On The Schneid: Week Four
Daniel Marcus , theJetsBlog.com
This is a post series that I will be trying out, outlining which players specifically need to get it going and get off the proverbial “Schneid” heading into the weekend’s game. It may be safe to say that the entire team needs to get off the schneid after their pitiful showing last week in Miami but in the interest of specificity, I’ve narrowed down the list:
This was supposed to be the strength of the team with such immense size and depth but they have had some struggles so far, unable to get consistent pressure and uncharacteristically losing some battles at the point of attack to lead to some big running plays. I also believe that the personnel groupings along the defensive line have not been ideal at times but hopefully first-round draft pick Quinton Coples increased playing time will change things. Outside of the cornerbacks, the Revis injury has put the onus squarely on the shoulders of the defensive line to generate some type of push and pressure opposing quarterbacks and if they are unable to rise to the occasion it could be a long season.
I know that I’ve already stated my peace on this earlier in the week but it still holds true, Shonn Greene has been on the schneid for a while now. The heat has been turned up on Greene now that Bilal Powell looks as though he has better vision and is a more decisive runner than the aforementioned fourth-year running back. Couple that with the fact that the Jets felt as though they needed to pick up another running back in Jonathan Grimes and it’s clear that Greene needs to find a way to get back to circa late 2009 form or he could see his carries continue to disappear.
As a staunch Mark Sanchez supporter, it pains me to say this but there comes a point where we can no longer makes excuses for the guy and where he will have to perform regardless of the circumstances. Now is that time, after losing their best player and amidst unbelievable adversity and scrutiny now is Sanchez’s time, his star shines brightest when the moment is the biggest and I don’t think they get much bigger than they do these next few weeks playing at home against top-five teams. We are about to find out exactly what Mark Sanchez is made out of and hopefully what we see will pleasantly surprise.
A Receiver Not Named Santonio:
Don’t get me wrong, one strong performance does not completely absolve Santonio Holmes but he did prove that he is the team’s biggest weapon in his ability to both make plays and draw penalties. However, teams in this league catch on quickly and expect for him to be consistently double-teamed and blanketed by the 49ers’ stout defense. The rest of the receiving corps has been underwhelming to say the least, dropping balls (Stephen Hill), running incorrect routes (Clyde Gates, Jeff Cumberland), and just a general inability to get open. The return of Dustin Keller will only help things but they need to help their quarterback out if this team is going to win games against tough opponents.
*Obviously there is an argument that can be made for others but here is this week’s list. If you guys like it sound off in the comments and I’ll make it a regular thing.