Yet another embarrassing performance, the third in a row. This one was much worse than the other two, though, because it happened in front of the home fans and came against a hated rival.
It seems like the organization thinks it has bigger fish to fry…
“Rex made a statement that he wants this to be about competition. No one is going to be given anything, you have have to earn it. The guys are taking the bull by the horns and going out there to compete. We will have the best 11 players on the field.” – DB Coach Tim McDonald, August 2013
Unfortunately, what Rex wants and what Rex gets are two different things.
It’s been apparent all year that there could be a disconnect between the short- and long-term goals of the coaching staff, and the front office and its looking increasingly like Rex Ryan is going to be the sacrificial lamb. Rex’s “best 11 players” philosophy is completely at odds with John Idzik’s “competition” philosophy (and I can’t emphasize strongly enough how sarcastically I’m miming those air quotes as I write this).
Idzik has given Ryan just about enough rope to hang himself with. The Ed Reed move, basically the only time Idzik has deviated from his blinkered plow-straight-ahead mindset seems to have backfired. The team is bewildered and lost. It looks like the 2013 season is lost too. To read more of this story, click here
During the season, Bent’s Game Analysis charts games for some of the Jets’ upcoming opponents, enabling a break down of what to watch out for on gameday…
The Jets-Dolphins rivalry nearly always produces at least one classic game, regardless of whether both teams are good or just one of them. This time, both teams are reeling as the offseason champion Dolphins have seen the wheels come off due to injuries, scandals and misfortune. At the same time, the Jets have gone from a situation where the media were trying to bully them into extending the head coach and claiming their new safety was going to put them over the top just two games ago to one where everyone is writing them off. That’s despite the fact they’ve been under .500 for just seven days all season and have two winnable home games coming up that could push them back into the playoff mix.
After the jump, I break down the positional groupings (BGA-style!) to try and highlight what the Jets need to look out for. To read more of this story, click here
Welcome to BGA Extra, where I draw a line under the previous weekend’s game by responding to your questions from Bent’s Game Analysis during the week. After the jump, I respond to your questions about the loss to the Ravens. If you would like your questions answered in future, remember to read my BGA game breakdowns every Monday and leave your question in the comments section. To read more of this story, click here
Early on in the game, it looked like it was going to go down to the wire, but it slowly fell apart and ended up being a pretty similar scoreline to that of the Steelers game a month or so ago – yet another grizzled AFC performer with plenty of talent and a disappointing record that belied the actual strength of their team.
If the Jets don’t win on Sunday, it looks likely that their playoff hopes will be dead. Although they’ve outperformed many people’s expectations, this isn’t a place for moral victories. There ain’t no special dead…there’s just dead. So, how do the Jets survive in the AFC playoff race?
Play at a time, I suppose.
I hope you are continuing to enjoy the new BGA format. There are links to each BGA article or the option to read the offensive and/or defensive BGA in full after the jump. To read more of this story, click here
He was a man in his time. However, Ed Reed’s insertion into the starting lineup and the resultant abandonment of the Antonio Allen project has been a disappointingly ill-considered move.
It’s difficult to summarize the play where Joe Flacco threw a 66-yard touchdown bomb down the middle, because there was a slice of bad fortune involved with Reed getting in rookie Dee Milliner’s way. Milliner had been beaten by a step or two, but to the inside, where he knew he had help. Reed initially seemed too far off, but flashed his legendary recovery skills, not only getting back into the play, but over-running it.
I guess that goes to show that he still has range, but he had to put his head down and sprint to get back there and by the time he located the ball, he had walled off Milliner and had his momentum going away from the receiver. You have to believe that the Ed Reed of a few years ago would have just glided back there and broken that one up effortlessly. Instead, you’ve got a touchdown that turns a 12-3 slugfest into a 19-3 laugher. As we’ve already established, that’s not the kind of margin of error that the Jets are equipped to overcome. To read more of this story, click here
Demario Davis was all over the place in the first half. And I mean that both in a good way and a bad way. In the first half, my notes were overflowing with references to Davis – good and bad – but I didn’t make a single note on him in the third quarter and in the fourth, I only noted that he was in on three tackles close to the line on essentially meaningless plays.
During that first half, he made a good play in coverage, stuffed a run, knocked down Michael Oher to get in on another run stuff and made a third down tackle in coverage to force a field goal attempt. However, there were also some negatives that overshadowed his positive moments. To read more of this story, click here
Here’s another section that I could probably cut and paste from previous BGA’s because the Jets stuffed the run and were disruptive in the pass rush all day long. Again.
What a performance by first round pick Sheldon Richardson, who had nine tackles (three for a loss), half a sack and two pressures. That’s outstanding production, especially from a rookie.
Richardson does still sometimes lose technique and allow himself to get turned around and blocked out of plays, but never stops coming. One thing’s for sure: Dat boy sure got big paws on a puppy. To read more of this story, click here
There’s not a whole lot to review in terms of the receivers. Until the last two drives inside the final seven minutes, Geno Smith had only thrown 15 passes, with one being batted at the line and one thrown away deliberately.
Greg Salas led the team again, with two catches for 48 yards. He had two downfield receptions, one on a Smith roll-out, as he continues to show some promise. However, it was disappointing that he wasn’t able to adjust to the underthrown ball on Smith’s second interception and try and fight for the ball.
David Nelson had a tough day, as he was held without a catch on five targets. One was a really bad drop where he almost volleyball-dug the ball up to a defender for an easy interception and another was badly underthrown (by Josh Cribbs) and just off his fingertips. To read more of this story, click here
How much longer can the Jets afford to persevere with Brian Winters before they say “You’re done in this unit”? The beleaguered left guard looked overmatched all day, constantly getting pushed into the backfield, missing assignments in pass protection and failing to sustain blocks. He also ended up on the ground repeatedly once again. You play in dirt, you get dirty.
Winters gave up a sack and a quarterback hit, had to commit a holding penalty after getting beaten again in pass protection and was also called for an illegal man downfield penalty. However, it was in the running game where he really struggled, twice letting his man get off his block to blow up a run (and it was almost three times but Chris Ivory broke the tackle) and twice getting shoved back into the path of the runner. It sounded like Rex Ryan was starting to lose patience with the rookie this week, but let’s see how he responds to Winters’ continued struggles this time.
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The Jets clearly hoped to lean on their ground game in this one, but after a promising start, that dried up with just eight rushing yards in the second quarter. Ultimately, the Jets did rush for just over 100 yards, but the bigger problem was that the backs did a poor job in pass protection.
On four different occasions, a running back (either Bilal Powell, Chris Ivory or Tommy Bohanon) failed to pick up the blitz and pressure was generated despite the offensive linemen all picking up their assignments correctly. Geno Smith was only under pressure 12 times, so that accounted for one-third, even though those backs stayed in just 11 times between them.
If Smith knows that when you drop back in the pocket, you’ve got to watch your back, then this feeds into his ability to see the field, so he has to be able to trust his protection, but the blitz pickups have been inconsistent all year.
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