Quarterback – Ryan Fitzpatrick has been the quarterback he has always been throughout his career for the first three games, so it is unfair to be surprised or disappointed in his performance. The Jets are going to rightly start him this week and then evaluate the position at the bye week, as was always the plan…even when Smith was slated to start.
Todd Bowles could face a tough challenge. Wins should not be the metric that ultimately drives the decision. It should be evaluating the individual, seeing if he is allowing the offense to maximize their potential and then deciding if there is a better option. Of course, that is easier said than done, particularly for a rookie coach in New York. It takes big you know whats to make a quarterback switch with a winning or even .500 record. The only time it occurred in recent memory was Jim Harbaugh switching from Alex Smith to Colin Kaepernick.
For now, let’s hope Fitzpatrick gets back on track. It is unfair to drop him back 58 times but the Jets struggled to establish the run without Chris Ivory and with Brian Winters replacing Willie Colon. Teams are going to continue stacking the box against against the Jets, making it a consistent challenge to run.
Offensive Line Concerns – With Winters slated to start this Sunday for Colon, it certainly makes you second think releasing Oday Aboushi and keeping Winters as the primary backup. Winters has consistently struggled the past two years, while Aboushi was competent last season and played well for the Texans against Tampa Bay on Sunday. The Dolphins have been struggling but they have plenty of defensive line talent, making Winters first start of the season a serious challenge.Perspective – The Jets were without their second and third best skill position players on offense, had an insane lateral attempt and allowed a punt return for a touchdown but still lost a one possession game. At the same time, there was a reason the Jets weren’t getting even 3 points at home (Vegas basically saying the Eagles were a half point better than them). This may have not the major “let down” it is being made out to be in some places. It is easy to over exaggerate the Eagles flaws because they laid one ugly egg versus the Cowboys at home. The Jets lost a competitive out of conference game to a team who could very well win 9 or 10 this season, so to call this a “debacle” or something similar is an overstatement.
Reassignment – Time for Todd Bowles to switch whatever coach is advising him upstairs on challenge calls. The Jets staff has had an encouraging start to the year but they should clean up this issue before it becomes a regular problem.
C’mon Man – Quinton Coples through 3 games: 4 tackles, 0 sacks, 2 penalties. Demario Davis remains an immense liability in the passing game, furthering making the 2012 class a perpetual disappointment (somewhere, Stephen Hill, Josh Bush and Terrance Ganaway nod in agreement).
Hey, The Brightside – Calvin Pryor is thriving in this defense. People are down on him because of early drops but Quincy Enunwa bounced back from an ugly first quarter to play a good game on Sunday, including an acrobatic grab in the 2nd quarter. For his pro debut, Devin Smith got himself open with regularity and probably should have had a much bigger day than 3 catches for 39 yards, if it wasn’t for a few missed throws down the field.The Jets coaching staff continued to show a nice ability to make second half adjustments. They have only allowed 7 total points in the second half through three games and have outscored opponents 37-7 overall.
On to London…