The Jets got back to the daily grind on Monday, fresh off some time away from the pigskin and away from their training complex in Florham Park during the bye week.
The day’s workout was merely designed to get the rust off after an extended break, but time away can provide you with plenty of room to think about what’s gone wrong, and how it can be fixed.
That was the vibe at Jets camp this afternoon, with Gang Green appearing rejuvinated as they returned to football after a week off.
“It felt good to get back out there,” running back Thomas Jones. “Guys had a chance to get away, recover, look back over the last eight weeks, correct some of the mistakes we’ve made and get ready. Guys were full of energy today and excited to get back onto the field and are looking forward to playing this weekend.”
It’s all well and good that these guys appear ready and excited to get back to work. But the fact remains this team is 4-4, and have put themselves in a considerable hole in their quest to get to postseason play. The self-inflicted wounds that have plagued this team all season long must be fixed, or the second half of this season could be even more of a roller coaster than the first.
But that’s my opinion. What does our fearless leader, Rex Ryan, have to say about what his squad needs to do fix in order to secure a playoff spot?
“Just doing the little things,” he said. Our special teams, at times, have been outstanding and where we thought they’d be. As good as Jay (Feely) is, challenge yourself. Place the ball (on kickoffs). Let’s make sure we’re doing the little things. Getting tackles on special teams would be huge. Even on offense, the turnover is going to happen, but we need to get the guy down. You’ve got to get the guy on the ground. You have to give our defense a chance to go out there and keep them out of the end zone. On defense, our communication needs to still get better. There are things we’re doing well, but we’ve got to get some turnovers and score with turnovers. Usually, we’re the team that’s scoring with takeaways. There are things I know we can get better at and I’m confident in our group that we will get better at those things.”
If the Jets can get rid of even half of the little mistakes they’ve made over the course of the first 8 weeks, they’d be staring at a 6-2 record. Another area that needs gain consistency, though, is the play of the quarterback.
Mark Sanchez has had his outstanding moments through the first half of his rookie season, but his bad ones have equaled them. Still, Ryan feels the USC product has done very well in this his first NFL season, and needs only to follow his job description to improve.
“You can just look at the turnover battle. When we win the turnover battle we win, when we lose it we’ve lost. He’s played well. He’s played well enough to win most games. For a rookie quarterback, he’s better than maybe I even thought as a rookie. He’s just part of the team. He doesn’t have to do anything Herculean. He just (has) to play the position. Go play quarterback. I’m confident that he’ll do it.”
The team will practice each day this week, with tomorrow’s workout beginning at 11:50 AM. Be sure to check back to JetsInsider.com for all your news and updates.