No Huddle – New York Jets Bye Week 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.

The Danger of Relaxing on the Couch

Wasn’t it fun wondering why Bills QB EJ Manuel was making shaky decisions for the Bills in Pittsburgh that we all yell at Geno Smith through the TV for when HE acts like a rookie too? Eli Manning escaped lowly Oakland at home but not before throwing another pick six at home that at the time gave the Raiders a 17-14 lead and made a number of us with no emotional battery power wasted say “how can you throw that?”

Later in the day it was painful watching the Chargers try to find space for RB Ryan Matthews on the ground against the rival Broncos while pretending to see through the eyes of a Bolts fan. Worse from that perspective was watching Phillip Rivers save some shoddy pocket presence for late in the 4th quarter. When shoestring tackles under duress often seem to ruin his day. It was all fun and games were rooting for Denver anyway. Finding some humor in all teams on NFL Network’s Red Zone channel without a dog in the fight was entertaining and of course risk free. Knowing that an overachieving 5-4 Jet team was on a bye week and getting help in the AFC Wildcard race to boot.

The danger though is that the slices of pizza and bowls of chips we all ate on the couch under zero stress yesterday has made us soft again. Lethargic. Unmotivated. Flat. Bye weeks can do that to players and yes, even diehards.

Rex Ryan has to pull yet another 2013 magic trick today by getting his upstart team back in gear. Feeling doubted, desperate, angry, fired up. Confident. The Jets have to propel themselves out of the week 10 break and can do so only if they pick up where they left off when they beat the Saints in week 9. Let’s hope that a little R and R hasn’t gotten in the way of all the work that set this second half up for the taking so beautifully.

The Benefits of a Two Week Break

It is key that the layoff allowed for: Healing injuries like the ones to starters Santonio Holmes, Jeff Cumberland, Antonio Cromartie and Antonio Allen. Time so new Jet weapons Josh Cribbs, David Nelson, Greg Salas, and Zach Sudfeld could get deeper into the playbook. Geno Smith the ability to assess then strengthen his play thanks to extra hours spent watching film. Ryan and Marty Mornhinweg the chance to install a few more plays and schemes. It’s fun to imagine this Jets team growing and moving on even more cylinders through November, isn’t it?

The Irony of Dustin Keller and Darrelle Revis

DK and Revis Island both left the a Jets to self proclaimed greener pastures and more harmonious franchises down south this year. Or so it seemed. We wish DK well in his recovery from the brutal knee injury suffered this summer, but isn’t it ironic that the no drama Jets are in the playoff hunt and love their HC as the two Florida teams have coaches and even GM’s on the hot seat? The Bucs are 0-8 and have been the epitome of backstabbing and turmoil since week one. The Dolphins and their bully scandal have made them a team in turmoil and thanks to questionable denials of involvement in the mess from Joe Philbin, without accountability starting from the top of their food chain. So much for winning games on paper and the notion that change can do you good.

Quick Hits

– If Chris Ivory can keep running downhill the Jets are going to the playoffs.

– Got this funny feeling that Quinton Coples and Dee Milliner are poised for great second halves.

– The Jets get Kellen Winslow back from suspension now. He was a favorite target of Geno’s early on.

– Its never too early to scoreboard watch but it is too early to obsess over it. Take care of your own business Jets, and it will all work out.

– If the Jets were in the NFC East right now they’d be in sole possession of first place. If they switched divisions with the Giants back in 2011, the Super Bowl champion Giants might have missed the playoffs and the Jets would have been division champs at 9-7. Not the severe disappointment they were painted as. It’s easier to mount season turnarounds and withstand untimely losing skids when a .500 record by December most likely has playoff implications. Hope is never that far away.

  • KAsh

    I enjoy watching the Giants win now that they have tanked the season. I enjoy listening to their fans pretend as if they are still in the hunt, as if in the remaining seven weeks the Giants can win three more games than both the Eagles and the Cowboys, as if 7-9 is not their ceiling this year. For the most part, I enjoy watching their ineptitude each week as they have a new RB each week, their porous o-line can neither push in the run or protect the pass, and their elite quarterback and elite receivers still cannot get on the same page. The whole roster is a hole, and yet the fan base is exuberant that they are knocking themselves out of the competition for Clowney or the elite LTs or the great LBs. The Giants are going to have a losing season while dropping to the middle of the draft, screwing up their best opportunity to revamp the roster.

  • Bill

    I never understood NY fans, who feel like they have to like one team and hate the other? Really??? we are blessed to be in one of the greatest cities in the world and we have two of almost every team in almost every sport in the area. Rejoice in it…DUH?!? Root for both and go to more games with more friends and have more fun. Its really that simple, why be angry?? Isn’t the point for fans to enjoy the sport they are into??? Get a life.. Go Giants Go Jets

  • Joe Barra

    No, fuck the Giants. Maybe it’s because I’m from upstate, but there’s no way I could ever root for them. It’s like asking a Met fan to root for the Yankees.

  • KAsh

    When I was in college, I used to root for the Giants, though I liked the Jets more. Then I moved back to NYC and met Giants fans…

  • John C

    It was nice to see Tennessee and San Diego (and even Oakland) help us in the Wild Card chase (by losing – Thank you Jaguars) – If Miami can fall tonight, I believe we would legitimately (same number of games), be the leaders for the second WC spot. Interesting too, to see Cincy tank twice in a row. The Colts’ destruction at home, also pointed out how almost any team can look very bad, in any given game. When it’s all said and done, the Panthers may be the best team we’ll play all year – definitely the toughest of the second half of the season.

    Each year, it seems some team has a great second half that catapults them to the Playoffs – maybe this year it will be the Jets.

  • joeydefiant

    I would rather see the Giants win than Philly, Dallas, or Washington.

    Oh and I don’t know why the media has decided the Colts are a great football team. Take a minute and actually look at the team. They are not very good. Really bad actually. If the Jets make the playoffs the Colts would be the team I would hope the Jets would have to play because they have a good chance of beating them. The Jets are a much better team than the Colts.

  • twoshady18

    Jets are my AFC team… Giants are my NFC team. I really don’t see the conflict. the two teams have nothing to do with each other except for a pre-season game and the miniscule chance of a miracle Superbowl match up. I grew up in a Giants house and I just don’t get the hatred fans have.

  • twoshady18

    Besides… how can a Jets fan hate a team that keeps the Patriots from being Superbowl Champions?

  • Angel

    Amen. If you hate the Patriot killing Giants… you need to get your head screwed on straight.

  • John C

    When the Giants beat NE in the Super Bowl, I could no longer hate them. I’d still always hope the Jets do better than the Giants.

  • paul

    Thank GOD for the Giants costing NE two SB. For this alone I can root for them, but honestly I had to root for the Giants year after year through the 90’s and on due to the Jets letting me down over and over. So I have no problem rooting for the both teams I just want to watch the Jets win a SB in my life time like I have the Giants. I will allays be a Jets fan first and when they do get a SB in my life time it will be so sweet.