For The Love Of God
In the five years that Rex Ryan has been the Jets head coach, the team has gone without an experienced viable backup quarterback trusted enough to relief pitch and change the energy of one game. One.
Well, maybe an aging Mark Brunell had some gas left in the tank and hey, “what about Tim Tebow” one might argue. Let’s not get into Brunells and McElroy’s or what the divine-like effect of a believer like Tebow might have yielded in 2012. You get the point.
We don’t blame the Jets struggles in Baltimore Sunday or even in Buffalo in week 11 directly on rookie Geno Smith. We blame the hypocrisy of the Jets.
The Rulers of Florham claim they want to “develop” the kid and “see what they have.” Then they use him as if the only way to win is by having the guy play not to lose.
The Jets offense was so hard to enjoy as a fan yesterday and has been for many Sundays in this Geno/Mark Sanchez span. Nobody put a gun to this team’s head over this half decade and said “the only choice you have Gang Green, is to use a young QB. If they start to turn it over too much, then hide them as much as possible. There is no other choice.”
Smith showed us nothing new to judge him on yesterday. Zero. Zilch. The only thing we learned about him is the fact that he can play wide receiver. HE didn’t drop the ball yesterday. Geno was arguably his most trusted receiver actually. Only the Jets.
How about a few roll outs, screens, designed runs? Why keep dropping back and only doing so on third down? Marty, are you there? Or did Tony Sparano kidnap you for the day and assume your role by wearing a Mornhinweg Halloween mask?
If Geno is that big of a liability, start Matt Simms and give him five games. Then weigh the current duo against 2014 draft options at QB and adding a vet to run the team until the draftee is prepared to take over. Enough already. I give up.
Take Your Pick
The Jets offense was dismal in a 19-3 snooze fest because:
A) The stiff wind derailed things.
B) The offensive line couldn’t pass protect at all.
C) Geno Smith made some understandable rookie mistakes.
D) The playcalling was too conservative.
E) The skill position players are below standard.
F) The Ravens defense is tough especially when Hiloti Ngata plays.
G) The Ravens know Rex loves and respects the Ravens defense so much that everyone including the ushers and parking lot attendants knows the Jets will seek autographs over first downs when they have the ball.
In the spirit of losing on the 50th anniversary of Jack Ruby becoming the guy who shot the guy in a Dallas basement back in 1963, I tried to add all the possibilities up. In the end it was clear: There must be yet another Cold War type conspiracy in play here.
From coaching Geno down not up, to purposely injuring the guy with Cornrows in the summertime. From grabbing David Garrard whose parents will only let him play outside during the week, to only signing guys that are and look like Brady Quinn, the sky is purposely falling so the Nets can justify grabbing a Mr Bridgewater or Johnny Football for next season. You can see right this too people can’t you? Maybe we should get the Warren Commission to investigate.
Wait, did I just mention the 3-10 Nets? Well, you know I meant the Jets. Or was it the Mets.
Ah forget it, just beer me.
Ed Reed and the Reality of the Current Secondary
Ed Reed went back on the ball thrown to Ravens WR Jacoby Jones to end the third quarter, with the game on the line and a pre snap knowledge of a hall of game legend. He ended the play confused. Beaten deep. Like a “Same Old Jet.”
I felt bad for Reed actually. Didn’t you? He didn’t deserve any tarnished image of a great career dwindling in Green and White upon his return back home.
It’s hard to watch fading stars lose their magic. It’s also hard to witness a Jet secondary grow more unsure of itself in deep pass coverage by the game.
Antonio Cromartie gets beat for seven on a weekly basis now and Dee Milliner who turned back to the ball better Sunday, still cannot be trusted on his own for too long.
Rex Ryan daring opponents to throw deep after the signing of Reed weeks back was premature I guess. Second string Buffalo Bill receivers and Ravens wideouts flying downfield on a day that didn’t appear to be ripe for any sort of air attack, proved that.
This group needs a cover 2 to cover deep for its cover 2. Call it a cover 4. Necessity is the mother of invention.
– Remember when.. the Jets were up 3-0? So do I and actually thought it was the start of something. Oh well.
Sadly, like Brody’s delusional detoxing visions of fellow Marines during the latest episode of “Homeland” last night, it was all a mirage. That brilliant drive that yielded someone a few Nick Folk fantasy points was all she wrote.
– Geno Smith had one reception from Josh Cribbs out of the wildcat. Stephen Hill had no catches on the day. Cribbs threw his few passes on the day with more conviction than Geno did.
Wait, I got it! Start Cribbs at QB, use the prototype bodied Hill as the run option backup, and move Geno to Hill’s spot on the outside. Switch it right in the huddle. Touch football style.
What, you wouldn’t want to see what happens for one drive? If you too have been on this Jet flight for decades and are as far off the reservation at this point as I am, you know you would.
– Is Chris Ivory hurt? Why is he playing second fiddle to Bilal Powell right now? He’s had a 100 yard and 98 yard game this past month.
Powell is the better pass blocker and screen guy and we all love his dependability, but Ivory was the guy to lean on more just to break a few tackles against that stout Ravens front yesterday.
Oh it was a matchup thing. I get it. Too bad Joe McKnight wasn’t still around. We would have had our bell cow back for the day.
– What was up with that “Sal Alosi salad” the Jet coaches prepared us all for lunch. A 15 yard unsportsmanlike for getting in a referees way during a return? A wasted time out then followed to argue this moronic moment no less. Wow. Talk about embarrassing. Running into the ref? Are you serious?
Losing is one thing. Looking disorganized on the sidelines in a contract year is another. Like it or not John Idzik may remember how this season ends for Rex more than how it started if the rise in dark comedic scenes continues.
– So much for resting up and gearing up for the stretch run after a much needed bye week.
– At least the Giants lost and essentially ended their season yesterday. I grew up
indifferent to Big Blue and usually still am. Even rooted for them to beat those undefeated Pats in the first Tom Coughlin Super Bowl.
After that 2011 Christmas Day debacle though, the one where Schotty had Sanchez throw 349 times (helping the Giants steal a division and another title), I couldn’t have stomached the 0-6 start ending up at Met Life in February somehow. The pain would have been too much to handle again. Just being honest.
– Former Jets C Kevin Mawae once snapped the ball in Miami with the left hand one week after busting his right one. He wore a club like tape job or cast on the injured hand to protect it. In some odd form of a “throwback jersey” measure all Jet wideouts wore the same design on both hands yesterday. Or so it seemed.
– Happy Thanksgiving too folks. You can enjoy this one. Remember the last one? No? Well here is a highlight to refresh the memory. Sanchez’s face was caught up in Brandon Moore’s butt crack as you late eaters were passing the cranberries. Highlight two: The Jets gave up 28 points while you gave your uncle who still dresses like a 1970’s game show host, a much needed glass of water after he choked on a turkey bone and almost needed the Heimlich maneuver.
We can all relax this Thursday. No Jet football stress. After the last few weeks, I am sure that many will add that to the list of things to be grateful for.