BGA: Stay Another Day

The Jets took care of the Browns 24-13 yesterday, overcoming a 10-point first half deficit with mostly mistake-free football. This was the way they hoped to win games all year (and until the bye week, that was going to plan): Mix in enough creativity to gain some offensive momentum, don’t take too many risks and lean on the defense to get you off the field. Then, crucially, execute down the stretch, which the Jets did when they drove for a game-clinching touchdown with just over three minutes to go.

There were some positive signs from some of the younger players and guys who will be expected to contribute next season, but perhaps the most positive sign was the fact that they played hard for their coach throughout and avoided leaving the home fans with a sour aftertaste with which to end the season.

You could attribute this win to the fact that the Browns are a poor team and I’d agree that the absence of Davone Bess and Jordan Cameron certainly limited their offense. However, despite losing their sixth straight game, the Browns had been competitive in the previous three, two of which were against playoff hopefuls, with the other being against the improving Jags.

This leaves the Jets with a game in Miami where the a Jets win would knock one of their main rivals out of playoff contention. (Barring any ties, a Dolphins win would give them the sixth seed unless the Ravens win and the Chargers lose). I think most Jets fans would like to see the team go all out in an effort to win that one and end the season on a positive note, rather than treat it as meaningless and experiment with some of their younger players.

Naturally, we have no idea whether these last two games have any influence on head coach Rex Ryan’s employment status with the team. I’d have thought winning two meaningless games wouldn’t affect any decision, but (if they win) does the season as a whole produce an impressive enough body of work to keep him? Does a .500 record with a roster which experts ridiculed all offseason constitute an impressive enough coaching performance to earn a shot at coaching with a replenished roster? Did Rich Cimini not say “Rex Ryan deserves consideration for Coach of the Year if Jets finish above .500″? Surely, there is some middle ground between “Coach of the Year candidate” and “Sacked”.

Whatever happens, Ryan will be helping his future employment prospects by finishing the year strong. We know what most of the players think. Unfortunately for Ryan, the decision isn’t up to them.


Next up…we kick off our player analysis with Geno Smith, who continues to show signs of improvement as the season winds down…

19 comments
bob
bob

Ya know what I like Philip Rivers. and since the Jets aren't in it. Kinda like to see the Chargers in the playoff picture if they get in they could be a dangerous team.

levi
levi

It was a good game. It was good to see the rookies play well.


Yesterday I had to watch the game online so I did something I never do and clicked in on the game thread here now and then. Good lord what a fickle bunch of Jets fans that is. I wont mention names but one guy proclaimed the game to be over at 3-0 because the team had quit, another claims Milliner to be a bust when he was playing well and had a pick 2 minutes later. To each their own but I seriously wonder what game some people were watching.

gbrownn
gbrownn

I am against firing our winningest head coach in our team history. I swear I feel like most of the firing talk is media bs. Idzik seems like a smart guy, he should know how handicapped this team was. It would be hard for anycoach to win with  the bargain free agents Idzik himself brough in and rotating door at wide reciever all season. Every coach has thier flaws. We were a compettive team for the most part this year. I'd say thats enough to feeel encouraged about going into next season. No need to start over with  a new coach. Just build on what we are doing. I believe Rex will be our head coach next year. 

NYCPEinGermany
NYCPEinGermany

In case I don't see the DB section of BGA, I couldn't believe the cushion Cro was giving on the browns 3rd offensive play of the game. It was 3rd and 3 (I believe) and cro was playing what - 12 yards off? If campbell completes an easy pass that's a gimme first down. I get playing safe and bend, don't break, but still, is the plan really to play so soft in these scenarios?

NYCPEinGermany
NYCPEinGermany

Is Marv Albert going senile? I can't believe how many outright wrong things he was saying. I thought the whole on-air performance was terrible - between Albert"s constant mistakes, he and Gannon babbling incessantly - often about things other than what just happened - and some bad camerawork, it was a mess. Worst of all, did I see an on-air stat that said this was the first time two Jets teammates each had 10 sacks or more in the same season?


Too bad they didn't track sacks back in '81 (ya know, when Klecko had 20 and Gatineau had what -20.5?)

DarrolRayFanClub
DarrolRayFanClub

@levi It's like walking into an animal shelter with battered dogs barking at the top of their lungs because they need to be heard over each other, all acting like they are in the most emotional pain -- oh but give one of them the slightest attention and they'll pee on the floor.

DarrolRayFanClub
DarrolRayFanClub

@NYCPEinGermany No -- supposedly the coaches want Cro to press, but he steps back on his own, driving the coaches crazy.

DarrolRayFanClub
DarrolRayFanClub

@NYCPEinGermany Yeah, throwing up that stat is a joke. It's like saying JFK was the first president to be assassinated because there was no TV back in the 1800s.

r_in_ct
r_in_ct

@NYCPEinGermanyMarv was an absolute embarrassment yesterday—as was the broadcast in general. Lots of incorrect calls and missed replays ... just terrible. Marv even called a kick downed at the 20 that it was on the 30. Not sure if he's just sloppy or can't see any more.

NYCPEinGermany
NYCPEinGermany

@DarrolRayFanClub I've heard this a bit over the last few years - that they want him to press more - but it seems to me like he is giving a bigger cushion than ever. Maybe it's because of the injury, but 12 yards on 3rd and 3 is insane.

jaygo
jaygo

@Brendan @NYCPEinGermany 


Meanwhile, the warm weather brought out the fans to the stadium in a big way.  One of the better tail-gate scenes pre-game, and a larger and louder crowd than I would have expected.  Good time was had by all and the team performed. 

levi
levi

@Bent I knew the name didnt sound right as I typed it. 


It must drive the coaches nuts to see the jamming work and have a guy unwilling to consistently do it.

Bent
Bent

@levi @DarrolRayFanClub *Collision Low Crossers but yeah.


This is something the media reported during that season too - that they really tried to encourage him to press-jam more and that the results when he did do that were excellent, but it was a battle to get him to do it.

levi
levi

@DarrolRayFanClubThanks,is this from the book Im getting for Christmas? (Low Collision Crossers)

DarrolRayFanClub
DarrolRayFanClub

@levi @DarrolRayFanClub  It was hinted at by Ryan and Pettine in the Dawidoff book.


When he drifted back before the snap instead of crowding the line of scrimmage and using his long, sinewy arms to disrupt his receiver’s pass route, the coaches couldn’t understand it. “He should play angry,” they would vex. “The way Revis does. Revis plays angry.” But it was rebuke that made Cro seethe. He didn’t take male criticism well, except from Ryan, who periodically would try to explain that the coaches were on his side; they just wanted to help him improve. “You gotta swallow your pride a little bit and be coachable.”