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”

Breaking Down The Play: Geno and The Dream

The New York Jets offense performed better than expected against a stout Panthers defense on Sunday, but could not hit the big play to stay in the game. Last week, I broke down a play where Santonio Holmes dropped a sure touchdown pass from Geno Smith. To keep things in perspective, I’ll break down a play where Geno Smith let down his wide receiver. Saalim Hakim, the recent addition to the 53 man roster, flashed top notch speed on his five snaps he played. In the following play, Saalim shows why the Jets took a flier on him. While not the most polished football player (he did not start playing until his Senior year of high school), the raw skills appear to be present. Let’s break down the play. Continue reading “Breaking Down The Play: Geno and The Dream”

New York Jets – Know Your Opponent – Week 15 (Carolina Panthers)

The New York Jets, fresh off ending their 3 game losing streak with a win at home against the Raiders, travel to Carolina to face the 9-4 Carolina Panthers. The Jets need a win to keep their slim playoff hopes alive, let’s get to know the opponent that will line up against Gang Green on Sunday.

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New York Jets Defensive Line Grade Sheet: Week 14

Take a look at the post game stats from Sunday’s win over Oakland and there’s one thing that will likely stand out–something Jets fans aren’t used to seeing.

For the first time this season, the Jets defense surrendered a 100-yard rusher, as Oakland running back, Marcel Reece, finished the day with 123 yards on the ground. Take a closer look at the stat sheet and you’ll see a Raiders’ rushing attack that averaged 5.8 yards per carry–a season high allowed by the Jets. Neither stat is exactly a ringing endorsement an elite run defense.

But sometimes, stats can be misleading. Continue reading “New York Jets Defensive Line Grade Sheet: Week 14”

Super Fast Saturday: “A Wing and a Prayer”

First off, I wanted to apologize to you guys for being so erratic with this column, the Jets’ swoon had me in some states but we’re back and better than ever this week, praying for a miracle and some help to keep watching meaningful football. Last week was an improvement in some respects but the Jets have yet to get it going in all three phases and have a tall order in front of them going against a Panthers team that is coming off a drubbing in the Super Dome and needs a win to keep pace in the playoff race. We’ll get into it after the jump but here’s everything you need to know as the Jets head to Carolina: Continue reading “Super Fast Saturday: “A Wing and a Prayer””

Jets vs Raiders: The Spotlight

The Oakland Raiders come into Metlife Stadium on Sunday to face the skidding New York Jets. Both teams have relatively young players starting in key positions, leading to inconsistent play all season. As the Jets playoff hopes continue to fade due to an anemic offense, Oakland is struggling to create a blueprint for their future. Both teams have struggled with inconsistent quarterback play and secondary problems all season, which is often a recipe for disaster. Let’s break down what to watch for in this Sunday afternoon match up. Continue reading “Jets vs Raiders: The Spotlight”

The New York Jets Big Man Report – Week 13 – TOJ

Each week I will be reviewing the coaches’ tape from the previous week’s game and grading out the performance of the New York Jets Offensive Line. This grading process is the same one I use to grade the offensive linemen I have coached at the college and high school levels. To see how I grade click here. To see previous Big Man Reports, click here.  Let’s see how the big guys performed in week 13 and take a look at what is waiting for them in week 14. Continue reading “The New York Jets Big Man Report – Week 13 – TOJ”

Week Eight Jets’ Defensive Snap Count Analysis

Mike O’Connor takes his weekly look at where and how often certain Jets players lined up on defense.

Going back into games to look for more insight and evidence is usually a fun and useful tactic, but it took a lot out of me to look back at the Jets-Bengals massacre.  Regardless, I came away with more interesting snap counts of defensive players in Rex Ryan’s complicated schemes and I noted where players were lining up.  For that spreadsheet, click here.  Let’s put aside the atrocious play from the Jets and look at some patterns in defensive snaps.

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The New York Jets Big Man Report – Week 7 – TOJ

Each week I will be reviewing the coaches’ tape from the previous week’s game and grading out the performance of the New York Jets Offensive Linemen. This grading process is the same one I use to grade the offensive linemen I have coached at the college and high school levels. To see how I grade click here. To see previous Big Man Reports, click here.  Let’s see how the big guys performed in week 7 and take a look at whats waiting for them in week 8.  Next week I will have my midseason grades posted.  

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Jets-Patriots Round Two- Match-Up Central

It seems like it was just yesterday when the Jets let a win against the Patriots in their first match up of the season slip right through their hands…literally.  The drops from Clyde Gates and Stephen Hill won’t leave our minds for quite some time.  Anyway, here we are in Week Seven and round two of Jets-Patriots is shaping up to be a great one.  Let’s quickly run through what match ups are important heading into this one. Continue reading “Jets-Patriots Round Two- Match-Up Central”