BGA: Shel-shocked

At halftime, despite having been thoroughly outplayed, the Jets were 14-3 down and easily could have been within 14-10 if Michael Vick hadn’t failed to connect with a wide-open Eric Decker. The bulk of the damage in this blowout was done in the second half and came after Rex Ryan had told a sideline reporter he was disappointed with the first-half effort, suggesting his calls for them to step it up must have fallen on deaf ears.

They weren’t helped by the fact that they were without their best player, Muhammad Wilkerson, in the second half. Wilkerson, who had a solid but unspectacular first half where he blew up a couple of runs and got into the backfield as a pass rusher a couple of times, injured his toe. Being without Wilkerson is one thing, but the Jets were also without Sheldon Richardson for most of the second half too. Richardson played just seven third quarter snaps and only one in the fourth quarter. In addition, Damon Harrison only played eight second half snaps.

This is slightly curious. Are the Jets pulling their top players out so they can “tank”? Did Ryan see the game slipping away and decide not to subject them to any further punishment? Was there some kind of bust-up, perhaps? Both Richardson and Harrison showed visible frustration with teammates on at least one occasion and it must be wearing on them that they can’t seem to have a tangible effect on games like this.

While I like Kenrick Ellis, Leger Douzable and TJ Barnes – each of whom had a season-high number of snaps – the difference between the first and second unit is clearly evident with the Jets surrendering just 44 yards on 14 carries in the first half, but 75 on 15 carries in the second half.

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BGA: Napalm Jeff

On a day when the quarterback struggled so badly, it’s difficult to find any positives from the receiving corps.

After having made a concerted effort to make Percy Harvin a feature of their offense in previous games, the Jets continued in that vein when they dumped it off to him for a short gain on the second play of the day.

And that was that.

He was targeted four other times, getting his hands on the ball on three of those, but he didn’t have another catch or carry. If you can’t force-feed your $10m-per-year receiver the ball and he isn’t an effective decoy for anyone else to produce, then he’s going to be a waste of money. Unfortunately, though, until the Jets get some consistently competent quarterback play, they’re going to struggle to determine exactly what they do have in Harvin.

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Calf injury could keep Vick out of Monday game

Michael Vick suffered a calf injury in Monday night’s drubbing by the Bills in Detroit.

Vick’s status is still up in the air, but if healthy, he’s expected to start on Monday Night Football against the Dolphins (Costello, Nov. 25).

Vick completed just seven passes for 76 yards and was intercepted once on Monday night.

Geno Smith came in for Vick and had 10 completions for 89 yards.

Brian Bassett,

Let me don my circa 1988 Church Lady wig and glass before I say “how conveeeeeeeeeeeeenient.”

I’m sure that Vick doesn’t feel great after the game; after all he was limping a play or two ahead of his getting pulled from the game.

But I would argue that his playing status for next week might be more about the lack of resolve he showed in the face of the Bills.  The Bills defense was tough, but it is fair to ask whether or not Vick gave up before he was benched.

The Jets are just playing out the string.  Unless Matt Simms starts seeing snaps, it seems unlikely that much of what happens between now and the end of December at the quarterback position will have any impact on next season.

BGA: Ivory coasts

The Jets running game was actually pretty effective last night, but clearly they didn’t run the ball enough. Jets quarterbacks handed to a running back just 12 times all game.

While the announcers stated that the Jets had “no choice” but to pass the ball because they were trailing so badly, I disagree with this. When you’re averaging huge chunks of yardage on the ground (the Jets averaged 5.6 yards in the first half and finished up averaging just under five per carry), then keep running the ball. Especially when the passing game isn’t working. At least you can’t get intercepted (or sacked) when you hand the ball off.

You have to hand it to Chris Ivory. The guy ran hard every time he touched the ball. He broke several tackles just to get back to the line of scrimmage on a couple of plays. He turned a certain loss into an 11-yard first down run by breaking a tackle in the backfield and bouncing the ball outside and that play where he did a reverse pivot in the backfield and then cut back for a 17-yard gain, trucking a defensive back down the field, was just spectacular.

Unfortunately, Ivory only carried the ball seven times in total. I guess Marty Mornhinweg feels you don’t have to hand it to him.

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BGA: Counting to three

A pattern is emerging in this morning’s BGA. Not the pattern of abject terribleness which is apparent to all, but more one which reflects the roots of the Jets performance being found in an inability to do even the most simple things.

On four occasions, Breno Giacomini came out of his stance a beat ahead of his teammates. A couple of times, this was as the ball was being snapped rather than after it was snapped, but either way it still meant the line was out of synch and he looked like he false started. He got away with it once, but was flagged for two false starts. The other time it happened was even more damaging. Mario Williams just stood up and pointed at him, appealing for a flag so Giacomini went to block down on Kyle Williams who was already on his knees after having been cut down by Willie Colon. Mario then went ahead and rushed the quarterback and was able to pick up a sack.

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BGA: Drop the Mike

We’re sifting through the wreckage this morning with the black box recorder of Flight 3-38 from Buffalo to Detroit. Our positional review begins with a look at the quarterbacks.

You might think after airing my grievances with an extended rant in part one that I’ve got that out of my system and will take a more measured approach to the positional analysis.

Guess again.

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