Great Sunday, Now Follow It Up Fellas
What a great football Sunday for Gang Green diehards. The AFC East went down and the Giants, for those who feel the Jets get unfairly tarred and feathered all the time while Big Blue always avoids the same local treatment, fell to 0-5.
None of what took place yesterday will matter if the Jets don’t come to play in Atlanta tonight. We are over the alibis. The rookie QB excuse. The banged up wide receiving corps. A coach on the hot seat for a team in transition. Enough already.
While the excuses for the losses may be warranted, the Jets don’t get to choose what years the division is actually winnable. This year it is.
The Pats lost all of last years playmakers on offense and now Vince Wilfork. The Dolphins and Bills are growing but aren’t where they want to be just yet. The Jets have shown flashes of what is to come one day. A fast front seven on defense and a vertical quick strike capability on offense. They have the same potential to keep the heat on the Pats right now as Miami and Buffalo do.
The Browns are 3-0 since Trent Richardson was sent packing. They’ve gone from Brandon Weeden to Brian Hoyer and back to Weeden in that time as well. Let’s be like them. They are building for next year but are also fighting like hell with what they have at the present time without any crutches.
We expect the Jets to fly out of the tunnel tonight knowing that a win leaves them one game back of New England with a rematch just two weeks away. Rex Ryan and Co must ride a Sunday wave that all broke their way, with a mistake free and focused effort. No “we’re rebuilding” comments post game. No handouts. Step up Jets. You can really make a season out of this.
Holmes Is Not A Problem, He’s a Playmaker
The Daily News tried to paint Santonio Holmes as some disgruntled postal worker last week, quoting him saying “I can’t throw it to myself” days after a 38-13 drubbing in Nashville. Nice try.
Where was the scoop? Holmes has kept quiet off the field while having a great impact on it. As a playmaker and a leader, cheering on teammates while inspiring the Met Life crowd to make noise for the defense. This after an extensive rehab for Lisfranc injury that kept him out for a year no less.
The 2011 Jets had issues stemming from Super Bowl expectations, a shotgun free agency period that didn’t go well, and a mindset on offense that called for Mark Sanchez to elevate, even though the players around him were changing on the fly.
Tone was the face of that disappointment after one overheated day in Miami…that was two years ago though.
You want a New York story fellas? Go talk to Eli Manning. His second title run picked up steam at the same time those Jets were crashing…now he’s throwing picks like Sanchez did back then. Even with the same pair of stud receivers he had on the way to earning more hardware.
Leave Holmes alone. He is not the black sheep of the Jets family. He’s a valuable veteran sorely needed if the Jets expect to play meaningful games this winter.
Winters This Fall
Rookie Brian Winters will take over for flag riddled Vlad Ducasse on the offensive line tonight. If he can do the job, this O will move the chains tonight. Bilal Powell is in a groove. His production will set up the play action and mid range passing game. The Jets can’t afford penalties that ruin chances for choosing those play calls on early downs.
Tight End Nightmares
The Jets have struggled for years covering the tight end. Now they get legend Tony Gonzalez to contend with tonight. LB Demario Davis is playing at a high level. He can run better than all Jet linebackers can in coverage right now. Jet corners will have to slow him down too.
Roddy White is battling a high ankle sprain. Julio Jones is not 100 percent. Keeping Gonzalez in check is key. I woke up in a cold sweat today. Had a tight end nightmare. It’s understandable. Letting the future Hall of Famer roam free won’t be.
- Geno give your team a chance to win. Early giveaways and careless ball security takes away the run game and forces the defense to gamble. You won the job, now do the job. Lead the team tonight. Put the Titans mess in the rear view mirror.
- Rex, the corners are playing off too soft. Once in a while they have to be allowed to get closer to the ball. Mix it up.
- Mike Goodson, how’s the hammy?
- Can we get a kick or punt return that gives the offense field position? Just once. Humor me.
- Can’t wait to watch the D line work. Sheldon and Snacks. The Mo and Coples show. What a fun group.