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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.comWhile 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.