Before we jump into the negatives when it comes to this Jets team right now, I’d like to start this week off with a few positives because believe it or not, there actually were a few after re-watching the game. There weren’t many after the narrow win over the crappy Dolphins, but there are a few that are worth mentioning…
BUY: Robert Malone - That’s right, the list of positives begins with the punter! A lot of people were confused when TJ Conley was punted off the roster (Get it?!?), but as usual, Mike Westhoff was completely right. Robert Malone has been excellent this season, and he helped the Jets in the field position battle all afternoon on Sunday. He’s got a really strong leg, and he’s dropped several punts down near the goalline this year. There are no two ways about it: He’s been a major upgrade at the position.
BUY: Santonio Holmes and Jeremy Kerley – As Mark Sanchez said, Santonio played his absolute ass off on Sunday and he deserves all the credit in the world for that performance. It can’t be easy when you’re double teamed on every play and the defense knows you are the only reliable receiver on the team, but he handled it well, played hard the entire game, and was the single biggest reason the Jets won the game (other than Dan Carptenter). If he can play like that every week, the offense won’t be too bad. As for Kerley, quite simply, he needs to get the ball more. For an offense that struggles making big plays, there’s no reason he shouldn’t be out there more often while guys like Stephen Hill and Clyde Gates watch from the sidelines.
BUY: Laron Landry – Man oh man, it sure was nice to see a safety wearing green make a play on the field for a change, wasn’t it? I had forgotten what that was like after watching Jim Leonhard and Eric Smith appear as though they were moving in slow motion on my television screen the past two years.
BUY: Shonn Greene and the Run Game – I’ve backed Greene all year, and that won’t change now! I thought he looked absolutely great out there on Sunday, making cuts, forcing missed tackles with nifty spin moves and– ahhhh ok, none of that happened at all. I can’t do it anymore. I can’t keep this charade up. Shonn Greene shouldn’t be relied upon as the “bell cow” running back any longer. I’m not saying he shouldn’t get 12 or so carries a game, because he definitely should, but we need to mix it up.
Bilal Powell looked much better against Miami and deserves to at least split touches at this point. Joe McKnight absolutely needs to be incorporated more into the offense, as does Tim Tebow. Yes, Tim Tebow 100% should be taking more snaps and running the ball to provide some kind of spark to this flat run game. Greene has always been better as a 1B type back who comes in to pound tired defenses, and that is what he should be back to doing now. Use a committee approach and let Greene seal the game at the end. And when we get to short yardage or goal line situations, for the love of God, can we please see Tebow in there to run it right up the middle behind Mangold? Please? Just once? Speaking of which…
SELL: The Tebow Plan – It’s been three weeks and I’m starting to think the Jets didn’t actually have a plan for Tebow after all. Unless of course the plan was to make him a slot receiver who can’t actually catch, because if that was it, I take back everything I just wrote. They’re executing that one brilliantly. If Tebow isn’t in on 1st and goal from the 1 or other short yardage situations, what is the point of having him on this team? That’s a spot that he is tailor made for! And can we see him throw one pass maybe? I know they’re “saving it”, but it’s to the point now that everyone knows that’s what they’re doing anyway and it won’t even be a surprise. Ugh.
SELL: Ellis Lankster – As soon as Lankster came on the field for extended action following the Revis injury… hold on, I have to slam my head into the desk a few times thinking about that. Ok, so yeah, when Lankster came in the game, the Dolphins IMMEDIATELY targeted him. And not just once, either. I’m pretty sure if Ryan Tannehill were mic’d up for that game, we would hear him at the line just yelling out “Lankster is over there covering you! I’m throwing to you, man!” I’m serious about that too. Lankster is awful. He’s a worse version of Drew Coleman, who is perhaps my most hated Jet in recent memory. If Lankster is seriously the nickel back the rest of the way, I expect him to challenge for that title. (EDITOR’S NOTE – I love Drew Coleman. He’d be the best pass rusher on the Jets right now).
SELL: The Linebackers – Lankster was far from the only bad defender on the field on Sunday. All of the linebackers played terribly, even David Harris, who is normally terrific. I love Bart Scott, but at this point I’m starting to think he went missing sometime last year and his slower, less athletic, weaker twin brother just showed up to the facility one day, started yelling and picking fights just like Bart would do, put on the 57 jersey and nobody seemed to notice. If the fake Bart can’t blow plays up in the backfield and stuff the run like the real one used to, then there’s really no use for him on the field anymore.
As for the outside linebackers, Garrett McIntyre came off his two sack performance in Pittsburgh and once again looked like Garrett McIntyre. You know, the guy who can’t set the edge on run plays, can’t cover tight ends or running backs, and who gets no pass rush. Or more simply, he looked just like a white Calvin Pace. Thankfully, Pace is in his last season with the team, and in 2013 we won’t have to see him Frankenstein-walk his way into the backfield in another ill-fated attempt to sack a quarterback. I’m starting to really wish this team still had Aaron Maybin on the roster so he could play more and we MIGHT have a chance at a sack. Oh, what’s that? Aaron Maybin is still on the team? Could have fooled me…
Thinking about the linebackers made me think about just how many completely and totally useless players are on this roster, which 100% lays at the feet of Mike Tannenbaum, who apparently never read my letter to him and just figured he already built a roster deep enough and strong enough to compete as a defense-oriented, ground and pound unit. He was wrong. Just take a look:
2012 Useless Jets Players List
- WR- Clyde Gates
- WR- Chaz Schilens
- TE- Jeff Cumberland
- G- Vlad Ducasse
- OLB- Calvin Pace
- OLB- Bryan Thomas
- OLB- Garrett McIntyre
- S- Eric Smith
2012 Almost-Useless Jets Players List
- MLB- Bart Scott
- FB- John Conner
- TE- Konrad Reuland
- QB- Tim Tebow
And that doesn’t even get into our rookie class that we are getting NOTHING out of, or backup players who weren’t expected to contribute in the first place. This team has NO depth, and it’s becoming painfully clear. Mike Tannenbaum did a terrible job building this team, giving Mark Sanchez no receivers to throw to (amongst other terrible development strategies), the running game no blocking tight ends to open holes for them, and the defense no speed to actually tackle ball carries. I’m pretty sure that’s not the way to build a contender.
And speaking of useless people, I present the last sell of the week. In this case, I did not save the best for last.
SELL: Evan Silva – The fantasy football and NFL super-duper guru/expert/analyst had himself quite a week. Some of you may have thought I was joking two weeks ago when I unveiled my new 3-part betting strategy, but I was not. What was that strategy you ask? Here you go:
- Find Evan Silva’s picks and score predictions.
- Bet the opposite of them all.
- Collect $$$
After a solid 12-4 week this week for me against the spread, the results speak for themselves. I invite you all to join me on the money train in coming weeks. The season may look bleak for the Jets and us fans with Revis’s torn ACL, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still have a little fun along the way.