The Pats Game
It has been days since the ugly 13-10 loss in Foxboro but since the game was on Thursday, here are our belated two cents
It was Beyond Winnable
A Tom Brady led team that couldn’t score? At home? Not a good time to drop ball, Jets wideouts. Not a great night to rush the punter meekly with eleven. What a missed opportunity.
That was not only a winnable game but a game that should have been won. A defeat that could haunt this team in December. We believe the Jets front seven will allow Rex and Co. to steal games this year and put Gang Green in position to battle for a wildcard. We really do. The Pats managed just two FGs after the opening TD drive. Not being able to s sneak out of there with a “W” will cost them dearly in late November. When 5-5 could be 6-4. Or 5-7 could have been 6-6. Damn.
What in the name of Bruce Harper, was up with no punt returner in a second half punt fest? Was this decision to play for a dead ball due to Jeremy Kerley’s absence, or some fear of Kyle Wilson fumbling? We didn’t see one all out attempt at a punt block during the second half either so seriously, what was the point?
A lucky bounce that gave the Jets 10 yards after a Pats punt was comically the best return the team had all night. In a game the Pats essentially won by field position. Inexcusable.
How can this team not have a guy on the roster who can improve upon this offense’s starting point? We are still baffled by it.. Cut a backup TE if you have to. Get a specialist for crying out loud. GM John Idzik is crazy not to. It is the one play you can have space and the chance to gain big time yardage on without the need of a QB or some RB breaking out of the pack. Geez.
Geno Smith had plenty of chances to scramble but didn’t. Is the coaching staff telling him to be careful about leaving the pocket? We hope not.
Smith showed poise for three quarters but then turned into Mark Sanchez. Those three picks weren’t rookie mistakes borne out of inexperience. They were bad throws.
Now, did Geno just turn cold or did he start forcing plays because the receivers were killing him all night? How will Smith keep his cool going forward in a way that #6 the turnover machine couldn’t when the same problem on the outside occurred for him in 2011 and 2012?
We don’t see Stephen Hill or Clyde Gates cementing their skill sets consistently any time soon. Kerley has to get healthy and Santonio Holmes better keep mending at a light speed rate. Above all however, it is up to Geno. #7 has to use his legs and continue to trust his shaky WR corps without getting desperate and out of control. Not easy to do.
Edelman Stung, But Didn’t Destroy
Julian Edelman caught 13 balls but had only 78 yards. A few of those catches were key third down grabs that extended drives. Overall though, the Jets gave up zero points in the second half. The Jets defense, despite problems locking Edelman up, put this in the hands of the offense as well as one could have asked for.
Sanchez Hurt Himself First
If Mark Sanchez hadn’t been a 52 turnover guy the past two years, he wouldn’t have gotten hurt in summer garbage time, and wouldn’t have been placed on two month IR after popping off before kickoff about how he had won the job fair in square.
This year’s deck was rigged in Geno’s favor. None of this would have gone down though, had Sanchez been remotely reliable ball security wise the past few seasons.
True, the Sanchise one could argue, has been poorly groomed in New York and was given little surrounding help last year. It was Sanchez himself who put the fear of god into his own organization. Now he has an uphill climb in this league as far as gaining any trust back. This all started with him. Not Geno. Not Idzik.
Dee Milliner is not ready. He needs more time. We can’t watch plays opposite Antonio Cromartie that can be broken up, go for senseless yardage just to let a rookie get his feet wet. Not when the dynastic Patriots look the way they do. We get the whole rebuilding thing but don’t hand over seasons like that.
Rex benched Milliner for Darrin Walls last week and should do the same against Buffalo. Walls looks more capable at this point.
- If 400 is the new 300 as far as passing yards in a game goes, what made Idzik believe that this WR corps was suitable for the uptick? No NFL QB, let alone a rookie, can look good without real support. It is a passers league but it takes more than one to tango.
- How many losses and ints will it take for diehards to ditch this holistic idea of patience, and call for Matt Simms?
- If the return of Quinton Coples to the defense over the next few games, and the addition of Mike Goodson to the offense in week 5 can boost this team a little bit, it will feel like a lot. Rex’s D may just need a seven point swing to turn future close games into W’s. A big play on both sides of the ball could do the trick.
- You think Sanchez is done and will never wear a Jet uniform again? So do we. It sure looks that way. Never say never though. Please. These are the Jets. Logic is in the eye of the beholder.