A Day At MetLife – Jets vs. Browns

In what was regarded by many as a “meaningless” game, the New York Jets beat the Cleveland Browns with an impressive effort on Sunday. Many teams often crumble once they are mathematically eliminated from the playoffs, but the Jets fought like a team with new life. Rookie quarterback Geno Smith was efficient with three touchdowns and no turnovers. The defense held tough on their own end of the field multiple times. Overall, it was an exciting game to watch, especially from the south end zone. I was fortunate enough to attend the game with my father, a life long Jets fan since the Shea Stadium days.  Continue reading “A Day At MetLife – Jets vs. Browns”

Jets-Ravens Match Up Central

The New Yor Jets (5-5) might look to have the upper hand on the Baltimore Ravens (4-6), but those football fans in the know understand that this isn’t the case.  Jeremy Kerley and Garrett McIntyre are officially out for today and Haloti Ngata is active for the Ravens.  Some of these match ups are more pressing than ever as both of these teams proving to be somewhat mistake-prone this season. Let’s get right into it.

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Week Eight Secondary Grade Sheet- How Can The Jets Contain The Saints’ Passing Offense?

The secondary grade sheet makes its valiant return this week, but unfortunately, it comes off of a week to forget in the Jets’ back end. The Jets secondary came to a crashing halt versus Andy Dalton and the Bengals last week, who managed to lose to the Dolphins last night (that says a LOT).

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Week Seven Jets Defensive Snap Count Analysis

Mike O’Connor brings you his detailed charting of the Jets defenses’ snap counts in Week Seven and previews week eight

Just like last week, I spent way too much time in front of the computer notching detailed snap counts from the New York Jets wonderful win versus the Patriots on Sunday. But hey, the statistics are informative to all and I enjoy being in the know. Here they are for this week (on the second sheet of the document). I do a lot of work to gather them, so I’d not only recommend it but highly appreciate it if you checked them out before reading these observations. Now, let’s see what was up in the always entertaining Rex Ryan defense this week.

Remember – Any questions about things on the chart or just overall comments on how to improve the charts will be answered and acknowledged.

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New York Jets Secondary Grade Sheet: Week Three

Mike O’Connor breaks down the film on the New York Jets secondary in week 3 and previews week 4

A busy week has me shooting this grade sheet out right before the Jets-Titans game, but the quality performance from the Jets’ secondary versus E.J Manuel and company still can’t be ignored. Much of the consistent play from the secondary can be credited to the Jets’ front seven, but some players still had magnificent performances, and some had them when they really needed them. Let’s take a quick look.

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Week 3 – New York Jets vs. Buffalo Bills Halftime Report

Half time report on the New York Jets and Buffalo Bills

 What an exciting first half of football with the Jets leading the Bills 17-6. Geno Smith is airing it out against a beat up Bills secondary, the Jets defense is trying to out-do the 2009 team, and this offense is actually portraying a real aerial NFL offense. With all of these nice things, the Bills are still right in this game thanks to a Geno Smith interception and Calvin Pace missing key tackles. Let’s run down a wild first half of Jets-Bills football.

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New York Jets Monday Notes – Bryan Thomas Done For Season

A round-up of Jets headlines today —

1. As expected, Bryan Thomas is out for the year with a torn Achilles. It sounds like the Jets will use a committee of Jamal Westerman, Aaron Maybin, Josh Mauga, and Garret McIntyre to replace him. Thomas is a valuable player who does a lot of the dirty work on the defense, but this was likely his last year with the team anyway. Let’s hope one of these young players can step up.

2. The Jets are considering signing tight end Brandon Manumaleuna, who I will just call “Manu” from now on. They could use him as a hybrid tight end/tackle to provide extra blocking…since Wayne Hunter is pretty damn awful.

3. Rex Ryan proclaimed the Jets would return to their Ground and Pound roots from now on. Considering they have 92 carries for 284 yards this season, I will believe it when I see it. However, it should at least help keep Mark Sanchez somewhat more safe and allow their defense to keep them in games.

4. No grade report, because it is all F’s for the offense and all A’s for the defense. No final thoughts on Jets/Ravens tomorrow because this team needs to bury this game and move forward. It is New England week.

Initial Reaction: Jets Put Together Encouraging Performance

The New York Jets were far from perfect in their 27-7 victory over the porous Cincinnati Bengals. Yet, there was a collection of very encouraging signs from both the offense and the defense.

Plaxio Burress was the main story of the night, pulling in 3 receptions for 66 yards including a beautiful over the shoulder 26 yard touchdown. Burress didn’t look anywhere near as rusty as many anticipated he would be. Prior to his touchdown, Mark Sanchez connected with Burress on a back shoulder fade down sideline, which was exciting to see because you can’t stop that route if it is thrown properly to a 6’5 receiver. A big chunk of the Jets third down and red-zone problems will go away if Sanchez and Burress are connecting like they were tonight.

Sanchez put together another good performance, going 12/20 for 173 yards and 2 touchdowns. He did an excellent job spreading the ball around to his top targets, as Santonio Holmes caught a 16 yard touchdown and Dustin Keller led the way with 73 receiving yards, including a 43 yarder off a nice play action fake. The sky is the limit for this passing offense once Burress, Holmes, Keller, and Derrick Mason are on the field together.

The starting defense dominated outside of one drive, where they broke down on a screen pass to Brian Leonard which went for a huge gain that eventually led to a touchdown.Bengals rookie quarterback Andy Dalton struggled and threw two bad interceptions, one picked off by Eric Smith and one by Jim Leonhard. The backups on defense keep Cincinnati off the board. Brashton Satele intercepted a pass and fell a couple yards short of a touchdown. Recently signed linebacker Aaron Maybin also came up with a strip sack, in a play that isn’t going to make Bills fans happy.

Joe McKnight deserves credit for putting together a strong performance and taking a big step towards locking down the #3 running back spot. He scored his first NFL touchdown on a 3 yard reception from Greg McElroy and also had 36 yards on 7 carries.Bilal Powell was quiet with 22 yards on 9 carries. Fifth string running back Chris Jennings actually had the run of the night, breaking off a 69 yarder late in the fourth quarter.

The negatives? The Jets were still inconsistent at finishing drives and struggled on third downs. They stalled at the 26 yard line on the first drive of the game, followed by Nick Folk missing a 43 yard field goal, also they later had to settle for a field goal when they had the ball in the red-zone. The first unit didn’t run the ball particularly well as LaDainian Tomlinson only had 21 yards on 9 carries. On defense, the screen wasn’t defended well and it was disappointing to see them allow a touchdown drive to such a weak offense.

Overall, it was still a step in the right direction and you have to be encouraged with where the Jets currently are at in the pre-season.

Thank God The Pre-Season Is Over: Jets Beat Eagles 21-17

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I think everybody can sympathize with me when I say “Thank god, the pre-season is over.” It wasn’t the prettiest of games tonight but hear is a quick recap:

Joe McKnight doesn’t deserve a spot on the Jets 53 man roster. He is going to get one because the Jets spent a fourth round pick on him but the guy has been terrible this August, simply terrible. He lost three fumbles, including another one tonight that went back for a touchdown. He doesn’t hit the hole hard and runs timid. The guy is more scared of contact than Kerry Rhodes…no wonder he wears #25. Chauncey Washington ran the football the way it is supposed to be run tonight with 56 tough yards on 12 carries. He earned a spot on this roster. Danny Woodhead added 45 yards and a touchdown. He earned a spot on this roster.

Don’t give me any BS standing up for McKnight either. Go back and watch the highlight of his reaction after he fumbled tonight. Look at the way he didn’t go after the ball and look how he hung his head, this guy has been a disaster. The Jets made an absolute mistake by parting ways with Leon Washington and drafting McKnight.

The numbers aren’t going to show it but Kellen Clemens still looked better than Mark Brunell tonight and I am still adamant in my belief that Clemens should be the number two quarterback.

Great night for Matt Kroul who locked himself down a roster spot with two sacks. Vernon Gholston had another active night and clinched the game with a bone crunching sack. I was also impressed with Brian “King Ugly” Jackson. I don’t know if he can stick on the 53 man roster but he could be a good practice squad candidate. Similar to Jackson, Larry Taylor flashed a few times but is probably destined for the practice squad.

In the end, it wasn’t the most exciting pre-season in Jets history. I am just happy it is over.

Bring on the Ravens.

Thoughts On Jets/Redskins: Looks Like 2009

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After watching the Jets starters get extended action last night, it is hard to think we won’t be seeing much of the same things we saw from the team in 2009. The Jets first defense has been rock solid. They can run football but inconsistencies remain in the passing game. Hopefully, the inconsistencies won’t show themselves as frequently as they did in 2009.

First off, it is a huge blow to the Jets defense to lose Calvin Pace. As of now, it sounds like he will only miss the first game or two but still you’d like to be at full strength coming out of the gate. Jason Taylor is nowhere near the complete player Pace is at this point of his career. Staying on the defense, there were definitely too many occasions where there were receivers running wide open down the field. The defense still played very well overall but you know every time one of the Redskins average receivers was running wide open, Mike Tannenbaum was thinking of caving on the Revis negotiations.

Over on the offensive side of the ball, how about LaDainian Tomlinson? It was looking like 2006 out there. You have to love seeing Tomlinson averaging 7.8 yards per carry and Shonn Greene at 4.7 yards per carry. Of course there was still Joe McKnight with his 5 carries for 9 yards and his lost fumble.

Mark Sanchez played great against the Giants after his early interception and has been erratic since then, very similar to 2009. He still continues to lock on his first target occasionally and gets a little jumpy in the pocket. However, there were still some positive sings and he did bounce back with a fourth quarter touchdown pass. Dustin Keller is certainly looking like his favorite target, while he did finally hook up with Santonio Holmes, #10 forgot to tuck the football away. The offensive line also needs to improve in pass protection. I can’t be watching Mark Sanchez rolling around on the ground anymore with geriatric Mark Brunell waiting in the wings.

Despite his shank on the extra point, you still have to be encouraged by Nick Folk’s pre-season. Joe McKnight has looked good on punt returns, which will probably knock Larry Taylor off the roster.