BGA: Like Mike?

I’ve never been a big fan of Michael Vick. While his first few seasons in the league were enjoyably exciting as he would often follow up the most spectacular play with a ridiculously awful decision, I was never convinced a team could go far with that style of quarterback. A run-first quarterback – which is what I still consider Vick to be, despite the fact he threw the ball 28 times and ran it four times – might be able to lead a team to a good regular season record, but once you face elite defenses in the intimidatingly freezing elements of postseason football, the chances are you’ll hit an immovable roadblock.

With Vick starting his first game as a Jet, this was his big chance to win me over. His numbers were good with a quarterback rating of 105.7 – over 20 points higher than anything Geno Smith has posted this season and higher than every game of Smith’s career apart from the Atlanta game last October.

These numbers were largely the product of playing conservatively and completing short passes though; he only completed two beyond 10 yards downfield and was 19-of-21 on passes shorter than that. However, I’m more than okay with that. In the light of Geno Smith’s inability to protect the ball and his struggles to move the ball with the defense keeping everything in front of them, it was good to see Vick show some restraint, refuse to take any undue risks and do a decent job of taking what the defense gives him. Some will roll their eyes at this comment, but it was exactly the sort of performance Smith could learn some positive lessons from.

Despite the solid numbers, there were still elements of Vick’s performance that frustrated me, as I’ll try to illustrate after the jump.

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BGA: We’re not in Kansas anymore

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…

Every week as I pore over the game footage, I resolve that this is the week where I’m going to explode into a furious rant about just how frustrating it is to be a Jets fan right now, as the team fails to show up, constantly comes up short at the most critical time or shoots themselves in the foot. Or, sometimes, all three of those things in the same game.

However, by Monday morning, I just don’t have it in me any more. It’s so exhausting covering this team that it’s all I can do to motivate myself to explain what happened without just repeating what I’ve been writing every week. Any anger and frustration is gone by the next day as any motivation I can muster has to be applied into finding creative and new things to discuss.

But, yeah…it’s really frustrating.

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BGA Preview: Jets at Chiefs

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…

For the second straight week, the Jets face a surprising 4-3 team as they travel to Kansas City to face the Chiefs. Since losing 26-10 at home to the Titans on opening day, the Chiefs have been extremely impressive, winning four of six, with their only two losses by a combined 12 points in San Francisco and Denver. Their wins comprise blowouts over New England, Miami and St. Louis and a road win in San Diego. This figures to be an extremely tough test for the struggling Jets, who haven’t played in Kansas City since the rude awakening they received on opening day in 2005. They have beaten the Chiefs three straight times since then, all in New Jersey, with the most recent a 37-10 blow-out in 2011.

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: Bills 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 Bills. 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: Scouting Marcus Williams

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Yesterday, the Jets announced that they had activated cornerback Marcus Williams from the practice squad. Jets fans might not know too much about Williams, so I’ve been reviewing game footage to try and assess what he brings to the table.

The 23-year old Williams is 5 foot 11, 192 pounds, and is an undrafted rookie out of North Dakota State. He spent the offseason with the Houston Texans and, while he didn’t make it through final cuts, he did spend three weeks on their practice squad. The Jets added him to their practice squad four weeks ago and released linebacker AJ Edds yesterday to create a roster space so they could add him to the active roster.

After the jump, I look in detail at footage from Williams’ appearances in preseason to evaluate some of his strengths and weaknesses.

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BGA Wrap-up: Bills at Jets

Once again, I can’t wait to turn the page on this game. From an emotional standpoint, I think I’d already turned the page on this season, but that won’t stop me from reviewing the games every week to try and assess the direction this team is headed in.

The news that Michael Vick will be starting on Sunday should make for some interesting developments over the next month or so, even if it’s only a short term move. This could have a major impact upon the direction the franchise, not just the team, is headed in.

Then again, maybe it will be more of the same. We’ll start to see as the team heads for a tough test on Sunday in Kansas City.

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: Worst. Play. Ever.

I’d more or less given up on the season, so this was for all intents and purposes a meaningless game, but the joke of a play the Jets tried early in the second half still had me fuming.

The Jets had some momentum before half time but their first drive of the second half was doomed to failure after a penalty backed them inside the 10 and then Michael Vick took an ill-advised sack near the goal line. Still, even after that gave the Bills good field position, the Jets were able to hold them to a field goal and this would be their chance to drive for a score like they had been doing in the second quarter and get it back to a one-possession game.

I was already annoyed that the Jets had been running the ball out of the end zone too often when starting at their 20 would have been a much higher percentage option. However, the lack of judgment shown on this next play was MIND-BOGGLING.

Percy Harvin fielded the punt at the back of his end zone and ran it out to the one yard line and then looked to throw a lateral to TJ Graham. Graham had been lying down on his stomach in the end zone in hopes that the Bills might not realize he was there. They did and Harvin had to eat the ball at his own two-yard line.

After the jump, I will be listing all the ways this was utterly stupid. It’s going to be a long list.

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