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.
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.
- 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.