Jets Make Fans Suffer: TOJ TV Episode 7 – Shutting The Site Down Part 1

First a few updates:

1. Expect to see Sione Pouha, Howard Green, and Mike Devito splitting reps at Kris Jenkins old spot on Sunday. There will also be increased presure on Marques Douglas and Shaun Ellis to pick up their play against both the run and the pass.

2. We will have a post tomorrow and Saturday with some final notes on the Jets/Raiders match-up, along with a look at the rest of their scheudle to show just how important Sunday’s game is and some disturbing stats for the Jets through 6 games.

Jets Make Fans Suffer: TOJ TV Episode 7 – Shutting The Site Down Part 1

The Jets continued losing has become too much to handle for Jets fans, especially with how confident we were last Sunday heading into a home against the hapless Bills. Where does the Jets season and TOJ TV go from here? Check out part 1 of “Shutting the Site Down” (A James Corbett Production)

NFL Week 6 Recap/Jets vs. Raiders First Look

First a few updates:

1. As expected, the Jets added defensive tackle Howard Green back to the active roster today and Kris Jenkins was placed on the IR.

2. I sent my questions over to David Clowney yesterday and I am hoping to have his responses back by the end of the week.

3. I am glad the Jets didn’t make any moves at the trade deadline. We are already short on draft picks in what is expected to be a deep, talented 2010 draft class and we need depth on the offensive and defensive line, along with a pass rusher.

4. The game highlights, stats, and TOJ TV page have all been updated.

NFL Week 6 Recap/Jets vs. Raiders First Look

Wrapping Up Jets/Bills

Defensive Player of the Game: David Harris – Unlike his partner at inside linebacker, Harris has been productive in every single game this year. He racked up 17 tackles against Buffalo and another .5 sack. Harris currently leads the team in tackles, sacks, and is tied for the lead interceptions.

Offensive Player of the Game: Thomas Jones – We knew the addition of Braylon Edwards would open up more space for Jones, but 210 yards of space? Wow. Hopefully, TJ can keep it up this week against the Raiders who have struggled against the run.

Honorable Mentions: Darrelle Revis for solid coverage on Terrell Owens throughout the game…Dwight Lowery for his interception in OT…Leon Washington for finally ripping off a few big plays…The entire offensive line for allowing the Jets to run for 318 yards.

AFC East Observations

New England Patriots – The Patriots ran it up on the hapless Titans in the snow and are back in first place in the AFC East at 4-2. They should move to 5-2 after playing the equally hapless Bucs in London this Sunday.

Miami Dolphins – Anybody else got a bad feeling the Saints are due for a let down against Miami on the road this week?

Buffalo Bills – They are still terrible…the Jets were just more terrible on Sunday.

TOJ Top Five

  1. New Orleans Saints – Embarrassed the Giants and sent a statement to the rest of the league.
  2. Indianapolis Colts – They might be 30 point favorites over the Rams this weekend.
  3. Denver Broncos – Just a very good, all-around football team that looks like they are on a mission.
  4. Minnesota Vikings – Man, I hate Brett Favre.
  5. New York Giants – Got to work on that defense there Big Blue.

Jets vs. Raiders First Look AKA “The Turd Bowl”

The Opponent: Oakland is only one game worse than the Jets and is coming off an upset victory over the Philadelphia Eagles. After a strong early season start by nearly upsetting the Chargers in week one and then beating the Chiefs in week two, they put together three of the worst games anybody has ever played including a 44-7 loss to the Giants. However, as previously mentioned they knocked off Philly 13-9 at home last week, led by a strong running effort and a big day from their defense. Starting quarterback JaMarcus Russell has been under heavy criticism for his erratic play and lackadaisical practice habits. Also, #7 overall pick Darius Heyward-Bey only has 2 catches through 6 weeks. Regardless, the Jets never play well in Oakland or anywhere on the West Coast for that matter making this a dangerous game.

Oakland Raiders Starters/Key Reserves

OFFENSE

  • Quarterback: JaMarcus Russell – 68/149, 830 yards, 2 TD’s, 6 INT’s
  • Running Back: Michael Bush – 48 carries, 179 yards, 2 TD’s
  • Running Back: Darren McFadden – 47 carries, 146 yards, 1 TD
  • Running Back: Justin Fargas – 46 carries, 137 yards
  • Tight End: Zach Miller – 21 receptions, 354 yards, 1 TD
  • Wide Receiver: Louis Murphy – 12 receptions, 174 yards, 1 TD
  • Wide Receiver: Darrius Heyward-Bay – 2 receptions, 36 yards
  • Left Tackle: Mario Henderson
  • Left Guard: Chris Morris
  • Center: Samson Satele
  • Right Guard: Cooper Carlisle
  • Right Tackle: Erik Pears

DEFENSE

  • Defensive End: Richard Seymour – 23 tackles, 4 sacks
  • Defensive Tackle: Tommy Kelly – 30 tackles
  • Defensive Tackle: Gerard Warren – 16 tackles, 1 sack
  • Defensive End: Greg Ellis – 16 tackles, 4 sacks
  • Outside Linebacker: Ricky Brown – 31 tackles, 1 FF
  • Middle Linebacker: Kirk Morrison – 58 tackles, 1 FF
  • Outside Linebacker: Thomas Howard – 39 tackles, 2 sacks
  • Corner: Nnamdi Asmougha – 11 tackles
  • Corner: Chris Johnson – 31 tackles, 1 INT
  • Safety: Michael Huff – 16 tackles, 3 INT’s
  • Safety: Tyvon Branch – 43 tackles, 4 PD’s

SPECIAL TEAMS

  • Kicker: Sebastian Janikowski
  • Punter: Shane Lechler
  • Kick Return: Jonathon Holland
  • Punt Return: Johnnie Lee Higgns

Key Players: Zach Miller is a playmaking tight end who is easily Russell’s favorite target. Ellis and Seymour can both get after the passer. Asmougha will likely be assigned to Braylon Edwards since he is arguably the best cover corner in football (the other side of the argument of course goes to our boy Revis).

Injury Report: Jerricho Cotchery and Brad Smith are still battling leg injuries and remain questionable. Lito Sheppard might end up sitting out again since he clearly wasn’t 100 percent last week. Donald Strickland has been out the past 4 games.

Raiders/Eagles Highlights

Time to Jump Off the Jets Bandwagon?

First a few updates:

1. Rex Ryan admitted he made a mistake by not using his timeouts during his conference call with media members yesterday. The big guy is guilty of being overconfident in his defense and denying his offense, which was playing very well, a chance to win the game at the end.

2. Site Updates – The newest episode of TOJ TV has been placed on the TOJ TV page, also the new commercial as been placed on the Jets Commercials page, the stats have also been updated. I got away from my normal weekly format because of the short week, but tomorrow I will be back to the usual Thursday game breakdown and Friday will have the new episode of TOJ TV with the Jets/Bills prediction.

3. Jerricho Cotchery (hamstring), Damien Woody (foot), Brad Smith (quad), and Shaun Ellis (knee) didn’t practice today. Lito Sheppard and Donald Stickland were both limited in practice. I wouldn’t bet on Cotchery playing this week.

Time To Jump Off the Jets Bandwagon?

A football season is undeniably filled with peeks and valleys. An important point often raised to players and coaches for that matter is to never get too high after a win or get too low after a loss. It is often easy to ignore this advice after a win, when the joy of victory covers the blemishes in a performance and after a loss, when the sting of defeat ignores the positives.  The point I am trying to make in relation to the Jets is that however stupid it was to consider them a Super Bowl contender at 3-0, it is equally stupid to bury them at 3-2.

Let’s reflect on the Jets first five games. In week one, they caught an average Houston team off guard in their building. Mark Sanchez played unusually well for a rookie and the Jets offensive line wore down a weak Texans front seven in the second half, springing a few big runs. Their defense spent the entire day in the face of a shell shocked quarterback who clearly didn’t know what to expect from their unit. In week two, the Jets played a poor first half but managed to keep the game close by forcing New England to kick field goals instead of scoring touchdowns. In the second half, they came out with more energy than the Patriots and rode the momentum of opening the half with a touchdown to a victory. In the third game, the Jets played a terrific first 7 minutes, jumping out to a 14-0 lead and then were thoroughly outplayed by the Titans the rest of the way. They hung on to a victory because of a muffed punt and dropped passes by Tennessee receivers. In week 4, their defense put together a great all around effort but they were undone by rookie mistakes from their quarterback. On Monday night, the Jets defense wasn’t prepared for Miami’s Wildcat approach and had the ball ran down their throat, wasting a great performance by their offense in 31-27 loss.

So, what do we have? We have a football team that is inconsistent on both sides of the football. The past couple of weeks they haven’t been able to sync up a strong performance from their offense and defense. Yet, here a few things to remember before you step to the ledge on the Jets 2009 season:

1. Their offense is only going to get better…much better. They just added a playmaking, legit number one receiver who appears to be hungry and focused. Their quarterback is maturing with each passing week and has shown an ability to push the ball down the field, and respond to adversity. Jerricho Cotchery is banged up right now but was playing at high level through 4 weeks and when he returns to 100 percent, the Jets will have one of the better starting duo of receivers in the league. David Clowney showed he was a capable playmaker on Monday Night, hauling in a 53 yard catch and finishing the game with 4 receptions. Brad Smith has made at least one big play in every game this season except for one (15 yard run week one, 17 yard catch week three, 18 yard run week four, 19 yard catch week three). Dustin Keller has been curiously uninvolved in the offensive attack but is still a capable playmaker as demonstrated last year and against the Texans this season.

The offensive line has shown signs of improvements the past two weeks, appearing to finally get in sync after having limited work together in the pre-season. Thomas Jones does appear a step slower but Shonn Greene is slowly developing a bigger role to replace some of his carries. Leon is putting together a pretty good year and is long overdue to pop a few big plays. The bottom line is that the Jets have plenty of weapons around a rookie quarterback who should do nothing but improve in the coming weeks.

2. When it comes to our defense the proof is in the rule, not the exception. It is foolish to miscast the Jets defense as frauds because they played poorly 1 out of 5 games. Their masterful performances against the Texans, Patriots, Saints, and in the 4th quarter against the Titans don’t get erased because of one bad game. Does anybody say the Ravens had a poor defense last year because the Giants and Colts ran it up on them? No, these things happen in the NFL. The opposing team is coached and wants to win too, they are going to be better in some weeks. Obviously, the goal is to limit the number of times it happens throughout a season but a 4 to 1 ratio isn’t bad and likely equates to double digit victories.

Calvin Pace is going to get his feet back under him. Lito Sheppard and Donald Strickland are eventually going to return from injuries. This unit hasn’t been perfect all season and certain players need to improve their play, Kerry Rhodes needs to become a playmaker in terms of forcing turnovers, Marques Douglas has to be better against the run, and Shaun Ellis/Bryan Thomas and Pace need to generate a pass rush, in order for the Jets to become a truly elite defense.

The Jets aren’t running away with anything this season. They will be in a battle with the Patriots and Dolphins all year for the AFC East crown. The amazing thing about the NFL is how fickle it is. It is  comedic listening to people crown Chad Henne the next Dan Marino because he played one good half of football. Remember everything you are reading right now about the Jets and Dolphins and think about how much things could change by their next meeting, which is only three weeks away. I don’t think I am going out on a limb by saying I believe the Jets will take care of business against the Bills and Raiders the next two weeks or that there is a fair chance the Dolphins will lose to New Orleans after their bye. If those three games fall into place, the Jets will be 5-2 and Miami will be 2-4, with the Monday Night loss a distant memory and the Jets being presented with an opportunity to bury the Dolphins at home.

The NFL is a funny thing because the Jets could absolutely find a way to lose to Buffalo or Oakland. However, my gut instinct tells me that they will come out motivated the next two weeks to show the first three weeks weren’t a fluke and they’ll beat up on two inferior opponents, setting the stage for a game that should feel like the Super Bowl for the defense when they face the Dolphins at home.

You want to jump off the Jets bandwagon? At least wait until they lose to Buffalo at home or Oakland, not when they lose to the defending AFC East champs on the road by a last second touchdown.

Bills/Browns Highlights…If you could call them that