Last Second Reminders For Brian Schottenheimer

A few last second reminders for New York Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer

1. You are allowed to throw a pass over 10 yards. It is both legal and your quarterback has the arm strength to do it.

2. There are other pass routes besides the slant. There are even these crazy new things, called double-move routes which make defenders think you are running a short route, which they sit on and like to return for interceptions, and then actually turn into deep routes that go for big plays. A slant and go. An out and up. A stop and go. A post corner.

3. No more direct snaps to the running back.

4. Stop with the boot route in the flat to Dustin Keller.

5. Whenever you bring Patrick Turner in the game and motion him towards the formation, everybody knows a toss is coming.

6. Just cause I said stop the boot route, doesn’t mean you should continue to ignore Dustin Keller in the way you have. We don’t want to hear excuses about defenses keying on him. Defenses key on Rob Gronkowski every week and he still manages to catch two touchdowns every game.

7. Santonio Holmes is fast. He can go deep.

8. Joe McKnight runs well in space. Throw him a screen.

9. Matthew Mulligan is awful. Stop playing him.

New York Jets Fans: Week 12 Rooting Guide

Who should Jets fans be rooting for this Sunday?

It is that time of the year again, the time when the New York Jets inevitably need help to make the playoffs and have to rely on other team’s slipping up. Here is your week 12 rooting guide, along with the impact of the game on the Jets stretch run —

Houston (7-3) at Jacksonville (3-7) – Moderate Impact – Houston is more than likely winning the AFC South, however it would be nice to see them struggle down the stretch with Matt Leinart. In a scenario where the Jets make the playoffs, there is nobody I’d rather have them play in the wild-card round than Houston.

Cleveland (4-6) at Cincinnati (6-4) – High Impact – Doesn’t it make you sad that the Jets have a one game better record than Cleveland? Either way, the Jets need the Browns and their putrid offense (one of the few in the league worse than the Jets) to step up for the upset. The Bengals have lost two straight and are banged up with another likely loss (at Pittsburgh) on the horizon. Now is the time to enter their free-fall, so 10 wins can grab the Jets a playoff spot.

Tampa Bay (3-7) at Tennessee (5-5) – High Impact – The Titans currently have the same record and the same chance as the Jets of making the playoffs, let’s hope the “youngry” Bucs can go on the road and give us a hand.

Chicago (6-4) at Oakland (6-4) – Moderate Impact – If Oakland goes on to win the AFC West, their tie-breaker with the Jets won’t matter. Go Raiders.

Denver (5-5) at San Diego (6-4) – High Impact – Enjoy rooting for the Chargers this week, since the Jets have a tie breaker with them but not with Tebow Christ and his apostles. Let me say for the record, similar to John Elway I am not sold on Tebow as a quarterback. You won’t get a gift wrapped Mark Sanchez pick six and embarrassing amount of offensive ineptitude from your opponent every week. Tebow isn’t good. Denver isn’t good. They aren’t making the playoffs.

New England (7-3) at Philadelphia (4-6) – Moderate Impact – The only game the rest of the year the Patriots have a chance at losing. Fly Eagles Fly!

Pittsburgh (7-3) at Kansas City (4-6) – Moderate Impact – A Chiefs upset couldn’t hurt…

Jets vs. Bills: 12 Pack Of Predictions

TOJ with 12 predictions for the Jets/Bills week 12 match-up

The 12 Pack needs a few wins as bad as the New York Jets do…

1. C.J. Spiller is going to put together his best game as a professional, finishing with over 100 yards of total offense and a touchdown. He will turn at least one screen pass into a big play.

2. LaDainian Tomlinson will be inactive. Joe McKnight will see extended work for the second week in a row and have an offensive touchdown.

3. Plaxico Burress will have at least 60 yards receiving and another touchdown.

4. The Jets are going to have a conservative game plan. Shonn Greene will get at least 18 carries and Joe McKnight will have 8-12.

5. Brad Smith will make one big play for the Bills, either on offense or special teams.

6. This will be a close game at halftime and will remain somewhat tight into the early fourth quarter.

7. Mark Sanchez will throw for less than 250 yards.

8. Ryan Fitzpatrick will throw a pair of interceptions and will be sacked once or twice.

9. Joe McKnight will have a huge kick return either for a touchdown or one that directly sets up points.

10. Josh Baker will see extended reps in place of Matthew Mulligan (wishful thinking).

11. Dustin Keller will go yet another game without scoring a touchdown.

12. It isn’t going to be pretty (think the Monday night Miami game earlier in the year) but ultimately the Jets will escape with a 24-13 win.

20 Things For New York Jets Fans To Be Thankful For

20 things for New York Jets fans to be thankful for on Thanksgiving

Before we get into the 20 things for New York Jets fans to be thankful for today. I would like to express gratitude to everybody who takes the time to read TOJ, follow us on Facebook or Twitter, or interact with the site in any other way. We have been growing slowly but steadily here and there are few things I enjoy more than talking Jets with all of you out there. I also want to thank our writing staff, TJ Rosenthal, who is kind enough to contribute his pieces from The Jet Report, Justin Fritze who has been giving us great, unique content for almost 8 months now, and Rob and Chris Celletti for starting up with TOJ in the past couple of months. Will Horton from The Rams Herd for ongoing help with HTML Randy Yaws for designing our banner, and Randy Field for linking up the forum to the site.

We are always trying to get better here at TOJ…keep an eye out for a site redesign this off-season, along with a few new developments. If you have ideas or are ever interested in submitting a post or becoming a writer, e-mail me at JoeC@TurnOnTheJets.com

20 Things For New York Jets Fans To Be Thankful For

1. Rex Ryan – Hate him or love him, Rex has been a blessing for this organization. There is nothing worse than being irrelevant and that is what the Jets were prior to Ryan being named the head coach. He has made them a national team, nevermind bringing them to back to back AFC Championship Games.

2. Mark Sanchez – Yea, I went there. Perhaps you forgot Chad Pennington’s injuries, Kellen Clemens, Jay Fielder, Brooks Bollinger, Quincy Carter, Brett Favre’s meltdown, Rick Mirer, and Frank Reich…I didn’t.

3. Mike Tannenbaum – A bold GM, who made some miscalculations this off-season. Yet, has still hired Ryan, drafted Sanchez, Darrelle Revis, David Harris, Nick Mangold, D’Brickashaw Ferguson, Dustin Keller, and traded for Santonio Holmes.

4. Darrelle Revis – The best defensive player in football.

5. David Harris – One of the most under-appreciated linebackers in the league, who is having another terrific year.

6. Nick Mangold – The best center in football.

7. Boomer and Carton, Joe and Evan – A quartet of Jets fans to drown out Mike Francesa’s hate on WFAN. Come get some!

8. The Jets Haters – Rex is a bumbling idiot. Sanchez is the most overrated player in the league. Jets are out of control. The defense is overrated. When will they all shut up? Blah. Blah. Blah. You have made all the wins the past few years that much more sweet.

9. Curtis Martin – The classiest of class acts, who was nominated for the Hall of Fame again this year. Let’s hope he makes it on his second try.

10. Twitter – Off the top of my head, a few recommended must follows for Jets fans – @TheJetReport, @RobCelletti, @ChrisCelletti, @GreenLanternJet, @LilMissNYJet, @KristinReese, @TheJetsStream, @JennyVrentas.

11. Santonio Holmes – A clutch playmaker who needs more touches down the stretch.

12. Mike Westhoff – Take the time to appreciate how great the Jets special teams consistently are.

13. MetLife Stadium – Hey, it is better than playing in Giants Stadium.

14. Christmas Eve vs. the Giants – How much fun is that going to be?

15. The Bills and Dolphins – Without them and their general mediocrity, we would be 3-7.

16. Another Day Further Away From Giants/Patriots Super Bowl – The further that is in the past, the better.

17. Another Game This Sunday – The season isn’t over yet, contrary to popular belief.

18. Jersey Sports Fan – Hysterical

19. Woody Johnson – Not shy about spending money to make his team better.

20. Every other Jets fan out there – So we don’t have to suffer losses alone.

Jets Face November Must Win

TOJ hopes the Jets will play with the necessary desperation this Sunday

Rex Ryan was 100 percent correct when he said the playoffs start now for the New York Jets. Fortunately for them their first round opponent is going to be the Buffalo Bills, a team who has been outscored 106-26 in their last three games. A team whose best player, running back Fred Jackson, won’t be playing this week. A team who has been besieged with injuries across the board and recently put two starters on IR, wide receiver Donald Jones and cornerback Terrence McGee. A team who is 1-4 on the road this season and is basically in a complete free fall.

Let’s not beat around the bush, it is an absolute joke if the New York Jets cannot win this football game. Sadly enough when my friend asked me this week if he should take the Jets in his survivor pool, I had to hesitate and not give an emphatic yes. How could I, after watching how this offense has played the past two weeks? The negative Jets fan inside of me is having visions of C.J. Spiller having his coming out party against the Jets defense and Mark Sanchez throwing three interceptions, with two returned for touchdowns.

In reality, we know the Jets are a better football team than the Buffalo by a substantial margin. We saw it a few weeks ago and the circumstances play more into the Jets favor this week than they did in the previous meeting. They are a better football team than the Denver Broncos and still found a way to lose but the desperation level on this team should be much higher this week, nevermind they have had 10 days to rest and prepare.

The Jets season is over if they lose this Sunday, some coaches and players season’s should also be over if they lose. Let’s hope they play with the necessary urgency and win in the fashion that they should.

Depressing New York Jets Statistics

TOJ with a collection of depressing New York Jets statistics

The most depressing statistic of all for the New York Jets is of course their 5-5 record. I give them passes for losses in Baltimore and New England because those are both quality, playoff teams. They were also shorthanded in Baltimore without Nick Mangold. Beyond that, the other three losses were complete embarrassments, particularly the past two.

However, when you look at their current stat sheet, a few things jump off the page…in a bad way.

Shonn Greene – 573 yards in 10 games. I am sorry but 57 yards a game isn’t lead back production. He is on pace to finish with 915 yards and 4 touchdowns with under 4 yards per carry. Greene has been better as of late until his injury in Denver but he needs a strong finish or the Jets may have to look elsewhere for their number one back.

Santonio Holmes – 472 receiving yards…similarly to Greene, 42 yards a game isn’t cutting it for a number one receiver. Some of that blame falls on Mark Sanchez and Brian Schottenheimer but not all of it. If I would have told you before the year that Victor Cruz would be more of a big play threat than Holmes, production-wise, wouldn’t that have made you sick?

Dustin Keller – He hasn’t caught a touchdown since week 2. This is a bizarre ongoing trend with Keller who always starts off the season with high touchdown production and then completely falls off a cliff.

Calvin Pace – The Jets paid him like an elite pass rusher and he is proving not to be one. He has 4 sacks in 10 games.

Rushing Yards – 96.6 yards a game, which is good for 26th in the league.

Opponent Rushing Yards – 116.9 yards a game, which is good for 17th in the league. Isn’t this team supposed to be physical?

New York Jets Defense Needs Immediate Improvement

TOJ on the immediate improvement needed from the New York Jets defense if they are going to contend this season

The New York Jets defense, Rex Ryan’s pride and joy, has been maddeningly inconsistent this season. They dominated in the second half against San Diego, the entire Buffalo game, and then for the first 29 minutes of the New England game. Since then they were embarrassed on a two minute drive, the entire second half against the Patriots, and after handling the Tim Tebow circus for 56 minutes, laid an egg on the final drive.

There are parts of this defense seriously lacking in athleticism and speed. Bart Scott has been a major liability all season and is consistently either missing a tackle, getting knocked down or moved out of place. Calvin Pace is supposed to be the team’s top pass rusher but has 4 sacks in 10 games, 2 of which came against Miami when Matt Moore was receiving his first start and they still hadn’t won a game yet. He doesn’t disrupt the passer enough. Between the two of them and the subpar platoon at Bryan Thomas’ old spot, it has been painful at times to watch the Jets linebackers lumbering around the field.

At safety, we all know what the problem is. Rex Ryan can try to cover for him all he wants in his press conferences but Eric Smith has been terrible this season. Blowing contain on Tim Tebow’s game winning touchdown provided a nice illustration of what he has brought to the defense this year. He can’t cover. He misses too many tackles for a guy supposed to be known for his run defense and has a knack for untimely penalties. Jim Leonhard is an average player at safety, who can’t afford to be complimented by a below average player.

These are all issues the Jets will have to coach around for the rest of the season. They managed to do it last year, but can they pull it off again? A healthy Brodney Pool wouldn’t hurt. Antonio Cromartie playing with some heart and more physicality (not dancing to avoid tackles) would help as well. There are positives on the defense, namely the development of the line, Darrelle Revis, David Harris, and the growth of Kyle Wilson. Rex Ryan and Mike Pettine are good defensive minds but they need to push this unit to the next level immediately to support an increasingly incompetent offense.

The Jets have 12 upcoming quarters to feast on the fading Ryan Fitzpatrick, Rex Grossman, and Tyler Palko. Can they take advantage or will they disappoint us like they did in the final minutes of Thursday night?

Jets Fail To Escape Denver, And Fear Of Themselves

TJ on a New York Jets team who now plays scared football

To the Jets last night’s 17-13 loss to the Denver Broncos in the church of Tim Tebow, felt more like “The Exorcist,” than a happy go lucky gospel led religious revival. Where that cliched final scene of horror was only a matter of time. Jets fans endured the final moments, watching through their hands like a Friday the 13th film, as the last drive took the Broncos 95 yards to an improbable victory. One that not only placed the Jets into the thin air of uncertainty. It left them trapped in their own fears. With concern and confusion as to what time is the right time for turning up the “risk and reward” dial on either side of the ball.

The Jets had come off of an emotional 37-16 loss to the hated Pats just days prior to this Thursday night matchup. In the altitude against a bizarre, yet effective run based Bronco club, featuring of all things, the option formation. All signs pointed towards a Jet letdown, highlighted by schematic confusion on the field. None of this was to be the case however.

The Jets came out focused on defense, and certainly clear about their intent on offense. One that was to be a mistake free”war of attrition.” Featuring a game long patience to grab any lead, then force the throwing challenged Tebow into trying to gain it back.

The way things were playing out, this shotgun gameplan, put together virtually on the flight out to Denver, was on it’s way to working to perfection. However, an inability to decide upon when to open up the offense, or go for broke and smother Tebow on defense, let things fester for too long. Part of the reason for the decision not to go for the kill, with the ball, was understandable to some degree.

Starting RB Shonn Greene had exited early in the game with a rib injury. Therefore right off the bat, the offense had to deal with more insecurities regarding ball security. Trying to limit mistakes by Sanchez, as the Jets coaches often do, was made more difficult after rookie Bilal Powell fumbled on the Denver goal line, and Joe McKnight, who was the primary ball carrier, fumbled after a long kickoff return. Who could the Jets turn to even if they wanted to put the Broncos away?

A run game in fear of putting the ball on the ground, with a QB who the Jets sidelines are always handcuffing, behind a line that offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer seems to doubt during five step drops or more by Sanchez, made for a unit that was walking on eggshells all night.

Those wondering about where the downfield attack asked themselves “where was Santonio Holmes? Why is the only play to Dustin Keller a rollout throw into the flat? How can a team have any room to work if they don’t make the field longer than a ten yard box?”

Playing in fear of a mistake was of course heightened further after Sanchez erased 40 plus minutes of attrition work, by throwing away 7 points and the lead late in the third quarter. In a game where a touchdown felt like 40 points.

It only made sense then, that on a key third down, with the chance to keep the ball rather than give the angelic Tebow one more chance, the Jets chose to run a draw to Powell. Rather than risk the decision making of Sanchez again. Behind a shaky line, with Broncos Dumervill and Miller (already having big nights) ready to pounce from the blindside and change the game.

Why NOT put the safety of insuring a much needed road win in the hands of a Rex Ryan’s defense, right? Right. Sort of.

When the Broncos DID get the ball back with 5:00  left down 13-10, the Jets needing one negative play, feared the big play. Perhaps an aggressive call to create one from coordinator Mike Pettine could have hurt the Jets but also could have created a loss of yardage. A fake blitz look up front could have caused a Bronco lineman to jump out of concern for a sack. Instead, the Broncos milked the clock, moved the chains, and drained the Jets. Slowly. Horrifically.

In fact, after Jim Leonhard missed his chance to close the deal by over pursuing a screen in the end zone on a play that started the nightmarish drive, the only attack the Jets went on, came on a mortally self inflicted middle blitz package. One where Tebow ran like a Pop Warner QB around the left side, virtually untouched, for the game winner with 0:58 seconds left.

Why blitz then? With third and eight, and the Broncos already in game tying FG position? Why not be the aggressor on the other teams twenty yard line? Because they needed proof that Tebow could do it. So he did. for seventy five yards. Rex Ryan, envisioning a brutal bloody ending, like a Hitchcock film said, “blitz.” From the inside. With no insurance that the edges would be guarded. Too little, too late.

The Jets are not dead yet. 5-5 in a conference where many teams will end the weekend with at least four losses, means that with six games left, there is hope. What makes it FEEL like 2011 is over, is not the record as much as how the Jets looked last night.

They played scared. Afraid of themselves. The Jets were afraid to open up the field and take a shot at knocking that team out of their collegiate strategy. They were afraid to attack defensively, miles away from their end zone. Against an option QB with no arm accuracy whatsoever. They were afraid to close the game out on either side of the ball. So the Broncos thanked them for an opportunity instead, and did it for them.

Fear took over this team last night. As it has for much of the year on offense. THAT’s why the Jets season feels as though it has hit a point of no return.

A Vent On The New York Jets Offense

A much needed vent on the New York Jets offense after last night’s performance

Let’s start with something comforting

Despite a recent rough patch of games, Mark Sanchez still is on the exact same pace that Eli Manning was on to start his career and we see how Eli has turned out. Sanchez is not without blame, he is inconsistent, inaccurate and gets jittery in the pocket.

However, I am still of the belief that he has the physical tools and leadership abilities to be the quarterback on a Super Bowl winning team. Everything he has accomplished the past two years doesn’t get swept under the rug. He needs to get better, now…but the potential is there to be a good to very good NFL quarterback.

I haven’t went crazy on the Brian Schottenheimer hate bandwagon but it is now clearer than ever that he needs to be fired at the season’s end, if not immediately. This is a team that has been thoroughly mediocre on offense through six years and four quarterbacks (Chad Pennington, Kellen Clemens, Brett Favre, Mark Sanchez) with Schottenheimer designing and calling plays.

It is time to see if Mark Sanchez can improve in a new system. A system that somewhat resembles a NFL offense.

Right now the Jets offense is completely predictable and limited. I have watched every snap of the Schottenheimer era and I can call out exactly what the Jets are running at least 25-30 times a game depending on the situation, formation, and field position. I am a digital salesperson, who runs a website on the side that played Division 3 football. What do you think people like Bill Belichick can figure out after breaking down Jets game tape?

Maybe this is a slight exaggeration but at the moment it appears the only two pass plays the Jets run are slants and the occasional boot to Dustin Keller that everybody always sees coming for 3 yards. They refuse to push the ball vertically down the field, which allows defenses to sit on the Jets short routes and jump them. I know Mark Sanchez has the ability to complete long passes down the field, I have seen him do it plenty of times. Where are the double moves? Where are the deep posts?

The problems go beyond Schottenheimer and Sanchez, starting with an offensive line that can’t consistently protect and a very average rushing attack.

The Jets need a new right tackle. They need a new backup tight end. They need a tall, vertical threat at receiver. They honestly may need a new primary running back because I am not sold on Shonn Greene yet. When is a runner on this team going to break a 50 yard run? When is somebody going to take a screen pass for 70?

However, first and foremost they need a new offensive coordinator and a complete change of direction. Schottenheimer is going to finish the season out and that is what it is. We can only hope people like Bill Callahan and Tom Moore can bring some type of influence that creates an offense that resembles ones like others in the NFL.

All You Can Do Is Laugh: Jets Pathetic In Primetime

The New York Jets embarrassed themselves yet again…

Well that is about as bad as it gets.

Two embarrassing losses in primetime in the span of four days. Tonight was an absolute doozy. Football is a team game and the Jets are a bad football team at the moment. They are 5-5 and headed in the wrong direction, with no clue as to who they are. I won’t pull a Rex Ryan and declare them dead from the playoffs cause they aren’t, but any realistic person would admit it doesn’t look like we will be seeing them in January this year.

Let’s not delay the inevitable…blame game time –

Mark Sanchez – He was terrible for the second straight game. The pick six was an absolute killer, especially with the type of game this was. If he doesn’t throw that, the Jets roll to a victory tonight. He must be threatening a league record for points directly handed to the other team. There was also continued struggles with game management and absolute no pressing of the football down the field. Nobody defends this guy more than me but the last two games have been major steps back in his development.

Brian Schottenheimer – Answering who the problem is Sanchez or Schottenheimer, is like the chicken or the egg question but Schottenheimer was awful tonight. Defenses sit on the Jets short passing game because they refuse to press the football down the field. I am convinced the only passing plays in their playbook are slants and bootlegs to Dustin Keller for 2 yards.

Offensive Line – Maybe the Jets can’t press the football down the field because they can’t pass protect anymore. Wayne Hunter can’t be a starting tackle in the NFL and Matthew Mulligan can’t play reps in a NFL offense.

Mike Tannenbaum – For cutting Damien Woody and not finding an adequate replacement. For cutting Ben Hartsock and not finding an adequate replacement. For tampering the chemistry of a successful team by parting ways with Jerricho Cotchery, Shaun Ellis, and yes Braylon Edwards who was the team’s only viable deep threat.

Shonn Greene – Needed him to step up with LT being out and he got hurt, showing his durability issues again.

The Entire Defense – They played great all night but choked with the game on the line. I am looking at you Eric Smith for giving up contain on that final play. Antonio Cromartie for playing soft all night. Jim Leonhard for missing a key tackle on the goal-line that started the drive. Calvin Pace for never generating a pass rush. Bart Scott for continuing to have a below average year.

Rex Ryan – We love you big guy, but you were outcoached badly last week and your team wasn’t prepared tonight. You are going to get heat for writing books and promoting movies while coaching a .500 team and you deserve it right now.