Archive for December, 2011

Preview — Jets (8-7) at Dolphins (5-10)

Saturday, December 31st, 2011

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — How fitting is this? Rex Ryan’s confident/swagger filled Jets needing not only a win down in Miami but they need a bit of help from their fellow colleagues. In order for the Jets to secure the AFC’s No.6 spot, a winning New York team needs the Tennesse Titans to lose in Houston vs. the Texans, the Cincinnati Bengals to lose at home against the Baltimore Ravens as well as either the Denver Broncos to lose at home vs. the Kansas City Chiefs or the Oakland Raiders to lose in the black hole against the San Diego Chargers. Confused yet? Basically the Jets need a win and then just sit back and wait and hope for the best.

I guarantee... Rex has some big shoes to fill after what he said before the season got under way. Is luck on their side? And if so, can they be a rejuvenating team if they fall in? ( Photo)

The Jets just haven’t looked like the teams that made it to back to back AFC Championship games in the past two seasons. They have shown some familiar spark but not on a consistant level and that is probably the main reason why this situation they have put themselves in is now out of their hands. Coach Ryan knows this wasn’t what his team and the organization was hoping for.

“Have we had the results we were hoping for? No, but again, the season is not over,” Ryan said. “Maybe we’ll look at everything, obviously, at the end of the season, but right now we are competing for [the playoffs]. We’ve got a chance and we need to find a way to get it done this week.”

Does the team have a chance? Absolutley, but has anyone witnessed the play the last two weeks. The Jets got manhandled by the Philadelphia Eagles (who have shown some great things even though they aren’t contending in the playoffs) 45-19 and in last week’s game at “home” against the New York Football Giants where the offense looked completely confused and the defense got burned in the second half as the Jets lost 29-14. So before any Jet players or coaches start hoping for losses, they need to take care of business in Miami first and foremost then they can make their wishes.

The Miami Dolphins started (0-7) but have seemed to step up and are (5-3) since the dismal start. RB Reggie Bush (knee) has been ruled out but the other offensive weapon WR Brandon Marshall, is ready to go. Of course him being who he is as a WR, it caught the attention of CB Darrelle Revis and he his looking foward to the challenge.

“It’s great. It’s always a good fight between me and him. We compete, that’s all we do. We know each other on and off the field, so it’s all respect 100 percent.” Revis said.

Even after the last two weeks the Jets have had, I would expect them to come out and get a win. The team should have some confidence coming in. New York beat Miami 24-6 on October 17 but hasn’t swept a season series against the Dolphins since 2007. They have been somewhat of a headache for the Jets the past two and a half seasons.

It’s like any other Sunday, if the coaching is good, the players will execute accordingly. You have to know who you are coaching and call the right plays with the guys that you have. Yes, a lot of Jet players need to step up their game and come out on fire but the coaches have to know how to use their pawns before they start making moves.

Prediction: I think the Jets will win this game (score unknown) even though I’m sure the Dolphins would love to play spolier to their division rival, but as everyone already knows it’s not in their hands anymore. We will see how it all unfolds tomorrow.

Blue Christmas for Jets in 29-14 loss to Giants

Saturday, December 24th, 2011

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Can’t blame this one on the defense. Yes, that’s how I am going to start this game wrap up. Rex Ryan’s Jets came into this game today fired up, and in a must win situation the offense couldn’t get the job done once again. This has been the problem most of the season for this team, I call it ‘loss of identity’ and today they still couldn’t dig down deep and get the job done.

Here is where the problem comes into play with teams who have a mediocore offense. The trouble brews when the defense is relied on too much to do the right thing. All game the Jets defense stopped the run and kept QB Eli Manning’s completion percentage down (9-27, 225 yds, 1 td, 1 int, 61.5 QB rtg), as they were doing this, it felt like the offense of the Jets was just ’showing up’ instead of being competitive. Maybe this lack of aggression on offense is due to the play calling. I hate to blame the coaches when the players do not do their job correctly but someone has to be blamed in these situations. The Jets have seem to completely give up on their old ‘positive’ ways from last season and now they think QB Mark Sanchez is a throwing quarterback, well guess what Rex Ryan… he’s not. Sanchez finished the day (30-59, 258 yds, 1 td, 1 int, 54.2 QB rtg).

Giants WR Victor Cruz prances over Jets S Eric Smith en route to a 99 yard TD pass right before halftime. ( Photo)

When it comes to giving up their ‘old ways’ coach Ryan begs to differ and said that was not the game plan per say but due to certain circumstances it was kind of forced upon them.

“We were running the ball effectively but when you fall behind like that by a couple of scores we needed to speed it up and that’s why we did that.” Ryan said.

Speed it up? It’s not like they were down by some astronomical amount, plus, their defense was keeping them in the game as much as they could. There is no excuse to throw the football 59 times. That is a complete head scratcher for any team, especially for the Jets and coach Ryan knows it.

“Obviously we are not really built to play that game but you know it is what it is.” Ryan said.

It sounds like the coach is contradicting himself by saying his team is not built for this and if that’s the case, why have you been playing this style of offense the entire season? It was all about ‘ground and pound’ last season and even was preached in training camp but it seems like as soon as the season started they were all about something different and it really is not working out for them, why? Because the team is not built for it… I could’ve told you that.

The young QB is not built to be a passing star. Mark Sanchez can make things happen late in games but when you have a kid like this who you know isn’t the next Peyton Manning, you have to call the game around his style of play and that was not the case today. Sanchez is taking full responsibility for the lack of offensive consistancy.

“I left a lot of completions out there” Sanchez said, “I missed a couple of throws accuracy wise and physically but we just missed somethings in the passing game and that can’t happen when you’re playing a good defense.”

He missed more than a couple of throws but Sanchez is not the one to blame for this season… (In my opinion). The coaching staff lost the identity of the team as soon as training camp ended.

As far as the Jets defense goes, they were the only reason why the team was able to hang around for so long and they even had a chance to make a game winning drive with just over two minutes to go from deep in their own territory. The defense stopped the run until late in the game when it was pretty much over and they also stopped the pass except for one play by WR Victor Cruz who caught a short pass from Manning and went 99 yards for a score. They held Manning to only 9 completions, which is usually unheard of.

CB Darrelle Revis knew this was a big game and also knows his team made some mistakes when it counted most.

“This was a big game for us. In big games you can’t make mistakes. As well as we did play on defense, there were a couple of plays that we gave to them. The Giants took advantage of our mistakes.” Revis said.

Can’t really fault the defense that much but it’s a team game and everyone is a part of the winning as well as the losing.

The Jets playoff chances are now extremely slim and yes mathamatically they are still in it but a lot has to happen in order for them to back in. Spirits are high but the team and their coach are also thinking realistically.

“I am not going to say we are out of it or maybe I should, but clearly if you don’t learn this football game, it’s not in your control anymore. A lot of things have to happen… But clearly we lost control of our own destiny.” Ryan said.

That is the biggest thing taken away from this game, that the team lost conrtol of their own destiny and I personally think it was lost before the season began.

Jets stopping the run

Saturday, December 24th, 2011

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The New York Giants came into this game with two power backs in Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs. Bradshaw gives them that ‘razzle dazzle’ but hard running style you look for in your every down back while Jacobs stays on ‘beast mode status’ at all times crashing his way through defensive lineman, but so far today it’s a different story.

The Jets defensive line is clogging up every possible hole so far and really seem to be on the balls of their feet. Eli Manning and the Giants offense are trying to establish the run in order to open up the pass down the field, but to no avail.

First half rushing numbers.

A. Bradshaw — (ATT) 4 (YDS) 3 (AVG) 0.8

B. Jacobs — (ATT) 3 (YDS) 3 (AVG) 1.0

I would say that is dominating on run defense. Can the Jets keep it up and stay strong on the defensive side of the ball? I think it is a crucial part of their success today in order to get a victory here on Christmas Eve for the Battle of New York.

QB Tyler Palko Revisits Revis Island

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — The Jets will be playing a home game this Sunday at MetLife Stadium against the Kansas City Chiefs and some old faces will be reuniting. Up and coming (sort of) Cheifs QB Tyler Palko and arguably the top CB in the NFL, Darrelle Revis who were former teammates at Pitt will be going against one another once again.

This 'reunion' might be in favor of CB Darrelle Revis. Look for him to be on top of his game...not like he needs a reason. ( Photo)

What could be said about Revis this year other than he has been a shut down corner which is expected from him week in and week out. His only mishap has to be the game against the Buffalo Bills and the immature WR Stevie Johnson where he gave up his first and only touchdown so far this season. Sounds like Revis is filling the shoes that the analysts and his coach are putting him in.

Now we move to Palko who has had some ups and downs in his five games at the QB position so far this season. The young lefty has had some trouble filling the role for the Chiefs but he is still a professional and any athlete could break out of their slump at any time. His statistics are both good and bad. ( 62.7 % completion – (good) – 601 passing yards (bad) – 1 touchdown with 6 interceptions (bad) and an overall 57.7 QB rating (bad). The only number that is half decent is his completion percentage but let’s not forget, it’s only through five games.

The struggling QB is running into an old friend on Sunday and seeing as Revis played with him in college, that should give the advantage to Revis. As I mentioned before everyone is a professional in this league and Revis understands Palko is a competitor and has to be at the top of his game no matter what people may think.

“We’ve had a lot of battles at Pitt. He knows how I play. I know how he plays. It’s good. I’m sure he’s excited about this week, just as much as I am. He’s a big-time competitor. He showed it at Pitt and then I’m sure he’s going to try and show it on Sunday.” Revis said.

Even though the Chiefs run a conservative offense (based on their young QB’s stats) the Jets defense needs to be at the top of their game and make the necessary adjustments themselves in order to beat this team and keep their playoff hopes alive. Revis knows if they focus on the Chiefs main offensive players, they should have no problem getting a win this Sunday.

“We know there (are) playmakers on their team.” Revis said, ”I think we just need to focus on those guys that they have who are playing right now. This week, the focus is Tyler Palko and for the secondary for us is (Dwayne) Bowe and Jonathan Baldwin. I think we focus on those guys and we’ll take care of business.”

The Jets are an overall better team than the Chiefs and should have no problem ‘taking care of business’ at home on Sunday. They need to play smart and consistant and they should get a win. Keep your eyes on Revis, if the ball is thrown his way he might have an interception this week… Just my opinion.

A Win Makes Everything That Much Better…Still Room for Improvement

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

FLORHAM PARK, NJ — By now all fans know that the season the New York Jets are having has had its ups and downs. You win some and you lose some, but winning definately heals all.

Time to fly for Gang Green. Offense needs to improve earlier in the game or we can see the Jets season slip away sooner than expected. ( Photo)

 Work is a part of everyones life. Day in and day out people strive to be the best at what they do or strive to reach that promotion or raise and that’s exactly what the Jets are trying to do. With just a few games left on their schedule they’re striving to reach their promotion which is the playoffs. When something positive happens on the road to the top it makes it that much easier to go back to work and start a new and keep on trucking. Coach Rex Ryan is one of those people who appreciates positivity.

When asked about the big win on Sunday and if it was easier to come into work this week, Ryan said, “Oh, man, yeah, that’s good.  You look forward to coming to work every day, win, lose or draw, but it’s always better.  Everything (is), food, you name it, it’s better. I always tell the players their girlfriend is better looking. (joking)  That’s just how it works. Everything is better.”

The small cut in the Jets side might be feeling better right now but they still have a long way ahead of them and must stay positive in order to tackle what’s in their way. They have dug themselves a hole that is extremely hard to escape from but with the right mind set and focus any team can pull out of the rut when necessary.

QB Mark Sanchez and the rest of the teammates understand that the clock is ticking on their season and it is time to make their final push right about now.

“We’re focused. I think that’s our general mood here. (We’re) trying to just clean up some little things, whether it’s in the pass game, run game, protection, speaking from an offensive standpoint.” Sanchez said.

An offensive standpoint is a great place to start because this is where the team needs to step up if they want to make this season count. First half numbers are way down as seen in last Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills but the team knows they need to perform better in order for them to pro-long their season.

WR Santonio Holmes is a big part of this team and he knows what has to be done, “We have to put all of the pieces into the puzzle right away. We can’t go searching around, trying to find out where can we find it. We’ve got to come out with that spark from the beginning, hitting those guys in the mouth, offense, defense and special teams.”

Offensive consultant Tom Moore was at Jets practice today to I guess spark the team’s offense and get them ready for the game in Washington against the Redskins this Sunday. Is his presense the missing piece of the puzzle in the Jets offense? No one knows but coach Ryan was happy he was around.

“It’s always good to have him (Moore) and his knowledge of things and his perspective… He’s so positive.” Ryan said.

It may sound a bit corny but positive thoughts is what the team needs right now in order to make their last five games mean something. A positive locker room leads to positive players which leads to positive play. We will see how positive this team can look this upcoming Sunday against the Washington Redskins.