Final Score Week 17: Jets 20 – Dolphins 7

NFL: New York Jets at Miami Dolphins

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After the game, owner Woody Johnson announced to the media that head coach Rex Ryan would be retained for the 2014 season although there was no word on his contract status.  Rex’s contract is set to expire at the end of 2014.

TheJetsBlog learned that early this past week, the Jets put out feelers on Seahawks defensive backs coach Kris Richards and Baltimore defensive backs coach Teryl Austin.  Those inquiries indicate that GM John Idzik is looking to replace the team’s defensive coordinator with coaches that would be loyal to him yet could provide continuity for the team after 2014.

Geno Smith had a solid game against a team that caused him problems in Week 13.  Smith ended the day 17/27 for 190 yards and no interceptions.  In addition to not turning the ball over, Geno’s rushing was a key part of the win for the Jets.  Smith rushed ten times for 44 yards and a score.  Smith set up first downs and a one-yard touchdown plunge for defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson.  Richardson tied with William “The Refrigerator” Perry for the most touchdowns for a defensive lineman with two.

Sheldon “Boss Hog” Richardson had his second rushing touchdown of the year for the Jets.  If Rex stays as is expected, look for more offensive work from Richardson in 2014.  The Jets weren’t done there as they used DT Damon Harrison

Midseason pickup WR David Nelson was clutch again for Geno Smith.  Nelson had five catches on six targets for 66 yards.

On defense, the secondary shone.  Ed Reed had a late pick to seal the game and Dee Milliner had two interceptions along with five passes defensed in primary coverage of Mike Wallace.  Milliner did gave up a touchdown to Mike Wallace in a short goal line situation.

The normally automatic Nick Folk missed a head-scratching 35-yarder, but the miss didn’t end up costing the Jets as New York dominated the second half.

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

While there were reports that Rex was safe prior to the start of the game, the Jets demonstrated that this is not the same team that imploded back in Miami at the close of the 2011 season.

Win or lose today, the Jets final four weeks have finished strong.  It is evident that players love playing for Rex and with some stable quarterback play they can be a team that is competitive in every game.   Other changes might be looming on the Jets coaching staff, but for now Rex is safe and with what can only be an upgraded team in 2014 it is hard not to feel very optimistic about this team’s chances going forward.

While it seemed a little premature just a few weeks ago, heading into the offseason it is much harder to argue Rex Ryan proclamation of the team’s “A plus” 2013 draft: Dee Milliner had the game of his career, Sheldon Richardson was a factor on both sides of the ball, Geno Smith demonstrated the type of sold quarterback play that has been missing for a long time.

The only lament is that this was the sort of game that the Jets should have played against the Miami Dolphins back in Week 13 or earlier in the loss to Baltimore.  On the day that the season ends, it is hard not to get a little nostalgic about what one more win against bad Bills and Dolphins teams would have done for this team.  Sigh.

Regardless, good things seem to be in store for the Jets this offseason.  It’s common to say “we can’t wait ’til next year” but this is the best I’ve felt about uttering that phrase in three years.

39 comments
DarrolRayFanClub
DarrolRayFanClub

Whenever they switch to a game break and a bomb TD is thrown, I always think "we don't have a WR that can get that separation and catch that bomb" -- and then the next play is Geno, buying time, looking downfield, and tucking it under.


A game breaker at WR is so sorely needed...

McGeorge
McGeorge

How good does it feel to knock the Dolphins out of the playoffs?


:-)


Geno played better but still missed some key throws.  I hope he can improve next year.  Milliner is improving, those 2 Ints will help his morale, thought he still has a way to go.

Mark Phelan
Mark Phelan

Great result considering there was no Ivory for almost 3 Q's.


Geno's running was a major difference in the game....but would he last a season with that exposure?


Can we please get a TE in the off season and send Cumberland out to pasture?


Miliner has a lot of work and learning ahead.


Winters looked good today.


Did we even get 1 sack today?

Jwelhaus
Jwelhaus

Ryan coming back?  Seriously?  And this is why the Jets are always a losing organization.  They always have a clueless owner who keeps hiring clueless coaches.  Ryan is the PROBLEM!!!  He has no idea how to be a good head coach.  How is it that the owner doesn't see that the Jets faced a string of bad teams down the stretch?  How is it that the Jets' owner doesn't see that if they had a good head coach that they would have won more games.  The team had more talent than people think.  It was Ryan's lack of head coaching ability that held them back.  He was clueless about Mark Sanchez, and clueless about Geno Smith.  Woody Johnson should just mind his business, in regards to GMing the team (because he knows nothing about football), and allow the GM to do his job.   Now I know why fireman Ed gave up on this time.  I'll be doing the same thing I did when the NY Mets allowed Omar Minaya to stick around, STOP WATCHING THEM, AND STOP BUYING TICKETS TO WATCH THEIR GAMES.  Both organizations have clueless owners which cause them to never win the big game (Superbowl, World Series).  These owners need to sell their teams to people that have a clue about sports.    

JCuratola3
JCuratola3

Wheres A57 and Marvel screammmmmming for simms? Still think Geno isnt our future? Give him weapons and watch him become a top 10 qb.

Kyle Ely
Kyle Ely

Cut Mark, Tone, Restructure Cro, sign Bryd, sign Boldin or Britt, sign Anothny Spencer, draft Marquies Lee, Austin Jenkins, Prince Shembo, Bryan Stork, and some lb and online depth

dylan_f
dylan_f

I normally don't think like this, but looks like Jets will have 17th or 18th pick instead of 12th or 13th. That's a costly win.

a57se
a57se

@DarrolRayFanClub 

Ha, you are funny! You conveniently forget all the plays where Geno just didn't throw the ball or where he made lousy throws to WIDE open receivers downfield. 3

Bent documented several of them through the course of the season and there were others as well.

gjet93
gjet93

@McGeorge Short of being in the playoffs ourselves, knocking out the Dolphins is the best!

Jwelhaus
Jwelhaus

@McGeorge The Jets need one of the great QBs in this coming year's draft.  Geno isn't the answer, trust me.  Ryan and ownership are too clueless to understand this need.  

Bernard Mclaughlin
Bernard Mclaughlin

@Jwelhaus   Oh  got it, you are sarcastically imitating a moron fan, who probably never played football beyond Pop warner and doesn't understand one thing about football.  Well done, had me there for a moment.

Joe De Sr.
Joe De Sr.

Bye Jw... Watch that third step .its tricky! Bye.....

DarrolRayFanClub
DarrolRayFanClub

@Jwelhaus  "These owners need to sell their teams to people that have a clue about sports"


You think this team was a playoff-talented team that should have won 10 games and competed for home field advantage. Let's end the conversation there.

Jwelhaus
Jwelhaus

@JCuratola3 Are you kidding me?  He has been playing against crappy teams.  Geno isn't going to turn out to be anything good in regards to a NFL QB.  That's why he was passed up in the first round during the draft.  Good QBs play well regardless of the talent around them.  They make the talent around them better.  See Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.  Brady had no good receivers this year, and look at what he did.  This end of the season stretch was all a mirage, and all the supporters, including the clueless Woody Johnson, of Ryan, Geno, Sanchez, etc. will be in for a rude awakening next season.  Clueless. 

Lloyd Jay Reife
Lloyd Jay Reife

@dylan_f 

Costly?  This was an evaluation game.   I'd rather pick 18th and keep our QB, than 12th  and draft another Sanchez type.

Plenty of talent in the high teens.  Blue chip QBs go fast.

mustang66
mustang66

They have a total of 12 draft picks this coming year. They can come by some of those to move up in the draft if there is something a big need. If they need to go up to 7 or 8.the Jets will have 12 draft picks and nearly 50 million dollars in cap room. I'm ready for the draft and to make some trades right now! And Gino Pro he can be the man!

ryan5757
ryan5757

@dylan_f Yeah, good thing the Jets had the 6th pick in the 2008 draft or we would have missed out on Vernon Gholston

DarrolRayFanClub
DarrolRayFanClub

@dylan_f You'd rather be 0-16? 


I'd rather win this week than get those five extra slots. Miami in the postseason would make me vomit. We can move up to the 12th pick by giving up one of our comp picks in the 4th round, I'd rather be 8-8 and not watch my team lose.

Omari Brown
Omari Brown

This is a deep draft across all positions. If they can fill NEEDS with solid not expensive/overpriced free agents then they can just draft the BPA

Neil Herschkowitz
Neil Herschkowitz

It's comforting to know you have a clue and

Ryan doesn't. Makes perfect sense. Does Idzik have you on his short list as possible HC candidates should Rex fail on 2014?

mustang66
mustang66

JW how many times do you want to repeat the same thing and show your ignorance! Not many coaches with pull out a T wins with this O

DarrolRayFanClub
DarrolRayFanClub

@Jwelhaus You are comparing a rookie QB to a 36 year old veteran. As a rookie Tom Brady was the 4th string QB, unable to make the team, much less players around him better.

dylan_f
dylan_f

@DarrolRayFanClub No, nor did I say I'd rather be 0-16. But with the Jet's season essentially over before the game started, I'd rather be 7-9 than 8-8. You can't trade comp picks, and a 4th rounder isn't nearly enough to move up in the 1st round. To move up from 16 to 8 last year cost a 2nd rounder.


Look at this year's draft. 13-15: Richardson, Loutulelei, Vaccaro. All needs for the Jets. Same with 17-18 (this isn't a surprise, many teams similar needs). After 18 there would be a big dropoff for the Jets.

BDarc23
BDarc23

@DarrolRayFanClub I don't think you can trade comp picks but I agree with you. There is really not much difference in the 12-18 picks as it becomes a crap shoot at that point who is picked where.

Jwelhaus
Jwelhaus

@Omari Brown They needed one of the great QBs that will be in the draft.  And now they will be stuck with Geno and deal with him being clueless with regards to reading defenses.  The Jets always find ways to be losers.  

dylan_f
dylan_f

@Omari Brown Sure. But WR is a need, and there might be 3 off the board before the Jets pick. It wouldn't be completely shocking now if they miss out on Clinton-Dix, Mosley, Watkins, Evans, Lee, Mack, and Amaro.

BDarc23
BDarc23

@DarrolRayFanClub @Jwelhaus 

Hahaha.  Got to trust Jwelhaus

DarrolRayFanClub
DarrolRayFanClub

@a57se @DarrolRayFanClub @Jwelhaus Agreed. And with a million dollars I would not be paying my mortgage every month.


He was saying with a competent coach, they would win with the talent they had, not with the talent you wish they had.

Bernard Mclaughlin
Bernard Mclaughlin

@dylan_f yeah we're stuck down around 20 now, last year we wouldn't have been able to get any offensive players at 20 only slubs like Cordarelle Patterson at WR, Tyler Eiffet at TE, we should have thrown the last few games to get a higher pick after all getting higher picks is the goal in the NFL, not winning games!

Neil Herschkowitz
Neil Herschkowitz

Apparently, some fans not only lack football acumen, their just crybabies. If you hate this team, call Rex incompetent, and whine non stop ....do us all a favor and become a Patriots fan.

Omari Brown
Omari Brown

@Jwelhaus Yes but what "great" QB's are in this draft?  At the spot the Jets are picking all of the projected "great ones" will be gone i.e Bortles, Bridgewater,Carr and maybe Fales if there is a run on QB's. Im a firm believer that a mid-level QB with a great D and weapons can get the job done.