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What were you happiest about in the New York Jets week 3 win?
Dalbin Osorio: I think I’ll give some love to Coach Todd Bowles, who I feel has had this young team ready to ply every week so far. This was a team many left for dead before the season kicked off, and they could realistically be 2-1 instead of 1-2 so far: as we previewed the season, one thing I kept harping on was that this team will win games that it has no business winning, and losing ones they really shouldn’t, and I think we’ve seen two games like that already. Bowles has been aggressive, and he certainly seems like a coach that is going to go down swinging if he has to. The defense, namely the younger guys, have consistently flashed and he made the decision to bench Justin Burris for New Milliner, and it worked out beautifully. He doesn’t get full high marks, cause his veterans do seem too lacksadaisical at times (namely No Wilkerson, that’s not a typo, that’s his new nickname), but I have been very impressed with how together this team is and how much fight they have shown.
I will, also, collect my twitter points for Jamal Adams now if you guys want.
Scott Mason: The offense showed life and the defense played an outstanding game. More importantly, the coaching staff – other than barely playing Ardarius Stewart and making Chad Hansen inactive – did an unusually excellent job. This was a well-coached game all around. But, obviously, all of that pales in comparison to Jamal Adams, who played the type of game we used to see regularly from all time great safeties like Ed Reed and Troy Polamalu. Adams was all over the field making plays, but more importantly, he showed the type of talent you rarely see and the kind of instincts and anticipation that just can’t be taught. The sky is the limit for Adams, and while nothing is guaranteed, I feel safe in saying that if he stays healthy, he has a chance to one day be mentioned as one of the franchise’s greatest players.
Joe Malfa: This is low hanging fruit, but the play of Jamal Adams. He was a beast and is somehow surpassing the lofty expectations fans established for him.
Adams is shattering the “box safety” label that was attached to him, as he spent 21 snaps at linebacker, 17 snaps as an edge defender, 16 snaps as a safety, and three snaps as a CB. The numbers prove that he excelled at all of those positions. In 54 snaps, he was targeted twice, allowed no receptions, and recorded one pass deflection, one tackle for loss, one sack, one hurry, and did not miss a tackle.
What doesn’t show up on the stat sheet is the fact that he was the emotional catalyst for both the defense and the fans, getting hyped and waving his arms to pump up the crowd after every big play and false start.
I was not a fan of the unsportsmanlike penalty he took later on in the game for taunting, but he earned that taunt with the way he was playing and it didn’t hurt the team at all with the game already out of reach. He does need be careful that his fire and passion does not cost the team in the future.
Through three weeks, he is confirming that my decision to buy a rookie’s jersey — which is something I have always been against — was the correct one.
David Aitken: Certainly a few things to be happy with here. #Tank or #AntiTank, it’s always nice to get a win on opening day and against a divisional rival. The schadenfreude of watching a rival with playoff aspirations lay a Jay Cutler shaped egg will never not be satisfying. The Robby Anderson touchdown was 19 games in the making – he’s been open for that play a number of times over his short career and that’s the first time it’s really been hit for a big touchdown. Jamal Adams was a star, making several splash plays – a sack, several TFLs and a pass defensed.
The big takeaway for me though was how the Jets 180’d from their first two games and turned Jay Ajayi into one of the league’s major fantasy busts on Sunday. The Jets were obliterated on the ground the first two weeks. Jay Ajayi was coming off a strong game in Los Angeles. There wasn’t any real reason to expect him to be so stifled, and yet the Jets held him to the worst start of his young career. The question after a game like this is always “can the Jets build on this?” and this is one area where I think they actually can.
Jake Benaquisto: As many have already mentioned, Jamal Adams stood out the most to me against the Dolphins on Sunday. What I loved most about Adams’ game was his ability to make plays at multiple positions. Seeing him at corner was not a surprise, but I loved that Todd Bowles had him lining up as a LB and edge defender in different situations. It’s still early in his career, but Jamal Adams is already starting to look like the Earl Thomas / Eric Reid type of safety that can take a defense to the next level.
Offensively, the Jets played about as well as anyone could have hoped. After an underwhelming opening week against Buffalo, Josh McCown has played two really solid games in a row. His 69 yard touchdown to Robby Anderson was a perfectly thrown deep ball; something we haven’t seen from a Jets QB in a long time.
Even if you are in favor of the Jets tanking, it’s hard to not be excited about a convincing win over Jay Cutler and the Dolphins.
Mike Nash:Honestly, that might have been the most complete game the Jets have played in years. A flat out dominate effort over a playoff team is impressive.
If I had to pick one thing that stood out to me was the play of Jamal Adams. What more can be said about this guy? He was all over the field yesterday, making play after play. Adams has quickly turned into a leader on this Jets team, and has also quickly become a fan favorite.
On the offensive side of the ball, how about the play of Josh McCown? I have to be honest, I didn’t think McCown had anything left in the tank. So far to start the year, and especially yesterday, the veteran QB was terrific, the highlight being a 69-yard bomb to Robby Anderson for a TD to put the Jets up 10-0 in the second quarter.
Overall, the Jets played a tremendous game in the teams first victory of the season.
Greg Armstrong: As a whole the most surprising thing was domination not only in the box score but on the scoreboard. How many times have we seen a Jets team dominate an opponent but only lead by a field goal? It was very encouraging to see this team, from start to finish, dominate the Dolphins and dominate them on the scoreboard as well.
Player wise it was very encouraging to see the entire secondary play well and not give up big plays. Todd Bowles made the decision to plant Juston Burris (9 snaps) on the bench and give Darryl Roberts (60 snaps) and Terrence Brooks (31 snaps) more game time. Brooks had 2 interceptions and Roberts played really well. Morris Claiborne even had a great game. Jamal Adams still looks superhuman and while Marcus Maye wasn’t mentioned a whole lot, that’s a good thing when you’re a defender.
The whole team played very well and this is an encouraging step in the long term outlook for the Jets.
Kyle Fahey: First off, great team showing. The defense really clicked together this week. All three levels did their job at a great to elite level.
The offense did enough not to hurt us, Josh McCown had a solid “game manager” performance.
What I’m most happy with though is our young players showing development. Leonard, Jamal, Maye, and Anderson are all playing at a high level and look to be the new foundation for when we find our QB. Darron Lee was a guy who took a nice step this week, whatever Bowles and Rogers did…. let’s keep it that way. Darryl Roberts and Juston Burris both played well while going against a very good Miami WR core.
Will most likely be the best game of the year for the Jets, but let’s hope the young guys continue to impress.
Ben Blessington: Well first off, there’s praise to go around. A dominating team win for a team that has been made fun of for months. You could pretty much pick any position group on this team and praise it, so I’ll try to highlight some unheralded guys who might not be getting mentioned above…
Lawrence Thomas really impressed me with his versatility at fullback. He played this at Michigan and he hasn’t lost a step. Not only did he do a great job lead blocking on quite a few runs, he also got a crucial 15 yard catch and run on third down, almost scoring. Not joking when I say that this is the best a FB has played for the Jets since Tony Richardson.
Lac Edwards had a terrific day punting for the Jets. He’s actually had a really nice season, sans a few shanks against Buffalo. He has definitely improved since his rookie year, getting great distance and hangtime on the majority of his punts, he was also able to pin the ball deep a few times so the field position definitely helped the Jets defense.
Jeremy Kerley also stepped up. Although I’d (and most of Jets nation) would like to see more Ardarius Stewart, Kerley made a couple tough grabs in traffic. Also is a safe set of hands returning punts.
Demario Davis is another ex-Jet veteran that has really impressed me this season. Looks light years better than 2015. He looks fast, is always around the ball, and is clearly a team leader. I would also say he’s a big upgrade over David Harris. Jets definitely won their trade with the Browns and should bring back Davis in 2018.
Kony Ealy and Jermaine Kearse continue to look like great free agent pick ups. Have had an impact on both sides of the ball and again should be apart of the 2018 team.
Terrence Brooks had two interceptions and played very nice Sunday. Glad Todd Bowles was able to utilize a three safety look as it really gave the Jets defense some much needed versatility.
Props all around to these unheralded players and more!
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