Instant Reaction: Same Old Jets

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When you have 10 days to prepare for your biggest game of the year. It doesn’t say much for your organization when you are completely out coached, out schemed, out played, and out everything you can think of.

The New York Jets were exposed as frauds tonight. They were embarrassed on national television and unequivocally proven to be second class citizens in the AFC East and the AFC. Don’t talk about the Jets with the Patriots, Ravens, or Steelers anymore. They aren’t on that level or even close for that matter. They are now in the mix with the Chiefs, Jaguars, Colts, Chargers, and the rest of the mediocrity throughout the conference.

There won’t be any home playoff games this year and don’t write the Jets in as a playoff team yet. You think the team you watched tonight is going to Pittsburgh or Chicago and getting a victory?

The Jets defense was awful tonight. Not just awful, but they quit and let Tom Brady completely dice them apart. They ushered Danny Woodhead down the field so he could make us cringe, as Joe McKnight looked good in his winter jacket on the sideline. Antonio Cromartie lacked effort and forgot how to tackle. Drew Coleman…looked like, well Drew Coleman.

I can’t write enough about how pathetic the effort level was on defense. It starts with Rex Ryan, who didn’t have his team prepared tonight and did a terrible job with game management and game planning. Sorry Rex, it doesn’t make sense to challenge a quarterback sneak on your offense’s first drive, just like it doesn’t make sense to blitz the house and leave Drew Coleman one on one with Wes Welker. Where was Darrelle Revis by the way?

Offense? Mark Sanchez isn’t ready yet. He was shaken from the first possession of this game. Braylon Edwards is back to dropping passes in big spots. Dustin Keller? Where was he? At least Santonio Holmes and Shonn Greene showed up, but that was about it.

It was one thing to lose the game. It is another thing to be embarrassed. It is another thing to quit and be completely humiliated. Hell, I am embarrassed I spent 10 days writing articles previewing the game and the Jets couldn’t put up an effort.

Say it with me now…

Same. Old. Jets.

I need a day off.

Jets vs. Patriots Round II: 12 Pack Of Predictions

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Better late than never, here are 12 predictions for tonight’s showdown, which is arguably the most hyped Jets regular season game in franchise history — How long have we been waiting for this game by the way?

1. Tonight will be the night Mark Sanchez puts to rest any lingering questions about him as one of the best young quarterbacks in football. He has exceeded everybody’s expectations throughout the season and will continue his strong 2010 season by throwing for over 250 yards, 2 touchdowns, and not having more than one turnover.

2. Tom Brady is going to put together a stronger than usual performance against a Rex Ryan defense. The Jets secondary is getting his “A” game tonight. Brady will also throw for over 250 yards and a pair of touchdowns. However, he will throw his fifth interception of the season tonight.

3. Shonn Greene will lead the Jets in carries and rushing yards. LaDainian Tomlinson will be involved in the offense but primarily through the passing game. Tomlinson will have less than 10 carries but at least 5 receptions.

4. Danny Woodhead will have no more than 60 total yards of offense but will score a touchdown, followed by mass hysteria from Jets fans on Twitter.

5. New England’s leading receiver will be Aaron Hernandez or Rob Gronkowski. Darrelle Revis will spend the bulk of the night on Deion Branch and Wes Welker. Antonio Cromartie will either be covering one of the tight ends, Brandon Tate, or Branch.

6. Jerricho Cotchery will be reliable on punt returns, not muffing any but also not providing any big plays. He will grab at least three receptions in his return to the Jets offense.

7. BenJarvus Green-Ellis won’t have more than 45 yards rushing. The Patriots will be largely one dimensional on offense throughout this game.

8. Both teams won’t hesitate to use trick plays on offense or special teams. Keep an eye on for reverses, toss passes, reverse passes, surprise onside kicks, fake field goals, fake punts or anything along those lines.

9. Jason Taylor will record his fifth sack of the season tonight but overall the Jets will struggle to consistently get to Brady.

10. Mark Sanchez won’t be sacked more than once by New England’s weak pass rush.

11. Both field goal kickers will miss at least one very make-able kick tonight.

12. Your final score? I am taking the Jets 34-31 in a shoot-out and in one of the best games played of the 2010 NFL regular season. This will be a landmark win in the young Rex Ryan/Mark Sanchez era.

Jets Season At A Crossroads

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A little dramatic in the title?

I don’t think so.

The reality of the situation is this, the Jets season is going to head in to two very different directions depending on the result of Monday night’s game.

A win equals a 2 game lead on the Patriots with 4 games left to play. Unless the Jets meltdown in the last quarter of the season, they are looking at a #1 or #2 seed, a first round bye and a home playoff game in the divisional round of the playoffs. You can’t ask for a better road to the Super Bowl and the organization is way overdue on hosting a playoff game.

A loss? The Jets fall to the all too familiar position of chasing New England. They could have 1 or 2 games to make up depending on how the rest of the division schedule plays out, but realistically it would be very unlikely for the Jets to catch the Patriots, which means a trip back into the wild card.

The road to the Super Bowl then likely involves a first round trip to either Indianapolis or San Diego. Do you want to deal with Peyton Manning  in the first round? I don’t. Beyond that, a victory will result in a trip to either New England, Pittsburgh, or Baltimore.

Yes, it is a little dangerous to put all your eggs in the basket of a week 13 game and yes it would absolutely to be an exaggeration to say the Jets 2010 season was in major trouble with a loss. However, the opportunity is there to jump in the driver’s seat of not just the AFC East but of the entire conference and great teams take advantage of those opportunities.

So for once, can the Jets avoid doing it the hard way?

Monday Night Is What The Jets Drafted Sanchez For

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In week 2 of the 2009 regular season, the Jets overcame an embarassing 8 game home losing streak to the New England Patriots. It was an important moment in the then young Rex Ryan era, demonstrating the Jets would no longer be pushed around by their long superior divisional rival. Yet an even more aspect of that game was Mark Sanchez outplaying Tom Brady. The Jets rookie posted a 101.1 quarterback rating, while Brady struggled to a 53.1.

Finally, the Jets had hope at the quarterback position to duel against the Patriots eventual first ballot Hall of Famer. These hopes were severely rattled later in the 2009 regular season, when Sanchez hit a nasty mid-season slump and turned in an ugly…make that hideous 4 interception performance in New England en route to a 31-14 Jets loss.

So far in year two, the Sanchez of 2009 is nowhere to be found. The quarterback has grown by leaps and bounds and currently has an impressive 16 touchdowns to 8 interceptions, along with 2,472 yards passing. Even better, Sanchez again out dueled Brady again in a week 2 New England/New York match-up by throwing for 220 yards and 3 touchdowns compared to Brady’s 228 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions.

Brady’s stat line in 2010 is All-Pro caliber, with 23 touchdowns compared to 4 interceptions (half of those against the Jets) and 2,703 yards passing. Beyond that, the guy doesn’t lose home regular season games. As a matter of fact, he has won 25 in a row. Yes, 25.

Yet, as we touched on earlier in the week, Monday night is a night for a changing of the guard in the AFC East. Part of that means, it is time for Mark Sanchez to go on the road and beat the Jets most bitter rival and their long haired, Uggz boot endorsing quarterback, who never loses in his building.

We drafted Mark Sanchez to back up Rex Ryan’s big talk on the offensive side of the football. This year he hasn’t disappointed but it would be a major step in his development if he could lead the Jets to a victory on Monday, which would take them one major step closer to becoming the new kings of the AFC East.

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Jets vs. Pats: Scary Thoughts On Patriots Tight Ends & 2010 Draft Class

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The biggest concern for the Jets this Monday night is slowing down New England’s two rookie tight ends, Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez. I say this because of how awful the Jets have been at defending the tight end throughout the year and how productive the two players have been, including a 100 yard performance from Hernandez in week two against the Jets.

Wes Welker is obviously dangerous in the slot, but the Jets can move Darrelle Revis over to him in key third downs or even have him track Welker for the bulk of the game. Deion Branch has been very good since coming over from Seattle but is nothing Antonio Cromartie can’t handle. It is Gronkowski and Hernandez who really have the potential to keep the New England offense on the field, chewing up yards and racking up points.

The two tight ends are part of an impressive rookie class the Patriots have assembled, which is even more disconcerting considering how the Jets 2010 draft class is looking so far.

Look at the comparison –

New England

  • Corner – Devin McCourty – 61 tackles, 5 INTs, 12 PDs
  • Tight End – Rob Gronkowski – 25 receptions, 310 yards, 6 TDs
  • Tight End – Aaron Hernandez – 36 receptions, 462 yards, 3 TDs
  • Linebacker – Brandon Spikes – 54 tackles
  • Punter – Zoltan Mesko – 43.7 yards net average
  • Linebacker – Jermaine Cunningham – 26 tackles, 1 sack

Jets

  • Corner – Kyle Wilson – 20 tackles, 4 PDs
  • Guard – Vladimir Ducasse – Inactive every week but one
  • Running Back – Joe McKnight – Normally inactive, 4 carries, 12 yards
  • Fullback – John Conner – 2 receptions, 9 yards

Let’s be honest, to this point Wilson, Ducasse, and McKnight have all been major disappointments. Drew Coleman has outplayed Wilson all season, who has struggled both at corner and punt returner. Ducasse was easily beaten out by Matt Slauson in training camp for the starting guard job and is the team’s 3rd backup OL behind Wayne Hunter and Robert Turner. McKnight…well, what can you even say about him? At least we have The Terminator leading the way for years to come at fullback.

You have to give the Patriots credit for putting together a strong group of selections in 2009. The last time I checked they have about 49 picks in the first 3 rounds next year, so we can only hope they will go back to drafting the Chad Jacksons and Laurence Maroneys of the world.

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