The Morning After Report
FLORHAM PARK, NJ – A week removed from being flattened in New England, the Jets were just plain flat in a home loss to the Miami Dolphins, 10-6, last night.
It was Fan Appreciation Night at the New Meadowlands Stadium. And how did the Jets show the Gang Green faithful their appreciation? Mark Sanchez fumbled the ball four times, and turned it over twice. Sal Alosi disgraced his organization. Santonio Holmes dropped a gift-wrapped touchdown.
I guess ‘Tone Time was running late.
The Jets are slowly sinking back into the abyss that has been haunting this organization and fans ever since Broadway Joe left the Orange Bowl clenching the very first “Super Bowl” trophy.
Thoughts of 1986’s 10-1 team and 2008’s 8-3 team must be passing through the mind of Jets fans as Sanchez continued to miss throw after throw last night. With tough road games against the Steelers and the Bears, and the home finale against the bills (which now cannot be overlooked), a once over-confident Jets team has turned desperate. But sometimes a desperate team is the most dangerous team.
Having said that, here is the Official JetsInsider.com’s Morning After Report.
- There was no improvement offensively from the Patriots’ beat down the week before for Sanchez and his receivers. His 44 pass attempts tied a career high, his 38.6 completion percentage surprisingly isn’t the career low (38.1% 11/22/09 @ NE, 34.5% 10/14/09 @ BUF).
- As bad as Sanchez was, his receivers may have been worse. If Holmes can be a Super Bowl MVP for making one of the greatest catches of all time, then he has no excuse for dropping one in the hands. Simple as that.
- And as bad as Sanchez and his receivers were, the offensive line may have been the worst. A banged up o-line gave up six sacks, three of which Cameron Wake was in on. This unit has been above average all year in protecting the quarterback, but if they can’t stay healthy and on the field the Jets will collapse.
- I knew the game was over when…Joe McKnight was put in and caught his first NFL pass for 5 yards in the third quarter.
- Where has the all the ground and all the pound gone in this offense? LaDanian Tomlinson is turning in to the player that the cynics were saying he would be earlier this season. Fifty-four total yards isn’t going to cut it as a premier back. At this point, he needs to be exclusively a third-down back.
- The problem with that notion, however, is that when Shonn Greene rushes for 17 yards for a 2.1 yards per carry average it’s hard to take the ball away from Tomlinson.
- Because the run game has been so ineffective the last few weeks, the play-action passsing has been effected. One of Sanchez’s biggest strength is his ability to utilize the play-fake and freeze the defenders for that extra second, but with out a run game no one buys the fake.
PASSING DEFENSE: A
- The 5 sacks they recorded last night were a season-high and the most in a game since the played Miami on Nov. 1, 2009. Not only that, but their three fumble recoveries were the most in two years. It’s nice to see the defense respond to last week by giving up only 10 points.
- Brodney Pool enjoyed his best day as a Jet. He had four tackles, one sack, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery. After his coaches had said Pool has not played to his potential this season earlier in the week, it’s clear Pool heard the message.
- You know you’re defense was dominant when…they only gave up 30 net passing yards, even if it was Chad Henne (the lowest since they gave up 0 net yards against CIN on 1/3/10).
RUSHING DEFENSE: B
- The defense gave up 87 total first half yards and 131 total yards.
- Since Ryan has taken over this team, he has prided himself on the ability to shutdown his opponent’s rushing attack. In the last two weeks, however, he has allowed over 100 yards on the ground – something Jet fans saw few and far between last year.
- Having said that, they did a good job containing the Wildcat formation and keeping the Dolphins’ dual backfield in check.
SPECIAL TEAMS: B-
- Punter Steve Weatherford played a huge role in what a positional battle for most of the game. Of his eight punts, six were downed inside the 20-yard line.
- A big reason for Weatherford’s amount of action was due to the lack of faith they have in kicker Nick Folk. While he made both kicks (35,42), the Jets chose not to send him out for what would have been kicks in the high-40’s/low-50’s range. In past games where they have been placed in a similar situations, weather included, they still trotted Folk out there. Hhmm.
- Brad Smith took the opening kickoff 45 yards last night. That marked the fourth time this season Smith has returned a kick 40 yards or further.
- Evidence that the Jets are losing faith in Sanchez: On 4th&1 from Miami’s 37-yard line (a 54-yard FG attempt) with 8:02 left in the first half, Brian Schottenheimer calls a run play from the wildcat — as if to say, “Hey, Dolphins defense, here’s exactly what I’m doing.” More evidence: After the game Ryan said the thought had crossed his mind to bench Sanchez, the first time he’s had that thought since the Oct. 14 game against Buffalo last year.
- Speaking of Schottenheimer, as Ryan walked to the press conference room he was serenaded with chants of “Schotty must go!” While I believe that there is no way to prove that a coordinator is not putting together a good game plan week-in and week-out (quite often the execution by the players will dictate what the coaching staff feels they can and cannot do), I agree with the fans. He gets too “cute” too often and I feel he is too caught up with the idea of being the guy to groom Sanchez in to a great quarterback.