Ten Post Bye Thoughts On The Jets


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1. Darrelle Revis is claiming to be 100 percent coming out of the bye week…we’ll see on Sunday. I would expect to see the Jets mix and match Revis and Antonio Cromartie on the opposing team’s best receiver in the following weeks. Obviously a truly healthy Revis would provide a major boost to the Jets defense, which hasn’t been it dominant self yet in 2010. There will be plenty of chances to for Revis to show the Island is back, with Greg Jennings, Calvin Johnson, Andre Johnson, Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens all upcoming.

2. I think coming out of the bye week, you will see Santonio Holmes and Shonn Greene both become bigger parts of the Jets offense. Holmes is too talented to only be playing 25 – 30 reps a game and Brian Schottenheimer has to find a way to get the ball in his hands more. Greene needs to help insure LaDainian Tomlinson is fresh for the stretch run in December and January.

3. The Jets need to keep rolling in their next five games and by that I mean anything less than 4-1 is unacceptable. Their final six games include tough road trips to New England, Pittsburgh, and Chicago along with a home match-up against Miami. It doesn’t look like the Patriots are going to let the Jets run away with this division title, which means they want to be at 9-2 or 10-1 (it is very possible if you look at the upcoming schedule) heading into December.

4. We are overdue for some trickery. I don’t know if it is going to be fake punt or field goal. A LaDainian Tomlinson option pass. Another Brad Smith pass…but something should be on the way after the bye week.

5. I am sure Rex Ryan has been beating into the heads of his defensive players how average their rankings are so far. He knows it would make a nice little statement to shut down a powerhouse offense like Green Bay this week. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Jets be even more aggressive than usual, especially if Revis is genuinely 100 percent.

6. It will be interesting to see how Mark Sanchez responds to his first turnovers of the year this week. If he can finish the regular season with single digits in interceptions, it would be a tremendous accomplishment considering the amount he threw last season. I have loved Sanchez’s aggressiveness down the field and hopefully he can connect on a few more over the next few weeks.

7. Post-Bye Offensive Predictions – Both LaDainian Tomlinson and Shonn Greene will finish with over 1,000 yards…Both Braylon Edwards and Dustin Keller will have at least 8 touchdowns…Mark Sanchez will crack 20 touchdown passes…Santonio Holmes will finish with 50 receptions.

8. Jason Taylor is going to end up leading the Jets in sacks. There should be a boost to his production as Calvin Pace gets closer and closer to 100 percent and Taylor’s reps become a little more limited.

9. I wonder if we will see Kyle Wilson play a significant role on the defense at any point the rest of the 2010 season. It doesn’t seem like it right now. Yet, you never know with Drew Coleman and Dwight Lowery.

10. This nonsense with Cablevision and FOX better be settled by Sunday.

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

  • bruceharper

    About Revis-there is a difference between being healthy and playing like he did last year. Brees is healthy but not playing lights out. Hopefully, DR will be improving his play to become the shutdown CB he hasn’t been so far…

  • AGE

    Am I the only one who is completely baffled about the decision to give the entire team a full week off? I understand that Rex is the ultimate players coach and this has helped us out tremendously in the past (and hopefully in the future by keeping these guys around) but I think this is too much. Giving vets like T Rich, LT, J Taylor, etc and the O-line some time to rest up and heal their bumps and bruises isnt a bad idea, but why not have a week of non-contact practice, or at least film study!
    This would have been the opportune time for Sanchez to further develop his chemistry with Santonio, im sure Sanchez was watching film and getting better like he always is, but on Thejetsblog.com I read that Santonio went to Las Vegas!….Vegas? are you kidding me? for some “me time,”??? I dont understand that decision at all. This team has played its worst two games (besides the Baltimore game, which I consider to be a complete outlier) coming into the bye week, they should not be getting complacent. The famous football cliche is if your not getting better your getting worse, and I dont think that giving the team a vacation is making them better. I understand most of these guys got to go home and see their family, which is great, and maybe it will help them on the field, but these guys get paid an obscene amount of money to play a child’s game and being at the Jets facilities as much as possible, especially during the season, is a sacrifice they must make to rake in so much cash. Why not have a Jets West Camp part duex? Im not expecting much but is half day non contact into self-scouting too much to ask?
    Its not just Santonio either, I dont know where Joe McNight went but wherever he went he better have brought a football and not let go of the thing for 6 days. He must get better, if he could somehow pull of a miracle and began to show progress as a RB that would do WONDERS to preserve LT for a playoff push, and this would be the perfect time to start such a miraculous turn around. The same goes for Kyle Wilson, it would be nice for him to look at some film and do some footwork drills so he doenst look like a chicken running around with his head cut off come sunday.
    I love Rex and agree with most everything he has done with this team so far, but not this. Does Woody or Mikey T have any say in this? I would not let this happen if I owned the team. We basically had a huge advantage against one of the better teams in the league by having two weeks to prepare, and we threw it out the window.

    And I know nobody got in trouble, this would be an entirely different argument if somebody did, but you cant tell me Santonio Holmes went to Vegas and didnt get into some shit. Its Vegas, he got hammered most nights and probably smoked some spliffs, guys a pot head, keep him in New Jersey and tell him he can go to AC one night if he really wants to ball out.