to archive my blogs from 2 years ago when the Jets first signed Brayman! I told you then he would make a great cell-mate for Plaxico! A tiger can not change his strips, plain and simple! As far as this week you are 100% correct, “They can not play Edwards this week”! Dress him and make him stand on the sideline (with his helmet on)in the South Florida heat for the entire game. Lastly, can Sanchez put 2 games together back to back? Big question for Jets fans.

  • Joey C

    we SHOULD BE alright against Marshall…the broncos & chargers play each other twice a year & if you look at Cromartie’s numbers against Marshall the last 2 seasons, he did a pretty decent job against him when he was assigned to cover him one on one

    but then again, anything can happen

  • simplysimon2

    Coach? Punish one of your best players with a stupid torture stunt? Prove you’re a Big Man? Braylon has been humiliated enough by the media and clowns like you and I’m sure Rex gave him a good piece of his mind but let him know he will play against the fins and can redeem himself on the field. He’s a kid. Sanchez is a kid. Let them grow up to be the men they can be.

  • Coach

    Simon, Brayman is a 3 time loser and in my book is a man already! If you are older than 21 in most parts of the modern world you are considered a man! Let him start to act like one.

  • Shibadog

    I’m with coach. By his actions alone braylon has shown he isn’t ready to be considered a man. As for torture, he should be so lucky to dress in a jets uniform and just stand there. Seems like he hasn’t learned any lessons since that trade from cleveland, he’s a punk plain and simple, i hope we trade him.

  • dmd13

    Simplesimon,

    How subjective could you possibly get? Holy sh-t!!! These people whether they like it or not are put in a position to influence the younger generations. So you are going to act like it did not happen because the CBA says he should not be punished? I mean really how ignorant can you possibly get? A public figure breaks the law, a law that is put in place to protect society from innocent people dieing at the hands of these morons, but you say we turn our back to win a football game? Come on man, I love football and winning as much as the next guy but you need to check yourself into reality.

    Rex gave him a good piece of his mind and he can redeem himself on the field. Seriously? It’s unfortunate Hitler could not catch a football because in your world he would of justifiably “redeemed” killing thousands of people.

    You are as about as narrow minded and absurd as an individual as they come.

  • Joe Caporoso

    Dan…I agree with some of your sentiment and do think the Jets should sit Braylon against Miami…yet what did the Giants do when Kareem McKenzie received a DUI in 2008 on a Thursday night? He started 2 days later. Ronnie Brown DUI in March? No suspension.

    The problem is across the NFL, not just the Jets

  • dmd13

    Completely agree. I am just directing this toward Braylon right now because this is obviously what we are talking about. The league has a serious problem right now with players drinking and driving, and someone needs to be the scapegoat to show this behavior will not be tolerated, similar to what Plax was. By the looks of things it will not be Braylon because the team is not allowed to deactivate him. All I am saying is you better believe the new CBA is going to have clauses, in regards to character issues and automatic suspensions for drunk driving. If they don’t the NFL needs some new PR people because this problem is just being swept under the rug continuously, and it is a serious issue that needs to be addressed.

  • Coach

    Basement Crew, I have to say I am impressed with your perspectives and maturity regarding this very serious issue. The NFL, Public Education and Private Industry all need to look at themselves and address this growing problem. Great job by all who responded appropriately.

  • PittsburghJim

    Who cares if Gaylon plays or not? – the jets are a non-factor this year (as they are most years). Since the merger in 1970 the Jets have made the playoffs, what, 3 or 4 times? One year they luck into the playoffs because the big boys rest a few players, they play Cincinnati and Diego (both of whom were circling the drain at that point)and then they get stomped by the big boys when they play the whole game. The Jets have always been a non-factor in this league and I really feel sorry for Jets fans.

  • Joe Caporoso

    Real mature and articulate comment PittsburghJim…I am glad this website is good enough to draw Steelers fans to it, thanks for stopping by!

  • PittsburghJim

    JayMoe – don’t insult me and call me a Steelers fan – DOLPHINS ALL THE WAY BABY!!!
    I hate the Steelers.
    The Steeler fans I talked to (only because I work with them) didn’t even realize the jets were still in the NFL.

    The Dolphins own the jets – always have – always will. Talk to you Monday JayMoe.