The daydream is over. The one where the rebuilding Jets all come together simultaneously and grow mistake free to prove the world wrong. The Jets were running uphill right from the coin toss yesterday. That’s what happens when you aim the gun at your foot and fire away all day with unlimited ammo.
Geno Didn’t Give Em a Chance:
One loss is never solely one player’s fault, but Geno Smith left the team behind the eight ball too early and too often yesterday. The gaffes were not rookie mistakes as much as sloppy ones.
Attempt and error from reasonable choices like mismatches and one on one coverage. We can all I’m sure, live with those.. Force throws, and backpedal unsurely in the pocket under duress? Those are harder to take as a pain loving diehard.
The Jets handed this game to to he Titans before they could hand the rock to a tempo setting Bilal Powell. Who looked terrific again. Settle down Geno. Settle down.
Bilal Powell Had Some Freeman In Him:
The shifty, resourceful, durable Powell showed great inside vision and maximized plays where there appeared to be little room. Freeman McNeil style.
We felt like the offense could have leaned on him early on a few drives when the score was 24-6 and Jake Locker was gone, but Marty Mornhinweg still wanted to go big or go home.
Anyway, 29 was the most effective player on O yesterday. For whatever it’s worth, Powell may have solved one problem at least temporarily. Who to set the tone with on the ground. Here’s a guy taking advantage of his opportunity. Well done Bilal.
We Have A Glitch In the System:
It was a shame that the front seven could limit home run hitting RB Chris Johnson, and fall at the feet of Jake Locker, but the secondary couldn’t press up and attack the ball. The closest corner the Jets had to a downfield attempt was a back judge.
If and when Rex Ryan sees that his new secondary can get up tighter, this defense will be top notch. Until then, there’s an exposable glitch in the system. The Falcons receivers and Tony Gonzalez are next too. Gulp.
In basketball, one often fouls taller quicker players who have an extra step. In football that fear causes some to flinch or overreact pre snap. Fine.
It’s the flags where a gunner willfully runs out of bounds on punt coverage though that are intolerable. Illegal shifts too.
Penalties hurt no matter how they come about, but the idiotic ones are an embarrassing indictment regarding the discipline of the team, which starts at the top. It’s all in the details. Or lack thereof.
On a Rollercoaster, At the 2-2 Crossroads.
Be happy the Jets have a season for. now. Most had them at 1-3 or 0-4 by this point. There’s enough already in place to give one a roadmap as to how the Jets can win on any given Sunday this season.
Be angry that the Pats loss was on a winnable night and the Titan debacle was a gift wrapped W for them after the Jets initial play from scrimmage.
Now get used to both emotions. It’s looking like the rollercoaster ain’t slowing down any time soon folks. At 2-2 with the Falcons, pissed off Steelers, Pats and Bengals on deck, 2013 can go in one of two directions in October. South or somewhere south of North. Tread water fellas. Get to 4-4 and give yourselves life into the cold weather months.
The clearest path to survival would be to beat the winless Steelers and find a way to steal one of the other three. Football is a strange game of course. Who knows which of the next batch will be there for the taking. If the chance presents itself, the Jets have to shock and surprise by closing a deal. Otherwise we are looking at 3-5 at best, by November.
-The KO hit on Stephen Hill was dirty but Geno led him to the slaughter. He also threw high on a pass that Jeremy Kerley banged his head on the turf. Play poorly 7, but don’t get your thin receiving corps hurt.
-At Least We Aren’t The Giants. I have never said that in my entire lifetime and may never be able to again, so I’m taking my shot now. Big Blue expected to be good. Gang Green didn’t. For the Jets, success is gravy right now. For the Giants 0-4 is unacceptable. They had Met Life Super Bowl dreams once too. Remember that?
-Mike Goodson retuns now after his 4 game suspension. He brings a much needed skill set with him. Return ability and speed. Especially if the Santonio Holmes hamstring causes 10 to be out for any period of time.
-The Jets can’t lose Tone for an extended period of time.
-Next Monday night the Jets are in Atlanta. Better limit the turnovers and penalties next week or get ready for a public stoning in the town square folks.