The TOJ Roundtable is back. Make sure to give everybody a follow on Twitter and to let us know your opinion down in the comment section below! Today’s question is…
What have you been happiest with through four games and most disappointed with through four games for the New York Jets?
Joe Caporoso – I’ve been happiest with the players the Jets acquired through free agency and trade all meeting or exceeding expectations. There were some gripes about the money invested in Darrelle Revis and Buster Skrine but Revis has been involved in five turnovers in four games, while remaining his usual lock-down self, which is critical to the structure of the Jets defense. Skrine has flourished as the slot corner, both with stable coverage and as a terrorizing blitzer off the edge. There have been endless complaints about Antonio Cromartie but he is on a glorified one year deal and has been more competent than many are giving him credit for. Away from corner, Marcus Gilchrist and James Carpenter have both substantially raised their level of play from last season and Brandon Marshall has been one of the five best wide receivers in the NFL.
Oh…and the second half adjustments and performances by the team have been outrageously good, especially in comparison to recent years. They are averaging allowing 3 points per game in the second half and outscoring teams 44-14 overall.
My disappointment has been on special teams and with the missed opportunities between Ryan Fitzpatrick and Devin Smith. The Jets coverage units have been inconsistent but should improve with the return of a healthy Jamari Lattimore, Darrin Walls and Chris Owusu. Zac Stacy is dreadful as a kick returner but again, Owusu’s return should help there. With Fitzpatrick and Smith, the rookie has done nice work getting open in his first two NFL starts but Fitzpatrick has repeatedly missed him. Hopefully, the two can get more in sync during the bye week. Unfortunately, Smith’s skill set doesn’t really match-up with Fitzpatrick’s which is going to limit his overall effectiveness this season.Dalbin Osorio – Unlike John, I am not surprised the Jets are 3-1 at the bye. I thought they’d be here but did not expect them to beat the Colts in Week 2. The Jets are primed for a postseason run, and the rest of the schedule shapes up nicely for them. With that said, there are warts that could rear their heads and keep this team from playing into January.
Ryan Fitzpatrick hasn’t been a disappointment overall, because this is who he is and I didn’t expect any different. The propensity for interceptions is disappointing because you can’t leave points on the field against better competition. I’m also frustrated in Bowles’ unwillingness to budge on Fitzpatrick being the starter despite inconsistent play so far during the first quarter of the season. Penalties have also been a problem. The Jets are in the top half of the league in penalties and are 3rd in the league in unnecessary roughness penalties. Bowles was supposed to have this team disciplined and, while it hasn’t reached Rexi levels, it is still concerning to see.
The thing I’ve been most pleasantly surprised with is how good Antonio Cromartie has played. He looked horrible in training camp, but has stepped up to give the Jets three quality corners a year after having none. Marcus Glchrist also done a great job of locking up the tight ends hes faced.
John Hargaden – If you told me before the season started that at the bye week the Jets were going to be 3-1, I would have jumped for joy. This has been a solid start to the Mike Maccagnan/Todd Bowles era. You can tell that the players have bought into Bowles’ system and you see it being performed on the field.What has impressed me the most this year so far has been the play of Brandon Marshall. We all knew the caliber of player Marshall was when was acquired from Chicago in the offseason. Marshall has been a excellent addition to this team. It has provided the Jets the best threat at Wide Receiver since the days of Keyshawn Johnson. So far this season Marshall has had 30 receptions for 400 yards and 3 TD’s, which is an average of 13 yards per reception. He provides a constant threat with allows Eric Decker to face weaker opponents.
Two things though are a little concerning. With the addition of Marshall, you can see that Ryan Fitzpatrick wants to get him the ball as much as possible. In the last few games Fitzpatrick has been looking at the Marshall the entire time and not going through his regular progressions. This is something Fitzpatrick must improve on and potentially look at the 2nd and 3rd options. Another area which is concerning has been the Jets Special Teams play, especially the punt coverage and punt return. Ryan Quigley, the Jets punter, has had both hot and cold patches and the punt coverage has allowed some pretty decent returns.
It has been an excellent start to the 2015 season for the Green and White. As Coach Bowles has said time and time again, not looking too far ahead. Take it one week at the time.