New York Jets Loss Monday, The Vent – Week 1

Joe Caporoso with a vent on the New York Jets week 1 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals

Let’s vent it out one final time on the New York Jets disappointing 23-22 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals before turning the page on a short week to the Buffalo Bills…

Favorite Son 

I understand New York jets fans affinity and defensiveness around Darrelle Revis. He is one of the best players in franchise history. However, thinking he is still the same player he was in 2009  is naive and also plaguing the coaching staff into being a primary reason the Jets have lost their last two regular season games. Let’s call a spade, a spade. Revis was terrible yesterday. You can argue about the safety help on AJ Green’s touchdown all you want but even if you remove that play, Revis still allowed over 120 yards and was repeatedly beat on a variety of routes. Andy Dalton had a perfect QB rating when targeting him for a reason.

On the touchdown, the Jets appeared to be in cover 3. Yes, Marcus Gilchrist made a mistake by jumping the deep dig route that was also in his zone but that doesn’t remove any accountability from Revis, who continued to run with Green and had a play on the ball…which he didn’t make.

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The Jets have a problem with big time receivers and that is on both Todd Bowles and Darrelle Revis. Dating back to November 2015, here is how big name targets have faired against them:

  • DeAndre Hopkins: 5 catches, 112 yards, 2 TDs
  • Odell Beckham jr: 6 catches, 149 yards, TD
  • Dez Bryant: 4 catches, 50 yards, TD
  • Sammy Watkins: 11 catches, 136 yards
  • AJ Green: 12 catches, 180 yards, TD

Having AJ Green run by you is one thing and is more on the coaches than Revis but getting blocked this easily on a wide receiver screen? Well, that is another problem…

FitzAverage 

Average would be kind. After a decent first half, Ryan Fitzpatrick went 7/16 for 78 yards with a INT yesterday in the second half. His overall completion percentage of 54 was good for 27th of 28 eligible week 1 quarterbacks and his 5.40 yards per attempt was good for 26th of 28 eligible week 1 quarterbacks. The Jets need Fitzpatrick to be a middle tier quarterback to compete for the playoffs, they cannot compete if he is going to be one of the worst quarterbacks in the NFL, which is what he was yesterday. This is a guy throwing to Eric Decker, Brandon Marshall, Matt Forte and an ascending Quincy Enunwa, there is no excuses and he shouldn’t skirt blame for yesterday. He deserves just as much as Todd Bowles, Darrelle Revis, Nick Folk and Brandon Marshall.

The Workload 

Matt Forte getting 27 touches compared to Bilal Powell’s 6 is not sustainable or smart. Forte played good football yesterday but he can’t maintain that amount of work and also is not as explosive as Powell, who is far too good to only get 6 touches in a game. I do think the Jets may have been thinking ahead to the short week and we may see a much more involved Powell a few days from now.

Conservative coaching and kicking short field goals will kill you

Final Rambles

Marcus Gilchrist and Marcus Williams did not play good football yesterday. Hopefully this is not a precursor to Gilchrist regressing back to 2014 San Diego form. For Williams to get beat by Brandon LaFell on a 3rd and 18 down the sideline is inexcusable. Calvin Pryor was also more quiet than you’d like to see.

On A Positive Note

Brian Winters and the rest of the Jets offensive line held up well against a talented Cincinnati front…Despite numerous other gaffes, Todd Bowles has been smart to utilize more four man fronts that are currently de-emphasizing the outside linebacker position….Jalin Marshall was very good both on special teams and offensively yesterday….Steve McLendon recorded more sacks yesterday than Damon Harrison has his entire NFL career…Leonard Williams looked like one of the best players on the field.

Photo Credit: NewYorkJets.com 

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

  • Shea 318

    Joe- can you please explain to me or find out how come Revis made is legend by jamming a receiver – getting him hands and redirecting. Last year he stops doing it- plays 10 yards off and gives a free release. I thought it was his torn tendon in his wrist and this year we would be back to physical contact at the line. But no- its worse. No touching allowed? Is it Bowles? You can’t tell me that Revis is now totally incapable of press coverage. What is going on?- can someone ask Revis this obvious question? I think he is being told not to press- At least it would stop the 20 wide receiver screens. I was about to have a heart attack. Can I see one more classic Revis Jam at the line before I die?

  • glegly

    The O Line was AMAZING, considering who it was going up against. NYJ ran the ball well (…but decided not to run much on the goalline…) and pass pro well. Geno Atkins was solid, but you’d expect that – rest of the Bengal D, quiet.

    The #1 WR scenario is big. We have some guy named Antonio coming up in a couple of weeks, Sammy Watkins this Thursday.

  • glegly

    BTW, looking on the bright side – we have a PUNTER! I don’t think I’ve been able to say for I don’t even know how long. One game in and he’s Ray Guy to me…

  • John C

    My thoughts echo the link above.. Jets should not have kicked the go ahead field goal. It was “Fool’s Gold”! They left Cindy in 4 down mode with 3:30 and 4 time outs (counting the 2:00 minute warning). They should have gone for the TC and if they got it, a 2 point conversion. That is not second guessing either, I said it before it happened. Fitz should be be inches soon, if he doesn’t get his act together. Poor decisions, poor passes, poor performance. Cincy was covering every short pattern tightly, knowing Fitz can’t throw deep. The result was too many 3 yard, or worse, passes. Meanwhile, Jets were giving Cincy WRs way too much space at the line. They were catching 2 yard passes, and no one was within 5 yards of them. Marshall’s drop on the last possession was huge, but Revis’s missed tackle, on the last pass to Green, made a 53 yard FG a 47 yd FG, and may have been a worse play than the bombs he got beat on. Finally, where was the run game, on the goal line?

  • markr

    Not doubling Green all game was inexcusable, as was not getting Powell the ball more. You do those two things and you win the game.

  • John Hunter

    Nick don’t Folk up, and we still win.

  • John Hunter

    After all that….. if Nick doesn’t Folk up, Jets win

  • markr

    True, I was just going beyond the obvious.