Give Shonn Greene The Ball

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It is hard to dispute that second year running back Shonn Greene has had a disappointing season. The numbers don’t lie, 766 yards, 4.1 yards per carry, 2 rushing touchdowns, a long run of 23 yards. We all expected more from him.

The reasons for his low output vary, including a slow start that was coupled with LaDainian Tomlinson playing better than expected. Greene never really had the reigns handed over to him as the primary back and he was rarely given a chance to get into rhythm by the coaching staff.

Regardless, it doesn’t take a great memory to remember how the Jets got to the AFC Championship Game last year. Greene led the charge on the offense with two monster playoff games.

There is one encouraging stat for Greene heading into the playoffs: 185…that is the number of carries he has received this season, which means he should be fresh for this Saturday night. He flashed a little bit of his 2009 post-season self in week 16 against the Chicago Bears with 12 carries for 70 yards, in a performance that made you wonder what he could do with 20 carries.

There should be nothing left to wondering this week. Greene is built to run north and south at the Colts small defense and average linebacker core. Nobody is saying LaDainian Tomlinson should be completely phased out of the game plan but this is the week to give Greene the 20 carries, let Tomlinson have 12-13 and throw him a few passes.

A 20 carry, 120 yard performance from Greene will quickly erase the memory of a disappointing regular season. I just hope the coaches give him a chance to do it.

Time For Jets New Acquisitions To Shine

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The Jets didn’t hesitate this past off-season to add players who would improve their roster. There has been generally mixed results from the team’s new additions but the Jets need all of them to have big games Saturday night —

Santonio Holmes – 52 receptions, 746 yards, 6 TDs

The addition who made the most positive impact. Holmes made the game winning play in three games this season and has been everything the Jets traded for him to be. However, “Tone Time” as he likes to call it needs to carry over into Saturday night. Let’s be honest here, the Colts can’t double team Holmes because of the presence of Braylon Edwards and Dustin Keller, and if he is consistently left one on one, he should shred up the Indy secondary.

Jason Taylor – 36 tackles, 5 sacks, 3 TFLs, 2 FFs, 2 FRs

It was a somewhat disappointing season from Taylor, despite him having his moments like a game clinching sack against New England and a key safety against Pittsburgh. Regardless, the Jets need to put some type of pressure on Peyton Manning and Taylor remains arguably their best pure pass rusher. The Jets can’t afford to have him no show Saturday night. A big time effort against Indy makes his signing entirely worth it.

Antonio Cromartie – 42 tackles, 3 INTs, 17 passes defensed

Cromartie had a pretty good overall year for the Jets defense and did admirable work while Darrelle Revis banged up, covering the opposing team’s number one receiver. There hasn’t been a ton of big plays but Cromartie has a positive history against Manning and is a major upgrade over what the Jets had opposite Revis last year. A strong game from Cromartie is going to severely limit what the Colts can do on offense.

Brodney Pool – 53 tackles, 1 sack, 11 passes defensed, 1 INT, 1 TFL

Personally I was very disappointed with Pool for a large chunk of the year, yet he has played better as of late. Kerry Rhodes was torched all over the field against the Colts last year and the Jets need Pool to play a disciplined game alongside Eric Smith at safety.

LaDainian Tomlinson – 914 rushing yards, 368 receiving yards, 6 TDs

Tomlinson exceeded most of our expectations this year with nearly 1300 total offensive yards and 6 touchdowns. He remains valuable in the passing game and should be a good change of pace from Shonn Greene, who is better fit for the bulk of carries this week. All I know is that LT better not being standing on that sideline with his jacket and helmet on, like we always remember him doing in San Diego.

Jets vs. Bears: 12 Pack Of Predictions

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Your Christmas present? A 12 pack from TOJ on the Jets-Bears…

1. The Jets defense has struggled getting after the quarterback throughout the season. However, Sunday will be a day for Rex Ryan to show off his ability to design blitzes that constantly harass the quarterback. Jay Cutler will be sacked at least 3 times and one of those will be a strip sack.

2. On the topic Cutler…he won’t shy away from attacking Darrelle Revis, which is going to result in Revis pulling in his first interception of the season.

3. Greg Olsen and Devin Hester are going to have big days working against the Jets secondary. The Jets still haven’t shown an ability to stop the tight end and Hester’s quickness will be problematic if he gets matched up with any of the Jets nickel or dime backs.

4. LaDainian Tomlinson and Shonn Greene will combine for at least 35 carries. A Jets running back hasn’t scored a touchdown since they played Denver in week 6 but the streak will end on Sunday.

5. After his big game last week, the Bears will shift more attention to Braylon Edwards opening things up for Santonio Holmes to have a 100 yard performance.

6. Nick Folk is going to keep quietly building momentum heading towards the playoffs by hitting all of his field goal attempts.

7. After being shut out last week, Jerricho Cotchery will have a couple of receptions on Sunday. Dustin Keller will also have one of his better games in recent weeks, pulling in over 50 yards receiving.

8. Mark Sanchez will have another efficient game, completing at least 60 percent of his passes and throwing for just over 200 yards. However, I do think will turn the ball over at least once.

9. Devin Hester will find a way to have at least one big return.

10. Brad Smith will create a big play on offense for the first time since the Cincinnati game.

11. Matt Forte will rush for less than 60 yards against the Jets defense.

12. The Jets are going to relieve all of the unnecessary stress in week 17 by beating the Bears 20-13. I like the way they match-up with them and think it will be a big day for the defense, after a so so effort against the Steelers.

Instant Reaction: We're Not Dead Yet. Jets Upset Steelers 22-17

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I guess it was too early to write off the 2010 New York Jets. When everybody figured them for dead, the Jets turned in a big time performance on the road and gutted out a 22-17 victory.

Credit the defense for sticking it out at the end. Drew Coleman came up big with two sacks. Jason Taylor made his biggest play in a Jets uniform, with a clutch safety. Rex Ryan was more aggressive than he had been in previous weeks and kept Ben Roethlisberger on his toes.

Credit the special teams for getting it started with a Brad Smith kick return touchdown. Steve Weatheford was a huge weapon in the fourth quarter and Nick Folk didn’t miss a field goal for the second week in a row.

Credit the offense for a well called game by Brian Schottenheimer. You have to give credit where credit is due and Schotty was in playoff form on Sunday. Mark Sanchez was poised in the pocket and didn’t turn the football over. Braylon Edwards played his best game as a Jet and made countless clutch catches over the middle. LaDainian Tomlinson looked slightly rejuvenated.

Overall it was impressive team victory and showed it was time for Jets fans to step off the ledge. The Jets have improved on their win total from last year and are great position to return to the postseason.

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. Bengals: 12 Pack Of Predictions

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A very special Thanksgiving edition of the 12 pack…

1. Enough is enough. The Jets are going to break through and finally intercept a couple of passes. I know I have said this in previous weeks, but c’mon now this is Carson Palmer we are talking about. It time for 2-3 interceptions in a single game by this secondary.

2. Inactive list – Jerricho Cotchery, Dwight Lowery, Marquice Cole, Damien Woody, Jeff Cumberland, Kellen Clemens, Marcus Dixon, Jamaal Westerman

3. Terrell Owens will have less than 35 yards receiving…and still run his mouth after the game.

4. The Jets will try to re-establish Shonn Greene’s confidence early and for the third week in a row he will finish with more carries than LaDainian Tomlinson. Greene will also score his second touchdown of the season.

5. Dustin Keller is way overdue for a touchdown. He hasn’t scored since week 4. This is the week he gets touchdown number six.

6. Mark Sanchez won’t throw for 300 yards but he will add another 2 touchdowns to his season total without producing any turnovers.

7. The Jets will spend plenty of time in their “Tiger” formation which gashed the Bengals last regular season. Brad Smith will have at least 45 total offensive yards and a big kick return.

8. Calvin Pace will record a multiple sack game and provide some hope for the Jets pass rush moving forward into December.

9. LaDainian Tomlinson will have at least 5 more receptions to add to his team leading total. Braylon Edwards will also have a big game, as Cincinnati has nobody to match-up on him since they will likely put Leon Hall on Santonio Holmes and Jonathan Joseph is hurt.

10. Chad Ochcocinco will unfortunately score a touchdown. Fortunately, it will likely be in garbage time since the Bengals spend most of their season in garbage time.

11. The Jets are getting a comfortable 30-14 win. That being said, considering the way this season is going they will probably go up 30-14, fall behind 31-30 with 8 seconds left and then complete a 90 touchdown to Patrick Turner or something like that to win.

12. Happy Thanksgiving to all the readers, followers, commenters, and anybody else who takes the time to stopt by the site, facebook page, or twitter account…you could be anywhere in the world, but you’re here with me…and I appreciate that.

Week 12 Picks (Lines From BetUS)

  • Lions (+8.5) vs. Patriots
  • Saints (-4.5) vs. Cowboys
  • Jets (-9) vs. Bengals
  • Vikings (+1) vs. Redskins
  • Bills (+8) vs. Steelers
  • Jags (+7) vs. Giants
  • Bucs (+7.5) vs. Ravens
  • Eagles (-4.5) vs. Bears
  • Falcons (-1) vs. Packers
  • Chiefs (-2.5) vs. Seahawks
  • Broncos (-4) vs. Rams
  • Chargers (+3) vs. Colts
  • I refuse to pick the MNF Game because it is so terrible the NFC West should never be featured in prime-time.

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What The Hell Is Going On Here? 2010 Jets Season Is Turning Into Something Special

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It is hard to fathom what is happening with the New York Jets on a weekly basis the past month . A franchise that is notorious for losing football games in the most painful ways possible at the most painful times has entered a bizarro world during November. We saw hints of it with how they pulled out late victories over Miami, Minnesota, and Denver earlier in the year but these past three games have been something else.

If you haven’t noticed yet, the “same old Jets” culture is long dead. Rex Ryan buried it when he came to town with his brash confidence and unwavering belief this football team would be the best in the league. Mike Tannenbaum and Woody Johnson supported it by making the bold move to trade up for the right franchise quarterback and surround him with the weapons to let him flourish.

The most encouraging trait about this Jets team is their confidence that regardless of the situation, they are going to ultimately find a way to win. It isn’t a matter of “if” but a matter of “when” somebody is going to step up to boost the Jets to yet another victory.

PhotobucketIt is time to stop being surprised when Mark Sanchez throws for 300 yards and saves his two best throws for the final minute of a game. I wrote it two weeks ago and I will write it again, the Jets have their franchise quarterback, whatever the “it” factor is that makes certain quarterbacks winners in the NFL, Sanchez has “it”.

Sanchez has no shortage of options when he drops back to pass but Santonio Holmes has taken his game to another level over the past month. There isn’t a more clutch receiver in the NFL right now and his ability to run after the catch has added a dimension to the Jets offense which hasn’t existed in my lifetime.

It isn’t just Holmes though. It is the notoriously unreliable and inconsistent Braylon Edwards, becoming reliable and consistent. It is LaDainian Tomlinson always finding a way to have big reception after big reception in the Jets two minute drill. It is an offense as a whole that scores points in every single situation they need to so far this month.

The defense? That is a story for another day (or just later today) but similar to how the offense slumped last year before rediscovering their identity for a late season playoff push, the defense is capable of doing the same thing.

November 2010 isn’t a month Jets fans will forget anytime soon. When people talk about the Jets being “lucky” it is a weak attempt to hide their disgust that Sanchez is turning into a quarterback capable of keeping this team great for a long time and that Ryan can run his mouth, while his team backs it up.

I do know this, as we head into the final stretch of the regular season: the New York Jets are the number one show in town and en route to being the number one show in the NFL.

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TOJ’s initial reaction at SB Nation http://newyork.sbnation.com/2010/11/21/1828878/at-a-loss-for-words-jets-do-it-again

Jets vs. Texans: 12 Pack Of Predictions

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It’s about that time…

1. Mark Sanchez is going to throw for 300 yards for the second time in three weeks as he continues to flourish in the Jets offense during his second year. The Texans have a brutal secondary and unlike last year, the Jets are now equipped to advantage of it.

2. Shonn Greene will get more carries than LaDainian Tomlinson for the second week in a row and start building momentum for a big time December. Don’t worry about LT though, he will still get 13-15 carries along with 3-5 receptions.

3. The inactive list – Jerricho Cotchery, Marquice Cole, Dwight Lowery, Kellen Clemens, Marcus Dixon, Vladimir Ducasse, Josh Mauga, Matt Kroul

4. Andre Johnson will have less than 50 yards receiving, as Darrelle Revis does what he did to him last year and what he did to Calvin Johnson a few weeks back.

5. Arian Foster isn’t going to be the first running back to get 100 yards on the Jets this season.

6. Braylon Edwards is going to have his first 100 yard game of the season, as Houston keys on Santonio Holmes who is coming off back to back big games.

7. The Texans two leading receivers are going to be Jacoby Jones and Joel Dressen as they attack the Jets safeties and #3 and #4 corners.

8. Kyle Wilson is going to break big punt return this week for 30 yards or more.

9. The Jets are going to finally get an interception this week. I am guessing it will be Antonio Cromartie who pulls in his third of the season.

10. Nick Folk is going to miss another field goal, giving us all indigestion heading into December.

11. Patrick Turner will take the bulk of the reps for Jerricho Cotchery and record his first reception of the season.

12. If you haven’t been able to tell already I am supremely confident in the Jets this week. Houston does not match-up well with them and is in the midst of a 3 game losing streak. The Jets have the ability to take away the two best things Houston does on offense: throw to Andre Johnson and handoff to Arian Foster, and the Texans defense is brutal. There is no way they are coming into the New Meadowlands in late November and winning this game. I am picking the Jets 27-10.

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Week 11 Picks (Lines Courtesy of BetUs)

  • Raiders (+7) vs. Pittsburgh
  • Ravens (-11.5) vs. Panthers
  • Redskins (+7) vs. Titans
  • Cowboys (-7) vs. Lions
  • Packers (-3.5) vs. Vikings
  • Bills (+5.5) vs. Bengals
  • Browns (-1.5) vs. Jaguars
  • Cardinals (+8) vs. Chiefs
  • Saints (-11) vs. Seahawks
  • Falcons (-3.5) vs. Rams
  • Bucs (+3.5) vs. 49ers
  • Peyton Manning (+4) vs. Patriots
  • Mike Vick Show (-3.5) vs. Giants
  • Chargers (-9) vs. Broncos

TOJ Immature Gloating And Other Random Thoughts On Jets

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Every now and then the articles you write time up very well with what occurs on Sunday, for example –

http://turnonthejets.com/2010/11/11/new-york-jets-we-have-our-franchise-qb-standing-up-for-sanchez/

Nothing like lavishing praise on Mark Sanchez as a legitimate franchise quarterback before arguably the best game he ever plays as a professional. I could have sworn I was going to jinx him into a 14/34, 3 INT performance. However, I am not sure he has too many of those left in him for 2010. The strides Sanchez has made from year one to year two have been better than any of us expected, and with each passing week he looks more and more like the player we all hoped he could be for this team.

http://newyork.sbnation.com/new-york-jets/2010/11/12/1810522/ny-jets-or-ny-giants-go-green-nfl-week-10-previews-predictions

My argument for the Jets being the best team in the New Meadowlands looked much smarter and less like a homer fan rambling thanks to the Giants getting embarrassed at home by the 1-7 Cowboys, while the Jets took care of business in Cleveland. The Giants are starting to sustain too many injuries, don’t protect the football, and with Philadelphia coming up on the schedule could be heading into their second straight second half swoon. (How is that for an alliteration?)

Just For The Hell Of It, If The Playoffs Started Today In The AFC…

  1. New York Jets (7-2)
  2. Baltimore Ravens (6-3)
  3. Indianapolis Colts (6-3)
  4. Oakland Raiders (5-4)
  5. New England Patriots (7-2)
  6. Pittsburgh Steelers (6-3)
  7. Miami Dolphins (5-4)
  8. Tennessee Titans (5-4)
  9. Kansas City Chiefs (5-4)
  10. Jacksonville Jaguars (5-4)
  11. San Diego Chargers (4-5)
  12. Houston Texans (4-5)

Similar to last year, it should be another wild finish in the final weeks. The Jets need to take advantage of playing two sub .500 teams at home the next two weeks before they face four straight teams with winning records, with three of them being on the road…actually wait, the Jets never lose on the road.

Can I Get An Interception?

The Jets only have 5 total interceptions through 9 games. They haven’t pulled one in since week 5 against the Vikings when Dwight Lowery took one back to the house. Antonio Cromartie? Darrelle Revis? Brodney Pool? C’mon now. The only Jet who came close to intercepting one in previous weeks was big Sione Pouha against the Detroit Lions.

Quick Hitters

– For everybody who whines about Leon Washington (which includes myself) he has 59 rushing yards and 28 receiving yards this year. Brad Smith has 160 rushing yards and 17 receiving yards. In reality, Brad Smith has become our #3 running back since Joe McKnight can’t fill the role.

– Despite being 193 yards behind him right now, I wouldn’t be shocked if Shonn Green finished with more rushing yards than LaDainian Tomlinson.

– Mark Sanchez has the same amount of touchdown passes (12) right now that he had all of last regular season.

– Dustin Keller hasn’t caught a touchdown since week 4 against the Buffalo Bills.

– The Jets are more than likely going to go another year without a player with double digit sacks. Currently, Jason Taylor leads the team with 4. Calvin Pace only has 2.5 since returning 5 games ago.

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Initial Reaction – Heart Attack. Jets Keep Stressing Us Out But Keep Winning

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A collection of thoughts from today’s 26-20 overtime win over the Cleveland Browns –

The Good:

  • Mark Sanchez – Can any talk about Sanchez holding the Jets back this year come to a stop? He played a terrific all around game, avoiding pressure countless times and making big plays down the field. Sanchez is now at the point where you have to feel very confident about this team in any close game when he has the ball in his hands.
  • The Running Game – This is what I have been talking about…20 carries for Shonn Greene who finished with 72 yards rushing, along with 3 receptions for 23 yards and 18 carries for LaDainian Tomlinson who finished with 57 yards rushing, along with 6 receptions for 53 yards. Beyond that, Brad Smith had an expanded role today with 5 carries for 39 yards and a reception for 6 yards.
  • Jerricho Cotchery – It is a shame he will now probably miss a few games but what a gutsy play in overtime to convert a key third and nine.
  • Santonio Holmes – How clutch is this guy? Two straight games he has won for us in overtime. It does wonders for your offense when you have a player who could turn a simple slant route into a game winning 37 yard touchdown.
  • The Run Defense – For all of the Peyton Hillis hype, the Jets held him to 84 yards and forced a fumble. Our defensive lineman may not be able to rush the passer but they can stop the run.
  • Drew Coleman – Just a big time play in overtime to strip Chansi Stuckey.

The Bad

  • Game Management – I absolutely hated the decision to let time run out in regulation. The Jets should always be playing aggressively for the win, especially with how well Sanchez has been playing late in games.
  • Nick Folk – Are we headed back to 2009? Folk gets a pass for one week because of his strong start in 2010 but he better get his act together back in his home stadium the next two weeks.
  • The Defense Overall – The Jets aren’t an elite defense in 2009. You can’t claim to be one and then allow a rookie quarterback to drive down the field in the final minute to tie the game. The pass rush is also way too inconsistent. Evan Moore, Darrelle Revis? Evan Moore. Eric Smith and Jim Leonhard remain major liabilities in pass coverage and tight ends are continuing to kill the Jets.

A few other thoughts…

  • Kyle Wilson played a good game today. He had a big tackle to stop a third down conversion and a nice 18 punt return. It will be interesting to see if he can settle into the nickel role.
  • Eric Mangini was awfully animated on the sideline today. Did you see him celebrating those missed field goals?
  • Braylon Edwards put together a strong game in his homecoming. He has been reliable this year and appears to have got over the drops that plagued him the previous few years.
  • Brian Schottenheimer finally seemed to find his rhythm as a play-caller today.

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