posted at 9/13/2013 10:24 AM EDT
In response to rkarp's comment:
Contrary to Rusty's comments about me and my affection for the Jets, it is simply not true. Last night was my first time watching them this year. I was at the game, and got home too late to watch the game again, and I don't like to make game observations until I see the game a 2nd time.
But this Jets team is interesting. Rex has this defense playing very hard. Richardson, Wilkerson, Milliner, Coples ( I know he did not play last night) can be pro bowlers over the next few years. Cro is at least as good as Talib. This defense is a S and LB away from being elite. Geno is interesting to say the least. They need a WR and a TE....RB's are system guys that can be had in the 4th round. I thought the Jets OL played well, and the sacks were on Geno.
Anyways, this team is reloading, and has over $30 million in cap space next year. Idzek is smart. 2-3 years down the road, these guys are going to be interesting.
I was there also. I would agree with a few of your observations and disagree with a few. Based on what I saw last night here are some general observations.
The strength of the Jet's is their interior D line. It is a big physical unit that is very difficult to move off the point of attack. The linebackers as a group are average they don't do anything particulary well but they play well as a unit. Cromartie is a top corner although his weakness is smaller recievers with quickness who can cut on a dime. His body type makes a edelman type match-up very difficult for him. He is one of the best corners in the league against the bigger/faster recievers. I didn't notice Miliner one way or the other last night. The safeties aren't good. I thought our safeties were bad Allen and Landry bite on almost every play fake and take bad angles to the ball.
Offensively they lack talent at the skill positions. As with our rookies you can't judge Geno Smith yet. Just like with any rookie QB it is important to get as many reps as possible so that he is able to diagnose what defenses are throwing at him. He looked confused on quite a few plays last night but that is to be expected for a rookie QB.
Don't know anything about their cap position but they need to aquire talent at the offensive skill positions or they will continue to be a mediocre team.