- GENO: I Definitely Feel a Sense of Urgency [NY Jets]
- Santonio Holmes gets two plays in Jets’ loss to Dolphins due to hamstring injury [The Star-Ledger]
- Josh Cribbs has shoulder injury that is ‘pretty serious,’ says Rex Ryan [The Star Ledger]
- Matt Simms: ‘Geno’s the man’ [ESPN NY]
- Rex Ryan: I believe in Geno [PFT]
- Raissman’s Upon Further Review: Geno benched on TV, too [New York Daily News]
That just about does it for this week’s BGA, a thoroughly depressing review of a thoroughly depressing game that makes for a thoroughly depressing read, I’m sure. (Sorry about that).
I’d like to close with a reminder to the Jets’ decision makers (whoever they may be):
We’re here every week, blogging about and supporting the team we love whether we attend the game or do so from home or a bar.
Losing is embarrassing and it sucks, especially to a hated rival like the Miami Dolphins in such a pathetic fashion. If you’re not even going to do whatever it takes to win every week, it better pay off down the road and fast because Jets fans are an impatient bunch that aren’t going to tolerate that for too long.
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Geno Smith said he was told by quarterback coach David Lee that he will start on Sunday against the Raiders.
Update – 4:45 pm: Smith will be the starter, Rex Ryan said.
Smith was benched to start the second half against the Dolphins in favor of Matt Simms.
“I’ve got to get my act together,” Smith said.
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comGeno has been straight up bad for the last seven games and this decision wouldn’t be the first or last mismanagement of quarterbacks by a Rex Ryan coaching staff. Still, for Geno to succeed in the NFL he needs more talent around him, but is anyone convinced that he’s the right man to be the starter for this team for the next three, five, ten years? Maybe starting Geno at this point is more about observing whether he can progress enough to stave off serious consideration of a rookie in the 2014 NFL Draft class.
It sounds strange to say, but this organization seems to hold the quarterback position almost in too high a regard.
Yes, the quarterback spot is a distinct and special position aside from any other in football. But the coaching staff and front office should save the pomp and circumstance about the signal caller until they find someone worthy of the trappings of the office.
Geno Smith will start on Sunday, but SNY.tv’s Recapr takes a look at the Jets’ quarterback situation after a dreadful loss to the Miami Dolphins in Week 13.
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Yes, the offense has been bad, but the special teams units have been almost as bad and that’s perhaps not getting the attention it should.
After an awful performance last week, this week was almost as bad, as Marcus Thigpen had a 25-yard punt return and a 50-yard kickoff return. Antonio Allen, Jaiquawn Jarrett, Darrin Walls and Jermaine Cunningham all missed tackles on one return. It could have been worse, but Darrin Walls and Ellis Lankster each made terrific open-field tackles with the second wave nowhere in sight on two punts. Furthermore, the Jets almost had two punts blocked and committed a pre-snap penalty.
One major issue has to be personnel. Starters Dawan Landry (who actually made a good tackle on the opening kickoff) and David Harris both had to play this week, as the Jets have lost several special teams contributors in recent weeks (including Troy Davis, Ricky Sapp, Rontez Miles, Konrad Reuland – and Josh Cribbs during the game). They’ve also had to move Caleb Schlauderaff into the wedge blocker role previously occupied by Reuland. Harris was playing left tackle on the punt unit which is where the pressure came from on one of the near blocks. It looked like the pre-snap penalty was down to him too.
The first half of this game (which you’ll recall I said was “where all the damage was done” despite the close scoreline) exposed the unexpected downside of the Ed Reed move (not just the decision to sign him but also to make him a full-time player right off the bat).
Dawan Landry was never going to be benched because he’s back there coordinating the secondary. Obviously this has meant that Antonio Allen, who was playing really well before Reed arrive, was the one to lose playing time. However, the under-appreciated aspect in all this is the fact that Landry’s role has changed from a deep safety to more of an in-the-box safety.
Of course, it’s never as simple as that with the Jets, whose safeties were often interchangeable before Reed’s arrival. However, Landry had been playing the deep safety role for the most part and doing a solid job. It’s the same role that Yeremiah Bell played last year and while Landry might not have the athleticism he once did (or that of his brother), his skill-set compares favorably to someone like Bell. The media suggested all off-season that Landry was an in-the-box safety who would be miscast in a free safety role, but this was based on the misconception that “free safety” equates to coverage safety, whereas in actual fact, the player closer to the line of scrimmage is the one who will be in more direct man-to-man matchups. The free safety role is much more suitable for a veteran nearing the end of their career, especially on a team that doesn’t really employ a roaming center fielder.
At this stage of his career, moving Landry back into such an in-the-box role – which of course he played alongside Reed in Baltimore – simply exposes him to more man-to-man matchups and these were exploited three times in the first half yesterday to help extend drives, the first time Landry has given up more than two catches in direct coverage all year. The younger Antonio Allen is more suited to these situations due to his superior athleticism and coverage skills, but moving him into a situational role just means that Landry (who has to be out there) can be exploited in coverage. It also hasn’t helped Allen, who has given up three first down catches and dropped an interception in 25 snaps over the three games since Reed arrived. Prior to that, he’d only given up one catch on every 19.5 snaps, many of which weren’t first downs.
Essentially, by trying to accommodate Reed’s role, Ryan seems to have weakened a couple of other positions, which was the last thing an already-struggling secondary needed. To read more of this story, click here
I want to open up by talking about Demario Davis. I think we’re deep enough into his first season as a full time player to assess his game. While his speed has been a boost to a unit that was aging last year, he’s not the finished article yet and I’m interested to get your thoughts on whether he has the potential to be really good, or is he already at his ceiling?
Davis has been pretty good against the run and, although his nine missed tackles leads the team, that’s not too bad on a league-wide scale as 19 other inside linebackers around the NFL have at least as many as that. In coverage, he’s blown some assignments and been picked on a lot more than you might realize. He’s given up a completion on over 80% of his targets for a total of 470 yards. By contrast, Bart Scott, who we were told by the media was repeatedly exploited in coverage, never gave up more than 333 yards in a season with the Jets. I do think Davis is a pretty good blitzer, although the Jets haven’t been blitzing much recently, so he only has one pressure in the last five games (after racking up 11 in the first seven).
Yesterday’s game was a typical Davis performance. He was in on a couple of tackles near the line of scrimmage, including one in coverage, but was beaten for a couple of first downs and picked on a couple of screen plays that also went for first downs. He also had a costly missed tackle on the first touchdown. Last year, I remarked that Davis always seemed to be a step slow at the snap and that once he got more comfortable that would disappear and make him a more effective player. That’s been the case, but there are still times when he reacts a beat late and those are the occasions when he’s exploited.
Kellen Winslow would like more reps with the offense, but he knows it is up to the coaches to call his number rather than to lobby for playing time, according to the Star-Ledger.
“That’s not my fight,” he said.
But it’s up to Offensive Coordinator Marty Mornhinweg to play him, Winslow said.
“That’s not my place on the team to go” lobby for more plays, Winslow said. “My job is to make plays. When my number is called, I make plays. And when it’s not I try and help other guys and that’s all I can do.”
“Some things you just can’t control and I don’t know what to say.”
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comThis is likely Winslow’s last year in the league. It might be that he’s one of the two most historically successful pass catchers on this team, but incorporating Kellen Winslow into this offense for 45+ plays a game is not going to happen. Winslow is at the end of his career as a pass-catcher and he’s never been a run-blocker … so the opportunities to utilize him are limited.
Credit to Winslow for knowing to say the right things. So far, the players have circled the wagons; no one has publicly said anything that outright questions the coaching staff. Even so, we have to imagine that there will be lots of attempts to get players to say controversial things about the coaching staff, the third-stringer David Garrard, and so on.
Corey Griffin, TheJetsBlog.comIt’s the worst time of every NFL fan’s winter. The weather turns from chilly to cold, rain becomes snow and playoff hopes disappear, replaced by offseason plans and draft prospects.
The Jets joined the Bucs, Bills, Redskins, Jaguars, Falcons and many other teams in that club Sunday, losing badly for the third straight week and looking very much like one of the more poorly-constructed teams in the league.
General manager John Idzik has a lot of work to do.
Some experts were critical of the defensive line yesterday, because the Jets gave up 125 rushing yards, only recorded one sack and didn’t put enough pressure on Ryan Tannehill. However, the reality is that this was another dominant display up front.
None of Miami’s backs averaged over 3.5 yards per carry and the fact the Jets only pressured Tannehill 12 times in 44 dropbacks had more to do with him getting rid of the ball quickly. His time to throw was 2.17 seconds per PFF, the lowest in the NFL this week and .2 of a second quicker than his average, which is already among the league leaders. On 70% of his throws, he got rid of the ball within 2.5 seconds and he only had 11 attempts where he held the ball for longer than that.
To their credit, the Dolphins line did what they could to slow them down. One particular thing that made a difference was that they had a lot of hard counts, which caused the Jets to jump offside once (Kenrick Ellis) and almost on several other occasions (including four times by Damon Harrison) which meant that the player was off-balance as the ball was snapped. To read more of this story, click here