Archive for October, 2012

Preview: Dolphins (3-3) @ Jets (3-4)

Friday, October 26th, 2012

DIVISION RIVALRY HEATS UP THANKS TO HOT SAUCE COMMENTS.

All bets are off whenever the Jets and Dolphins square off. The records entering the game are meaningless, road game or home game it doesn’t matter there’s no method to this madness, no safe assumptions to be made. The football gods laugh at fans’ assertion that they have the better team, as if that’s supposed to mean anything to the football gods when these two teams meet.

The rivalry between these teams may have taken a back seat to the Patriots in the eyes of Jets fans recently, but years of bad blood fueled through hated division rivals and their fans will never completely vanish and this week the venom has resurfaced with a vengeance thanks to Reggie Bush still harping on the use of a classic football cliché. (more…)

Six Million Ways and One Ways to Lose

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

“Six million ways to die, so I choose/ made it six million and one with your eyes closed.” (c) Reggie Noble

There’s six million ways to lose a football game and yesterday it seemed as Jets relied on almost all six million of those ways to lose to the Patriots.

Allowing a kickoff return for touchdown, terrible passes, terrible drops, head scratching play calls, soft coverage when it mattered most, putting Demario Davis on Welker coverage for two big plays in overtime, Gronkowski and Hernandez being Gronkowski and Hernandez, botched handoff turned into a safety, poor blocking at the most inopportune times, Sanchez returning to claim the crown of check-down king, pumping the breaks on being aggressive and being too cautious and yet not only did this game go into overtime, the Jets should have won it in regulation.

The Jets did a lot to ensure that they would lose, but it’s not like they were alone. The Patriots were doing all they could to lose and fail to close their fourth game of the season, but the Jets weren’t having it. The Patriots failed to close again, but then the Jets failed to close themselves and made it easier for the Patriots to shut the door on yesterday’s game for good. (more…)

Revis Surgery Set for Tomorrow, Focused on Return

Monday, October 15th, 2012

Florham Park, N.J.- Today was the first time Darrelle Revis talked to the media since his season-ending injury in Miami three weeks ago and it was quite obvious that this entire process has been wearing on him. You could see the hurt in his eyes as well as hear it in his voice.

“I know it was something different, I’ve got hit in the knee a thousands times.” Revis said, “I just knew this wasn’t a hyper-extension in the knee, I just knew it was something worse so I just figured it was an ACL or a meniscus or PCL or something and the doctors told me it was an ACL. When I heard that I knew that I couldn’t play the rest of the season and I just had to wrap my brain around that and just try to get ready for the 2013 season.”

Revis said what hurts most is not being able to be out there on the field with his teammates and contributing, but the pain he felt in the moment he was hurt let him know how serious the injury was. (more…)

JETS 35 – COLTS 9

Sunday, October 14th, 2012

It’s “Greene Day” as veteran RB runs all over young Colts in Jets rout.

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ- Now that’s how to ground-and-pound your way to a victory. The Jets were clicking on all levels in today’s win and played a near perfect game, with the only exception being too many penalties, but the running game was easily the biggest reason why the Jets were able to coast to an easy 35-9 victory. All season long the Jets have struggled to stop the run and run the ball themselves, neither were an issue today as the Jets held the Colts to 41 yards rushing on 17 carries (2.4 yards per carry) and ran the ball a whopping 44 times for a total of 252 yards (5.7 yards a clip).

Shonn Greene has been on the receiving end of heavy criticism all season long, but today the War Machine was activated as he ran for 161 hard earned runs and three touchdowns. Greene has 32 carries (5.0 a carry) and ran tough and decisively as he executed spin moves and hard cuts to break a few big runs and continuously pick up positive yards.

It was Shonn Greene day as the veteran RB ran for a career high 161 yards and 3 TD's against Indy. (JetsInsider.com Photo)

“It was pretty nice to get a win, you know, I think it was 31-6 or something like that, it was nice to put points on the board and that’s what we want to do. We want to execute, stay on the field, keep the defense fresh and put points on the board.” Greene said, “My offensive line did a great job today, Lex (Hilliard) did a great job at fullback, the wide receivers blocked down field so as one offense and one unit we did a great job.”But Greene wasn’t alone, Powell rushed four times for 14 yards before coming out of the game with a shoulder injury and Joe McKnight once again flashed his dangerous play-making ability with a 61 yard run before he had to leave with an ankle injury. After the game Rex Ryan said they hadn’t yet received any updates on the injuries.

While it was the running game that carried this offense to such an impressive day, the Jets were also able to take advantage of the Colts through the air when they needed to. Mark Sanchez had a very efficient game, though not exactly gaudy stats, completing 11 of 18 passes for just 82 yards (7.5 yard per pass) and two touchdowns for a QB rating of 109.00, hitting seven different receivers. The total passing yards from Sanchez was quite small, but the Jets didn’t need anything more than that today as the running game was working as good as it has in years, plus the offense got help on a fake punt on fourth-and-11. The Colts looked ready for a Tebow run, but they were not prepared for the jump pass and Tebow hit a wide open Nick Bellore for 23 yards to set up a touchdown right before the half to give the Jets a 21-6.

Not to be outdone by the offense, the defense stepped up and shut down Andrew Luck and Reggie Wayne in a big way. The coverage was good, but the key to stopping Luck today was the pressure the Jets put on him as he was constantly forced out of the pocket and throw passes before he was ready to. The Jets racked up four sacks for -23 yards, six QB hurries, two QB hits which lead to seven deflected passes, two interceptions and two fumbles.

Truly the only thing the Jets did today that wasn’t great were the penalties, 8 penalties for 110 yards. Normally that’s a great way to lose a game, but when the rest of the team plays so perfect you can survive a few bad penalties, even if two of them negated touchdowns by Cromartie.

“Those penalties were kind of…. I don’t know (laughing), but I mean they made the calls.” Cromartie said, “I just got to go back and look at it and make sure I clean it up in practice.”

Cromartie continues to play at a high level, had a pick that he returned for a touchdown that was called back due to a questionable unnecessary roughness penalty on Aaron Maybin and also had another interception return for a touchdown called back because of a holding penalty where Cromartie clearly held Wayne’s shoulder allowing him to make the pick.

“That was our gameplan. When we got a chance to get our hands on Reggie (Wayne) and try to confuse (Luck) at the same time. Try to take his number one read away before he makes throws to the other side (and) I think we did a great job with that….He’s (Luck) going to be great.” Cromartie said about Luck. “I think he makes the throws that he needs to make and he makes the right decisions.”

There’s no doubting Cromartie is right, Luck is going to be great, but today the Jets made him look like just another rookie as they harassed him and his receivers the entire game as Luck finished the day 22-44 (50 percent) for 280 yards, two picks and a lousy 51.3 QB rating.

The defense got some big contributions from their young defensive lineman as Muhammad Wilkerson had five tackles, including a couple big run stops and a sack, one deflected pass and a forced fumble and rookie Quinton Coples was disruptive on inside rushes and had, two QB hurries and 1.5 sacks, but on the second one he was also called for a facemask which gave the Colts a first down.

Last week the Jets hung tough against the Texans without five of their most important players, the game was in their clutches but they just couldn’t grab it, today the Jets grabbed this game by the throat immediately and never let the Colts get going. If the Jets can continue this upward performance and not suffer a letdown they will be on their way to being the team they always knew they could be, even if most people outside the locker room understandably had their doubts.

“It feels good to finally be able to do the things that play  into the philosophy of what we want to do. Being able to run the ball and create a little separation with those receivers when we threw the ball.” Brandon Moore said, “I mean it’s (only) one game, but it feels good to know that if you do the things necessary that you’re capable of doing. You’ve heard people tell you you can’t do it, but it panned out for us today.”

Where is the Pass Rush?

Friday, October 12th, 2012

Florham Park, N.J.- Ever since the Jets traded away John Abraham they have struggled to effectively pressure opposing quarterbacks and this year is no different. The Jets only have one defender with a positive pass-rushing grade (according to ProFootballFocus.com) and it’s highly unlikely you’ll guess right if you try (answer soon to come and bound to shock/disgust you).

Rex Ryan was hoping his four man fronts, involving some combination of Sione Po’uha, Kenrick Ellis, Mike DeVito, Muhammad Wilkerson and the rookie Quinton Coples, would be able to get pressure on their own, but no such luck and the linebackers haven’t been any better either. (more…)

Smith and Ellis Out. Keller and Hill Expected to play

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

Florham Park, N.J.- Injuries are a part of the business that is the NFL and all teams have to deal with them, but it’s hard to imagine a team being dealt more crushing injuries to it’s most important players than the Jets. With the Jets having plenty of holes, even when healthy, and lacking the necessary depth to make up for many of the injuries the odds were very heavily stacked them these past few weeks. The good news looking forward is Dustin Keller and Stephen Hill are expected to return to the lineup this Sunday, the bad news is other injuries keep on piling up.

Kenrick Ellis tweaked his knee in the game against the Texans and will miss four-six weeks with an MCL sprain, Josh Mauga has been placed on IR with a torn pectoral muscle and Eric Smith hurt his knee in yesterday’s practice.

“Kenrick Ellis his MCL, it looks like he could be out a significant amount of time, maybe four-six weeks, we’re hoping with him it won’t be more than four but we’ll see.” Ryan said, “Yesterday Eric Smith goes up to knock a ball down (and) comes down on his leg. Luckily I think it’s just a sprained knee, but I think Eric is probably going to miss this week with it. I’ll be honest I thought it was going to be much worse than that.” (more…)

Extra Practice Session Added for Extra Focus on Run Game

Friday, October 5th, 2012

Florham Park, N.J.- The Jets have all sorts of problems that need to get worked out if they hope to be as good as they think they can be, but their two biggest problems, by far, revolve around the running game.

The league may have changed into a more pass oriented league than ever before, but being able to run the ball consistently as well as stop the other team from running the ball are still two of the biggest factors separating winning teams from losing teams. Right now the Jets have been atrocious in the run game on both sides of the ball. Rex Ryan and his coaching staff knows this and for yesterday’s practice they decided they needed to do something different to put an emphasis on the running game on both sides of the ball.

“(At) Practice yesterday, we went into it thinking, ‘alright this is going to be a nosebleed Wednesday,’ and that’s exactly what it was. Even though it was a Thursday technically, it was a nosebleed Wednesday, meaning that it’s the first day of the work week where you’re preparing for the other team.” Rex Ryan said, “But we put in an extra period and this was one of our coaches ideas and I thought it was a great one. (more…)

Holmes Out for Season

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

Florham Park, N.J.- First Darrelle Revis, now Santonio Holmes.

Today the Jets officially announced that Holmes will miss the remainder of the season with a Lisfranc injury in his left foot. Holmes will require surgery, rest and plenty of rehab, but Rex Ryan said he expects Holmes to be ready for the start of the 2013 season. That of course does nothing to help the 2012 Jets, with the offense already faltering the loss of Holmes severely cripples the Jets chances of regrouping and making a playoff push.

Yes the Jets are 2-2 and currently tied for the division lead, but you’d be hard pressed to find someone not cloaked in Jets garb to say the Jets are anywhere near as good as the Patriots. Sure the Patriots have struggled in a couple of games, but nothing like the Jets. The ineptitude of the Jets over the past three games has been overwhelming. You can’t win many football games playing like the Jets have this season, excluding the Bills game, and with the Jets having to continue without both their best defensive and offensive players it’s certainly going to be harder to right this ship. Not impossible, but most definitely more difficult. (more…)