New York Jets Week 10 – Early Thoughts On Jets/Seahawks

Early thoughts on the New York Jets week 10 match-up against the Seattle Seahawks

A collection of thoughts on the New York Jets week 10 match-up against the Seattle Seahawks 

1. On paper this is a terrible match-up for the Jets. Seattle has an elite defense led by a great secondary with an elite pass rush bolstered by the best homefield advantage on football. The Jets have a below average offense with an inconsistent passing game that can’t protect their quarterback. Seattle also has the league’s second leading rusher in Marshawn Lynch who is the best back after contact in the NFL right now. The Jets defense has struggled to stop the run mostly because they can’t tackle.

2. Where do the Jets find a hope for an upset? Seattle’s offense has been inconsistent and is led by a rookie quarterback in Russell Wilson. He has been much better at home than on the road. Unfortunately the Jets have to face him in his building. Regardless, he remains a rookie and we saw what the Jets defense did to Andrew Luck a few weeks back. Seattle will likely have a tough time moving the ball through the air but if the Jets can’t slow down Lynch, that won’t matter anyway.

3. Dustin Keller needs to have a big week. Their wide receivers are going to struggle against Seattle’s cornerbacks, Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner, so Keller needs to be a factor in the middle of the field. The running game must also take pressure off of Mark Sanchez. Fortunately, Bilal Powell and Joe McKnight are both expected to play to help support Shonn Greene. It isn’t worth making any comments about Tim Tebow’s usage at this point until the Jets show any desire to use him more than 4 plays per game.

4. The Jets special teams needs a bounce-back in a major way. A key recipe for any upset is making big plays in that third of the game. Whether it is a big return, a turnover or a faked punt. The Jets need to get points here.

5. Ultimately this is a gut-check game for the Jets. If you want to be relevant for the second half of the season you need to pull the upset here. They had an extra week to prepare and this team should be playing with immense desperation and aggressiveness. A big upset on the road is the type of thing that can propel a 6-2 second half and a run to a playoff spot. A blowout loss is the type of thing that can propel a 5-11 season.

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New York Jets – The First Half Positives (Yes, They Exist)

A collection of positives from the first half of season for the New York Jets

Here I was ready to write a feel good article about the New York Jets when they clog up my Twitter feed with foolish decisions. First and most importantly, the organization hasn’t been proactive enough about sending support to hurricane victims throughout New Jersey and New York. We have heard about the New York Giants heading to South Jersey to pitch in. Where are the Jets? Outside of Mark Sanchez who went down there today, the organization has been painfully quiet in their support of the state they play and practice in. Get your checkbook out Woody. Get your community relations and media department in order New York Jets.

Second, the Jets made yet another collection of bonehead roster decisions today by releasing rookie safety Antonio Allen and signing wide receiver Jason Hill and offensive lineman Hayworth Hicks off the Colts practice squad. Why are these foolish decisions? Antonio Allen is a promising rookie safety who fits well into the big nickel, an essential modern NFL defense. Jason Hill is a journeyman receiver who didn’t receive a single workout or claim after the Jets released him last week. Hayworth Hicks couldn’t make the Colts active roster and the Colts have a terrible offensive line. Memo to Mike Tannenbaum, you don’t find wide receivers in Jacksonville and you don’t find offensive lineman in Indianapolis.

Tannenbaum has continually been below average at his job the past few years. He actually seems to be getting perpetually worse. We can only hope that he is the fall guy this off-season…

Rant over and now to a few first half positives

Jeremy Kerley – He has developed into a better player than many imagined he could. Kerley has shown he can be more than a slot receiver, lining up all over the formation and making plays. With his crisp routes, good hands and good run after the catch ability Kerley is a building block for the future.

Demario Davis – The early returns have been good on the Jets much hyped 3rd round rookie. He brings a needed element of speed and should be a long term starter at inside linebacker.

LaRon Landry – One of the few shrewd signings of the past few years by Mike Tannenbaum. If Landry finishes the season healthy, the Jets should lock him into a long term deal. He is a strong fit in Rex Ryan’s defense and has been a major upgrade over Jim Leonhard or Eric Smith.

Antonio Cromartie – Playing the best football of his career. He deserves All-Pro consideration thus far.

Kenrick Ellis – Before he got hurt, he was the Jets best defensive lineman. He will be back against Seattle. The Jets can build around him, Muhammad Wilkerson and Quinton Coples up front.

Joe McKnight – Gutted through an ankle injury against the Patriots and seems to have turned a corner at running back. He needs more work in the second half of the season.

New York Jets – Sink or Swim In The Second Half?

Will the New York Jets sink or swim in the second half?

Have you seen the standings in the AFC at the halfway point of the season? Even the most pessimistic New York Jets fan can’t proclaim their season over yet, particularly when taking the team’s schedule into consideration.

There is no question the next three games are going to be difficult. The Jets are rightfully 6.5 point underdogs this week and will be underdogs the following two weeks on the road against St. Louis and home against New England. Their final five games are against teams that I would argue the Jets are better than, despite how awful they have looked at times this season. There is no excuse for a 4-12 or 5-11 year. This team should not win less than 7 games unless they completely tank the rest of the way.

We are going to learn a ton about Rex Ryan and how his players respond to him these last 8 weeks. Do they quit and embarrass themselves in Seattle, in primetime against New England and against the mediocre slopfest that they play weeks 13-17? Or do they keep themselves relevant in the playoff race into December by scoring an upset or two in the coming three games and handling their business against inferior teams down the stretch?

The Jets defense has steadily improved in recent weeks. Outside of facing Tom Brady, they are facing a collection of unproven and inexperienced quarterbacks the rest of the season. You want hope in Seattle? Remember what the Jets defense did to Andrew Luck a couple of weeks ago. Russell Wilson is an impressive rookie but he is still a rookie and a much less talented one than Luck. Sam Bradford and Brian Schottenheimer’s offense? You better have a shutdown performance. John Skelton. Blaine Gabbert. Jake Locker. Ryan Fitzpatrick. The ghost of Philip Rivers. How about it, Rex? Kenrick Ellis will be back on the defensive line, more playing time should be given to Demario Davis, Antonio Allen, Aaron Berry and Marcus Dowtin and this defense must round into form to give the Jets a fighting chance.

On offense, the situation at running back will improve with a healthier Joe McKnight and Bilal Powell back. But ultimately it will come down to Mark Sanchez finding some measure of consistency. He must protect the football. He must improve his accuracy. The players around him must also elevate their play. No more drops from Stephen Hill. No more matador blocking from Matt Slauson and Austin Howard. If necessary get Vladimir Ducasse and Jason Smith in the starting line-up. If Sanchez is sputtering, give Tim Tebow a full series to run the offense. Yes, even this Sanchez apologist can admit the Jets offense could use a kick in the ass with more Tebow involvement…not as a starting quarterback but as a weapon in the running game and occasional downfield passing game.

Rex Ryan needs to show he won’t lose this team for the second season in a row. There is no excuse to get blown out in Seattle. There is no excuse not to steal a road game against the Rams or to be right there with the Patriots in the fourth quarter. There is no excuse not to find a way to beat Arizona and San Diego at home or to go on the road and handle Jacksonville or Buffalo. This team is lacking talent in plenty of areas but so are all the teams remaining on their schedule.

Sink or swim. What do you think Jets fans?

New York Jets – Who Wants To Make A Trade?

A somewhat serious look at the trade value of players on the New York Jets roster

Perhaps Mike Tannenbaum is burning up the phone lines today before the NFL’s trade deadline in hopes of improving his decrepit roster. Here is a look at the estimated value of some players on the New York Jets who they might like to part with –

Tim Tebow – Backup quarterback who isn’t trusted to throw or run a standard NFL offense/Perpetual media headache/H-Back who can’t catch/Punt protector who can’t block – 

Estimated Value – Conditional 7th round pick, which is sent if Tebow can throw 10 straight 10 yard passes without one-hopping more than half of them or a lock of Blaine Gabbert’s hair. Tannenabum should also consider this if Jaguars owner Shahid Khan agrees to shave his mustache.

Bart Scott – Run stopping linebacker who misses a bunch of tackles and can’t cover a single a skill position player in the NFL/High maintenance in the locker room/Wildly overpaid

Estimated Value – An extra sweater vest for Rex Ryan to wear for December home games.

Calvin Pace – Pass rushing linebacker who can’t get to the quarterback/Prone to foolish statements to the media/Wildly overpaid

Estimated Value – Jamaal Westerman or Marques Murrell…maybe with a Chad Cascadden jersey thrown in if Tannenbaum plays his cards right.

Aaron Maybin – Designated pass rusher who has no pass rushing moves/Gives more quotes to the New York media than any player roster despite playing 5 snaps a game (AKA “Tebow reps”) 

Estimated Value – The leading tackler on the worst team currently in the UFL…is that still a league?

Shonn Greene – Bell Cow who isn’t a top 30 running back in the NFL/Doesn’t know a single juke move/Enjoys running directly into defenders when it is unnecessary

Estimated Value – Rod “He Hate Me” Smart. Cedric Houston.

Kyle Wilson – First round corner who frequently gets beat deep by mediocre receivers and then wags his finger after

Estimated Value – A ticket to the annual Jets/Eagles pre-season game, in the non-PSL seats. “It’s Go Time!”

New York Jets – Five Short Term Solutions

Five short term solutions for the New York Jets so they don’t embarrass themselves the rest of 2012

Five short term solutions for the New York Jets so they don’t embarrass themselves for the rest of the 2012-2013 season. Check back later in the week for five long term solutions, so the Jets can be a competitive team in the AFC in the coming years. 

1 – Use A Sensible Tebow Plan – The type of plan everybody assumed the Jets were going to use this summer. This offense is short on playmakers, particularly in the running game so there is a viable role for Tebow this season. Use him in every short yardage situation out of an empty formation. Let him run option with players that have speed like Jeremy Kerley and Joe McKnight. Lull a defense to sleep with him running a few times and then let him take a shot down the field. Stop lining him up at receiver or H-Back. He has zero value there and you are playing 10 on 11 in those situations. Turn him into your primary second rushing option behind Shonn Greene.

2 – More Jeremy Kerley, More Joe McKnight – Jeremy Kerley needs 8-12 touches on a weekly basis, regardless of whether or not defenses are keying on him. Take a look at how Green Bay uses Randall Cobb. They line him up in the backfield. He is in the slot. He is out wide. He is catching screens, going down the field and taking handoffs or pitches. Kerley should be doing the same thing in this offense. Give him 4-5 carries a week. Give a few wide receiver screens. They will be easy completions for Mark Sanchez and let Kerley make plays in space. As for McKnight, hopefully he gets healthy over the bye week. If he does, McKnight needs to get more carries and become a factor in the screen game, along with taking reps lined up at wide receiver. The Jets must utilize what few players they do have who can make people miss and have speed.

3 – Young and Varied On Defense – We have seen signs of this already but Rex Ryan needs to scrap the 3-4 as his predominant defense. The Jets personnel fits better this year with a 4-3 or 46 look, particularly when Kenrick Ellis returns healthy. At linebacker, the Jets simply can’t afford to keep playing Bryan Thomas major reps and Calvin Pace needs to see his time cutback as well. Give Marcus Dowtin more playing time. Get Antonio Allen in the box for certain looks. Call up Ricky Sapp from the practice squad. In the secondary, give Aaron Berry an extended look on the outside and in the slot. Cut back Kyle Wilson’s reps and cut back any reps that Ellis Lankster is receiving.

4 – Don’t Be Gimmick Shy – The Jets aren’t going to match-up well with many teams over their last eight games so a “kitchen-sink” approach is going to frequently make sense. Don’t shy away from the fake punts. Don’t shy away from Antonio Cromartie on offense. Don’t walk into games thinking you are just going to push teams around and play smash-mouth football because you don’t have the personnel for it.

5. Offensive Line Shuffle – Now is the time to make this switch, so there is extra practice time for the new front five to work together – move Vladimir Ducasse and Jason Smith into the staring line-up and get Matt Slauson and Austin Howard out. No more 1/2 and 1/2 for Slauson and Ducasse. You know he isn’t the long term answer and his level of play is comparable to Ducasse, so give Vlad 8 games here to see if he has any chance of being a long term answer. Howard has been below average all season and also isn’t a long term answer. Smith has first round talent and has been pretty good as an extra tight end. Give him eight games here, see if he could be better than Howard and if could be part of the equation going forward.

New York Jets – 25 Problems And Yes Quarterback Is 1

25 problems the New York Jets have, including the quarterback position

We are going to skip over handing out a report card full of “Fs” today and instead run down all the current problems we see with the New York Jets, yes including the quarterback position. These aren’t listed in any particular order since there are so many –

1. Quarterback – Many people think my defense of Mark Sanchez means I think he is a great or even a very good quarterback. I do not. Sanchez is a serviceable quarterback who you can win with in the NFL if he is surrounded with the proper supporting cast. The Jets have done an awful job developing him and supporting him and are now paying the price. Does anybody else think 3 years from now we’ll be watching Sanchez thrive on another team? If you don’t, you haven’t been a Jets fan long enough.

2. Backup Quarterback – The problem with having a circus at backup quarterback instead of a quarterback who can run your offensive system is that it creates hesitancy to pull an ineffective starter. If the Jets had Jason Campbell as their backup, Sanchez is likely pulled at halftime of the San Francisco game and halftime of yesterday’s game. There’d also be a good chance he’d be the starter coming out of the bye week. Unfortunately, you have a coaching staff who has zero faith in their backup quarterback to run their offense and Rex Ryan knowing if he puts Tebow in on now he might get stuck with him next year at quarterback at the behest of owner Woody Johnson who brought him here in the first place.

3. Rex Ryan – Rex hasn’t had the pulse on this team since the beginning of last season. He allowed the locker room to become divisive and his team has shown up under-prepared and unready to play too frequently. Rex is supposed to be an elite defensive coach and he currently leads one of the league’s worst defenses.

4. Mike Tannenabaum – Can’t really fit all his mistakes into a paragraph and we have been ripping him apart over the past year here enough. He has done a poor job drafting, scouting and in free agency. His team is woefully understaffed on both sides of the ball. He is a numbers/salary cap guy, not a football guy.

5. Woody Johnson – He forced his front office to make Tim Tebow the backup quarterback when they wanted Drew Stanton for the job and seems to be tone deaf in his media appearances about the team.

6. Matt Slauson – Through 8 games hasn’t played like a capable NFL starting guard. He gets pushed around in the running game and isn’t a consistent pass protector. It actually makes sense to give Vladimir Ducasse his job at this point and that says enough about the Jets current guard situation.

7. Austin Howard – Remember the feel good celebrations when he replaced Wayne Hunter? Well according to our trusted friends at Pro Football Focus, Hunter has outplayed him this year. Howard isn’t a capable NFL starting tackle.

8. Brandon Moore – His level of play has continued to slip. Moore cannot consistently protect the quarterback and hasn’t been the same since a hip injury a couple of years ago.

9. Shonn Greene – Not good enough to be the only running back on a run heavy team because of his inability to break big plays and lack of range in the passing game.

10. Stephen Hill – Plenty of long term potential but the Jets put too much on his plate for this season by not pairing him with a proven, low maintenance veteran in the off-season to learn from.

11. Tony Sparano – Has he really been any better than Brian Schottenheimer? The offense seems unorganized and can’t find a rhythm. Does he realize the Jets are playing 10 on 11 when they line up Tebow at wide receiver?

12. Bryan Thomas – Can’t be starting player in the NFL anymore. Can’t rush the quarterback.

13. Calvin Pace – Can’t be starting player in the NFL anymore. Can’t rush the quarterback.

14. Bart Scott – Can’t be starting player in the NFL anymore. Seems to have been replaced, finally.

15. David Harris – Not playing like the Pro-Bowler he is paid to be. Actually has been thoroughly mediocre this season.

16. Muhamamd Wilkerson – He has been good against the run but is he the All-Pro player we heard he’d be all pre-season? Not even close. 1 sack through 8 games.

17. Quinton Coples – 2 sacks and 22 tackles through 8 games. Chandler Jones had 6 sacks, 18 tackles and 3 forced fumbles. Bruce Irvin has 4.5 sacks and 1 forced fumble.

18. Kyle Wilson – Routinely beat down the field. He doesn’t play to the level of a first round pick and probably couldn’t start on most other teams in the NFL.

19, Ellis Lankster/Garrett McIntyre/Eric Smith – Role players who aren’t good enough to be role players.

20. Darrelle Revis – Lost the best cornerback in football to a ACL injury. He has a tricky contract situation approaching that is scary to think about Mike Tannenabum handling.

21. Santonio Holmes – A proven threat but hadn’t been a productive player for over a full season before suffering a serious season ending foot injury.

22. Sione Pouha – Hasn’t been himself all season because of a back injury.

23. Kenrick Ellis – Was proving to be a more than adequate replacement for Pouha but is now hurt himself.

24. Clyde Gates – Is playing major reps on this team and is celebrating first downs in the 4th quarter while his team is down 24 points.

25. Matt Cavanaugh – Not sure where he has ever found success in the NFL as a coach and still remains the Jets quarterback coach.

Feel free to add on to the list in the comments section…

Initial Reaction – New York Jets Redefine Awful

The New York Jets reached another level of awful today against the Miami Dolphins

Where do you even start after something like that? The New York Jets were awful in every facet of the game today. They were out-coached and out-classed by a division rival in a hugely important game in their own building. To not even be competitive on a day like today is a damning indictment on Rex Ryan and his coaching staff.

Rex didn’t have his team prepared to play. Tony Sparano, his hand picked offensive coordinator, doesn’t have his unit together yet. They are sloppy and cannot consistently establish any type of rhythm. There were too many questionable play calls to even begin singling them out. Every time the Jets line up Tim Tebow at wide receiver, they are playing 10 on 11 and it still continues to happen. You want to shower praise on Mike Westhoff when the Jets special teams shows up? Blame him when they were an absolute disaster like they were today. A blocked punt. A blocked field goal. Allowing an onside kick recovery and a huge kick return…all in the same game? Embarrassing.

Mark Sanchez didn’t play well today. He had two brutal turnovers that were the fault of his and nobody else. On the whole, it was another inconsistent performance that will lead to two weeks of endless Tim Tebow speculation. He didn’t receive any help from his supporting cast. The offensive line had poor protection. There was no running game in the first half. Stephen Hill dropped another touchdown pass.

You can scream TEBOW as loud as you want. He isn’t the answer because he isn’t a better quarterback than Sanchez. Yes, the Jets should use him in some way, like a needed supplement to the rushing game. As a full time quarterback? You aren’t winning with the option every down in the 2012 NFL or moving forward. Spare me the citations from last year, Tebow went 8-8 in the worst division in football with a borderline elite defense and special teams. The Jets have neither.

Sanchez is a problem among many problems, that starts with a owner who forced a Tebow transaction on to his front office to sell tickets, then moves to a general manager who has been mediocre the past two years and to a head coach who hasn’t been able to find the pulse of his team the past year. It trickles down to a so far subpar offensive coordinator, an offensive line with holes, a running game that lacks explosion and a defense with zero pass rush or big play ability. The Jets are 3-5 through half of their season. Look at their roster right now and tell me they deserve to have a better record.

Turn On The Jets 12 Pack, Week 8 – Jets vs. Dolphins

12 predictions from Turn On The Jets for the New York Jets vs. Miami Dolphins week 8 match-up

The Turn On The Jets 12 pack is back and sporting a perfect 7-0 record at picking the outcome of New York Jets games this season. We had another big week of coverage here with our ongoing mission to civilize coverage of this football team. A big thanks to Chris Gross, Mike Donnelly, TJ Rosenthal, Rob Celletti and Chris Celletti for doing their thing as always. Here is a recap of the previous week –

On to the predictions –

1. The Jets are going to hold Reggie Bush under 80 yards total rushing. This might seem like a stretch considering how Bush was gashing them back in week 3 before leaving with an injury. However, he hasn’t been the same player since that hit LaRon Landry put on him. Also back in week 3, an injured Sione Pouha hurt the Jets defense by getting pushed all over the field. Mike DeVito isn’t a great nose tackle but him at 100 percent is better than the 50% it looked like Pouha was playing at in week 3. Demario Davis will also be replacing Bart Scott at inside linebacker, bringing more speed to the position.

2. Shonn Greene isn’t going to crack 60 yards rushing. Miami’s front seven is too stout and he has never found success against the Dolphins. Look for something like 15 carries and 50 yards from Greene. However, I do think he scores his 6th touchdown of the year.

3. Joe McKnight and Jonathan Grimes will combine for at least 8 carries. Credit McKnight for playing through the pain of his high ankle injury. He seems to have really grown up this season and is showing a new level of toughness.

4. Tim Tebow will have a minimal impact on the game again. He won’t crack 35 total offensive yards and will finish the first half of the year without a touchdown.

5. Brian Hartline will have less than 50 yards receiving and will not score a touchdown. Look for Antonio Cromartie to spend most of the day on him. Keep an eye on Jabar Gaffney in the slot, he is a savvy receiver who could hurt the Jets if he sees extended reps.

6. Mark Sanchez is going to outperform Ryan Tannehill in every major statistical category.

7. Nick Folk will continue his perfect season, knocking through two more field goals. Could the Jets have a kicker and punter (Mayday Malone?) in the Pro-Bowl this year?

8. Jermey Kerley will have another 75 yards receiving. Dustin Keller will catch his 2nd touchdown of the season. Stephen Hill will bounce back from last week’s drop to put together a solid all-around game.

9. The Jets haven’t ran a true trick play on offense since week 1 when they broke out a flea flicker. We will see another trick play this week that goes for a big gain.

10. Anthony Fasano will have a solid day against the Jets defense…he always seems to.

11. Dan Carpenter is going to shank another kick. Rex Ryan and Tony Sparano’s fist pumps are in his head.

12. The Jets are going to play their most complete football game of the season. I like the way this team has been trending since the Houston game, slowing improving every week particularly on offense. This is the week it comes together against a pretty good Miami team. The defense is going to be keyed up to slow down Reggie Bush and I think they answer the bell. Originally, I was going to pick a tight one but I think the Jets pull away in the second half and win 27-14.

New York Jets Week 8 – Early Thoughts On Jets/Dolphins

Early thoughts on the New York Jets week 8 match-up against the Miami Dolphins

A collection of early thoughts on the New York Jets critical week 8 match-up against the Miami Dolphins –

1. This game is without question a must win and has the potential to be a turning point in the Jets season in either a positive or negative way. They can’t afford to drop to 2-2 in the division, 3-4 in the AFC, take a season split with Miami, and have to sit on the loss for two weeks before heading cross country to Seattle, a game the Jets will appropriately be underdogs in. A victory keeps them within one game of New England, guarantees a tie-breaker with Miami (who will be a wild-card contender) and puts their conference record over .500. You can’t lose this game at home to a rookie quarterback.

2. Nobody is saying Ryan Tannehill hasn’t played well for a rookie or that the Miami Dolphins aren’t a talented team. Yet many people are getting carried away with their lofty praise. Let’s keep in mind Tannehill was 16/36 with a INT returned for a touchdown in the team’s previous meeting which was about a month ago. The Dolphins have beat Oakland and St. Louis at home along with a Bengals team on the road, who couldn’t even beat the Cleveland Browns. Overall, Miami is 1-2 on the road, averaging 16 points per game and Tannehill only has 1 TD pass between the three games.

3. The Jets are going to have their hands full with Miami’s running game. They were gashed back in week 3 and that was with Reggie “Don’t Call Me Hot Sauce” Bush missing the entire second half. It is doubtful that Sione Pou’ha and Kenrick Ellis are going to play making the challenge even more difficult. If the Jets can slow down Bush, it will put that much more pressure on Tannehill and likely force him into a handful of mistakes.

4. On offense, the Dolphins are stout in the front seven. The Jets can’t be stubborn and try to force the running game if it isn’t there. This Dolphins secondary can be exploited. Jeremy Kerley is rolling right now and hurt the Dolphins with two big plays in the previous meeting. Dustin Keller is back after missing week 3 and Stephen Hill looks to be 100 percent healthy. Tony Sparano and Mark Sanchez can’t be shy about throwing down the field.

5. Look for Antonio Cromartie to cover Brian Hartline for most of the game. If Cromartie keeps playing the way he has been, I’m not sure who else in the Dolphins passing game is going to hurt the Jets.

Turn On The Jets Offensive Film Breakdown – Jets vs. Pats

Turn On The Jets breaks down the offensive game film from Jets vs. Patriots

Turn On The Jets is back with another offensive film breakdown. Make sure to check back later in the day for Chris Gross’ breakdown of the defensive game tape. Today the primary focus is going to be on the passing game, which the Jets found a good amount of success with against New England. We will be looking at both “Good Sanchez” and “Bad Sanchez” and why Jeremy Kerley, Dustin Keller and Stephen Hill were so successful at getting open. 

The first two passing plays of the game were a perfect demonstration of Mark Sanchez’s inconsistency at quarterback. Tony Sparano called for a skinny post from the slot to Jeremy Kerley, which was executed to perfection. A good route from Kerley and a pinpoint throw from Sanchez in-between two defenders for a 20+ yard gain. The next play, Sparano goes right back to the well with the same play except to the opposite side with Stephen Hill in the slot. Encouragingly, Hill runs a very good route and gets himself wide open. Unfortunately, Sanchez overthrows him after just hitting a much harder throw to a much smaller target the play before. Frustrating to say the least.

The presence of Dustin Keller in the line-up made an enormous difference to the Jets passing offense. New England was forced to pay extra attention to Kerley on the outside, leaving Keller with one on one match-ups over the middle. Sanchez is extremely comfortable with Keller, particularly over the middle of the field. These are two separate 10+ yard completions, where Keller runs an option route, breaks the proper way and Sanchez correctly leads him away from the linebacker allowing him to turn up field. Expect to see a ton more of this throughout the year.

Sanchez only threw 12 incompletions throughout this game out of 38 attempts. At least five of those incompletions could be credited as drops. On the whole he was very accurate. However, Sanchez had his share of poor decisions as well. The interception was an indefensible mistake. He had two open receivers underneath, who he ignored and then floated an ugly, under-thrown pass to Stephen Hill. Later in the first half he tried to force this pass to Jeremy Kerley who is double covered and technically triple covered if you count the referee. He was lucky this didn’t turn into his second interception.

An appropriately criticized play-call was Tony Sparano’s decision to throw a slant to Chaz Schilens on 3rd and 1 near the red-zone. Regardless, the play was executed to perfection up until the ball went right through Schilens’ hands. This was a good route, a very good throw and a bad drop. Part of the reason you don’t make this call is because the Jets lack a big receiver who is reliable enough to make this play every single time.

Sanchez and Jeremy Kerley put on a clinic on how to operate the smash/fan combination in this game. Basically the Jets consistently had their outside receiver release on a short stop or in route and would send Kerley on a deep corner from the slot. The Jets completed this four times throughout the game, including this 19 yard gain where Sanchez drops a beautiful pass in all the way across the field.

We further see Sanchez’s arm strength on this touchdown pass to Dustin Keller. Look at how small that window is. Sanchez threw an absolute bullet in-between three defenders. There aren’t many people in the league capable of making this throw and I got news for you, Tim Tebow isn’t one of them.

A major point of contention towards the end of this game was Mark Sanchez taking a third down sack before the Jets go-ahead field goal. Anybody who criticized Sanchez in this situation is clueless (looking at you SNY). The Jets rolled Sanchez out and had Jeremy Kerley wide open at the 5 yard line. Sanchez cocks his arm back to fire it in to him but Kerley slips on his break so Sanchez pulls the ball back down. When he does pull the ball back down, he is immediately wrapped up. He then smartly takes the sack because if he threw the ball away, it would save New England a time-out. Yes, he added 10 yards to the field goal attempt but the Jets were so deep into field goal territory it didn’t matter at that point.

A few other player observations –

Jeremy Kerley – He is developing at such an impressive rate. Kerley runs precise routes and shows tremendous hands/toughness at consistently catching the ball in traffic. Honestly, he looks like a younger, quicker version of Santonio Holmes. Mike Tannenbaum got a steal in the fifth round.

Stephen Hill – His route running is really improving on a weekly basis. Outside of his drop, he easily played his best game as a pro. He made tough catches in traffic and did a nice job working back to the football on his routes. There is still going to be mistakes from time to time but Hill is going to be a very good NFL receiver, it is only a matter of time.

Shonn Greene – A solid effort from Greene, who picked up tough yards and somehow returned after taking an enormous shot from Brandon Spikes. Greene also deserves credit for being active in the passing game, where he made a positive impact and made a few difficult catches.

Joe McKnight – Ran very well, especially considering he played basically on one leg. When he is 100 percent healthy, it is hard to see him not being a much larger part of the offense.

OL – This was an ugly game for Matt Slauson and Brandon Moore. Shockingly, it might not be a bad idea to start giving Ducasse even more of Slauson’s reps. There is no discernible drop off between the two and Ducasse has a higher upside. D’Brickashaw Ferguson and Nick Mangold both played terrific, Pro-Bowl caliber games. Austin Howard was “meh” but the Jets generally do a good job of giving him help.