Initial Reaction – Heart Attack. Jets Keep Stressing Us Out But Keep Winning

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A collection of thoughts from today’s 26-20 overtime win over the Cleveland Browns –

The Good:

  • Mark Sanchez – Can any talk about Sanchez holding the Jets back this year come to a stop? He played a terrific all around game, avoiding pressure countless times and making big plays down the field. Sanchez is now at the point where you have to feel very confident about this team in any close game when he has the ball in his hands.
  • The Running Game – This is what I have been talking about…20 carries for Shonn Greene who finished with 72 yards rushing, along with 3 receptions for 23 yards and 18 carries for LaDainian Tomlinson who finished with 57 yards rushing, along with 6 receptions for 53 yards. Beyond that, Brad Smith had an expanded role today with 5 carries for 39 yards and a reception for 6 yards.
  • Jerricho Cotchery – It is a shame he will now probably miss a few games but what a gutsy play in overtime to convert a key third and nine.
  • Santonio Holmes – How clutch is this guy? Two straight games he has won for us in overtime. It does wonders for your offense when you have a player who could turn a simple slant route into a game winning 37 yard touchdown.
  • The Run Defense – For all of the Peyton Hillis hype, the Jets held him to 84 yards and forced a fumble. Our defensive lineman may not be able to rush the passer but they can stop the run.
  • Drew Coleman – Just a big time play in overtime to strip Chansi Stuckey.

The Bad

  • Game Management – I absolutely hated the decision to let time run out in regulation. The Jets should always be playing aggressively for the win, especially with how well Sanchez has been playing late in games.
  • Nick Folk – Are we headed back to 2009? Folk gets a pass for one week because of his strong start in 2010 but he better get his act together back in his home stadium the next two weeks.
  • The Defense Overall – The Jets aren’t an elite defense in 2009. You can’t claim to be one and then allow a rookie quarterback to drive down the field in the final minute to tie the game. The pass rush is also way too inconsistent. Evan Moore, Darrelle Revis? Evan Moore. Eric Smith and Jim Leonhard remain major liabilities in pass coverage and tight ends are continuing to kill the Jets.

A few other thoughts…

  • Kyle Wilson played a good game today. He had a big tackle to stop a third down conversion and a nice 18 punt return. It will be interesting to see if he can settle into the nickel role.
  • Eric Mangini was awfully animated on the sideline today. Did you see him celebrating those missed field goals?
  • Braylon Edwards put together a strong game in his homecoming. He has been reliable this year and appears to have got over the drops that plagued him the previous few years.
  • Brian Schottenheimer finally seemed to find his rhythm as a play-caller today.

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6 thoughts on “Initial Reaction – Heart Attack. Jets Keep Stressing Us Out But Keep Winning

  1. I have to say I disagree with J-Co leaving the game for a few games. Steve Jackson of the Rams pulled his groin and he’s powered through, he played through it for about 2 weeks. He’ll have to go through it for Houston and Cinni in a row before getting a week and a half of psuedo rest. Who else do we have on the depth chart besides B-Smith? Do we still have Patrick Turner?

  2. @Tony C – Big difference between sitting your #1 running back who is far and above the next best option, and being cautious by sitting a WR when you have 2 other guys who are thoroughly capable of being fine without him…not slighting how much I love J-Co and that play. Brad Smith can play the slot just fine and this is the luxury we got by trading for Holmes.

  3. I suppose so, but we got some success with the wildcat, and we would have had a 21 yard with B-smith had it not been called back by a holding call. The only reason I say that is that for the Texans, this is the worst team in the league in protecting against the pass, maybe one of our inactive TEs can get the call then and we can use some two TE sets to help boost that WR production if we need to keep Bsmith for wildcat.

    I’m not saying force J-Co on the the field, but we saw success using three WR sets and we need to capitalize on it a bit more, J-Co has better luck at WR than Brad Smith over the years.

  4. i love the whole jets team and i will admit that holmes and edwards are more talented but how clutch was that catch by J-CO. He gets overlooked for being consistent but J-Co is the man.

  5. We have two WRs in the Practice Squad, Turner is a big body like Edwards, if J-Co goes down, activate the big man. (Note I’m only putting him above Logan, cause well I don’t know who Logan is and we’ve had turn up for at least one game.) That makes two big bodies to beat out the CBs and let Holmes take the inside slants like he has been clutch in the last two weeks.

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