Another loss. Another vent. Thoughts on the New York Jets 24-17 loss to the Houston Texans…
Cut Coples: The New York Jets made a head turning decision today to cut 2012 first round pick Quinton Coples. Since being selected, Coples has been ineffective, inconsistent and sluggish. He struggled to find a true role in either Rex Ryan or Todd Bowles’ defense and this season was providing no value, as both Lorenzo Mauldin and Trevor Reilly were bringing more overall to the roster.
Coples is a poster child for a disastrous 2012 draft class, which similar to the 2009 and 2010 class netted zero effective NFL starters. The Jets are still paying the price for how poorly they drafted in 2009-2012, a stretch that netted one plus starter (Muhammad Wilkerson). Unfortunately, 2013 and 2014 don’t project to adding much more overall outside of Sheldon Richardson and Calvin Pryor. There is still potential for players like Jace Amaro, Quincy Enunwa and maybe one or two others but overall the Jets have 6 years of weak drafting to dig themselves out of, which is why it is silly to be ready to throw in the towel on any part of this new regime after 10 games with a .500 record.
The mid-season cut of Coples puts the rest of the locker room on notice and is actually taking action when it comes to ineffective players. This isn’t likely the only move we will see, as there could be more lineup changes coming, particularly on defense.
FitzAverage: Ryan Fitzpatrick was always going to be the quarterback he has been for a decade in the NFL. He is a below average to average starter who turns the ball over frequently. The most popular trait he has with many Jets fans is that he isn’t Geno Smith. The difference in win total would be negligible with Fitzpatrick or Smith were under center the rest of the way. This team is only going to start winning again if Brandon Marshall, Chris Ivory and the offensive line improve and the defense finds some juice off the edge and starts forcing turnovers again. Fitz is Fitz, he isn’t changing at this point of his career.
Past Due Time: To further roll back Demario Davis’ reps and to play Marcus Williams more than Antonio Cromartie. Lorenzo Mauldin also needs to be in the 20-30 snaps per game range. The Jets badly need any type of infusion of speed on defense.
Different Level: Mo Wilkerson is an awesome football player but you saw yesterday why he doesn’t deserve JJ Watt money.
The Thompkins Tale: There was some anger yesterday that Kenbrell Thompkins wasn’t active under the misconception it was at the hands of Devin Smith. He wasn’t active because Quincy Enunwa was back from suspension. Thompkins was playing the H-Back/WR hybrid role that Enunwa usually played while he was out. He was also coming off an awful effort against Buffalo. I can promise you if Thompkins was active yesterday, it has no impact on the Jets winning or losing.
Damn You Devin: Smith has had a nightmare rookie year and it looks like his confidence is completely shaken as he dropped a pass he caught repeatedly at Ohio State that should have been a touchdown. I won’t write Smith off as a bust until we are well into his second NFL season/early in his third season, no matter how badly people want to paint him as Stephen Hill 2.0. Smith was 5x the player Hill was in college and it is too early to write him off in New York.
Speaking Of Writing Offs: The Jets could lose out and I wouldn’t be “out” on the new regime after one season because I’m insanely patient and will give them more than one season to undo four years of non-playoff, mediocre football.
That Being Said: This coaching staff started strong the first five games and has been counter-punched the past five. They are under the microscope and it is critical to show some type of positive response in this final stretch run of games.
The Silver Linings: Leonard Williams had 3 quarterback hits yesterday. Marcus Williams has been involved in 5 turnovers this season. Both Calvin Pryor and Bilal Powell looked great in their returns. Eric Decker continued to ball out.
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