No Risk, No Reward
The Jets had no Atlanta hangover yesterday and were clearly not looking ahead to New England. Where the Jets lost the game was an inability to grab more points before the Steelers could settle in. Rex Ryan and the staff chose to play it safe and not bombard Geno Smith with too much responsibility too early. Once the Steelers sensed the Jets were not attacking and grabbed the lead, they then set the tone,
Dick Lebeau’s crew are tough with a cushion, and a ten point deficit felt like more. Any diehard could feel it. We don’t second guess the conservative first half approach by the Jets. We just wish they could have squeezed another score out of it. Then again, hoping and praying is what that mindset brought as well. You gotta take what’s yours out there. Since they couldn’t, the 0-4 Steelers started rolling downhill.
Hill Played Tough
Stephen Hill is quietly growing as a player. He made big plays last week in Atlanta late. Stood in there and took shots up top from Troy Polamalu and held onto high throws Sunday when he was clipped down low.
Hill got separation downfield on a missed attempt at a bomb in the first half too. Had the ball been accurate, it would have been a sure TD and game changer. We like what are seeing from him lately.
A Tale of Two Defenses
The Jets front seven stopped the run again. They may not have gotten to big strong Big Ben as much as it felt like they could have, but it was the Jet secondary that prevented even more of a vice grip.
Darrin Walls slipped on a 3rd and 15 that led to the first 3 points. Antonio Cromartie, playing at less than 100 percent, had some big play struggles. Generally, nobody back there impacted or interrupted any pass plays.
It’s a problem and will feel worse if it’s not improved. Tom Brady is next and you know he gets the ball out fast. Drew Brees is on the way in week 9.
An extra playmaker is needed back there. Dee Milliner, are you ready to play, and step your play up?
No Short Week Excuse Please
The Steelers had a bye week to prepare. The Jets had a short week after Monday Night football. Did the extra time allow Pittsburgh to gain an edge? Probably, but the best way to handle things as far as building a long term mindset inside of Florham is to forget about using this scheduling glitch as an excuse. These young Jets should build a way of thinking that coincides with Rex Ryan’s “fearless” mantra.
Accept any circumstance and seek to maximize opportunities and overcome adversity. That’s what perennially successful franchises do. Learn from the loss and keep going forward. Period.
– The INT that Geno throw into triple coverage to Konrad Reuland in a 16-6 game, essentially ended things. Bad decision by the QB and wrong target. The difference between Geno and the next level is being resourceful when it’s not coming easy. When points are at a premium.
– The Jets sorely missed Santonio Holmes and Kellen Winslow Sunday. Overstating the obvious but how clear was it folks?
– Glass half empty Jet fans must have known going into Sunday’s action that the 0-4 Steelers and 5-0 Saints were the perfect storm for a Gang Green loss and a Patriots win. We know. The Jets have a hard time enjoying prosperity.
– Now for the glass half full. 3-3 still means that the train is on time. The L was a wasted chance at prosperity as usual, but we asked for 4-4 through this October stretch.It’s doable. After all, it’s not like the Jets are 0-6.
– Mike Goodson is apparently done with an ACL. It’s a shame because even with the limited touches he’s gotten the past two weeks, you could feel the potential. The Jets must replace his spot with speed. Not power, not change of pace. Who is out there, Joe McKnight? If he is, grabbing him may be worth it. He’d be able to return kicks too.