The New York Jets 13-10 loss likely left a bad taste in your mouth this morning. Let’s go through a few more quick hitting thoughts on a frustrating night at Gillette Stadium.
1. So how about those wide receivers? What is most frustrating about Stephen Hill and Clyde Gates is how much refinement their games lack. They show no natural ability to catch the football with their hands, run routes and attack the football aggressively in the air. Hill was a 2nd round pick who is a supposed to be a natural playmaker, yet he can’t gain 2 yards in a one on one situation against a player he has 6 inches and 30 pounds on. He offers nothing after the catch as of right now, which makes him an inconsistent possession receiver. Gates probably played himself out of job last night. Unless more injuries strike, it is hard to see him ever having an expanded role on this team again.
2. If you are calling for Geno Smith’s head after last night, you need a reality check. Rookie quarterbacks are going to make mistakes, particularly in the type of situation he was put in last night. There were enough encouraging plays last night to continue to ride Geno moving forward. The Jets should be sticking with him unless he gets hurt or he has a prolonged meltdown over a few weeks, which I don’t see happening.
3. Further kudos to the Jets defense, which has allowed 30 points through two games. 10 of those points have come directly off turnovers by the Jets offense that put the opposing team on a very short field. The run defense has been elite, led by the defensive line and a solid start to the season from Demario Davis and David Harris. Agains the pass, they remain shaky at times. Rex Ryan shouldn’t hesitate to continue to play Darrin Walls more, who is currently the team’s 2nd best corner. They have also only forced one turnover and generated four sacks through two games…you’d like to see those numbers increase.
4. The Jets need a punt returner…now. Kyle Wilson cannot handle the job. Jeremy Kerley is average at best and the Jets need him too much on offense to risk him getting hurt back there. John Idzik should be scanning available free agents. Is Josh Cribbs healthy enough to field punts right now?
5. Robert Malone is off to a rough start this season. The Jets cannot weather average to below average special teams performances. They aren’t good enough on offense to survive it.
6. Sometimes things are simple – You can’t score one touchdown a week and expect to win many games. Currently the Jets have two touchdowns, one safety and four field goals.
7. There were encouraging signs from Vlad Ducasse last night. He played better than anybody could have expected against Vince Wilfork. Consistency will now be the key moving forward.