The Positives from last night
Yes, unbelievable but true, there were atleast a couple of encouraging signs that you can take away from the game yesterday. I dont want to get into the entire QB disaster and how a trainwreck like yesterday might help the franchise going forward but rather look at some players who certainly showed their worth yesterday:
BILAL POWELL - Even though he was hurting he really played well in limited snaps out there. Had a long run and then basically kept the game alive late in the game with an incredible effort on a dump off from Sanchez, making three free tacklers miss for a first down. He also had a strong spin move, turning a 2 yard loss into a 1 yard gain. His pass protection continues to be solid even though he had one misread yesterday. Who can blame him if the entire offense looks like they have no idea what is going on out there.
MUHAMMAD WILKERSON - It is nothing new that Wilkerson has been one of our biggest bright spots throughout the year. For the most part he was neutralized rushing the passer but he was a beast against the run. He constantly holds up against double teams and more often than not even makes the tackle himself. Then he also made two signature plays showing spectacular athletisism, blocking a field goal and pushing a scrambling Locker out of bounds on third down near the sidelines.
QUINTON COPLES - After he was brought along slowly at the beginning of the year he is really earning more and more time. He had his fourth sack yesterday while doing a great job spying on Locker, knowing he could run. His closing speed after he recognizes pass is special and opponents can't keep him from penetrating a gap. He had numerous QB pressures aswell. He looks so talented that he should definitely take over for DeVito in the starting lineup next season.
BRAYLON EDWARDS - While the big highlight plays of his previous MNF debut were missing he still had a very good game considering he only arrived this week and clearly was not 100%. His size alone makes him a considerable threat and he actually gets open unless marginal guys like Gates or Gilyard who just should not see any time. Going forward this was a great sign as Edwards has now become our first addition to our new future receiving corps.
KENRICK ELLIS - He finally saw some more time yesterday after finally looking healthy after a season of nagging problems. He did what a nose tackle is supposed to do, he basically made himself an immovable object inside and also pushed the center into the backfield a couple of times. He is also a high effort guy who has no problem to chase a play from behind. All in all the job of the Jets is to keep this kid healthy as he looks poised to take over for a fast declining Sione Pouha next season.
I know it is hard to really enjoy some of the facts that I posted above but even with the entire team going down in flames there are a lot of players who had decent and even good seasons. When we make the necessary moves in the offseason to upgrade certain areas, then the players mentioned above should only shine that much brighter. Our young defensive line could be much more effective with faster linebackers confusing the offensive line or causing considerable mismatches.