Final Score: Panthers 30 – Jets 20

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The Jets were tight with the Panthers deep into the fourth quarter, but a Panthers punt block set up a Mike Tolbert touchdown. Then Geno’s pick-six to Captain Munnerlyn put the game out of reach during the middle of the fourth quarter.

The Jets were able to close the gap to ten points after a twelve play drive culminating in a Jeff Cumberland touchdown from the eight yard line, but an oddly planned “roller” onside kick was recovered and the game was effectively over for New York.

The Jets running backs totaled 157 yards against one of the league’s best run defenses.  Chris Ivory led the way with 11 carries for 66 yards.  Geno Smith ran for 44 yards himself.

Geno Smith was able to move the football on a number of drives and ended the game 15/28 for 167 yards, a score and the pick-six.

Rookie defensive end Sheldon Richardson was used on two carries in the red zone and scored a touchdown.

For the Panthers, Cam Newton was on a blistering pace with almost 225 yards going into the half, but ended the day with 273 yards and one score along with twelve yards on the ground.

After giving the Panthers some billboard material, Santonio Holmes caught two passes for 14 yards despite eight targets.  Holmes started the game with his first target a drop right through his hands after bouncing off his chest.

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

The game got away from the Jets when punt protector Garrett McIntyre turned free a punt blocker straight into Ryan Quigley for an easy block.  The Panthers started their series within ten yards of the end zone and scored putting the Panthers up 23-13.  It got worse when Geno was forced to make a play on 3rd and 11 after his run game abandoned him.  The resulting Captain Munnerlyn interception and score was expected … sooner or later against a defense like the Panthers it was going to come down to Geno.

The defense had a tough time stopping the Panthers, but I am a little surprised at people already panning the defense’s performance.  The Jets held Newton to under 300 yards in the air, only one thrown touchdown

This was the third best offense that the Jets have played all season behind the Saints and the Patriots.  Between Olsen, LaFell, Smith, Ginn and Williams there are too many options for the Jets to realistically stop and they did their best when faced with one of the league’s best quarterbacks.

Holmes’ comments this week about the Panthers defensive backs before putting up a 25% reception rate for just 14 yards was the perfect encapsulation of why he won’t be on this team next year.  The Jets will finally get out from under this contract that in retrospect should have never been signed in the first place.

As for Ed Reed? Another game, another backbreaking play.  On the DeAngelo Williams touchdown, he bit badly on the fake and then took yet another bad angle to completely miss the play.

Despite all this, it was still nothing short of a valiant effort by the Jets.  

The Jets lost by 10, but they trailed one of the league’s best teams by three deep into the fourth quarter in a game that was contested closely.  Other than the Week 2 loss to the Patriots, this was the only other loss this season where the Jets stayed competitive and relevant throughout the whole game.

115 comments
Israel Medina
Israel Medina

Can someone pls explain to me what coach out there who is available could have done a better job with this roster ask Jerry Jones how he feels about getting rid of a Ryan

nesboogie
nesboogie

Geno still stares his receivers down

a57se
a57se

One thing people don't think about is the ripple effect in Football.

MM draws up some of the best specialty plays I've ever seen for the Jets and our QB can't seem to make the darn throws. 

That play for Hakim was called at the perfect time and worked to perfection except for Geno making a terrible throw. 

That should have been a TD. Now some will be thinking, "Well it didn't really matter because the Jets ended up scoring on that drive anyway!"

That is not accurate. 

All those plays that were called to get the TD 'anyway' would have constituted ANOTHER drive.

So we 'lost' a winning series of plays when Geno couldn't make a decent throw to Hakim.

This has happened several times over the course of this season and constitute what I would call 'hidden turnovers" !

a57se
a57se

We have 12 picks in the 2014 draft, I hope we trade 3 or 4 of those picks for picks in 2015.

McGeorge
McGeorge

Brian,

Any positives you would care to mention?


Kerley made a nice catch.  So did Cumberland. Richardson and Wilkerson had some nice plays.

That's about all I remember.


Geno made a few inaccurate throws.

:(


Miami may make the playoffs.

:-(  :-(


At least they beat the Pats.

:-)


Is is just me or is Winters not one of the better players on the team?

;-)


Has he shown ANY improvement?

Vlad Ducasse was bad, but wasn't putrid at run blocking like Winters.

Is he ordering Rex to play him, and in the process losing a game over the course of the season, making it easier to fire Rex?

joemustgo
joemustgo

Wow: 373 comments on the game thread? I guess folks have packed it in for the year. Pitchers and catchers in nine weeks.

Zartan
Zartan

Blamed the coaches a few times this season, tonight the players failed. Marty get some blame with the up and down offense.

ww85
ww85

Which offensive Jets would start on most NFL teams?  Mangold, Ivory, Howard? That's about it.

ww85
ww85

Just hung out on the Cowboys blog. Feel a little better now.

BILLY
BILLY

Number of times Geno has thrown for more TDs than interceptions: .........1


And that was 10 weeks ago. 

nyijkm
nyijkm

Geno has some speed, not Vick or RG3 speed, but faster than Tebow. Why does he refuse to just take up chunks of yards instead of trying to throw it while he runs forward?

nyijkm
nyijkm

why does Geno not use his legs EVER???

longshot
longshot

Well this makes it 3 years in a row at .500 or under. My guess is that is that it's time for Rex to go. He has won 20 games in the last 3 years and might get to 21.  Seven wins a year (on average) obviously doesn't get you to the playoffs. To be a perennial playoff team you need 10 and more like 11 wins every year to be in a good position and I am not sure Rex is capable of doing that. 


Though I posted some harsh comments about him, I never thought he was a bad coach but he just seemed delusional about the talent he actually had when he came aboard and still the talent he actually has today. Rex built a decent though not a great D, but the O just hasn't been there. Maybe this simply reflects Rex's background.

a57se
a57se

@Israel Medina 

Maybe Lovie Smith....I think his cover two concept on defense would have served this team better then the risks Rex keeps taking.

marcus81
marcus81

@a57seBrady ended a come back with a pick, I know I feel better

a57se
a57se

@jetfuel 

Big Deal...if we had a QB who could actually throw the ball to WIDE OPEN receivers that game would of had a different result.

McGeorge
McGeorge

I forgot to complement Santanio Holmes on his fine play, and backing up his mouth.  He will certainly get a big contract next year.

(yeah, Genos throws to him were bad, but I see stud receivers occasionally making those receptions, like Jordy nelson against the Cowboys)

joemustgo
joemustgo

@McGeorge The Winters situation sounds like a no win for Rex. If he's behind the decision, it may justify his firing. If Idzik is behind it, then Rex is the lamest of lame ducks and should probably be put out of his misery.

Bent
Bent

@joemustgo That's about average.  I count 21 gamethreads with fewer comments than that for the 2009-2011 seasons.

nyijkm
nyijkm

@ww85 D'Brickashaw, Powell, Holmes (as a number 2 at best)

nesboogie
nesboogie

@BILLY to your answer, is that as of 6 months ago, June 1st? Regarding Sanchez

a57se
a57se

@longshot 

  As much as I like Rex, I wouldn't be terribly upset if he goes.......I don't think it is the best thing for the team but I would understand the move.

Israel Medina
Israel Medina

Lovie had Jay Cutler how would Rex do if he had Cutler

a57se
a57se

@joemustgo In case Jameis Winston declares for the 2015 draft...

McGeorge
McGeorge

@joemustgo @McGeorge I wonder if Woody asks Idzik why he's forcing Rex t play Winters.  Or does he think Rex is doing it on his own?

ww85
ww85

@nyijkm @ww85 Brick is having a bad year--He'd start on some but not most. Powell RANKS 50/55 RBs by PFF. Santonio WOULDN"T EVEN MAKE THE ROSTER OF MOST NFL TEAMS, MUCH LESS START. Actually Tone wouldn't even be considered by most teams. The only way he lands a spot on any NFL team next year is if there is a rash of WR injuries.

BILLY
BILLY

@nesboogie @BILLY Nah, those are next year. He counted $13 million against the cap this year, and would have cost $17 million in dead money if cut. 

nyijkm
nyijkm

@a57se @nyijkm it just seems like he almost wants to use his legs (as Ray Lucas keeps saying on Post Game) but he decides to just force some last-ditch throw while running out of bounds.


It is so simple that it drives me bizerk while I watch the games. Today I was screaming at the TV when I saw all of the open field and potential first down yardages he COULD HAVE ran to and slid.

joemustgo
joemustgo

Agreed. I'm not saying he has to go, but I suspect Idzik committed to giving him one more year and may not have seen enough to retain him.

longshot
longshot

@a57se@longshot


Sometimes it's better for all parties involved. Certainly teams can flourish when a new coach comes in. The Boston Red Sox went from last place to World Series winners in just one season. And coaches can go elsewhere and end up being better coaches because the team is a better fit. I am not sure it's the best move but the timing might be right.

Bent
Bent

@lrjets


If he's cut after the season, he'll end up having earned about $25m for four seasons here.

lrjets
lrjets

@a57se


There was a reason Pittsburgh was willing to let him go.  "Tone Time" 2013 version is opening your mouth, motivating the opponent, then getting intercepted.   

He got $44 million out of the Jets.  Ain't bad at all.

a57se
a57se

@jetfuel@a57se 

Your 20/20 hindsight is ridiculous. At the time of the signing it was the right move.

a57se
a57se

@jetfuel@a57se 

Your whole point is ignorant. What the Jets paid him was fair market value for a WR of his caliber at the time of the contract. Because he has gotten injured the last two seasons doesn't change that fact.

a57se
a57se

@jetfuel@a57se 

Based on the opinions you express here, it is obvious you need glasses.....really, really thick ones.

a57se
a57se

@jetfuel 

How about the WIDE OPEN receivers he couldn't get the ball mear because he SVCKS?

Stop playing the fool for a minute.

a57se
a57se

@jetfuel@a57se@joemustgo

Go post on the Giants Blog.....

a57se
a57se

@joemustgo@a57se 

Winston is one of those guys who comes around very rarely....... the team that gets him will be set for 15 years at QB.....

marvel
marvel

@a57se@nyijkm 

the play when he was running to the right and missed the wide open receiver...


looked just like Sanchez.to Cro when we played Houston..... so sad


a57se
a57se

@nyijkm@a57se 

  You know what drives me beserk? When I see him missing WIDE open receivers by 10 yards.

a57se
a57se

@joemustgo 

To be honest, I haven't seen enough from Idzik to give him another year but that is gonna happen anyway.

Rob Galgano
Rob Galgano

Look at the Chiefs, playoff-bound a year after going 2-14.

joemustgo
joemustgo

The Niners did OK when they replaced Singletary.

Jeff E. Guy
Jeff E. Guy

@longshot @a57se 


Since 1969, the Jets have hired a new coach every 2.9 years. Obviously that approach isn't working. It's time for some continuity and a long-term commitment