Finding Solutions For The Jets Offense

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Instead of sulking about the Jets disgusting offensive performance yesterday, which set the game of football back about 50 years, let’s look at some practical solutions on how they can manage a few touchdowns over the last three weeks of the season.

1. Glide To The Bench – It is painfully obvious how many steps LaDainian Tomlinson has lost throughout the course of the season. There were multiple times during the game yesterday, where there were holes that should have led to 8-10 yard runs and Tomlinson was getting 2-4 yards. The fact that he received 19 carries and Shonn Greene only got 8, is inexcusable. It is time to make Greene the starter and give him 20 carries a week. Tomlinson should be the team’s third down back and that is it. Beyond that, Joe McKnight needs to become part of this offense. He has received 1 non-garbage time touch all year, so he should be plenty fresh and he has a level of speed that none of the other Jets running backs possess.

2. Keep It Simple Stupid – Enough of the shotgun, 4-wide, shift to motion, when the Jets are going to throw the football. Unfortunately, it is time to cut the field in half again for Mark Sanchez to let him slowly build his confidence back up. The Jets need to increase their use of quick receiver screens, short stop routes, and stay with the slants so the ball can get into Santonio Holmes, Braylon Edwards, Jerricho Cotchery, and Dustin Keller’s hands in space.

3. Bag The Wildcat – When is the last time the Jets broke a big play when Brad Smith took a direct snap? Considering Brian Schottenheimer has decided to do nothing out of this formation except either having Smith hand off to Shonn Greene up the middle or run a quick option to the wide side of the field, it is time to put it on ice for a few weeks.

4. Better Shots – It feels like when the Jets want to take a shot down the field, all they can come up with is a go route down the sideline to Braylon Edwards or Santonio Holmes without play action involved. The double move to Holmes that he dropped was a step in the right direction but the offensive coaching staff must find more ways to get creative when looking down the field for a big play.

5. Get The Ball To Keller – Dustin Keller is too athletic and versatile to be such a small part of the Jets game plan. If you want to be an offensive coordinator in the NFL or a quarterback in the NFL, you should be able to find a way to get the ball to a player of his talent level more consistently.

6. Just Play Better – Not all of this is on Brian Schottenheimer. Mark Sanchez missed open receivers down the field and failed to execute a number of short passes and screens. Santonio  Holmes dropped an easy touchdown pass on a double move. Jerricho Cotcherydropped a pass over the middle on the final drive that would have been a monster play. The pass blocking was inconsistent. Sanchez and Schottenheimer deserves the lion’s share of blame but everybody else on this offense needs to elevate their play.

Jets vs. Dolphins Round 2: 12 Pack Of Predictions

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Time for a bounce back from both the Jets and TOJ, who had just an awful week with the 12 pack last Monday...

1. Shonn Greene is getting 20 carries this week, going over 100 yards, and scoring his second rushing touchdown of the season. It is December. It is time to let #23 lead the charge on offense, like he did during the Jets playoff run last year.

2. Mark Sanchez may have had a bad week against the Patriots, but Chad Henne is having a bad season. Sanchez has demonstrated so far in 2010, what the majority of football analysts didn’t expect to see, that he has a better future as a franchise quarterback than Henne does. Sanchez will decidedly outplay Henne, who will be holding a clipboard somewhere next year.

3. Brandon Marshall won’t have more than 40 yards receiving on Sunday. He got a pass from Revis Island in week 3, but he won’t as lucky this meti.

4. The players who will hurt the Jets defense will be Davone Bess, Brian Hartline, and Anthony Fasano, just like in week 3. All three are going to rack up yards, the key will be for the Jets defense to bend but not break.

5. Braylon Edwards will have a bounce back performance after a shaky outing on Monday night. He has killed the Dolphins in all three of the Jets match-ups with them, since he has been traded over. He will be getting his fourth touchdown in four games against Miami this Sunday.

6. Mark Sanchez won’t throw more than 25 passes. The Jets will have a more run heavy approach than normal this season.

7. The Jets coaching staff will finally relent and give Joe McKnight a few carries that aren’t in garbage time and he will also get a shot on punt or kick returns.

8. Santonio Holmes is ripping off a big punt return of 25 yards or more.

9. Dan Carpenter is going to make all his field goal attempts, while Nick Folk will miss yet another kick he should make. Fortunately, the Dolphins offense will frequently settle for field goals instead of converting in the red-zone.

10. The Jets defense is coming up with at least two turnovers and two sacks this week.

11. The Jets aren’t a clinching a playoff spot this week. Either San Diego or Jacksonville will find a way to win.

12. The Jets are going to win 20-16. The key differences in the game will be Miami constantly settling for field goals and Sanchez outplaying Henne.

Week 14 Picks, Lines from BetUS

  • Raiders (+4) vs. Jaguars
  • Bengals (+8.5) vs. Steelers
  • Patriots (-4.5) vs Bears
  • Browns (PK) vs Bills
  • Giants (-3) vs. Vikings
  • Packers (-7.5) vs. Lions
  • Falcons (-8) vs. Panthers
  • Bucs (-3) vs. Redskins
  • Rams (+8.5) vs. Saints
  • Seahawks (+5) vs. 49ers
  • Broncos (-4) vs. Cardinals
  • Eagles (-4.5) vs. Cowboys
  • Ravens (-3.5) vs. Texans

Jets Might Have Had To Go To That Place, To Get To This One

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The benefit of the New York Jets 9-2 start is that despite the 45-3 whooping they took from New England a few nights ago, they are still in position to achieve everything they want this season.

As a matter of fact, the loss may end up being a much needed wake up to the entire organization. 45-3 forces you to look in the mirror and reconsider a few things. Hopefully, the Jets realize they can’t just show up to play and expect to win because they are the New York Jets.

You can’t fall into big holes against playoff caliber teams and expect them to allow you to come rolling back and steal a victory. Detroit, Cleveland, and Houston are one thing but New England, and upcoming games against Pittsburgh and Chicago are another.

The Jets were riding on top of the NFL world heading into week 13. They believed they were the best team in the league and everything would come easy the rest of the way. Hopefully, New England smacked them back to the reality that the NFL is wide open in 2010 and nothing is going to come easy to any team. Unless of course you are the Patriots playing your “A” game, while the Jets are sleepwalking around the field.

In 2009, the Jets were at their best when everybody wrote them off. They weren’t thought of as contenders in the beginning of the year but won 3 straight. When they were 4-6 and considered dead, they again won 3 straight. At 7-7, even when their own head coach counted them out, they won two straight and made the playoffs. (Insert your obligatory comment about the Colts and Bengals laying down here). Finally, they went on the road twice in the playoffs as underdogs and pulled out victories before ultimately running out of steam in the AFC Championship Game.

Despite being 9-3, most people don’t consider the Jets a serious Super Bowl contender right now. They have only beat one team with a winning record and that team avenged their loss with a 42 point victory.

Maybe now, Rex Ryan will go back to the drawing board on defense to find a way to compensate for his below average safeties and nickel backs. Maybe now, he won’t make impulsive decisions in game management that come back to hurt the Jets. Maybe now Mark Sanchez, will refocus on protecting the football. Finally, maybe now the offensive coaching staff will rededicate themselves to letting Shonn Greene carry the load and getting tight end Dustin Keller involved in the offense.

Like every team in the NFL, the Jets have problems. Unlike many teams in the NFL, the Jets have the talent to overcome them. It starts this week at home against Miami, where it is time for the Jets to put together a complete well played game for the first time since September.

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TOJ NFL Power Rankings: Week 14

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As the Jets tumble down…down…down

1. New England Patriots (10-2) – Flexed their muscle as the NFL’s best team by thrashing the Jets in front of the whole country. If they can take care of business in Chicago, no reason they can’t finish with at least 13 wins.

2. Atlanta Falcons (10-2) – Not as dominant as New England but they find a way to keep winning each week.

3. Pittsburgh Steelers (9-3) – Gutsy win in Baltimore, puts them in great position for a AFC North title and a bye week.

4. Chicago Bears (9-3) – The Bears have a chance to show they belong in the discussion as the NFL’s best team this week when they host New England.

5. Baltimore Ravens (8-4) – No shame in losing a hard fought game with Pittsburgh and settling for a season split. However, they will likely be stuck in the wild-card again.

6. New Orleans Saints (9-3) – They have kept themselves within striking distance of Atlanta.

7. Green Bay Packers (8-4) – The Packers took care of business this week but after next week’s match-up with Detroit, they have a brutal finish against New England, the Giants, and Chicago.

8. Philadelphia Eagles (8-4) – Need to avoid slipping up against resurgent Cowboys to set stage for showdown with Giants.

9. New York Giants (8-4) – Need to avoid slipping up against resurgent Vikings to set stage for showdown with Eagles.

10. Kansas City Chiefs (8-4) – The Chiefs can bury the Chargers by beating them for the second time this year.

11. New York Jets (9-3) – A little harsh? 45-3. They are lucky to be this high.

12. Tampa Bay Bucs (7-5) – Their inability to beat any team with a winning record will keep them out of the playoffs.

13. Jacksonville Jaguars (7-5) – It is starting to look like they have an actual chance to steal the AFC South.

14. Oakland Raiders (6-6) – Impressive win over San Diego kept their slim playoff chances alive.

15. San Diego Chargers (6-6) – Brutal loss to the Raiders, took a big shot into their playoff hopes. However, they can make up for it by beating the Chiefs this week.

16. Indianapolis Colts (6-6) – If they can’t handle the imploding Titans on Thursday night, than it may be time to throw in the towel on them as a playoff contender.

17. St. Louis Rams (6-6) – Very interested to see how they play the Saints this weekend.

18. Cleveland Browns (5-7) – The Browns should be able to pull to .500 in the next two weeks with games against Buffalo and Cincinnati.

19. Miami Dolphins (6-6) – Can play the role of spoiler by beating the Jets on the road this weekend.

20. Houston Texans (5-7) – Any playoff hope they have left should be buried by Baltimore this week.

21. Minnesota Vikings (5-7) – T-Jack didn’t look so bad out there.

22. Seattle Seahawks (6-6) – It would truly pain me to watch this team in the playoffs this year.

23. Dallas Cowboys (4-8) – Not sure anybody wants to play them the rest of the year.

24. Washington Redskins (5-7) – Their season has quickly turned into an absolute disaster.

25. Tennessee Titans (5-7) – See above.

26. San Francisco 49ers (4-8) – Sadly, could very realistically only be 1 game out of first place after next week.

27. Denver Broncos (3-9) – That Josh McDaniels sideline celebration after moving to 6-0 last year feels like 100 years ago.

28. Buffalo Bills (2-10) – They were due to get blown out…they are a 2-10 team after all.

29. Cincinnati Bengals (2-10) – Time to draft a new quarterback.

30. Detroit Lions (2-10) – Have no idea how to win a football game.

31. Arizona Cardinals (3-9) – One of the hardest teams to watch in recent years.

32. Carolina Panthers (1-11) – No stops on the 1-15 train.