BGA: Walls comes tumbling down

It was a bit difficult to get a handle on the Jets’ secondary rotation for this game, as they did plenty of chopping and changing. Darrin Walls and Marcus Williams started at cornerback with Jaiquawn Jarrett and Dawan Landry at safety, while four backups, Phillip Adams, Kyle Wilson, Calvin Pryor and Antonio Allen each played somewhere between 15 and 23 snaps off the bench, with Allen seeing time at both corner and safety.

A variety of combinations were tried, as – for the first time this season – Dawan Landry did not play every snap. However, eight of the nine snaps Landry missed were on the fourth quarter 91-yard touchdown drive with the starting corners paired with Jarrett and Allen. Allen and Walls combined to miss the tackle that led to Boobie Dixon’s 30-yard touchdown run.

While the Jets did well to keep Sammy Watkins to just 35 yards on three catches, Robert Woods killed them with a career high 9-118-TD performance that featured several tough third down grabs. He did the bulk of the damage against Darrin Walls, who eventually gave up over 100 yards on seven catches while being targeted 11 times. While Walls was actually in a pretty good position on some of these plays, at the same time, he did get lucky when one potential first down pass was dropped and his best play of the day – a diving pass break-up – only came after he got badly beaten at the line and barely recovered to prevent what could have been a huge play. The longest play he gave up came as he totally lost the flight of the ball on a fluttering pass he might have had a shot at.

Walls is a good fourth corner and maybe even an okay second corner. He’s not a number one cornerback though and it’s unfortunate for him and the Jets that they have to employ him like that.

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Jets Post Game Live: Analyzing the roster

Brian Custer, Erik Coleman, Chad Cascadden and Ray Lucas break down how much of the Jets roster could improve after a tough 2014.

BGA: Few and far between

It was good to see Quinton Coples making some impact plays this week after a couple of quiet performances. However, you’d still like to see more from him as he played over 50 snaps for just the 4th time this year and the first since week five.

Coples shared a sack with Leger Douzable and also broke up the middle for a hit on Kyle Orton which led to a fluttering deep ball which perhaps could have been intercepted but ended up being a completion. He got to Orton for a pressure one other time, but had jumped offside on the play. He was actually announced as having jumped offside twice, but the first one was Sheldon Richardson. He did only rush the passer on 29% of his snaps though, as he was once again used on the outside to jam receivers at the line.

Coples also made an impact against the run as he was in on three plays in the backfield, including yet another beheading. Coples is so explosive when he makes plays like that. His 2014 highlight reel is going to be awesome. Just far too short…

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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.