New York Jets Passing Game Breakdown, Week 11

Joe Caporoso breaks down the New York Jets passing game in their week 11 loss to the Houston Texans

We are back with another edition of the New York Jets passing game breakdown. You can check out last week’s edition right here. Due to the holiday and travel this week, we will be a little briefer than usual and you can trust us it is a good thing. The Jets had an ugly all around performance against the Houston Texans in a losing cause and nowhere were they uglier than throwing and attempting to catch the football. Feel free to leave any comments/questions below or over on Twitter. On to the #TAPE…

Ryan Fitzpatrick has a bad habit of staring down his receivers and per-determining where he is throwing the football. Both of his interceptions were a result of this and look like nearly identical plays. We saw a slant route nearly picked against Buffalo the week before and it was only a matter of time until this happened.

On the other interception, his eyes never leave Smith on his slot corner route leading to an easy play for the defender.

Fitzpatrick also missed a few open targets, namely Eric Decker. On the below 3rd and 20, Quincy Enunwa clears out a dig route for Decker who is open for a first down but for some reason Fitzpatrick throws to the clear out route in double coverage, instead of hitting in stride for a huge play/conversion.

Later on a potential game tying drive, he throws Enunwa into the safety and a near interception despite having Decker open on a 2nd and 5 for the first down (look at the whip route at the 45 yard line).

Finally, he does go to Decker here who is open to move the chains but one hops the in-cut which broke free underneath the coverage. This drive should have allowed the Jets to take the lead before halftime.

With a few better throws and decisions, Decker could have been looking at a 140-150 yard day at the office…but he did still made this insane catch on 3rd and 1. Keep balling, #87.

Fitzpatrick made his share of mistakes but wasn’t helped by two critical drops. The first by Brandon Marshall on a well thrown deep ball. Marshall’s amount of plays left on the field the past 5 games has slowed down the Jets offense substantially and this team won’t improve until he gets back to being the player he was in September. This has to be a catch 10/10 times.

Here, Devin Smith runs right by impressive rookie CB Kevin Johnson and his 8 yard cushion and is en route to making the people who liked this pick look smart (HI DEVIN!) but he loses concentration and has a brutal drop of a should be touchdown. Smith is clearly in his own head right now and looks like a player with no confidence.

Photo Credit:

Author: Joe Caporoso

Joe Caporoso is the Owner and EIC of Turn On The Jets. His writing has been featured in the New York Times, Huffington Post, MMQB and AdWeek. Caporoso played football his entire life, including four years at Muhlenberg as a wide receiver, where he was arguably the slowest receiver to ever start in school history. He is the VP of Social Media at Whistle Sports