No Huddle – 2-1 New York Jets Edition

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TJ Rosenthal kicks off another week of New York Jets coverage at Turn On The Jets with his weekly No Huddle – Make sure to give TJ a follow on Twitter on Turn On The Jets a follow on Facebook

So, are you shocked? We’re not. Surprised? Sure, a little bit. We knew the Jet front seven was poised to be as good as any in this league though. It was also no secret that new OC Marty Mornhinweg was brought here to attack vertically. No matter who the receivers were.

The Jets are 2-1 and maybe unlike the winless crosstown darling Giants, can’t claim that two of those three weeks contained both road games and over .500 opponents. However, ESPN didn’t consider the strength of schedule when they called the Jets the worst team in the NFL prior to week one.

The Jets have a dynamic QB making rookie mistakes but making big plays too. The team is young, fun, and playing with passion. That’s why they are in the position of having a season worth watching. Write what you’d like and say what you want haters…just keep in mind that “Parcellsian: Hall of Fame logic that you are what your record says you are. The Jets are 2-1 and deserve every ounce of it. Now it’s up to them to keep developing while cleaning up the rough spots.

20 Penalties 

Wow, did the wings of discipline come off the plane fast and furiously in the third quarter. Jet debris was flying in all directions Sunday, in what had been a smooth flight for two quarters plus. It almost felt like it started raining yellow flags once Rex Ryan started chucking red flags like a drunk gambler rolls dice while wearing a cheap suit in Atlantic City. Then Kyle Wilson got so personal with pest Stevie Johnson that he was sent to the time out corner by Professor Ryan to cool off. Later, antsy Quinton Coples had two dead ball fouls late on third and ten giving the Bills a first down in the process. There were many other culprits too. The cause? Too many guys wearing green not letting the game come to them.

Stop forcing it coaches and players. Let your talents and the schemes take over. Trust in them. Aggressive is great but there’s a line between that and over aggressive behavior that can’t be crossed.

Penalties will kill the Jets going forward. If this doesn’t get addressed, the rise of Geno and this defense will be neutralized. Priority number one this week must be to tone down the extra curricular exuberance and stupidity.

Oh, and hey Rex…

Please hire a Challenge Flag Coach. If Herm Edwards could hire Dick Curl the Clock Coach, you can be innovative too. Take the itchy trigger finger temptation away from yourself and know your weaknesses. It is the real sign of strength.

Geno Did It Twice

Geno Smith officially won the QB1 job legitimately, once and for all, thanks to two moments he had against the Bills. After throwing an interception in the first half, he rebounded with a TD by attacking downfield confidently on the next series. No head trips, no self doubt creeping in.

Then, as the Jets gave the Bills a “Same Old Jets” gift by allowing them to tie it at 20 after allowing Buffalo’s O nothing all day, Smith went deep in the 4th quarter with faith to Santonio Holmes for the game winning home run ball. That’s how you lead an offense and an entire team. With resiliency, belief, and a super short memory.

Santonio Was Fabulous 

When Tone Time wasn’t rescuing Gang Green from themselves late with a terrific catch, balancing act and race down the entire Met Life turf, he was keeping drives alive with great routes and acrobatic grabs throughout the day. Was this guy faking a foot injury just to bag training camp? He was moving so well yesterday that we wonder.

You have heard the nonsense about Tone being divisive in the past. A malcontent. You have all read the words of some who call Holmes a great compliment to a true number one receiver. A nice back handed slap if you ask us.

A healthy Santonio Holmes is a clutch game breaker who can devour receptions and draw the type of attention that provides single coverage to others.

Did you see him egging on the crowd to make noise when the defense was on the field, only to gesture “quiet down” on third and short when communication was needed from Geno to the offense? If you were a diehard you did. If you are one of those refuse to see beyond that dated label of #10, you missed it.

We love Holmes as a player and met him this summer at his charity flag football tournament on Roosevelt Island, where he was respectful, courteous and understated to all in attendance. We couldn’t be happier about the success he had on Sunday. He was fabulous.

Memo to NFL: Stop Feeding Sheldon and Snacks

Sheldon Richardson and Damon “Snacks” Harrison are two peas in a pod. They both play with the game long motor needed to shut down names like Martin, Ridley and Spiller. The Bills pounded CJ unsuccessfully inside so much that the result for him was a 9 yard day and an ice pack on the knee. An early exit.

What is it going to take for teams to realize that the way to beat the Jets is to limit runs in between the tackle that end up becoming third and longs for The Mo and Coples show? Sheldon and Snacks are big, fast, and hungry. You run in their direction, you pay.

Quick Hits

– Stephen Hill can really be a weapon if he keeps holding onto the ball. You can’t teach size and speed.

– In fact, a healthy good hands trio of Hill, Jeremy Kerley, and Holmes, could put up some numbers in this system.

– Demario Davis was so active that David Harris and Calvin Pace just had to make plays in front of them and use their smarts to cut corners. Davis is making a real impact. Another young Jet defender on the rise.

– The Jets still need a return man. They gain no yardage on kick and punt returns and will need to in tight games. Can we look beyond Kerley and Clyde Gates? Please?!!

– Spiller had 9 yards. Mario Williams had no sacks. Gameplan against real threats. Make others beat you. Simple. Effective. Nice prep work by the coaching staff.

  • Mark Phelan

    So, who can we get to return punts and kick-offs?

  • Simon Gribben

    What’s Joe Money up to

  • KAsh

    I’m not yet sold on Geno; he needs to stop turning the ball over, especially on the Jets half of the field. Consider:

    The Jets defense is fourth in total yards allowed (for the moment – Raiders are third and need to keep the Broncos under 279 yards to maintain their spot; the Broncos currently have 276 yards with 3:40 left in the 2nd) but will be only 7th in points allowed after the Monday Night Game ends. When you dig deeper into the stats, this defense is third in ToP allowed, second in third down efficiency, and first in both yards per play allowed and first downs allowed. This is an impregnable defense that is giving up the majority of its points because its young signal caller is putting them in bad positions.

    Geno does not need to stop turning the ball over. That would be too much to ask. But he is second to Eli in interceptions. His two against Buffalo were both on bad reads of the coverage. He is throwing the ball faster. Now don’t throw it to the opposite team so much.

    And the Jets defense is now third in total yards allowed.

  • Frank Antonelli

    Only a clown would not be sold on Geno. Over 500 yards of offense and simpletons like Kash are still not satisfied. Get a clue buddy.

  • Anthony

    Mike Goodson can return kicks, as far as a punt returns, I assume we could keep kerely, though I would like an upgrade there.

    Geno is quite well suited to this offense. This is not your mamas west coast squad. This is a shotgun spread, no huddle deep ball flinging offense that can take advantage of QB mobility. This team is nasty!!!

  • BubbaGump

    Frank,

    There’s nothing wrong with healthy skepticism. How many times have Jets fans been like “this is the QB we’ve been waiting for!” only to completely turn on them and try to run them out of town within a few years.

    The thing about being a Jets fan is you kind of have to expect disappointment, it’s in the very nature of the franchise.

    Geno has already improved and could very well be the long term answer at QB. But being completely sold on him after only 3 games where he is the 2nd worst QB form a turnover perspective takes a special kind of delusion/optimism.

  • BubbaGump

    Frank,

    There’s nothing wrong with healthy skepticism. How many times have Jets fans been like “this is the QB we’ve been waiting for!” only to completely turn on them and try to run them out of town within a few years.

    The thing about being a Jets fan is you kind of have to expect disappointment, it’s in the very nature of the franchise.

    Geno has already improved and could very well be the long term answer at QB. But being completely sold on him after only 3 games where he is the 2nd worst QB form a turnover perspective takes a special kind of delusion/optimism.

  • David

    People were just looking for something different than Sanchez that in some ways they are blinded that Geno is this great QB. His completion percentage is only 53.9%, he has 3 TD’s, 6 INT’s and a 65.0 QB Rating, a QBR of 48 and 1 fumble.

    Quite honestly, he really isn’t anything different than Sanchez, even if you are just comparing rookie numbers. Yes, there are bigger plays, but that is more of the system of Marty than it is Geno Smith.

    He needs to improve mightily if you want to call him a “Franchise QB.” I will say this–If I got the #1 pick in the upcoming draft, I would take Teddy Bridgewater and not look back, even with Geno on the roster!

  • The Jet Report

    He is alot different than Sanchez. He throws with conviction, has a short memory and doesn’t fear the deep ball. Sanchez didn’t throw deep to complete it he did it just to do it. Geno thinks TD when he throws it. Don’t judge him by completion pct judge him by drives after mistakes and let downs. He is throwing some picks but appears more resilient already. Sanchez could have succeeded and still can, but was trained to secure the ball not unleash it. That killed his initial growth.

  • BubbaGump

    The Jet Report,

    You said it rather succinctly, “Sanchez … was trained to secure the ball not unleash it”.

    As David said, most of the difference we’re seeing (i.e., long balls and an attacking offense) are because of Marty and his system.

    Give Geno a few more games of showing progress and see where he is; then people like Frank may be justified in their optimism.

  • David

    Say what you want The Jet Report, Geno may do a couple things different than Sanchez, but he is still very much like Sanchez– Wildly inconsistent with moments of brilliance!

  • The Jet Report

    Three games in you are correct in some ways. He hits the long ball and doesn’t mope after a mistake. Lets hope he grows from there.

  • Charles

    David, while you may have a point regarding Sanchez/Smith, what you fail to mention is that Smith is still a rookie. Sanchez was doing these things in his fourth year.

  • Cpar14

    Geno can make plays, bottom line. Sanchez hasn”t made a play in 2 years. He’s making rookie mistakes and seems to be improving every week. I think he has a mental toughness and poise we havn’t seen in awhile. That said, it’s so early, let’s see how he grows and try to enjoy the process of watching him learn.

  • Angel

    [*disclaimer: for those of you with ADHD, please read my entire comment before addressing anything I’ve written. Thank you.]

    Oh, I get it:

    When Mark Sanchez throws interceptions and fumbles–he’s a loser.

    When Geno Smith throws interceptions and fumbles–he’s “dynamic.”

    Do I have that right?

    When the Jets win ugly with Sanchez, he needs to be replaced.

    When the Jets win ugly with Smith, the future looks bright.

    Give me a break.

    Geno has not looked good, despite having done some good things. Let’s keep an eye on him and see how his development comes along before heaping praise on his mistake riddled performances. I’m not saying he sucks, I just don’t think he ‘deserves a game ball’ or that he is beyond criticism.

    I get a Twilight Zone vibe from this site [mostly in the comments] where Mark was savaged by everyone for his mistakes, but Geno is applauded for the same mistakes. Not that I want people to get down on Geno like they did with Mark–Geno deserves a fair shot. It wouldn’t be fair for Geno to get the Mark treatment.

    How about a little sober Geno analysis?

  • The Jet Report

    Nobody is saying Smith has been flawless. What he has been is more fearless. More able to put mistakes behind hm and he’s made a bunch no question. We like Sanchez and believed he would function well starting this year if he could overcome himself. It’s not the mistakes made its what happens after them. Sanchez compounds a gaffe first w self doubt then a slower though process. It’s obvious. He needs to fix it cuz when he is locked in, he makes plays. Geno is three games in and seems to at least have a short memory. Nobody here is annointing 7 w anything long term. We are just happy to see a guy who can throw a pick then on the next series look downfield and without a loss of confidence go deep for a score.

  • JerryB

    How soon we forget. Sanchez was a complete embarrassment at the end of his fourth year. Smith is already playing at a higher level than Sanchez was last year. Every time the Sanchize dropped back to pass we wondered how he was going to screw up next.

  • Richard A

    We are missing mike westoff big time with the big play from special teams.
    He turned so many guys into home run hitters.
    Leon Washington
    Brad Smith
    Joe McKnight

    On other teams these guys haven’t done a thing.

    They need to find a way to generate better field position through special teams.

  • Lidman

    The MM system is responsible for the downfield throw, period. Just look at St Louis, where Sam Bradford is ‘lighting it up’, but also averaging a league worst 5yds per completion. I won’t even get into Sparano.

    Geno has done enough to win games for NY. He was able to make the 1 throw, to Winslow, v TB that put him in position to draw that penalty. He also made the great throw Sunday, when the Jets were imploding. He deserves credit for that. Now, if he keeps averaging 2 INTs a game, and putting the opposition on a short field, it’s eventually going to catch up to the defense, no matter how great we think they are. He’s a rookie and he probably should have sat this year. Let’s just hope he’s a quick study and cuts down on the mistakes.

    For all you Sanchez bashers. Go back to ’09 and ’10 and you’d find blogs and articles with many of the same comments about Sanchez. He gave the Jets ‘an energy’. He was resilient. Here, let me bring you back:

    11/21/10 Jets v Houston

    -As the 4Q begins, the NYJ lead Houston 20-7. They were dominating both sides of the ball. Sanchez was nearly flawless with just over 200yd and 2 TDs (Edwards and Holmes).
    -A minute into 4Q, NY kicks a FG to go up 23-7.
    -Houston goes 7/59yd and kicks FG, NY23-10
    -On next series, NYJ go 59yd in 4 plays, and then S Greene fumbles.
    -Next play Schaub hits TE for 43yd TD, NY-23-17.
    -With 9:14 left, Jets go 6 plays and out.
    -Hou gets ball with 6:09 left, and goes 73yd, in 7 plays and score TD, Hou 24-23 (Same ‘ol Jets).
    -NY gets ball with 2:18 left. Incomplete..next play LT tips Sanchez pass and Hou intercepts and returns to NYJ 18 (I leave stadium at this point as I was mad as hell and my sons were driving me crazy)
    -Jets hold Hou to 3 plays and FG, Hou 27-23
    -NY gets ball back w/55 sec and 0 TO, at 28.
    -after short LT run and then 19yd LT completion, Sanchez spikes ball on 1st down.
    -2nd and 10, from Hou 48, Sanchez hits Edwards down the sidelines for 42yds, to Hou 6 (I’m now yelling at my sons because I’m about to miss one of the great last minute comebacks in NYJ history (because there has been so many of them).
    -Next play Sanchez hit Holmes on a fade route, Jets win 30-27

    Ok, this was Sanchez’ 25th start, but I could have also been a lot more brief and pointed to week 3, ’09, where NY was down 17-14, at Tennessee with 5m left and Sanchez lead them to 10pts and a 24-17 win. The point is if you go back, and read, comments on those wins and Sanchez’ first 2 years, they are filled with words/phrases like: ‘reslient’, ‘short memory’ and not your same old Jets. Sanchez wasn’t as good the past 2yrs, but some of that has to be on the team, in general. I mean, Eli is recognized as being a great/elite QB, and his 2 SB wins give credence to that. However, just look how good he’s been this year. Even more, go look back and see how he’s performed in many of the NYG losses over the past 3, out of 4, years they haven’t made the playoffs. Sanchez certainly deserves blame for his play, but it can’t be all on him.

    Point is a lot of people, and probably many of you, liked Sanchez early on and put up with his mental errors, like you are with Geno now. But, once the team started losing, both Sanchez and Rex’ bloom quickly evaporated. I’m on record as saying if Sanchez were starting, the Jets are likely 3-0. He isn’t and they aren’t.

    I’m a Jet fan. I root for laundry. It’s been so miserable being a Jet fan for nearly 2 full seasons. They are 2-1 and I’m happy, we should all be. I think they have the tools to continue, but I’m realistic they’ve caught a few breaks too. For me, it’s like ’09 again, the last time we had our next ‘franchise QB’.

  • Lidman

    By the way, Rich, I agree unless there was something very wrong with McKnight. I think he’s a worthwhile add for returns. One thing I’ve noticed watching games is it appears a lot more kick offs are resulting in touchbacks. This makes a punt returner, a tougher skill set (one I’m not sure NYJ would be comfortable with McKnight doing), a more important need.

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