BGA: The Unbearable Lightness of Brian

I was fairly critical of Brian Winters last week and before I go any further, I must say that he was definitely more consistent in last night’s game. In fact, he made some good, positive contributions in the running game. However, his occasional lapses seem to always come at the worst possible time.

Stephen Paea – hardly the most challenging pass rushing opponent Winters has or will ever face – cleanly beat him three times on crucial plays. The first one was on third and three on the first possession after Geno Smith’s pick-six and caused the pocket to collapse with the pass being batted down. The next saw Smith have to throw the ball into the ground on 3rd down on the series following the David Harris strip-sack. Most damaging of all came on the fourth down at the end of the game, where a clean pocket would have given Smith a couple of different options with three bunched receivers breaking towards the end zone on his right side. However, Winters got cleanly beaten one-on-one and Smith did the only thing he could and lofted a desperation fade to Jeremy Kerley which he had little chance of coming down inbounds with as Smith had to rush the throw.

Winters has improved since last year. That’s being reflected in the more impactful performances from Nick Mangold at center. However, it can be extremely frustrating when one player fails to do his job on a drive-killing play where everyone else was able to execute. Unfortunately, I don’t know if they have much choice but to just keep him out there and hope his consistency improves.

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BGA: Bearing the brunt of the blame

Having landed the Jets in an immediate 7-0 hole with a first minute pick-six, Geno Smith regrouped to complete 14 of his next 18 passes. Then he started struggling again, only completing 12 of his last 24. This continues a pattern of inconsistent and streaky play over the first three games of the season. While last season Smith was pretty much good or bad in any given game, we seem to be seeing both good and bad spells from him in each game so far this year.

Smith’s final numbers were actually pretty good, as he threw for over 300 yards and completed over 60 percent of his passes. His 188 yards in the first half were the most by a Jets quarterback since Chad Pennington in 2006. However, those two interceptions made a massive difference to the final score and he was actually lucky that there was only two.

After the jump, we’ll look at those two interceptions, but also some missed opportunities, as Smith moved the ball well between the 20’s all day but couldn’t seem to find the end zone.

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BGA: Can’t Bear to watch

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…

Early on in this game, it looked like I was going to be breaking down yet another nationally televised humiliation. In the end the Jets made the game competitive, but missed so many chances to get back into the game that they always seemed destined to fall short. It was a frustrating performance to say the least. To read more of this story, click here

BGA: The Expendables – Regular Season 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. Throughout preseason, we kept track of the progress on the guys they let go to start to form some views on whether letting any of these guys loose was a mistake or a smart move. With no Jets game this Sunday, here’s our first chance for a regular season update.

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

Antonio Cromartie, CB, Arizona

Cromartie is off to a good start this season. He’s been targeted 10 times and broken up three passes, giving up just four catches for 30 yards. He’s not been flawless though – he lost Malcolm Floyd on a deep incompletion in week one and has also been penalized once, although it should have been twice because he got away with a blatant jersey tug on his pass breakup yesterday. The 3-0 Cardinals have surprised everyone so far in spite of a bunch of injuries.

Santonio Holmes, WR, Chicago

The Jets will get a good look at Holmes tonight. After flashing in preseason, he’s looked sharp, although it hasn’t translated to much statistical production yet. He has four catches for 41 yards in the first two games and has also fielded two punts.

Joe McKnight, RB/KR, Kansas City

McKnight didn’t play in the first two games but did the Jets a huge favor yesterday by spearheading the Chiefs’ surprising win in Miami. With Jamaal Charles out, McKnight served as the third running back. Although McKnight only carried once for three yards, he caught six passes for 64 yards and two touchdowns, the first offensive scores in his NFL career.

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BGA Preview: Bears at Jets

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 last played the Chicago Bears in 2010, losing 38-34 on the road in what turned out to be a pretty meaningless late season game because the Jets had made the postseason comfortably anyway. The game was notable for an ill-fated fake punt attempt from the Jets. The Bears have beaten the Jets three times in a row and lead the all-time series 7-3. They met on Monday Night Football back in 1991 in a wacky game which saw the Jets blow several chances to clinch the win and go on to lose 19-13 in overtime. Both teams enter the game at 1-1 with the Bears having lost by three to the Jets’ AFC East rival Buffalo and then come from behind to beat the 49ers.

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

BGA Extra: Jets at Packers

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 Packers. 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: Jets at Packers

As I noted in the introduction, I didn’t get to see the start of this game so maybe that gives me a slightly warped perspective on matters. That’s okay though, sometimes a warped perspective brings out some interesting ideas.

On the whole, maybe I was a bit too hard on Geno Smith because I only saw the bad part of his game live. I don’t think I was too hard on Brian Winters, although I understand he suffered a dislocated finger at one point so maybe that was a factor in his struggles. On a positive note, Quinton Coples continues to trend upwards, which could be big for this defense going forward. They need their defensive backfield to play more consistently too. Hopefully getting a settled line-up will be the first step towards that.

In a funny way, maybe it’s good to get the first loss out of the way. Let’s hope they get back to winning ways on Monday night though.

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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