First a few updates:
1. The Jets are on the cover of Sports Illustrated…ut-oh. There is something you don’t see everyday. Obviously, Sanchez was going to get the cover shot and even though it is a cool picture and I will be buying three copies from Lehigh’s bookstore in an hour it would have been nice to see our defense or offensive line get the cover, since they have carried us this far. Oh well, I guess people aren’t going to buy a magazine with Brandon Moore and Damien Woody executing a down block.
2. Newsday is reporting the Jets are planning to tender Braylon Edwards as a restricted free agent next year and set his compensation at a 1st and 3rd round pick, which means #17 will be back next year and have more time to prove he deserves a long term contract.3. If you follow the site, friend me on facebook and I will send you an invite to follow Turn On The Jets on Facebook which offers extra coverage and commentary.
4. There is going to be a rally in Times Square tomorrow from 5:30-6:30 for the Jets and a team sendoff at the Atlantic Health Facility in Florham Park, New Jersey on Saturday at 10:30 AM.
5. Shaun Ellis didn’t practice today because of his broken hand. Thomas Jones was held out for his normal rest. They both are going to play this Sunday. David Harris and Bart Scott were both limited with their ankle injuries. Scott’s injury is a little more serious but both are going to play this Sunday as well.
Regardless of whether you consider it irrelevant or not, the Jets played the Colts starters in Indy for 2 and 1/2 quarters less than a month ago. Since I was in Italy, I have a VHS copy of the game and decided to re-watch it last night. Here are ten things I noticed:
1. On two separate plays, the Jets went with an empty backfield and failed to have anybody (and I mean anybody) block Dwight Freeney who flew off the edge and sacked Mark Sanchez twice. I am glad they made this mistake already and hopefully they will either scrap the empty formation or find a way to properly protect their quarterback.
2. The Jets did a poor job when Joseph Addai was running the ball. They were burned on a well-timed draw call and allowed him to easily rip off a 21 yard touchdown. Beyond that, he had 5 carries for 19 yards which still is more yards per carry than you would like to allow to the league’s worst rushing offense. When Donald Brown was in with the starters he ran 12 times for 24 yards with one touchdown. The Jets had a nice stand on 4th and 1 that was negated on a tripping penalty by Bart Scott.3. Austin Collie shredded up Lito Sheppard for 94 yards in less than a full game’s work. However, the Jets were called on three very suspect defensive pass interference/illegal contact penalties, while Braylon Edwards was completely mugged on a third down and there was a no call.
4. Darrelle Revis played Reggie Wayne pretty well overall, yet he was beat deep once but Manning over shot him. Manning also over shot Dallas Clark on what would have been an easy touchdown to put Indy up 13-0.
5. Shonn Greene had 4 carries for 30 yards in the first half and looked two steps faster on the turf. Thomas Jones also played well but the Jets have to feature Greene more than TJ in this game because of his speed.
6. Braylon Edwards had a bad drop on the Jets first drive that would have given them a first down. Beyond that, Sanchez was 2/2 for 19 yards on third down in the first half and also had a nice completion to Jerricho Cotchery for a 12 yard gain on second down.
7. The Jets did a bad job overall on Dallas Clark who racked up 57 yards in limited action. It looked like Kerry Rhodes was out of place a few times.
8. The Jets only got their hands on Peyton Manning once and were lucky a roughing the passer penalty wasn’t called when they actually hit him.
9. The blocking was amazing on Brad Smith’s kick return for a touchdown. He didn’t have to use anything but his speed.
10. The most concerning drive of the game was when the Jets were up 1o-9 and Manning led the Colts down the field on a 8 play drive to immediately give them the lead again.
Overall, this might sound negative but let me end with something encouraging. The Jets forced the Colts to punt four times in the first half and settle for a field goal in the red-zone. They also stopped Peyton Manning’s two minute drive at the end of the first half by forcing him into three straight incompletions. If Brian Schottenheimer didn’t stupidly call a reverse for David Clowney which resulted in a 14 yard loss the Jets would have likely kicked another field goal and only been down 9-6 at the half. The Colts don’t kick their field goal in the second quarter if Lito Sheppard isn’t called for a highly questionable defensive pass interference penalty. Honestly, this game was one bad call from the Jets OC and one bad call from the referee from being 6-6 at half time…so there is a little optimism for you.
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