The New York Jets effectively set the game of football back 20-30 years today, as they lost to the Baltimore Ravens 19-3. This was an ugly showing from the Jets, particularly on offense where they served an emphatic reminder of their lack of talent on that side of the football.
Marty Mornhinweg came out with an extremely conservative game plan, which heavily mixed in the Wildcat. Unfortunately, the Jets could only muster 102 rushing yards on 28 carries. When the Jets did pass, it was a jailbreak. The offensive line was atrocious again, most notably rookie guard Brian Winters. There were six dropped passes and a lack of consistent separation from the wide receivers. Santonio Holmes dropped three of the four passes thrown to him, Jeff Cumberland had a third down drop, David Nelson had a drop. Stephen Hill had another goose egg.Geno Smith did not play well again…at all. The coaching staff has clearly lost confidence in him, as evidenced by their game planning. Despite the lack of support around him, it doesn’t excuse his two interceptions today or his tendency to lock into his wide receivers. He hasn’t been able to generate any big plays for this offense with his arm or his legs and appears to have lost a good chunk of the on-field confidence he had early in the season.
As of today, the Jets cannot think Smith is their quarterback for 2014. However, I do think we will see him under center again next week. The last two weeks have shown the Jets aren’t a playoff caliber team. It is only because of how putridly weak the back end of the AFC is that they remain in the discussion for the 6th spot. Yet, keep in mind this team is currently 2-6 in the conference, which is going to kill just about all the tie-breaker possibilities. This team is going to give their 2nd rounder a few more chances to show something down the stretch. Matt Simms may get a chance by year’s end if the season keeps trending this way and should be back in camp next summer, so rest easy #SimmsNation.
As for the defense, the secondary gave up their requisite long touchdown pass. Today the culprit was newly signed Ed Reed who was in perfect position but failed to make a play on the ball. Antonio Cromartie was also beat deep again for a big play. Regardless, the defense was very good overall. They held the Ravens to 19 points, had an interception and came up with four sacks (congrats to Mo Wilkerson on #9 and #10 on the year…the first Jet since 2005 to hit double digits in a season).
This a team with a bottom three offense in football, along with a bottom three secondary in football. They start Jeff Cumberland at tight end. They start midseason acquisitions at wide receiver. They have a middle of the road at best offensive line, that has been trending downward. Their quarterback has regressed the past month and is playing as poorly as any starter in the NFL. There were some fun wins this season but this team will (hopefully) be much better equipped to compete in 2014 than they are in 2013. I just don’t know if Rex Ryan will be around for that run…Sound off, Jets fans.