BGA: Jets keep giving their fans Fitz

After two solid performances in the first two games, Ryan Fitzpatrick underlined how this Jets team isn’t really built to come from behind, as the team’s efforts to recover from a 24-0 deficit came up short with Fitzpatrick throwing three interceptions after that point.

Fitzpatrick missed some opportunities, both in terms of not seeing open receivers and also with a series of off-target throws. Still, about halfway through the second quarter, he had completed two-thirds of his passes and had a quarterback rating of over 90. From that point onwards, his number reflected his performance more accurately though.

As noted, Fitzpatrick misfired on several throws. He was also unable to connect on several long passes, had too many passes batted at the line and generally seemed to throw too many short passes early on. It’s the interceptions that were the real killer though, even though they didn’t factor into the 24-point deficit.

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BGA: Playing without a full Deck

Welcome to BGA! We’ll be here the day after every Jets game for an in-depth review of what happened. We’ll look at each position group throughout the day, so keep coming back to TJB to check it out. We’ll also post a summary with links to all the articles later on today.

Let’s move on to discuss yesterday’s game…

Yesterday’s result was disappointing, but there was always a chance this could happen. The Jets are not without their flaws and any one of these could cost them a game at any point this season. In yesterday’s game, several of these manifested themselves at once. The Jets’ special teams personnel is not established and appears to lack any stand-out performers. Their new quarterback might be more consistent than the last one, but that doesn’t mean we should expect him to play well every week. Also, a lack of offensive depth always had the potential to force some inexperienced or inferior players into action.

I guess after falling so far behind, last year’s team would have crumbled and lost in even more embarrassing fashion, so maybe they deserve some credit for getting back into a situation where they almost got back into it, almost like a pitcher who keeps his team in the game when he obviously doesn’t have his best stuff. That’s scant consolation though.

With Eric Decker unavailable and Chris Ivory active but not used – presumably because the Jets were leaning towards not using him but would have used him as cover in the event of an injury – the Jets were down a couple of playmakers on offense and didn’t have a great deal of early success with a conservative offensive gameplan. Having fallen behind, they were forced to take more risks and both Ryan Fitzpatrick and Brandon Marshall made a couple of costly blunders, perhaps because they were pressing. More on that to come, obviously.

The good news is that Decker and Ivory should return and therefore the offense will be stronger. In addition, Sheldon Richardson should be back soon too and that’s going to enhance the defense. I’m not sure about the offensive line or the special teams unit, though; they’re just going to have to somehow figure it out.

Jets fans could forgiven for thinking “life’s been good” after the first two games, but the long run by Ryan Mathews early in the game was an early warning sign that things would get out of control. Now, the Jets’ two-game winning streak is already gone and most of us are sad. We’ll get over it though and, while I can’t tell you why they are struggling I’m sure the coaching staff will be working all night long and tryin’ to get to the heart of the matter.

Ummm…something something Hotel California.

Next up…our first positional review breaks down Ryan Fitzpatrick’s struggles.


Marshall gives himself poor review

Receiver Brandon Marshall told reporters he “played like crap” after the Jets lost to the Eagles 24-17 Sunday at MetLife Stadium.

Marshall had 10 catches for 109 yards and a touchdown, becoming the first Jet since Laveranues Coles in 2006 to have consecutive 100-yard receiving games. He also became the 45th NFL receiver to surpass 10,000 receiving yards.

But Marshall also fumbled on an ill-advised lateral attempt at the end of a 15-yard gain. The Eagles converted the turnover into their third touchdown of the second quarter.

“Wrong time to gamble,” Marshall said. “I was pressing, trying to make a play. But can’t do that. That was probably the worst play in NFL history.”

Jets coach Todd Bowles didn’t disagree.

“We can’t have those type of plays during the game; you just can’t do it,” Bowles said. “He understood. It was a play too late, but he understood.”

Marshall also took responsibility for one of Ryan Fitzpatrick’s three interceptions.

With the Jets trailing 24-14 and less than four minutes to go, the ball bounced off his hands and into defensive back Walter Thurmonds’.

“I thought the safety was right there, so I tried to catch it really quick and bring it in, and short-armed it,” Marshall said. “I gave up a pick, so that’s on me.”


Eagles hold off mistake-prone Jets

The Jets had four turnovers, including three second-half Ryan Fitzpatrick interceptions, and gave up a punt return for a touchdown as the Eagles won 24-17 Sunday at MetLife Stadium to hand the Jets their first loss.

The Eagles (1-2) scored three second-quarter touchdowns, including Darren Sproles’ 89-yard punt return, to take a 24-0 lead before the Jets (2-1) came to life.

Fitzpatrick was 35-for-58 for 283 yards with two touchdowns. He didn’t get any help from the Jets’ running game, which was held to 47 yards.

The first Jets TD came late in the first half, when Fitzpatrick hit Brandon Marshall with a 16-yard TD pass.

Earlier, Marshall lost the ball at the Jets’ 43 when he tried to lateral the ball to teammate Jeff Cumberland at the end of a 15-yard reception. But the lateral hit an Eagles defender and was recovered by Jordan Hicks, who returned it 11 yards.

Sproles got his second TD soon after, a 1-yard TD that gave Philadelphia the 24-0 lead.

A scoreless third quarter included Fitzpatrick’s first interception, Eric Rowe’s pickoff in the Eagles end zone.

Fitzpatrick threw a 7-yard TD pass to Jeremy Kerley with 9:37 left to cut it to 24-14 and soon after David Harris forced a Ryan Mathews fumble with 7:23 left at the Eagles 41. But three plays later, Brandon Bair tipped a Fitzpatrick pass that was intercepted by Walter Thurmond.

The Jets got the ball back and Nick Folk kicked a 53-yard field goal with 2:37 to go. But the Jets couldn’t recover the onside kick. Even after two Eagle procedure penalties following their final timeout stopped the clock, a hands-to-the-face call on the Jets’ Quinton Coples ended any chance of a Jets comeback.

Mathews, playing for the injured DeMarco Murray, ran 25 times for 108 yards for the Eagles. QB Sam Bradford was 14-for-28 for 110 yards and a touchdown, a 23-yard pass to Mathews that made it 17-0 with 4:48 left in the first half.

Marshall had 10 catches for 109 yards and became the first Jet since Laveranues Coles (2006) to have consecutive 100-yard receiving games.

The Jets travel to London to meet the Dolphins next Sunday at Wembley Stadium (9:30 a.m.).

Brian Bassett,

I couldn’t get on board the runaway enthusiasm floating around the Jets after their Monday night win over the Colts and this game was the reason why.

The Eagles are a talented team and their 0-2 record didn’t properly reflect their abilities. If the Jets could stand on the throat of a wounded Eagles team, then you would have my attention.

The Jets could never get it going against a talented but struggling Eagles team. The weight of the world seemed to be on the shoulders of the Eagles and in a “back to the wall” situation; what was clear on Sunday was that Philadelphia wanted it more than the Jets and bested the Jets in all the right places. To read more of this story, click here


Colon leaves with knee injury

Jets guard Willie Colon left Sunday’s game against the Eagles with a knee injury and is doubtful to return.

Colon’s status going into the game was in doubt because of a knee injury, but it’s uncertain if Sunday’s problem is related. He was replaced by Bryan Winters.

The Jets offense was struggling entering the fourth quarter against the Eagles, who had a 24-7 lead entering the final 15 minutes. Follow the game online at


Decker, Murray inactive for Jets-Eagles

Wide receiver Eric Decker (knee) is inactive for the Jets’ game Sunday against Philadelphia.

CB Darrin Walls, DT Deon Simon, OLB Trevor Reilly, WR Chris Owusu, T Ben Ijalana, and G Jarvis Harrison are also inactive for the Jets.

QB Geno Smith is on the Jets active list, although Ryan Fitzpatrick will make his third start of the season for the 2-0 Jets. WR Devin Smith is also active and could see some targets Sunday.

Running back DeMarco Murray leads the list of Eagles inactives. Also on the list is LB Kiko Alonso, DE Taylor Hart, WR Josh Huff, ILB Mychal Kendricks and QB Thad Lewis.


BGA Preview: Eagles at Jets

During the season, Bent’s Game Analysis charts games for some of the Jets’ upcoming opponents, enabling a breakdown of what to watch out for on gameday…

It’s the green and white, with their locker room dysfunction, fans who like to spell out the team name and their controversial coach who was initially thought as a genius but is now seen by many, perhaps unfairly, as stubborn and out-of-touch. Wait…are the Jets facing the 2015 Eagles or the 2014 Jets? While they have been struggling so far this season, the Eagles have historically had the Jets’ number. The teams met most recently in December 2011, as the Jets were aiming to go to 9-5 on the season and lock down a playoff berth. The Eagles’ 45-19 win sent the 2011 season into a spiral as the Jets lost their last three to miss the postseason at 8-8. In fact, it pretty much sent the Rex Ryan era into a tailspin, as the Jets were 32-19 under Rex prior to that game, but 18-33 thereafter. Can the Jets finally beat them for the first time ever in a regular season game?

After the jump, I break down the positional groupings (BGA-style!) to try and highlight what the Jets need to look out for. To read more of this story, click here


This week in Jets podcasts…

In case you missed it, here is the week in Jets podcasts…

Corey Griffin and Brian Bassett take calls and comments from readers and listeners, after the Jets came back from Indy with a Week 2 win over Andrew Luck and the Colts.

Jeane Coakley, Brian Custer, Erik Coleman, and Ray Lucas preview the Jets’ Week 3 matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Corey Griffin and Brian Bassett are gearing up for a Week 3 match up with the wounded Birds from Philly, and are joined by Jenny Vrentas, Senior Writer for Sports Illustrated and The MMQB, for a deep dive preview of Jets / Eagles.