The 3rd and 17: The Jets decided to rush four and drop seven into a standard cover 4, a fairly common and understandable move considering the situation.
Unfortunately, Tom Brady and Julian Edelman are very…very good and were unable to take advantage of a soft spot between David Harris and Dion Bailey, filling in for an injured Calvin Pryor. In Todd Bowles press conference, he put the play more on Bailey than Harris, who was willing to accept blame post game for not dropping deep enough. On rewatch, it does appear that Bailey was a step late, particularly knowing Harris’ limitations in coverage. Blame goes to both players and credit goes to a great quarterback and wide receiver making a play.Damn it.
The Drop: Brandon Marshall has to make that catch, plain and simple. He knows it. He is still a great football player who is going to bring way more positive than negative but will occasionally make mistakes. Jeff Cumberland also dropped a touchdown pass in the first quarter and had poor effort on a fourth quarter target…confusing for somebody who barely gets any chances.
The 3rd and 6: Throw it to Decker, Fitz…throw it to Decker who had been cooking Malcolm Butler all game on third down and did again here. The lowest percentage throw, particularly if you are Ryan Fitzpatrick, is a 9 route. Similar to the Marshall drop, no excuses here and you can’t compound mistakes in the fourth quarter in New England and expect to win. Other Lessons: Don’t throw to Jeff Cumberland in the red zone…also don’t throw slants to Chris Owusu in the red zone.
Silver Linings: Buffalo lost to Jacksonville, meaning the Jets have the added benefit in the wild card race of both Miami and the Bills having lost to the Idziks. Pittsburgh lost to Kansas City, which also helps in that department.
Calvin Pryor is really good (if you haven’t noticed yet) but he is unfortunately hurt now. Tommy Bohanon has actually turned into a very competent NFL fullback. If you still think Eric Decker is a product of Peyton Manning, you are still not very smart. Nick Folk is good at onside kicks. Stevan Ridley will be back next week.
Negative Town: Quinton Coples has 0 sacks, 4 penalties and 7 tackles in 6 games. Zac Stacy is a poor man’s Shonn Greene.
On to Oakland. SOWELL TRAIN!