- Jets playing rest of season like ‘every game is a playoff game’ [Metro]
- Jets need Geno Smith to continue progress against Carolina’s elite defense [The Star-Ledger]
- GENO: I’d Play for Rex My Entire Career [NY Jets]
- There will be no tailgating at Super Bowl XLVIII in New Jersey [USA Today]
- Jets winners & losers: Coples starting to reach potential [NY Post]
- Antonio Cromartie officially diagnosed with concussion [New York Daily News]
Antonio Cromartie suffered a concussion in the Jets win over the Raiders on Sunday, Rex Ryan told reporters on Monday.
“He felt better today, so I think that’s a positive thing,” Ryan said. “These things are different. It was explained to me that it’s a real positive sign that he improved from that point right after the game. Hopefully that’s a good sign.”
He was not evaluated during the game, but symptoms popped up after the game ended.
Cromartie will go through the NFL concussion protocol before he is cleared to play.
Stephen Hill was downgraded from probable to questionable on Friday and in the lead-up to the game Sunday against the Raiders, the Jets coaches ruled Hill out in what become concern over his availability for the final three games.
“[Stephen Hill has] had swelling [in his knees],” Ryan told reporters after the game. “It’s been the last several weeks. The young man has been competing his tail off, but he’s just not himself. He’s not able to burst out of cuts [...] quite honestly, as much as he wants it, it’s best for us.
“We made a decision to deactivate him this week. Hopefully, he can get back to where he’s feeling like he can make cuts and burst and we’ll see how it works.”
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comHill had experiencing swelling during the spring minicamps after he had his knee surgically repaired last offseason. In a game where the offense seemed to be clicking, it is unfortunate that Hill was not able to partake in the feasting on the Raiders defense.
There’s no question that it has been a disappointing second season for Hill, but there’s been some positive signs from the former Georgia Tech receiver and he has been getting open despite his quarterback’s inability to get the ball to him. The Jets are going to be taking on one of the very best secondaries this coming week in Charlotte and so even if Hill can act as a decoy, it might help to get other players open.
A loss here would have put an end to any lingering hopes for an outside chance of a playoff berth once and for all, allowing us to write off this year and look ahead. These are the Jets, though, so you don’t get off that easily.
Next week is a game that very few people felt the Jets had a chance in, even back when they were playing well. They’re apparently a 12-point underdog on the road, despite the fact that the Saints exposed a few chinks in the Panthers’ armor last night. Carolina is a formidable opponent on both sides of the ball and the Jets will need everything to go right to have any chance of being competitive.
This is their toughest remaining opponent, though, so if they can pull off the unthinkable, who’s going to stop them from running the table? After all, everyone was writing them off in Mark Sanchez’s rookie season and things clicked for them just at the right time. For at least seven days, Jets fans can allow themselves to have some probably-destined-to-be-futile hopes that it’s not quite over yet.
At the end of the day, that’s what being a Jets fan is all about.
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The Jets’ special teams units have come under fire in recent weeks, where they’ve been giving up a ton of yardage on the coverage units. However, this week, it was the special teams unit which arguably came up with the biggest play of the game.
Antonio Allen’s punt block and recovery in the end zone transformed a pretty tight game into a comfortable half time lead for the Jets, and it came on a well designed play where Ellis Lankster rushed across the face of the long snapper and drew the punt protector out of the middle, so that Allen had a clean path to the punter.
While Garrett McIntyre’s return to the lineup helped, the coverage units benefited from two things. First of all, the Jets only had to punt twice, and when they did, one went through the end zone and the other was a beauty by Ryan Quigley that bounced out of bounds at the two. Secondly, Nick Folk was hanging his kicks up short all day, and that seemed to help the coverage units get down there quicker. They still missed six tackles, including two by Allen, but limited the damage with some good gang tackling and solid plays by the likes of Kyle Wilson, Isaiah Trufant and Nick Bellore.
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comWhen you are the head of a billion dollar organization, it doesn’t always help to be swayed by just what has transpired in the last week or three. This might be the case with Woody Johnson, who spoke on ESPN NY before the kickoff of the Jets 37-27 win over the Raiders. The troops might be beleaguered, but in his interview, Johnson didn’t use vocabulary that would indicate he’s waiting for the season to end so that he can make a coaching change.
Brian Costello wrote about Johnson’s positive comments for today’s NY Post.
“I’m pretty happy with the way things are going,” Johnson said.
Johnson said the decision on whether to keep Ryan will not be based solely on the team’s record.
“It’s really the direction of the team and how we think the learning curve is going and whether the young people are absorbing it, and whether it’s a formula that can help you win,” Johnson said.
Johnson’s coming forward to speak on radio seems to coincide with at least one exhortation for the GM to speak with the media. Maybe Idzik would have been interviewed by ESPN NY’s home team himself on Sunday, but having just done so a month ago and dealing with the death of his father this week might have precipitated Woody stepping into the void.
Jets fans have been asking all season – especially since the Bengals (and to a lesser extent the Falcons and Titans prior to that) exposed the Jets’ frailties in terms of defending quick passes – why don’t they jam the receivers at the line more often?
My reasoning has been that the guys they had that were most effective at doing that (Darrelle Revis, Aaron Berry and Ellis Lankster) are all not playing for various reasons, so the players that remain might not be able to do it effectively.
Another factor has been Antonio Cromartie’s injured hip, which maybe has an effect upon how readily he can explode forward to jam the receiver and then turn his hips to run with him, so he almost has to play either off coverage or press bail technique to give himself enough of a head start to stay with his man. Cromartie is a particularly interesting study because in the past, the Jets coaches have said that they’ve tried to get him to put his hands on the receiver more often and that when he has, the results have been good. The injury may have scuppered that for this year though.
However, whether it’s a sign that Cromartie is feeling better, a last desperation attempt at something new or even a change in philosophy they hadn’t fully considered until now, Cromartie was in press coverage and jamming the receiver at the line on a regular basis in yesterday’s game. So, how did it go?
Following his much-maligned “move” to “linebacker” this offseason, Quinton Coples is looking more and more comfortable and starting to look like a force to be reckoned with. There were those that doubted he’d be able to consistently turn the corner against offensive tackles, but he’s proven he can do that on a consistent basis, just like we predicted (based on the fact he’d already shown he could do that).
In this game, he had a big hit early on, then it was his pressure that caused Matt McGloin’s first half interception. Later on in the game, his inside pressure caused McGloin to fumble the ball and then Coples tackled him for a 15-yard loss (which the NFL seems to have credited as a “team sack” but may change at a later date) and he finally got his sack on the penultimate play of the game.
That doesn’t tell the whole story though. There was also a play where he beat Jared Veldheer cleanly and drew a holding penalty and four other plays where the quarterback had to take off early because he was coming. He’s causing the kind of consistent disruption over the last month or so that the elite edge rushers in the league do…and that’s exciting. To read more of this story, click here
For a change, the Jets defensive line wasn’t quite so dominant this week. Oakland racked up 150 yards on the ground and the Jets didn’t register a sack until midway through the fourth quarter.
However, they still won the battle in the trenches overall. 63 of those rushing yards came on one play, with Marcel Reece breaking a touchdown run up the middle. Other than that, the Raiders’ running backs gained just 63 yards on 20 carries, much more in line with the usual output of a Jets opponent in 2013, and Matt McGloin was ultimately sacked three times and under pressure 13 times in 35 dropbacks.
The Raiders offensive line has been poor all year under the tutelage of Tony Sparano, but the recent return of their best lineman, left tackle Jared Veldheer, seems to have helped a lot. It therefore perhaps wasn’t as unexpected as you might think that the Jets’ line weren’t their usual dominant selves.
Perhaps the biggest factor was that Muhammad Wilkerson had probably his quietest game of the season. The Raiders specifically avoided running the ball at him and double teamed him constantly in pass protection. This is an approach some other teams have taken, especially early in the season, but Wilkerson had still been able to mix in a couple of impact plays. On this occasion he was limited to one pressure and two tackles. Of course, we have to take into account that he was nursing an injured wrist and perhaps this limited his ability to get off blocks, which may be his greatest asset. To read more of this story, click here
Corey Griffin, TheJetsBlog.comThe Jets’ victory over the hapless Raiders Sunday was more about postponing the ending than defining the tale.
Rex Ryan was neither fired nor extended due to the result and Geno Smith did not suddenly turn the corner because of a better-than-expected performance.
The Jets took advantage of a team worse off than them, dealing with a historically troublesome trip East. In a must-win game, the offense and special teams put forth commendable efforts, while the defense continued to crack and fray, particularly in the secondary.
None of this was all that surprising, although it felt like we were watching a different offense entirely given the ineptitude of the past month.
The best lesson to take from Sunday was the return of Geno’s confidence, a trait that had ended up on milk cartons instead of on the field recently. While the previous Jets quarterback to be benched responded with one of his worst games ever, Smith took advantage of a porous Oakland defense and a mostly-healthy group of receivers to fashion his best game in two months.