BGA: Counting to three

A pattern is emerging in this morning’s BGA. Not the pattern of abject terribleness which is apparent to all, but more one which reflects the roots of the Jets performance being found in an inability to do even the most simple things.

On four occasions, Breno Giacomini came out of his stance a beat ahead of his teammates. A couple of times, this was as the ball was being snapped rather than after it was snapped, but either way it still meant the line was out of synch and he looked like he false started. He got away with it once, but was flagged for two false starts. The other time it happened was even more damaging. Mario Williams just stood up and pointed at him, appealing for a flag so Giacomini went to block down on Kyle Williams who was already on his knees after having been cut down by Willie Colon. Mario then went ahead and rushed the quarterback and was able to pick up a sack.

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BGA: Drop the Mike

We’re sifting through the wreckage this morning with the black box recorder of Flight 3-38 from Buffalo to Detroit. Our positional review begins with a look at the quarterbacks.

You might think after airing my grievances with an extended rant in part one that I’ve got that out of my system and will take a more measured approach to the positional analysis.

Guess again.

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BGA: Breaking Bad

Welcome to BGA! We’ll be here the day after every Jets game for an in-depth review of what happened. We’ll look at each position group throughout the day, so keep coming back to TJB to check it out. We’ll also post a summary with links to all the articles later on today.

Let’s move on to discuss yesterday’s game…

What was that?

I had a feeling going into this game that it was going to be a tough game for the Jets but I never envisaged them being 35 points worse than the Bills. Well, not until the game started and it became immediately apparent that the Jets were going to be second-best in all facets of the game.

And they were 35 points worse than the Bills. Every bit of that. This wasn’t one of those blowouts where the Jets fell behind due to a couple of bad breaks and then the scoreline ended up flattering the opposition because they lacked the tools to get back into the game. Instead it underlines how the team is unwilling, unprepared or unable to compete as soon as they face any adversity. And if that adversity comes early in the game, a blowout loss is sure to follow.

For the Jets, the Bills should be a cautionary tale. Four times AFC champions in the mid-nineties, they saw the nucleus of that team gradually fade away and when the team suffered a heart-breaking loss in the 1999 postseason, it plunged them into a hole they’ve yet to climb out of. They haven’t been to the postseason since and even though things are looking up for them right now, they still aren’t all the way back and probably won’t make it this year either. A 15-year playoff drought is something that could happen to this Jets organization if they don’t figure out how to get the wheels back on the wagon.

For now, the losing culture has taken hold and that’s what can lead to such a listless performance against a team which, on paper, wouldn’t have been considered as having more talent than the Jets. However, the top-to-bottom ineptness runs rampant through this team right now.

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BGA Preview: Jets “at” Bills

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…

With six games to go in their season, the Jets face the Bills again, this time in Detroit. Four weeks ago, the Jets hosted the Bills and lost by 20 after Geno Smith threw three first quarter interceptions and the team shot themselves in the foot after having pulled back within a score at 24-17 just before half-time. The Bills, then 5-3, have since suffered two tight losses in a row to the Chiefs and Dolphins, so their bid for a long-overdue playoff berth will be well and truly on the ropes if they don’t beat the Jets. Detroit was the scene of one of their best performances of the season, a come-from-behind win over the Lions. However, their preparation hasn’t exactly been ideal.

After the jump, I break down the positional groupings (BGA-style!) to try and highlight what the Jets need to look out for.

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BGA Extra: Steelers “at” Jets

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 Steelers. 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 Wrap-Up: Steelers “at” Jets

The bye week is finally here. I don’t think many of us expected to be 2-8 at this point of the season and while the Jets have been somewhat snake-bitten in certain areas, there are others where they only have themselves to blame.

With the difficult run of games they had to start the season, going on a losing streak was always a possibility and the season soon spiralled out of control because it’s difficult to get your season going again when that happens.

With that said, in this game, the Jets finally put together a competent performance in all three phases and for four quarters and eventually beat the Steelers pretty comfortably. They weren’t great, but did well enough to control the game. Turnovers were clearly the primary reason for this though, so it will have to be determined whether that aspect is something which the Jets will turn around over the second half or if this game was just an aberration.

While some will lament the damage that winning does and will do to the Jets’ draft positioning it’s rewarding to see the team show some promise for the future, even if the team as currently constituted is somewhat incomplete. In the second half of the year, the organization will have to decide whether it’s their priority to continue battling towards respectability. In a situation like this, with jobs on the line, opinion on this within the organization will be divided.

There are links to each BGA article or the option to read the offensive and/or defensive BGA in full after the jump.

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BGA: The Zach Exchange

Having already contributed a long touchdown reception earlier in the game, TJ Graham came up with the biggest special teams play of his game when he hit Antonio Brown following his muffed punt and then came up with the loose ball to set up the Jets with good field position as they were leading 17-0.

In the end, the Jets were unable to cash in, as Nick Folk missed the field goal. However, like every other field goal Folk has missed, this didn’t factor into the final result. The Steelers then had another special teams breakdown, as they missed a chip shot field goal of their own, helping the Jets keep them at arm’s length. It was certainly good to see the Jets capitalizing on their opponents’ errors on special teams for a change.

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