In the eighties, no one player had more influence on the rise in popularity of the NFL internationally than Chicago’s William “The Refrigerator” Perry. Perry was an effective defensive tackle, but what made him famous was his role on offense, entering the game in short yardage situations, where he contributed four touchdowns in the Bears’ 1985 Super Bowl season.
Fast forward to yesterday and the Jets unleashed their own short yardage weapon on the Panthers. Sheldon Richardson is on course to be a far better defensive tackle than the Fridge ever was, but he’s following in his footsteps in terms of being a short yardage weapon. Richardson plowed through the middle on two straight carries. It looked like he broke the plane on the first one, but they gave him a bad spot and he scored on the next play instead.
So, what’s the modern-day evolution of The Refrigerator, only even cooler, mobile and versatile? It’s the Blast Chiller … and that’s what we should all refer to Richardson as from now on. To read more of this story, click here
Geno Smith’s numbers have settled down over the last couple of games. He’s now achieving mediocrity, which was all the Jets really needed from him all season if they were to remain competitive. Unfortunately, he had fallen well short of that too many times over the past few months. Smith was extremely inconsistent, but strung together some good scoring drives against an upper echelon defense. In fact, if you factor in strength of opponent, this was arguably one of his better performances of the year. Still, when mediocrity represents a high-water mark, you’re in a battle just to prove you’re not out of your depth.
It’s been apparent for a long time, possibly even since preseason, that Smith wasn’t ready to start at this level and I don’t think there’s any chance he’d have started every game if Mark Sanchez had been healthy. Maybe we saw enough positive flashes earlier in the season to be in denial about that for a while, but it’s telling that those positive signs started to dry up once teams had enough film on Smith and the Jets’ system to identify any weak points. However, as we enter the part of the season where offensive coordinators are prepared to throw the kitchen sink at their opponents, Smith has at least helped keep them in the last few games. To read more of this story, click here
It’s not mathematically impossible for the Jets to makes the postseason (they would need to win out and have the Dolphins and Ravens lose out and the Chargers and Steelers to drop one each, as well). However, realistically, that hope is gone. In fact, it probably ended sometime between the conclusion of last week’s game and yesterday’s kickoff, with all the results elsewhere going against the Jets.
The season isn’t over. Instead, the remainder of the season is about something else. It’s an opportunity to continue to develop young players and establish who is a part of your future and who isn’t. From now on, seeing flashes of promise from some of the guys who will return next year, perhaps in a bigger role, outweighs the end result. However, perhaps the most important factor to evaluate is how competitive the team can be in their last two games. That could influence both personnel decisions after the season – on the roster and in the coaching ranks.
Unlike in most of their losses Jets were competitive into the fourth quarter in this one, although to be fair they still found themselves down 17 midway through the fourth. As is typical, you can point to a couple of major breakdowns that were the difference between the sides, as they wrestled for momentum all day. 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…
It took a year longer than I expected, but the Carolina Panthers have finally emerged as one of the better teams in the NFC. However, with their loss to the Saints last weekend dropping them out of a first placed tie for the division lead and another meeting with the Saints on tap for next week, this weekend’s game against the Jets is vital for them to stay in contention for the division title. A Jets win could mean that the Panthers are on their way to missing the playoffs altogether, despite winning eight in a row to open 9-3. This is obviously an important game for them, but could they be overlooking the Jets and focusing on the rematch with the Saints instead?
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
Earlier today, the Jets confirmed that they are activating wide receiver Saalim Hakim from the practice squad to fill the roster spot created when Stephen Hill was placed on injured reserve. Jets fans might not know too much about Hakim, so we’ve been looking at footage to try and get an insight into what he brings to the table.
The 23 year-old Hakim is a 5-11, 188-pounder who went undrafted in 2011 and is yet to appear in an NFL regular season game. However, he has spent time with the Dallas Cowboys, St Louis Rams and New Orleans Saints, playing in preseason for the Cowboys in 2012 and the Saints in 2013. Hakim was also on the Saints’ active roster for two games last December, but was not activated for either game. He is best known as the younger brother of former NFL all-pro receiver Az-Zahir Hakim.
After the jump, observations from reviewing preseason footage from 2012 and 2013 to evaluate some of Hakim’s strengths and weaknesses. 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 win over the Raiders. 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
A loss here would have put an end to any lingering hopes for an outside chance of a playoff berth once and for all, allowing us to write off this year and look ahead. These are the Jets, though, so you don’t get off that easily.
Next week is a game that very few people felt the Jets had a chance in, even back when they were playing well. They’re apparently a 12-point underdog on the road, despite the fact that the Saints exposed a few chinks in the Panthers’ armor last night. Carolina is a formidable opponent on both sides of the ball and the Jets will need everything to go right to have any chance of being competitive.
This is their toughest remaining opponent, though, so if they can pull off the unthinkable, who’s going to stop them from running the table? After all, everyone was writing them off in Mark Sanchez’s rookie season and things clicked for them just at the right time. For at least seven days, Jets fans can allow themselves to have some probably-destined-to-be-futile hopes that it’s not quite over yet.
At the end of the day, that’s what being a Jets fan is all about.
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The Jets’ special teams units have come under fire in recent weeks, where they’ve been giving up a ton of yardage on the coverage units. However, this week, it was the special teams unit which arguably came up with the biggest play of the game.
Antonio Allen’s punt block and recovery in the end zone transformed a pretty tight game into a comfortable half time lead for the Jets, and it came on a well designed play where Ellis Lankster rushed across the face of the long snapper and drew the punt protector out of the middle, so that Allen had a clean path to the punter.
While Garrett McIntyre’s return to the lineup helped, the coverage units benefited from two things. First of all, the Jets only had to punt twice, and when they did, one went through the end zone and the other was a beauty by Ryan Quigley that bounced out of bounds at the two. Secondly, Nick Folk was hanging his kicks up short all day, and that seemed to help the coverage units get down there quicker. They still missed six tackles, including two by Allen, but limited the damage with some good gang tackling and solid plays by the likes of Kyle Wilson, Isaiah Trufant and Nick Bellore.
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Jets fans have been asking all season – especially since the Bengals (and to a lesser extent the Falcons and Titans prior to that) exposed the Jets’ frailties in terms of defending quick passes – why don’t they jam the receivers at the line more often?
My reasoning has been that the guys they had that were most effective at doing that (Darrelle Revis, Aaron Berry and Ellis Lankster) are all not playing for various reasons, so the players that remain might not be able to do it effectively.
Another factor has been Antonio Cromartie’s injured hip, which maybe has an effect upon how readily he can explode forward to jam the receiver and then turn his hips to run with him, so he almost has to play either off coverage or press bail technique to give himself enough of a head start to stay with his man. Cromartie is a particularly interesting study because in the past, the Jets coaches have said that they’ve tried to get him to put his hands on the receiver more often and that when he has, the results have been good. The injury may have scuppered that for this year though.
However, whether it’s a sign that Cromartie is feeling better, a last desperation attempt at something new or even a change in philosophy they hadn’t fully considered until now, Cromartie was in press coverage and jamming the receiver at the line on a regular basis in yesterday’s game. So, how did it go?
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Following his much-maligned “move” to “linebacker” this offseason, Quinton Coples is looking more and more comfortable and starting to look like a force to be reckoned with. There were those that doubted he’d be able to consistently turn the corner against offensive tackles, but he’s proven he can do that on a consistent basis, just like we predicted (based on the fact he’d already shown he could do that).
In this game, he had a big hit early on, then it was his pressure that caused Matt McGloin’s first half interception. Later on in the game, his inside pressure caused McGloin to fumble the ball and then Coples tackled him for a 15-yard loss (which the NFL seems to have credited as a “team sack” but may change at a later date) and he finally got his sack on the penultimate play of the game.
That doesn’t tell the whole story though. There was also a play where he beat Jared Veldheer cleanly and drew a holding penalty and four other plays where the quarterback had to take off early because he was coming. He’s causing the kind of consistent disruption over the last month or so that the elite edge rushers in the league do…and that’s exciting. To read more of this story, click here