Archive for November, 2010

A statiscal look at the Browns’ recent success

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

FLORHAM PARK, NJ – Across New York, Jets fans are hoping their team doesn’t get lulled to sleep by the bland Cleveland Browns. Just ask any Saints or Patriots fans how that feels. How is it a team that has been cast aside for the last decade, in a city that has suffered more sports agony than any other, is one of the hottest in the league?

Their coach was exiled from New York after a horrible late season collapse. After losing their top two quarterbacks, an unheralded, baby-faced rookie has been leading an offense with zero house-hold names. And a former fullback-turned-running back has been unleashed on opposing teams, breaking the backs of any defense who dares to get in his way. The team filled with a bunch of send-offs and no-names have rattled off back-to-back victories against the reigning Super Bowl champions and a 6-1 division-leading team.

And they’ve been able to do it the old fashioned way.

When looking at the overall season numbers of the Browns, there is nothing that jumps out at you screaming this is a dangerous team. They have the 25th ranked passing offense, throwing more interceptions (8) than touchdowns (6). They also rank in the bottom third in passing yards (1,510), completions (145), and the bottom half in yards per completion (6.8). Ironically, they also rank 25th in passing defense, allowing the eighth most yards through the air (1,924) and the seventh most touchdowns (15). Certainly that is nothing to boast about.

However taking a closer look at how they were able to man-handle the Saints and Patriots may be more indicative to a season-changing turnaround rather than simple dumb luck.

Against the Saints and Patriots, the Browns were able to get early 10-0 leads, which enabled them to dictate their style of play. And they did so, pounding the ball and chewing up the clock. On the season they’ve averaged 117 yards per game on the ground, good for the 14th best rushing attack. In their last two games they’ve relied heavily on the run (72 att, 335 yards, 5 TD).

Jets head coach, Rex Ryan, has been under a bit of fire for the questionable play-calling and decision-making recently. If he wants to get the media off his back he'll read this article. (JetsInsider.com Photo).

The Jets strong suit has been stopping the run. In fact, they’ve only allowed one team to rush over 100 yards against them this season. It will be a power versus power match-up with the breakout Peyton Hillis running up the gut into the teeth of the Jets run defense.

The Browns also found a direct correlation to winning and winning the turnover battle. Against New Orleans, they were able to pick off Drew Brees four times and return two for scores. Against New England, they were able to capitalize on two fumbles and a late interception. The defense had a bend-but-don’t-break approach to the high-powered Saints offense, allowing only four red zone trips (1 FG, 1 TD).

While their defense continues to make plays, the offense, led by rookie Colt McCoy, has been playing mistake-free football for the most part. After throwing two picks against the Steelers in his NFL debut, McCoy has played the role of game manager very well. Head coach Eric Mangini has simplified the playbook and has asked McCoy to simply not turn the ball over. Sound familiar Jet fans?

It has been well-noted that the Jets have struggled offensively, particularly in the red zone. The Jets cannot continue to settle for three points when they get inside the 20 like they have been, as their last few games have been too close. The defense also must pressure the young QB (sacked only once in the last two games) and force him to make uncomfortable throws.

While both teams do a great job stopping the run (Browns have allowed only one rushing touchdown this year), perhaps the biggest difference between the two teams has been their discipline. As the Jets continue to be one of most-penalized teams in the league, the Browns have been penalized a combined seven times for 50 yards over their last two games.

Additionally, the Browns were very adept at keeping Brees and Tom Brady off the field, which helps any opposing team. In the two games, they forced opposing offenses to a 31% third down efficiency rating.

However, it is important to keep in mind that this team is far from perfect. They still lack a big-play receiver (I have yet to see Joshua Cribbs and McCoy develop any sort of rhythm). Their quarterback is treading water in uncharted territories. And their defense seems susceptible to spread sets and the no-huddle offense.

Brees, while throwing four interceptions, was able to carve up the Browns defense for 356 yards and complete 37 passes, most of which was done from the shotgun formation. And in Cleveland, Brady and the Patriots had their only two scores of the day from the no-huddle offense. In that game, the Patriots had the ball for just over 21 minutes. On their two touchdown drives, which almost exclusively featured the no-huddle, they were able to chew up 10 minutes–half of the time they had the ball.

While the Browns have folded over for winning teams in the past, the have recently come out and played inspired football. In a game that features the return of their head coach to his former place of employment and a match-up of burly brothers, the will have all the more reason to be fired up. Take notes Jets personnel, these Browns are fresh out of the Dawg Pound.

Mangini finally feels comfortable in his own skin

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

FLORHAM PARK, NJ – It took him nearly five years, but Eric Mangini thinks he’s figured it out.

After an over-priced New Jersey home, a spot in the Sopranos where he was proclaimed the “Man-Genius”, three gut-wrenching years, and one SpyGate conspiracy, Mangini seems to be at peace with himself and his team, the Cleveland Browns.

“I’ve found this with my kids. When Jake was born, my oldest, I would talk to him in my father’s voice because that’s all I knew,” Mangini said in a teleconference on Wednesday. “Now I’ve got two more and I’m really comfortable being a dad. I try to take the best things from my parents and apply it my kids in my own way.”

Browns coach Eric Mangini hit some rough patches as he first started his head coaching career. But since landing in Cleveland, Mangini says he's made a lot of adjustments for the better. (JetsInsider.com Photo).

The metaphoric statement was a response to the question of how he has changed since leaving the Jets. Getting brought under the wings of Bill Parcells and Bill Belichick, it was easy for Mangini to try and replicate their successes and hope the outcome would be the same. But, as he found out, success isn’t found on a carbon copy.

“I think the thing that I’ve learned is to take the best things from the people that I’ve been with who are outstanding but do it in my own way. It’s more effective. It’s more authentic,” said Mangini.

When he first got to New York, he spoke and acted like a Belichick clone; offering very little to the media, while implementing strict rules with his team. But he began losing control of his team after a Brett Favre-led Jets team failed to make the playoffs after starting the 2008 season 8-3 and hailed as Super Bowl contenders.

His second chance was given in Cleveland, where he went 5-11 in his first season, but rattled off four straight wins to close out the season. And this year, he has lead a resurgent Browns team to a 3-5 record; impressively posting back-to-back wins against the New Orleans Saints and New England Patriots.

So what was the turn-around? He developed a sense of humor. Something that was non-existent during his time in New York.

“I know this may sound crazy, but some people actually think I have a good personality and little funny,” he said. “It’s more that I know what I want to say. I know the points I want to get across.”

He told the media stories of him and former Patriots defensive coach, Rob Ryan, Rex’s brother. Stories of the two of them wrestling on the floor during Super Bowl week only to sheepishly look up at a disapproved Bill Belichick. Or how Ryan would hide Snickers bars in his socks when the two were dieting together.

The humor has always been there, it was just a matter of finding a happy medium of work and play. And it could be that level of ease that is propelling the maturation of baby-faced Colt McCoy or the emergence of the bruising Peyton Hillis.

For year’s, Mangini was labeled almost as a direct by-product of Belichick, supplying short, cliche answers without giving anything away to his opponents or the media for that matter. But today, as he paused to catch his breath from thoroughly answering question after question, he was asked about the status of his New Jersey home.

“We took it off the market for a little bit, but it’s back up now. I thought Rex, after his extension, might buy it, but i don’t know what he’s waiting for. It’s a great location.”

He was trying to get the point across that he is, for the first time as a head coach, comfortable with himself.


The Morning After Report

Monday, November 8th, 2010

FLORHAM PARK, NJ – The New York Jets came together when they had to–late in the game–to comeback and defeat the Detroit Lions 23-20 on Sunday. It wasn’t pretty, in fact, for most of the game it looked down-right nauseating.

It was really a tale of two halves: in the first, the Jets extended their scoreless streak to five quarters while having trouble holding on to the ball (three first half fumbles). And in the second half, they were able to drive the field, work the 2-minute offense and keep the Lions defense from the end zone.

Yesterday’s Jets overtime victory marked only the third time the Jets had tied the game with 0:00 left in regulation, and then go on to win the game in overtime. It happened in 1991 in 23-20 Week 17 victory over Dan Marino and the Dolphins to decide who would go to the playoffs. The other was in 1986, again against the Dolphins, a 51-45 offensive showdown.

While it is easy to smile at the win, there are certainly things for the Jets to work on. After all, they did play against the Lions. (Granted, these aren’t my older brother’s Lions). So without further adieu, the Official JetsInsider.com’s Morning After Report.

PASSING: B+

  • In a battle of 2006 top-5 draft picks, Mark Sanchez beat KO’d Matthew Stafford. While Stafford nursed his ailing right shoulder, Sanchez put the Jets on his as he threw for a career-high 339 yards. After the 74-yard bomb to Braylon Edwards on a go-route late in the first half, Sanchez’s confidence was noticeably high. He leaned on the check-down passes when he had to, but was most effective in the 2-minute offense.
  • After I ripped Edwards for telling his fellow receivers how to catch the ball and stay modest, he came up with the first big play of the day while the rest of the receivers came up in timely ways as well. Sanchez found TE Dustin Keller with more frequency (five targets, four receptions, 59 yards). All of Keller’s catches either came on third-down or went for a first down.
  • His three-drop performance against the Packers was followed up with two more drops by Jerricho Cotchery. He saw his starting position be taken over by Santonio Holmes (5 rec, 114 yards on 51 plays) as he was reduced to the number three role. “He has to play more even if it takes some snaps away from me,” said Cotchery. “I’m good with it.”

RUSHING: C-

  • The plan was to pound the ball against the the 27th ranked rush defense and chew up the clock as well as yardage. The ran the ball 30 times for 110 yards, an average of 3.7 yards per carry. But the Lions regularly had eight men in the box to stop the Jets aggressive rushing attack.
  • The playing time between “Team Dash & Bash” was once again two-to-one in favor of LaDanian Tomlinson (13 rushes, 55 yards, 3.7 yards per carry). This marks the third straight week LT has had a yards per carry average below four. Perhaps the second-half of the season is catching up to him.
  • Getting Shonn Greene (10 rushes, 46 yards, 4.6 yards per carry) the ball more could be the perfect remedy. Ideally in games, LT would wear down defenses with his speed and elusiveness in the first half and Greene would run them down in the second half. Maybe that should be the plan as Tomlinson looks to be slowing down a bit. With all the time off from his slow first half start, Greene could be a fresher look.

Darrelle Revis is back, ladies and gentlemen. He shutdown one of the game's best, Calvin "Megatron" Johnson, to one reception on just four targets. Revis Island is open just in time for the holiday season. (JetsInsider.com Photo).

PASS DEFENSE: B-

  • Well, I think it’s safe to say that after hurricane warnings closed Revis Island in the early months to visiting receivers, it is now open for the season. Revis shut-down Calvin “Megatron” Johnson, holding the All-Pro wideout to one reception for 13 yards getting only four targets the whole game. “Calvin Johnson is a beast of a receiver,” Revis said. “It’s a great matchup. He brought out the best out of me.”
  • Antonio Cromartie also did an excellent job on opposing receiver, Bryant Johnson (one reception, seven yards). The trouble came from the nickel back position. Drew Coleman was torched by slot receiver Nate Burleson (7 receptions, 113 yards, 1 TD, 8 targets) all day long.
  • The pass rush was effective, as they caused the injury-proned Stafford to leave the game. The defense recorded two sacks and three QB hits, one in which Bryan  Thomas forced Stafford to leave after re-injuring his throwing shoulder.

RUSHING DEFENSE: A-

  • The rushing defense, without Kris Jenkins in the middle, continues to be the best facet of the Jets game week-in and week-out. The allowed 78 rushing yards for an embarrassing yards per carry average of 2.8.
  • The Lions tried to force the issue, rushing the ball 28 times, but saw little luck.
  • The up-the-middle combination of Scott, Harris, Pouha, and DeVito combined for a total of 21 tackles, clogging up the middle lanes.
  • Do you think if we sent out an anonymous letter telling opposing teams to just never run the ball on the Jets that anyone would listen?

SPECIAL TEAMS: C+

  • It was an up and down day for Mike Westoff’s bunch. A costly roughing the kicker call on Trevor Pryce, which ended up turning a field goal into a touchdown, ended up not costing them the game but most certainly could have.
  • The same goes for the fumble by Kyle Wilson on a punt return. Luckily for Wilson, who’s been reeling since the start of the season, the ball stayed with the Jets.
  • The special teamer of the day, however, has to be Nick Folk. He went 3-for-3 on field goal tries, including a 36-yarder to tie the game with zero time left in regulation and a 30-yarder to win it in OT. That marked the first time in Folk’s career he attempted a game-winner in overtime.

COACHING: B-

  • The coaching staff gets an above average grade simply because the Jets pulled the win out for them. However there were a few coaching miscues that could have lost them the game.
  • Early in the fourth quarter Ryan used two timeouts on the defensive side of the ball, which was why the Jets had none when it came time to mount the comeback. With the Lions on the 2-yard line, the Jets had too many men on the field. Then, there was confusion on which personnel package was supposed to be the field.
  • Ryan called the timeouts because he didn’t want to concede a touchdown. That, of course, is what happened, as Burleson beat Coleman for a 2-yard scoring catch. He put the blame on the coaches for that miscue, “I thought about firing a bunch of people in that situation,” Ryan said afterward.

Jets, Sanchez Rally Late; Beat Lions in OT, 23-20

Sunday, November 7th, 2010

DETROIT, MI – Mark Sanchez wasn’t great, but he was certainly great it when it mattered.

His 52-yard strike ten seconds in to over time to Santonio Holmes set up Nick Folk’s 30-yard field goal to cap a 13-point comeback victory over the Detroit Lions in Ford Field, 23-20.

Sanchez ran the two-minute offense to perfection, leading the Jets on a 9-play drive with 1:40 left to play with zero timeouts to allow Folk’s game-tying 36-yarder.  And with 2:46 remaining he scored on a one-yard quarterback sneak to bring the Jets within three points.

“”When I started running it, we got them on their heels,” Sanchez said. “It was obvious that we took over the game at the end.”

In a match-up of two first round quarterbacks, Sanchez came out on top while Matthew Stafford was forced out of the game.

Mark Sanchez threw for a career-high 339 yards in the Jets 23-20 overtime victory against the Lions. Sanchez led a 13-point fourth quarter comeback in he passed and ran for a score. (JetsInsider.com Photo).

Sanchez (5th pick in ‘06 draft) went 22-for-39 for a career-high 339 passing yards with one touchdown and one interception. The score came off of a 74-yard catch-and-run by Braylon Edwards with under a minute to go in the first half. Holmes led the team with 114 yards on five receptions, while LaDanian Tomlinson and Shonn Greene combined for 101 yards on the ground.

Stafford (1st pick in ‘06 draft) was 20-of-36 for 240 yards with two touchdowns, no interceptions, and one rushing score. Nate Burleson saw a lot of action — gaining 113 yards and a touchdown on seven receptions — with Calvin Johnson (1 rec, 13 yards) getting shut down by All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis. Lions running back Jahvid Best had 88 total yards on the day.

The Lions (2-6) came out fired up as the tried to triple their win total from two years ago, but couldn’t overcome the injury to Stafford or coaching miscues to hold on to the game. After missing seven weeks with a separating throwing shoulder, Stafford landed awkwardly on it and re-injured his right shoulder, leaving the game with 5:19 left to play. On the Lions final drive of the game, coach Jim Schwartz elected to pass the ball instead of running the clock down with the Jets (6-2) not having any timeouts left. The pass fell incomplete. The clock stopped. And the Lions watched the Jets walk away with a win.

“I didn’t make myself clear enough that we shouldn’t worry about taking the lost yardage play right there because the clock obviously was important,” Schwartz said.

“They gave us about 40 more seconds to work with,” offensive lineman Damien Wood said. “That was huge.”

New York, who came off of a 9-0 shutout loss at home to the Packers last week, looked flat-out sloppy at times. Sanchez missed receivers high and wide early on multiple occasions. He also fumbled three times, while Edwards had a huge fumble lost that was jarred loose by Louis Delmas. The Jets–as they have been all season–were undisciplined, drawing 11 penalties for 99 yards. Luckily, the Lions were equally indiscipline.

For much of the game the Lions seemed in control. Stafford opened the game with a methodical 13-play, 80-yard drive that was capped by a 10-yard touchdown pass to tight end Brandon Pettigrew in the back of the end zone–marking the first time a team has scored a touchdown against the Jets defense in the first quarter all season.

Rookie defensive tackle, Ndamukong Suh, filling in for the injured Jason Hanson for the PAT, hit the right upright after a third quarter score, when the Lions had a 13-10 lead. Hanson, after being evaluated on the sidelines, was healthy enough to kick an extra point in the fourth quarter to make the game 20-10.

With back-up quarterback, Shaun Hill, nursing a broken forearm it was third-stringer Drew Stanton who tried to hold on to the victory. However against a daunting Jets defense, the back-up couldn’t get anything going.

While the Lions certainly showed guts and guile, they also displayed why they’ve only was four games in the last two and a half seasons. On the game-tying drive, Lions linebacker Julian Peterson was called for a very costly personal foul. Tomlinson caught the ball in the left-side flat and scampered for the sideline–trading a loss of one yard for the time stoppage. With a clear two steps out of bounds, Peterson lunges his shoulder into Tomlinson’s back, sending him to the turf and sending a yellow flag in the air. The Jets went from their own 44-yard line to the Lions 28.

“Obviously we feel fortunate we got the win, but we don’t care — we’ll take it,” Rex Ryan said. “That’s what good teams do, find a way to win.”

Edwards’ Ironic Finger-pointing

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

FLORHAM PARK, NJ -  Braylon Edwards noted a sense of “arrogance” among Jet receivers Monday and felt they needed to return to fundamentals and see the ball into their hands. He also deemed the two pass plays in which tight end Dustin Keller and wideout Jerricho Cotchery were stripped of the balls after ostensibly securing receptions, “super flukish plays.” – excerpt from NYDailyNews.com’s Kevin Armstrong

In between teaching opposing teams how to Dougie and dropping passes in his hands, Braylon Edwards ironically says his fellow receivers need to stop being so arrogant and catch the ball. Hhmm. (JetsInsider.com Photo.)

There are a few alarming contradictions with this statement from Edwards. For starters, it’s coming from the mouth of Braylon Edwards. You know the guy who is teaching everyone how to Dougie, one touchdown celebration at a time. Yeah, the same guy who put himself and teammates in jeopardy by getting behind the wheel of a car while having  a BAC of .16. It’s true, Edwards is preaching “seeing the ball into their hands”, even though he himself has  ho-hum reception rate of 51%. In an unrelated note, Edwards’ hands recently have taken over the main sponsorship duties of Butterfinger from the lovable Bart Simpson.

But all jokes aside, Edwards does make a strong point. All season long, fans and critics alike have been raving about the Jets receiving corps, that on paper, they may very well have the best in the league. Unfortunately for the Jets offense, the game isn’t played on paper. Edwards, a former first-round pick and Pro Bowler, and Santonio Holmes, also a former first-round pick and a Super Bowl MVP, have the big play ability and attitude, but the big play has been few and far between all the check-downs and under thrown deep balls.

The sooner the Jets receivers can put aside their egos and career numbers aside, the sooner their team numbers will increase.

In the same interview after saying his teammates would have to put their arrogance aside, he was told he was targeted a mere four times in Sunday’s game. His response? A sarcastic, arrogant one. “Was it that many?”


A rolling Moss gathers no green

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

FLORHAM PARK, NJ – Unless you’ve been under a rock since late Sunday afternoon, you know that Randy Moss’s latest stint with the Minnesota Vikings lasted a total of four games. Childress and the Vikings waived the 13-year veteran, making him available to all 32 teams in the league.

Of course, every team is drooling over the thought of adding arguably the greatest deep threat in NFL history, including the New York Jets. Hey, a kid can dream can’t he?

On Tuesday Moss was placed on the NFL waiver list, which means he could join his new team as early as Wednesday. Waiver classes are determined by the reverse order of the current standings, with the 0-7 Buffalo Bills getting first dibs on All-Pro wideout. Once claimed the team would owe Moss the remaining $6.4 million of his contract. However, if no team puts a claim on him, Moss will be eligible to sign with the team of his choosing for the wholesale price of $450K.

What does this mean for the Jets? Well, they wouldn’t have an opportunity to put a claim on him until the 30th spot. Why the Jets? On paper they are loaded at the receiver position; Braylon Edwards, Santonio Holmes, Jerricho Cotchery and Dustin Keller. However, with an offense that’s sputtering and a receiving corps that dropped five passes and had two interceptions stripped it wouldn’t be all that alarming if GM Mike Tannenbaum took the slim chance and got Moss.

Edwards, who has been labeled as the team’s deep threat, was wide open on two occasions and only had four targets all game. That’s more like a warning, than a deep threat. Holmes, a former Super Bowl MVP, has had a tough time finding a permanent role within the offense since returning from his four-game suspension. His drop on a 5-yard route in the third quarter could have easily gone for a score. Cotchery, who has been called “reliable”, has been anything but this season. On Sunday, his three drops and the stripped interception were costly in the 9-0 shutout loss. Granted, not all the blame goes to the receivers. Mark Sanchez’s erratic play also garners some criticism.

General Manager Mike Tannenbaum has proven that he will go after top-flight players. Will Moss be his next big catch? (JetsInsider.com Photo).

The up-and-down play of the offense, now ranked 27th in the league in passing, could be enough reason for Tannenbaum to bring in the disgruntled Moss if given the opportunity. And if for nothing else, the Jets would take him to block Moss from returning to New England, who is last on the waiver list.

Reporters questioned head coach Rex Ryan about the Moss ordeal and whether the Jets were showing any interest, however like everyone else Ryan could not comment on the issue.

“We really can’t talk about Randy Moss until he passes through the waiver wire, so I’m not going to touch that one,” said the Jets coach, alluding to tampering rules. “That’s all you get right now because I can’t comment on it.”

Ryan has spoken very highly about Moss, calling him the best vertical receiver in the league. But just imagine if Moss did join the Jets. Would he share a locker with battle-mate Darrelle Revis, who repeatedly called Moss a slouch?

No matter the case Tannenbaum has proven to not only take chances on problematic players (see Antonio Cromartie, Braylon Edwards, Santonio Holmes), but bring in any high-profile player who might be able to add to the team (see JaMarcus Russell, Terrell Owens, Brett Favre).

The Morning After Report

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

FLORHAM PARK, NJ – I think it’s safe to say the Jets won the ugliest costume award this week. Hey, at least they won something on Sunday. After a 9-0 home shutout loss to the Green Bay Packers, the Jets must look themselves in the mirror and decide if they are the golden goose or the ugly duckling.

They seem to be falling back into the offensive struggling ways, after going four weeks in a row of scoring 28 points or more. The coaching decisions were most certainly in question that left the players in a tough position. Rex Ryan joined Eric Mangini and Rich Kotite — not the best of company –  as the only coaches to be shut out at home. Unfortunately this week’s Official JetsInsider.com Morning After Report is filled with poor marks.

(Writer’s note: As a personal admission, I will say that I was completely off with this week’s preview. I was truly expecting a showcase of offense and it turned out to be a complete 180. How dare these Jets make me look bad!)

PASSING: F

  • After going the first five games without throwing an interception, Mark Sanchez has a TD-INT ratio of 1-4 over his last two games. He takes the bullet for two strip-interceptions by Dustin Keller and Jerricho Cotchery. Although he took the brunt of the blame, credit his receivers and poor play calling as the reason for the once-again sputtering Jets offense.
  • Speaking of the receivers, they simply didn’t show up. They had five drops and two costly interceptions. Cotchery had 13 targets and only pulled down four passes. Santonio Holmes dropped a 5-yard pass in the hands that could’ve easily gone for a third. What’s even worse is that Holmes and Braylon Edwards would not comment to the media after the game, leaving the explaining to fellow receiver Cotchery. In dismal games like yesterday’s, camaraderie is imperative.
  • On the bright side, the offensive line kept Sanchez’s shirt clean for the most part. You give a pass on the Clay Matthews sack, as he’s been making that a regular thing this season. They allowed two sacks and three QB hits against a Packer defense that put up their best performance of the year thus far.

RUSHING: D+

  • With the longest runs of the day coming from the fleet-footed punter, Steve Weatherford (17 yards), and Sanchez (20 yards), it’s safe to say the rushing game was lacking their usual breakaway plays. LaDanian Tomlinson and Shonn Greene’s longest run of the day were eight yards.
  • For the second week in a row, Tomlinson has averaged under 4.0 yards per carry.
  • Former Jets DT Howard Green made them pay for calling the 375-pounder fat. He snuffed out a reverse on Cotchery (go figure) for an 8-yard loss.

Rex Ryan had little to smile at after becoming only the third Jets coach to be shut out at home. He joins the likes of Rich Kotite and Eric Mangini in that category. (JetsInsider.com Photo).

PASS DEFENSE: C+

  • The defense, per usual, was the brightest spot for the Jets, however that wasn’t enough for an above average grade. When the offense is struggling as they were, it’s up to the defense to create turnovers. The team with the best takeaway/giveaway average in the league was minus-3 on Sunday.
  • They kept Rodgers in check for most of the day, not allowing a touchdown, but did not create a turnover either. The Jets defense did have two sacks and five QB hits, but gave Rodgers a lot of time to find open receivers.
  • There was a blown coverage on the 30-yard completion to Greg Jennings following the Weatherford punting debacle. Cornerback Drew Coleman was in zone coverage while everyone else was in man-t0-man, allowing the space for Jennings to get open. The completion set-up the Packers first field goal.
  • Darrelle Revis seemed to look back to full health, but his play from last year is still no where to be seen. Teams are passing in his direction, challenging the All-Pro corner, which opposing offenses did little of last year.

RUSHING DEFENSE: B-

  • Of course the best grade of the day goes to the rushing defense! They gave up 81 total rushing yards, keeping up with their average of 90 yards per game.
  • The 27-yard rush by Brandon Jackson late in the second quarter was a fluke play, where the defense was expecting a deep pass.
  • No matter how the rest of the team, the rushing defense always comes to play. If there are any guarantees in life its: death, taxes, and a stout Rex Ryan rush defense.

SPECIAL TEAMS: D

  • I love the call by Weatherford on the fake punt rush, and he nearly had it. The Packers have a tendency to crash the left side real hard, and they did, and he saw an opportunity to make a big play for his team. But with hindsight being 20/20, however, the failed attempt ended up as three points for the Packers – which resulted as the game winner.
  • Nick Folk’s missed field goal attempt showed the writing on the wall for the Jets that Halloween was just not their day. The wind was considerable, however, he practices in these conditions daily. To let the visiting kicker out-kick you is embarrassing.
  • On the plus-side, Brad Smith did set the team up with great field position with a 47-yard return that was squandered by a three-and-out.

COACHING: F

  • Rex Ryan left himself with no red flags after whiffing twice on challenge plays. To top it off he made the comeback mountain even steeper by burning all three timeouts in a nine-second period in the fourth quarter. Had he saved one, it would’ve been likely that he’d get the ball back with just over three minutes to play, the two minutes warning, and the final timeout.
  • For the second straight week, the Jets went deep hoping for a big play or penalty flag. Only this time it wasn’t necessary. On third and fourth down with six minutes left in fourth quarter, Sanchez took two wasted shots at deep plays to Cotchery, when they only needed eight yards for the first down. Where’s Renaldo Hill when you need him?
  • As an attempt at desperation, Brian Schottenheimer took away Sanchez’s security blanket of any check-down passes, instead sending three and four receivers on vertical routes.