TOJ Roundtable – New York Jets Week 15 Review Edition

The TOJ Roundtable discusses the New York Jets 31-19 loss to the New Orleans Saints…

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What are you most disappointed with from the New York Jets 31-19 loss to the New Orleans Saints

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David Aitken: Honestly, I’m not disappointed with a whole lot because my expectation was a massacre. The Jets stuck around with a top tier opponent on the road playing a backup QB, largely due to timely turnovers and a pair of rookie safeties that refused to give Drew Brees cheap scores. I could talk about how poor Bryce Petty was, but I expected that. In games like these people come away disappointed in conservative offensive play calling but giving Petty a license to sling it probably ends the game by half time. Disappointment about the result has less to do with how the game went and more so with the evident roster flaws. The teams long term answer at QB isn’t on the roster but we knew that already. It’s the same with pass rushers. These games against top teams go to show the Jets’ talent gap at key positions and the amount of work ahead this coming offseason.

Scott MasonI was disappointed that Bryce Petty was exactly as awful as he looked last week in Denver. The Saints gave the Jets every opportunity to win this game but Petty was so inept that it didn’t matter. The scary thing is that Hackenberg must be a million times worse to not even merit consideration, which doesn’t even seem possible. Neither Petty nor Hackenberg is an NFL QB, and hopefully there isn’t anybody left who believes otherwise anymore.

Kyle FaheyThe game was bad a whole. Not a lot of bright spots, nobody made a great play, nobody really made a difference. But what really irked me was that the Jets were not able to capitalize on turnovers. The Jets had three golden opportunities to change the game, and yet the offense couldn’t get it done.

Dalbin OsorioI could piggyback of Scott Mason like he’s the Scott Steiner to my Rick Steiner but I’ll say that the most disappointing thing was that these games (like the NE and ATL games) are proof that this team is punching way above their weight class thanks to some timely plays and some above average coaching. Games against top tier opponents magnify the lack of talent though, and it is vey disappointing that three years in Mike Maccagnan has not added one game breaker on offense and that the only two playmakers on this defense are the last line of defense and are currently rookies. No edge rusher, no WR that really scares defenses (Robby Anderson is a nice player, but I am tired of Jets fans overvaluing players that STILL need to get better and show up every week). It’s a damn shame because the defense did work against Ingram and Kamara, but the lack of difference makers really has cost this team a bunch of games.

Jared Scherl: This was a fairly ho-hum game as far as expectations aligning with reality. Although they came up with 3 turnovers and are being mostly applauded for their performance, the Jets defense still gave up 31 points. Offensively, the only meaningful takeaway shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone: Bryce Petty is not a good quarterback. As for biggest disappointments, I’ll go with two. First, is there ever any creativity from the offensive coordinator? Whether it’s Schottenheimer, Sparano, Mornhinweg, Gailey, or Morton, it seems like we get the same old every time. When was the last time the Jets ran a legitimate trick play on offense? A flea flicker, hook and ladder, statue of liberty play, anything. Being 16 point underdogs on the road playing with a backup quarterback is as good of a time as any. If it doesn’t work, so be it. At least you tried. Second, I’m sick of Jojo Natson costing us 10 yards of field position every time he tries to take out a kick. Just take a knee, get the ball at the 25, and go from there. Stop trying to play hero and take out kickoffs that are 5 yards deep in the end zone. The only thing it’s doing is hurting the team.

Greg Armstrong: Bryce Petty is exactly who we thought he is. I didn’t expect a whole lot from Petty in Sundays game, but he showed us that he’s had little to no improvement on his game. He’s still inaccurate, he still has trouble making more than one read and he still makes dumb decisions. I was also very disappointed in only having three points off of turnovers. The Jets had prime opportunities to take the lead and/or make it a closer game and did absolutely nothing. Why not throw a deep ball? Why not try something else downfield? I’m sick of seeing the offense run the ball every first down and not making the defense guess at all.

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Author: Dalbin Osorio

Dalbin Osorio is a Case Planner for Graham-Windham, New York's oldest child welfare agency. He is, also, a student at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. Dalbin graduated from Monroe College with a degree in Business Administration. A 3 sport utility man in high school (think a mix of Jerome WIlliams, Brad Smith, and Jayson Nix), he joined TOJ in 2013.