Time To Panic For Jets?


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Braylon Edwards is lecturing people about catching the football and being arrogant. Yes, the guy who was arrogant enough to think he could drive himself home after drinking all night a few weeks ago and is notorious for having problems catching the ball. Jerricho Cotchery, the Jets most reliable receiver the past few years, is having his worst season. The return of Santonio Holmes has led to nothing but struggles for Mark Sanchez, whose completion percentage is now all the way down to 53. Dustin Keller hasn’t caught a touchdown in three weeks, after pulling in 5 during the Jets first 4 games. Shonn Greene is hardly a factor on the team anymore.

In the words of Vince Lombardi, what the hell is going out here?

Wait a minute…during the bye week, weren’t we concerned about the Jets defense not their offense? Yes, since the Jets offense put up 28, 31, 38, 29, and 24 in the previous 5 games. Is it possible that this situation may not be quite as bad as everybody is making it out to be?

The Jets have a young quarterback and an inconsistent offensive coordinator, who is struggling to juggle the number of options the Jets have in the receiving game. There are going to be lapses at times. They laid an egg in game one and responded with 5 great performances. Now they laid an egg in game 7, and hopefully will respond with 5 more great performances.

Similar to every team in the NFL, the Jets have flaws which are going to rear their head at times throughout the season. The key is to be able to still find a way to win when they appear, similar to the Minnesota and Denver games. More importantly is for the Jets to work out the kinks now and to be playing their best football in December heading into January.

The positive news is that the Jets defense finally looked like their 2009 unit, which was the best in the NFL. If they keep improving and the offense gets back to their week 2-5 level, the Jets are going to be just fine.

Getting shut-out at home is plenty embarrassing but let’s step back from the ledge Jets fans. If the Jets slip up against the 2-5 Lions or 2-5 Browns, then it is time to hit the panic button.

Author: Joe Caporoso

Joe Caporoso is the Owner and EIC of Turn On The Jets. His writing has been featured in the New York Times, Huffington Post, MMQB and AdWeek. Caporoso played football his entire life, including four years at Muhlenberg as a wide receiver, where he was arguably the slowest receiver to ever start in school history. He is the EVP of Content at Whistle Sports