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TJ Rosenthal goes No Huddle on the ongoing Jets disaster
We can’t remember being more embarrassed and humiliated as Jet fans. Even the Rich Kotite era was such a shock to the system that wondering “how much worse can it get this Sunday?” became a sick and twisted weekly habit. Last night’s tar and feathering was different. It fully exposed the sham that is the 2012 New York Jets. Exposed the personnel choices, the quarterback’s heart, the coaching staff’s ability to coach, the owners clear lack of attention in what was an “election year.” If you’re a Jet fan, it cant possibly get much worse than this. Can it?
1 – Ed Left, Tebow’s Ribs And Brandon Moore’s Ass
In the same game, Fireman Ed left the stadium early, the backup QB suited up with broken ribs and no third option behind him, and the starting QB ran his own broken play into the nationwide long derrière of his trusted veteran guard. A play that resulted in a fumble for a TD. In this same game, the opponent scored three TDs in :52 seconds to blow a 7-0 game wide open. A must win game no less.
The Jets number one superfan could t even watch. Too bad the rest of the entire country was forced to. In primetime. Thanks for the three hour special holiday comedy guys. With so many struggling out there, you gave a nation something to laugh at for an evening.
2 – Nobody Is Safe
Woody Johnson may have entered last night’s game with a “safe” list of coaches and players who were poised to be left unharmed by the results of this season. That list is now a crumpled up piece of paper in some garbage can.
Rex Ryan channeled his own inner Kotite after the game at a post game presser by saying “the offense did some good things.” Knock it off Rex. The organization is the joke of the sports world in America today. Then Ryan came out in support of Sanchez again. After an interception that ruined a quarter of collective team management, then “Butt Gate” Ryan should have been in support of nobody.
The more he hitches his wagon to the worst starting QB in the NFL the more he puts his own job in jeopardy now.
Nobody is safe anymore. Not Rex. Not anyone.
3 – The Roadmap Going Forward
The Jets roadmap going forward depends on what Johnson does regarding GM Mike Tannenbaum and Ryan. Sanchez has probably played himself out of a starting job in the league, thanks to his endless red zone mistakes, tunnel vision, and inability to energize others. The Jets right now are a mess on the field and off of it. Diehards will have to endure more bumps and bruises over the next five weeks before any attempts at turning the page begin. Expect more unnamed sources to accompany those bumps too.
The plane has now lost both wings and the cockpit is a giant smoke cloud.
What a disaster.
TJ Rosenthal goes No Huddle on the New York Jets 27-10 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers
Sure. Okay. We’ll admit it. This loss hurt. The ghosts of the AFC championship defeat were there for us and we will assume many other diehards as we watched. Many of us would have loved nothing more than having Mike Tomlin exit at 0-2.
A little payback.
That said, the Jets are 1-1, in a four way tie for first in the AFC East, and nowhere near any panic buttons that many thought they’d be pressing before heading down to Miami.
Here’s a quick look back on yesterday. A day we are disappointed about, but won’t be dwelling on for much longer.
1 – Why Can’t The Jets Tackle Ben?
Hey, Ben Rothliesberger is tough to bring down. Period. That’s why. Everyone knows that. Sunday, the Jets defense being unable to get to Ben when they had open lanes on blitzes, led to big results for Pittsburgh downfield. Being able to bring Big Ben down might have gotten the D off the field and kept the game within a score. That didn’t happen. Making it an uphill battle for the entire second half. To us this was the key issue all day.
2 -The Backbreaking Wallace TD.
The Jets were down 13-10 at halftime, and trying to tread water early in the third quarter, long enough in order to get back on track offensively. Then Mike Wallace grabbed what could have been a jump ball in the end zone. One that Antonio Cromartie foolishly overran. Even so, Wallace must have been in bounds by a blade of grass. A booth review that viewers never got a good look at to boot.
That odd play left the Jets no room for error at 20-10. Soon enough, the Steelers power running game began to roll downhill. This moment, this 50/50 ball, even with the Jets struggles on third down, and problems tackling later in the second half, is what really gave Pittsburgh control of the game.
3 – Landry’s Penalties Hurt, But We Like His Style And Aggression.
S Laron Landry had a late hit and a horse collar. Penalties that led to scores. On the flip side, the Jets new hard hitting safety is also establishing his turf and in the long run, this will bode well for the defense. The penalties hurt but we can live with them, knowing that Landry will do alot more good than bad this year. His style was sorely needed.
4 – Why Did The Jets Offense Come To A Halt? Greene Got Woozy and The Receivers Missed Their Few Shots
Shonn Greene was running with a great first step early on, and the Jets offense seemed like it was again ready to have a good day, until his head injury slowed him and the unit down. This changed the balance and overall rythym of the offense.
The young receivers failed to establish their size, and speed in space on a potentially big plays too. You hit on them you score fast. Not today. Rookie Stephen Hill got outmuscled downfield deep in a one on one matchup in the first half. Jeremy Kerley was over the middle and had a shot at a big play but seemed to cut his route short on a throw that Sanchez let loose deeper, thinking Kerley was going to head down the seem.
TE Jeff Cumberland misread a hot route that could have been a red zone first down, that instead led to just a FG.
There were also some drops.
Dustin Keller being out certainly didn’t help. With the choice to go with youth at WR though, even with Keller, these days will happen for Sanjay Lal’s corps in 2012. Hopefully less often than the ones that gave us the makings of that opening day explosion last week against the Bills.
5 – Hate To Say It, But Turn The Page On This One
The Jets are in a way four way tie in the AFC East with stars Darrelle Revis and Dustin Keller on the mend. Facing a rookie QB next week.
Things could be alot worse.
The Steelers game felt like it slipped and slithered away no doubt, but so many had the Jets 0-2 and desperately two games back by now. Instead they are still in position to accomplish their goals. Bite your tongues folks. Grin and bear it. Move on and get ready for a huge game in Miami, knowing that San Fran and Houston are waiting.
Does Sunday at Heinz leave a bad taste in the mouth? Sure. Is the “L” devastating? No. In fact it’s already time to move on and get ready for the Fish.
TJ Rosenthal goes No Huddle looking at Curtis Martin HOF speech, Antonio Cromartie and Tim Tebow
TJ Rosenthal is back with his weekly No Huddle, talking on a number of different issues surrounding the New York Jets as they prepare for their first pre-season game. Make sure to follow on TJ on Twitter –
As we head into week one of the preseason schedule we take a look back on the past seven days in Jets nation. Never a dull moment around here –
What a Hollywood movie Curtis Martin’s life has been. From his tragic youth to redemption through the love for his mom and family, football and the coaches who become role models.
After making us all cry in the early part of his story, Curtis offered that even though he never grew up a football fan, the sport taught him about life. His speech taught us a few things too about perseverance, and the value of what’s truly important in this world.
Few Hall Of Fame acceptance speeches have been better.
A Week in The Life Of Antonio Cromartie:
Cro is a character. He’s up, he’s down, he’s athletic, he’s a game changer yet wears a bullseye on his back when he struggles. He’s quotable and he’s always honest.
That said, calling himself the second best WR on the Jets, even if it was taken out of context of it being a smack talk joke, was not what the Jets needed most regarding the passing game. What they needed and still need more, is for a true WR2 to emerge. And fast.
Later last week, Cro then of course goes ahead and almost breaks WR1’s rib during a Saturday night scrimmage. Figures. Only the Jets, right?. Luckily Mr. Holmes is OK.
Now Cro, make the same noise you made last week on the field and off, at your actual position. Be consistent. Lock down WR2. Jump some routes. Be that playmaker week in week out, that we envisioned you would be when you arrived.
As for wideout, if you streak downfield every so often on offense, we won’t complain either.
The Holmes scare:
Taking the Cromartie hit on Santonio during Saturdays intrasquad scrimmage a step further, sometimes a little doomsday fear is a good thing. Do the Jets REALLY feel safe if Tone were to go down? The answer is, depending on how they reacted for those few hours whoever awaiting X-Rays. Depth with experience still an issue.. Relying on potential for a win now team is a dangerous proposition.
Our suggestion? Pick up a vet who has made a few plays in this league before week one. This player can always be cut as time goes on. Be smart, not stubborn. Kids are kids. Give them time to develop and when the time is right, then allow them centerstage. Don’t just hand a young player a big job because there is no other choice.
Obama Chimes In On Jets QB situation:
First off, we truly believe Rex when he says as he did last week that Mark Sanchez is the clear cut QB and Tim Tebow is a special weapon who poses unique problems for opponents. We disagree with the Prez that fans should fear a controversy. We also wonder, ‘Mr President shouldn’t you be focused more on that 1970’s game show host that you will be facing in November?’
Then again, the NFL is alot more fun to banter about than any wonk talk about the economy is. Another diversion from the real issues, by some Commander in Chief.
We get it.
Boomer Esiason Says Jets Should Cut Tebow:
The former Jet QB now turned WFAN radio host offered this opinion this morning, mostly due to how Tebow throws the ball. Enough already with this people.
Tim Tebow is a runner who CAN throw at times, got it? The Jets do. As his role develops into something of a hybrid playmaker based on the potential to line up in many places, maybe everyone will finally believe Gang Green when they say they have a clear cut starter in Sanchez.
Now in defense of Boomer, the Jets will have to slide somebody up to the QB2 role at some point. No backup should be taking and delivering the hits that Tebow will this season. If the McElroy-Simms battle for the QB3 spot doesn’t develop one of those players into a viable 2 right now, the Jets might want to hit the market for a veteran.
Even if the move becomes a trick play on Tebow, who thought he was signing on here to be the backup. Hey, whatever is best for the team isn’t that true 15? You’ve said it yourself, that this is your goal in New York.
On more than one occasion.
Well what’s best may soon mean a slight change in plans. Tanny, Move Tebow to QB3 in time. This way, there will be a viable option if 6 goes down for a period of time. It’s still a passers league right now. The Jets have to prepare for the worst and be able to take part in an aerial show to some degree, if the worst does happen.