Re: The Jets......(A thread of laughs!)
posted at 9/15/2014 2:21 PM EDT
NEW YORK JETS
Things we learned about the Jets
September, 15, 2014
By Rich Cimini | ESPNNewYork.com
Let’s take a timeout (oh, snap!) and offer some perspective on the New York Jets' 31-24 loss to the Green Bay Packer. What we learned:
1. The Jets have the potential to be a pretty good team. It was overshadowed by the timeout fiasco, but the team’s performance for the first 20 minutes was as good as it gets. They jumped to a 21-3 lead with a 14-point first quarter, their first since 2009, if you can believe that. It had a Super Bowl XLVIII feel to it, with the Jets capitalizing on a botched first play and taking the early command. Unlike the Seattle Seahawks, however, they lacked killer instinct. But, hey, if you’re looking for a silver lining, it’s the first 20 minutes.
2. There are cracks in the sideline operation, evidenced by the ill-timed timeout. You can blame offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg or you can blame Sheldon Richardson -- or both -- but the bottom line is this: With the game on the line, there was a breakdown, due to indecision and faulty communication. There also was a glitch on the would-be interception by David Harris. The play was blown dead because the Jets had too many men on the field, the result of confusion with changing of personnel packages. That needs to stop.
3. Dee Milliner isn’t a savior. But, wait, we knew that already, right? He might be a terrific cornerback one day, but he is certainly not that kind of player yet, and it was unreasonable to expect his return to dramatically improve the state of the secondary. He was rusty, and his ankle wasn’t 100 percent, so he became an easy target for Aaron Rodgers and Jordy Nelson. Frankly, it was a surprise that Milliner (40 snaps) played as much as he did. He rotated with Antonio Allen (57) and Darrin Walls (40). That Allen, a converted safety, was the No. 1 cornerback speaks volumes about the cornerback position.
4. The Jets have a discipline issue. Once again, penalties were a big story, led by the double-unsportsmanlike conduct calls on Muhammad Wilkerson (ejected) and Richardson. In two games, they have racked up 18 penalties for 187 yards, the equivalent of three scoring drives. The players talk about protecting each other on the field, but there comes a point when you have to walk away. You can’t lose your cool and expect to win, especially in a hostile environment.
5. Geno Smith is too reliant on Eric Decker. They worked well together in the first half, but Decker was neutralized when the Packers started rolling coverage to him -- and the entire passing attack shut down. David Nelson was a non-factor and the tight ends were an afterthought. This was a tough matchup for the wide receivers because the Packers have good, man-to-man corners, but the Jets should have been able to utilize the tight ends. Didn’t happen, as Jeff Cumberland and Jace Amaro had only one catch apiece. If Decker’s hamstring injury keeps him on the sideline, it will put a dent in the passing game.