Celebrating the ‘Bollinger Bowl’

Bent, TheJetsBlog.com

It was your typical early September preseason game. The starters played for a series, with backups going the rest of the way, sleepwalking through the game in a manner that confirmed the desire of coaches, players, media and fans to get it over with and get on with the season.

The Jets, coming off a 6-10 season that was basically over before it began when Chad Pennington got injured in preseason and they started 0-4 with Vinny Testaverde back at the helm, had renewed optimism for the 2004 season. However, their preparation was complete and as the Eagles scored again midway through the fourth quarter to extend their lead to 27-7, it didn’t really matter.

For many of the rest of the guys out there, though, they were still scratching and clawing. In some case, their livelihood was at stake, whether they were trying to remain with the team or just put something positive on film to find work elsewhere. For others, their job might be safe, but they still had an opportunity to prove they might deserve a shot somewhere down the line. For one man in particular, he grasped that opportunity with both hands and in the process achieved the impossible by turning the most meaningless and mundane of games into something thrilling.

You may have heard us referring to the traditional preseason finale against the Eagles as “The Bollinger Bowl” and assumed that was a reference to the typical standard of player taking part. However, this isn’t a slight on former Jets quarterback Brooks Bollinger; far from it. This is a tribute. This year – September 3 to be specific – marks the 10th anniversary of the performance that earned him that tribute.

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BGA Extra: Jets vs Giants

Welcome to BGA Extra, where I draw a line under the previous weekend’s game by responding to your questions from BGA during the week. After the jump, I respond to your questions about the game against the Giants. If you would like your questions answered in future, remember to read BGA each week and leave your question in the comments section.

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BGA: The Expendables – Update #3

Bent, TheJetsBlog.com

Every year, teams have to let some players go. Even though the Jets did bring back some of their free agents (Jeff Cumberland, Ellis Lankster, Darrin Walls, Nick Folk, Leger Douzable, Calvin Pace), they chose not to bring everyone back. Although it’s only preseason, we’ll be keeping track of the progress on the guys they let go so we can at least start to form some views on whether letting any of these guys loose was a mistake or a smart move.

We’ll be aiming to cover all of the players and key coaches who were with the Jets during 2013 or 2014 and are now with another team. After the jump, a comprehensive list of those who played during the first full slate of preseason games and how they fared.

Some stats from PFF are used in this article and throughout the series.

Antonio Cromartie, CB, Arizona

In the first two preseason games, we didn’t really have anything to evaluate Cromartie on, other than an interception on a freak play. This game was a bit more instructive. He played exclusively on the right and quite a bit of press coverage. He was only targeted twice, with one being a deep ball to AJ Green where he was stride for stride and looking back for the ball the whole way. It should be noted that there was a lot of downfield contact though and Green was angry not to draw a flag. The other target was a wobbly throw out to the flat on 2nd and long as the quarterback got nailed. Cromartie closed on Green, who made the catch, and tackled him for a four yard gain. Cromartie did badly miss a tackle on a screen pass though. Interestingly, the Cardinals used him (and Peterson) in the vice role on punts. He let a guy get past him on one play that ended with a muff and was called for a hold on another though.

Santonio Holmes, WR, Chicago

Holmes made his first appearance for the Bears and played 20 snaps. He was matched up with Seattle’s third best corner, Jeremy Lane, on two consecutive targets in the third quarter. First of all, he picked up a first down on a quick slant and then he got separation on the outside, but the pass was thrown behind him and he only got fingertips to the ball as he reached behind him. Holmes looked pretty sharp on those two plays but has he enough time to show the injury-hit Bears he deserves a roster spot?

Joe McKnight, RB/KR, Kansas City

McKnight was activated from the PUP list this week, but didn’t make much of an impact. He was unlucky though because there were two plays where he was wide open for an easy checkdown with 20+ yards of open field ahead of him and the quarterback just didn’t see him. In the end, he carried twice for eight yards and had a five yard reception. He also returned one kickoff but got stuffed at the 13 and committed a holding penalty on a punt.

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BGA: The awakening monster

This analysis is based on watching and re-watching TV footage. As such, it is not always possible to accurately determine everything that was going on. However, every effort has been made to ensure that the information below is as complete and correct as possible.

BGA is back…and this time it’s preseasonal (again)!

Coming up, part two of your breakdown of last night’s loss to the Giants with detailed analysis of the defensive performance and a few notes on special teams.

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BGA: Dynamic display from backs fuels solid offensive performance

This analysis is based on watching and re-watching TV footage. As such, it is not always possible to accurately determine everything that was going on. However, every effort has been made to ensure that the information below is as complete and correct as possible.

BGA is back…and this time it’s preseasonal (again)!

Coming up, part one of your breakdown of last night’s loss to the Giants with detailed analysis of the offensive performance.

Join me after the jump as I attempt to cover every angle. To read more of this story, click here

BGA: The Expendables – Update #2

Bent, TheJetsBlog.com

Every year, teams have to let some players go. Even though the Jets did bring back some of their free agents (Jeff Cumberland, Ellis Lankster, Darrin Walls, Nick Folk, Leger Douzable, Calvin Pace), they chose not to bring everyone back. Although it’s only preseason, we’ll be keeping track of the progress on the guys they let go so we can at least start to form some views on whether letting any of these guys loose was a mistake or a smart move.

We’ll be aiming to cover all of the players and key coaches who were with the Jets during 2013 or 2014 and are now with another team. After the jump, a comprehensive list of those who played during the first full slate of preseason games and how they fared.

Some stats from PFF are used in this article and throughout the series.

Antonio Cromartie, CB, Arizona

Cromartie was in the game for 17 snaps this week. He still hasn’t been targeted, so we still can’t really read too much into how he’ll play this year.

Jojo Dickson, LB, Arizona

Dickson played 14 snaps this week and had a run stuff in the hole and a pressure where he rocked a blocking back off his spot. He gave up six and 11 yard completions in coverage, missing a tackle in the flat on the 11-yarder. He was also blocked out of one running play.

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BGA: Makeshift secondary springs leak before backups respond

This analysis is based on watching and re-watching TV footage. As such, it is not always possible to accurately determine everything that was going on. However, every effort has been made to ensure that the information below is as complete and correct as possible.

BGA is back…and this time it’s preseasonal (again)!

Coming up, part two of your breakdown of last night’s win over the Bengals with detailed analysis of the defensive performance, including an in-depth breakdown of what was going on in the secondary and a few notes on special teams.

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BGA: Jets ride the line while starters ride the pine

This analysis is based on watching and re-watching TV footage. As such, it is not always possible to accurately determine everything that was going on. However, every effort has been made to ensure that the information below is as complete and correct as possible.

BGA is back…and this time it’s preseasonal (again)!

Coming up, part one of your breakdown of last night’s win over the Bengals with detailed analysis of the offensive performance.

Join me after the jump as I attempt to cover every angle. To read more of this story, click here

BGA: Calling up reinforcements from Double-A

Easily the most intriguing storyline heading into Saturday’s preseason game against the Bengals is the Jets’ proposed usage of third-year safety Antonio Allen at the cornerback position. Injuries have forced the Jets to work with some different combinations over the last few weeks with Allen and veteran Ellis Lankster starting at cornerback with the first unit over the past three days of practice.

In an article with the Star Ledger earlier this week, Allen’s college position coach praised his versatility and man-coverage skills, but was dubious about his chances of developing into a full-time cornerback. Even Allen himself seemed skeptical. However, it does look like he’ll get his chance to get some reps at the position Saturday night.

After the jump, some theories as to what the Jets might be thinking here and what this could mean for the defense once Dee Milliner and Dimitri Patterson can return from injury.

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BGA: The Expendables – Update #1

Bent, TheJetsBlog.com

Every year, teams have to let some players go. Even though the Jets did bring back some of their free agents (Jeff Cumberland, Ellis Lankster, Darrin Walls, Nick Folk, Leger Douzable, Calvin Pace), they chose not to bring everyone back. Although it’s only preseason, we’ll be keeping track of the progress on the guys they let go so we can at least start to form some views on whether letting any of these guys loose was a mistake or a smart move.

We’ll be aiming to cover all of the players and key coaches who were with the Jets during 2013 or 2014 and are now with another team. After the jump, a comprehensive list – which may of course grow as the preseason continues, with guys like Santonio Holmes and Ed Reed still searching for a job – of those who played during the first full slate of preseason games and how they fared.

Some stats from PFF are used in this article and throughout the series.

Antonio Cromartie, CB, Arizona

Cromartie only played six snaps against Houston and wasn’t targeted. However, he made headlines with an interception. This came as the pass was batted up at the line and deflected off two teammates and into his lap. This doesn’t really tell us much about whether he’s back to his old self, though.

Jojo Dickson, LB, Arizona

Dickson only played three snaps near the end of the game but made an immediate impact, coming totally unblocked on a blitz up the middle, sacking the quarterback for a safety. He’s obviously low down on the depth chart but that’s a good way to make your mark.

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