No Huddle – New York Jets Got One 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

When ESPN and everyone else ranks you 32nd out of 32 squads, and you are the brunt of ‘pathetic’ jokes before the year even starts, an opening day win is more than just a win. You take any “W” in this league but yesterday’s 18-17 thriller by Gang Green helped remind us all that paper is paper. A team ultimately earns their reputation from play on the field. The “W “wasn’t a model of execution but for a week one game in a world where training camps now allow limited work in comparison to the ‘two-a-days’ world of preseason’s past, this one was picture perfect enough to us.

The victory sets up an interesting and exciting week 2 TNF matchup with the hated Pats. Who barely pulled one out in Buffalo on the game’s last play too. Might as well try and catch Belichick and Co. now before they begin to cement their perennially hard to beat regular season system. It is as good of a time to take them on as any.

1 – Good Job Geno

Geno Smith deserves a ton of credit for Sunday. The guy clearly has a short memory and a ton of self confidence. His three INT performance against the Giants weeks back did nothing to sway him internally as a player. Neither did the two turnovers yesterday, especially in crunch time, where the rookie was decisive and ready to win a game for his club.

Smith had great screen pass timing (something that Mark Sanchez does not), an inner clock that was on time allowing him to scramble effectively, and the patience to throw balls away when pass plays had no chance for success.

Geno was clapping and positive heading into the huddle with 0:34 left. He then made two big plays leading to the late hit flag and game winning FG. It wasn’t perfect, but a lot of his decisions maxed out the play he was given. We look forward to watching him grow in the coming weeks.

2 – The D Line Disrupts Tampa

Our second key to beating the Bucs was the D-Line. We asked for pressure on Josh Freeman and containment on Doug Martin. We got both. Antwan Barnes and Mo Wilkerson were often chasing down Josh Freeman from the blindside. Sheldon Richardson and Damon Harrison were stout against the run inside, as was ILB David Harris. The entire front 7 came to play. They’ll have to bring it every week. Now if they can, the Jets will be in many ball games. Great job by this group in the opener. Great.

3 – Winslow Shows Some Attitude 

TE Kellen Winslow (7-79-TD) was Geno Smith’s favorite target on Sunday. More than that, his catches were gritty, tight windowed, chip on the shoulder grabs that went beyond Winslow’s statistical prediction of 100 catches in 2013.

We love this guy as Dustin Keller’s replacement. He’s tough, he’s dependable, and he’s just plain good. Nice pickup by John Idzik.

4 – The 12th Man Finally Makes An Impact

This may have been the Jets first Met Life home game where the crowd greatly affected the opposing team’s offense. The noise helped wreck the Bucs early drives. False starts, delay of games, and time outs were the result of a fired up fan base that wanted no part of the many predictions that had the Jets as one of the worst teams in the league. Kudos to the thousands of tailgaters, who were shall we say, “Budweiserly” fired up from kickoff until the Folk game winner.

Hopefully this trend continues. The pre snap noise. The J-E-T-S chant still rocking even without the leadership of Fireman Ed. Heck, even the college like drumline. MetLife has to consistently give the Jets an edge like it did yesterday. Otherwise what’s the point of being at “home?”

We’ll Say It For You Rex 

For Rex Ryan, the win had to feel extra special. His team has been ridiculed and written off.  He had been ridiculed too for his role in the Sanchez injury, and had already been fired by so many in the press. Now his team is headed to New England with a head of steam.

Eat it, nonbelievers. Stick it where the sun don’t shine. There, we said it for you coach. Since you aren’t allowed to anymore.

Quick Outs

– Nick Folk was 3-3 in windy MetLife and hit a 48 yard game winner with :02 left. CLUTCH.

– The run game, gadzooks. The Jets have to pick it up immediately in Foxboro. Hurry back from the four game suspension Mike Goodson.

– Needed:  A deep threat receiver. Have to start stretching the field. Could that guy be Stephen Hill?

– Beast Alert week 2: Antwan Barnes. We smell a breakout game coming. His motor is making us believe that.

  • Chip

    The deep threat receiver is not Holmes that’s for sure. Not yet. Hill could be. They will run the ball better on Thursday, andthey won’t wildcat as much and stick with pro sets and believing in WAC straight now th et Geno has 1st game behind him. Jets will keep Pats from scoring more than 20pts if Amendola doesn’t play, as it may be tough for him to be ready in time.

  • Coach Bino

    “Geno was clapping and positive heading into the huddle with 0:34 left.”

    YES. I have to admit it. I’m sure I’m not alone when I thought the game was over but when I saw this kid strap up his chin-strap and clap as if to say, “Let’s go win this thing,” I got a little (tiny tiny bit) more confident something good was going to happen. So many times heads will go down or hands on top of heads. That immediate response was impressive. AND apparently he told his o-line, “It’s never over,” prior to that GW drive, according to Willie. Awesome stuff.

  • KAsh

    It was an impressive outing for Geno, especially after the Giants game two weeks ago. That said, I did not see a poised or patient quarterback or a decisive one.

    Let’s take his runs. Most of them came when he had a ton of time in the pocket and no defenders in front. I was watching from my television, so I did not see the receivers, but that usually happens when people go deep and stretch the field. Geno’s runs, which I liked, are likely deep balls that he avoided throwing (and he was probably instructed by Lee and Mornhinweg to break for a run when he saw lots of green grass, i.e. as a final check down option). That is not patience. Mornhinweg drew up simpler plays so as not to challenge Geno with reading complex defensive formations. That is not poise.

    The fumble. I do not know what Geno saw, but from his vantage point it should have been obvious his pocket was disintegrating – two defenders had beaten their man right in front of him – and he had no time to make a play. Yet, he was winding up – a full second behind the action. To not complicate things for him, Geno was probably given simple instructions before the game: on when to run (green grass, no defenders) and on when to throw the ball away (timing is off, nowhere to run) would have been enough. But when he encountered a situation in which he did not have clear instructions (as with the fumble) he did not have the decisiveness to recognize a broken play and minimize the damage.

    Mornhinweg managed Geno’s debut really well. Through a lot of smoke and mirrors came out a QB who made some plays and had stretches where he shined, but was inconsistent. In reality, Geno’s up and down performance was situational and orchestrated so as not to disclose some of his current limitations.

  • Nebkreb

    Kash, I disagree. It takes poise to execute a gameplan like that, even a simple one for a rookie. Mark Sanchez has had simple gameplans for the past two years, that included ideas like throwing it away rather than force it. He failed to execute them.
    Geno went out there and, despite some early mistakes, avoided the killer turnover. The fumble was obviously bad, but its tough to have a rookie QB drop back to pass from his own 5 – Jets needed the running game to give him some room there. We don’t know what he saw downfield – maybe there was a QB Spy just out of the camera’s view.
    The only thing that was terrible was the INT – panicked a bit under pressure and threw it too early to the dumpoff guy, who wasn’t ready.
    But I give him credit for improving as the game went along despite some early mistakes and increasing pressure from the Bucs’ front seven.

  • Joe Barra

    It’s merely a subplot, but how good was Robert Malone?

  • matr dontelli iii

    i typed ‘nice job by malone’ at least three times in a game thread

  • KAsh

    @Nebkreb – Would just like to point out that a fumble at the 5 yd line recovered by the opposing team is a killer turnover. It almost cost us the game, more so than any missed tackles by Landry or dropped screen passes by Ivory.

    But otherwise, I agree. I never meant to imply that Geno had no poise, just that he was not a cool cucumber the entire game. For most of the game, he looked like a rookie out there, not like a poised, collected, decisive quarterback.

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  • John C

    We must try to make a deep threat out of Hill. 6’3″, 4.35 forty. Right now, with the possible exception of Gates, we have no one else to play the “deep threat” role.

    Geno did look a bit like “Geno Sanchez” in the first half, but rebounded in the second half. Someone pointed out that Smith was something like 18 for 23 passing, after the interception. He also seemed to run just at the right time during each scramble.

  • John C

    I forgot to give props to David Harris. I’ve been down on him, but it seemed he played very well (7 tackles 3 solo). The TOJ crew may find something bad when they look at the films, but he seemed like the Harris of 3 years ago to me.