May your Thanksgiving leftovers be better than these week 12 leftovers on the New York Jets. This is dried out turkey, canned cranberry sauce, soupy mashed potatoes and a weak antipasto (yes, we have antipasto. Look at my last name.) Anyway…enjoy?
1. The Jets are 2-8-1 against the spread (via our friend Football Perspective). Vegas would suggest the Jets are playing below their talent level and before you write off Vegas, remember THE HOUSE ALWAYS WINS!2. The Jets are 1-5 after their last six wins. The average margin of defeat in the losses is 23 points, including losses by 23, 35 and 40. Two of those losses were to the Buffalo Bills. The Jets lost by 19 to the Bills in 2012, 23 in 2013 and 20 and 35 in 2014. Buffalo went from being the only team Rex Ryan had a winning record against in the AFC East to his Daddy. He is still 7-5 against them in six years but that is after starting 6-1. Against Miami he is 4-6 and against New England he is 3-8 for a 14-19 overall AFC East record.
3. We’ll dig a little deeper this week into whether or not John Idzik will keep his job (no hashtags or last name puns included). He is probably very much on the bubble. From his perspective, he should fire Rex Ryan today, force an interim to play all the young players, hope for some improvement and work on his pitch for the next HC. I doubt he has the authority to do that but it could be his best shot at sticking around.
This was a good read from GGN today and you have to wonder what is gained by keeping Rex the final five games? Last night, Chris Johnson played more than Chris Ivory, Jace Amaro rode the bench before getting hurt, Calvin Pryor sat behind Antonio Allen and Dawan Landry, Kyle Wilson still played and the Jets were running The Wildcat with Jeremy Kerley at quarterback. How is any of this helping anything for 2016? You aren’t playing veterans who are helping you win. Landry, Wilson, Jeff Cumberland and WIllie Colon have been generally awful and they won’t be back next year. It is compounding an already bad situation.
4. Last night was an ugly game for Breno Giacomini. The Buffalo defensive line might be the NFL’s best but it should never get that bad. Giacomini has been average to below average all season and while Austin Howard has been even worse (one of worst ranked staring OLs in the NFL via PFF) that doesn’t help the Jets now and in the near future. Offensive line is a problem. When you watch Dallas and Baltimore, they impose their will on teams upfront and it makes everybody’s life that much easier. You will hear the names La’el Collins and Mike Iupati frequently associated with the Jets this offseason.Oday Aboushi was inconsistent at best last night but he was making his fifth start and predominantly matched up with a beastly Bills interior. There is no need to write him off yet. He will start the final five games and hopefully bounces back against Miami (another very tough defensive line).
5. Yikes, Jaiquawn.
6. Apparently the Jets were surprised by the number of two high looks Buffalo ran on defense. Of course, they were unable to adjust. In-game adjustments remain a major problem for this coaching staff, who had one ugly looking script to begin with.7. I’m not sure David Harris is getting a new contract from the Jets this offseason. I’m also not sure Demario Davis is anything but an average inside linebacker. Quinton Coples showed signs of life but linebacker, particularly pass rusher remain a major area of need. Nobody on the Jets currently has more than 4.5 sacks.
8. In retrospect, this season feels like a mix of a sophomore quarterback failing to build on a strong finish to 2013, a less than adequate offseason, two critical early season injuries (Dee Milliner, Eric Decker), bad coaching, and a few tough, close early seasons losses leading to the house falling apart. This team had holes coming into the year but they’ve had no resilience, been unprepared and showed limited fight. It is the perfect storm of awful, somewhat similar to other recent putrid Jets seasons like 2012, 2007 and 2005.
9. I’ve seen many suggest the Jets need to clean house and hire a FOOTBALL LIFER to consult on a reconstruction. It sounds good but who would you target?
10. Even before Rex is fired, I hope Terry Bradway and anybody he has hired is fired. Let’s start there, Woody.
11. We are going to begin mixing in more draft coverage and general NFL content/picks to help keep our sanity. It is either that or start blogging about movies, Serial, True Detective and life in New York.