For a little while I was considering the “only winners get wings” policy with GIFs, but where is the fun in that? Here is a quick GIF dump from the New York Jets 31-24 loss to the Green Bay Packers, along with some leftover observations.
Always a good call inside the 5 yard line, Marty. Always…
More of these needed
LORD, this route from Decker…
1. Jets fans wanted to trade Bilal Powell after week 1. Jets fans want to trade for a wide receiver after week 2. I’d temper any expectations on trades, this isn’t Major League Baseball, very rarely do major in-season trades happen. Teams aren’t in a hurry to move difference makers right now. I’m aware of the concern around the passing game if Decker misses a week or two but let’s see how Marty Mornhinweg does with a week to prepare his tight ends for a bigger role in the passing game, most notably Jace Amaro.
2. Speaking of Powell, he moved up from one touch in week 1 to seven touches in week 2, he also played 5 more reps. It will be interesting to see how the running back workload is divided going forward, as Powell provided nice juice off the bench in Green Bay, while Chris Johnson looked a little sluggish.
3. Concerning stats: Take away Chris Ivory’s 71 yard touchdown, the Jets running backs have 53 carries for 186 yards (3.5 YPC). Geno Smith has 3 touchdowns but 3 turnovers to match through two games. The Jets defense has only forced one turnover and it came via a botched snap.
4. Willie Colon struggled in week 1 and Brian Winters struggled in week 2 (Colon wasn’t all that great either). Offensive guard is definitely a position to watch in the coming weeks. I’m not sure how confident the coaching staff is in Oday Aboushi off the bench but it wouldn’t be insane to see him get a shot at some point.
5. There is plenty of criticism being thrown at David Nelson because of his rate of production through two weeks. It is a silly scapegoat. Nelson has been targeted twice and caught them both, including a fourth down conversion. In week 1, he was exclusively used to clear out routes and to block. I haven’t watched the full coaching tape for week 2 yet but my bet is that he saw more of the same. Nelson isn’t a game-breaker but can be adequate for a week or two in a more prominent role if necessary (see the Jets final few games last season as evidence).
6. Calvin Pryor had a tough one this past Sunday. There are going to be boom and bust moments with any rookie but they are prominently displayed when you play safety. He needs to learn to play more disciplined, more consistently but it is going to take time.
7. The Jets played Dee Milliner way too much (40 snaps). He should have played in a more limited role or not at all, especially since he removed himself from the game after feeling tightness in his ankle. Let him get healthy before bringing back so this injury doesn’t linger all season. It was also poor coaching by Rex Ryan to leave Milliner singled up with Nelson, a top 5-7 receiver in the NFL, in his first game back. You are setting up a young player for failure in that situation.
8. Good all-around games from Demario Davis, Quinton Coples, Decker before the injury, Tommy Bohanon (yes, Tommy Bohanon), Breno Giacomini and Powell.