Thursday, December 18, 2008

They Still Are Who We Thought They Were

Another game done and another journeyman quarterback looking like Peyton Manning courtesy of the Jets defense. If any team is looking to develop one of their quarterbacks, all you have to do is start’em against the Jets. Listening to fans outside the stadium telling me how much the pass defense sucks last weekend was preposterous and got me a little annoyed. Get your facts straight! It’s not always the secondary that’s the problem. In fact, Losman was 24 for 39, 148yds, 1 TD and 3 INT’s. To me those stats indicate pretty stellar secondary defense. The run defense on the other hand, was simply horrific. I believer Marshawn Lynch had like 100yds on 6 carries midway thru the second quarter. What happened to the 4th best rushing defense in the league? That shit was gone like a fart in the wind by week 13! And don’t get me started on the bad tackling. Stop going for the ball all the time. Wrap up the legs and bring your man down! Fred Jackson was stopped around the 5yd line but he just kept pushing the pile. The man is like 5’8 and 200lbs!!! Sit on him Pouha! I know it’s been a long season and heading into the final stretch no coach is going to spend time in practice on basic fundamental tackling skills. But Mangini and Co. can’t overlook how horrendous the defense has been; maybe they should consider it.
How about them short practices? That approach didn’t seem to resolve their issues on offense and defense. Can we now say that the problem is coaching just as much as it’s the players not performing? I think Darrelle Revis (pro bowl, DB, nice) has the right idea; the defense is looking to make a turnover instead of wrapping up, tackling and playing hard nosed football. Teams like the Steelers, Ravens, Giants, and Bears etc. play hard nosed football on defense all season long and I never see them slow down. Why are the Jets? Is this defense really nothing without Kris Jenkins at NT? The answer is….yes….damn. Players like Albert Haynesworth and Kris Jenkins are vital to their team’s success. I’m not sure about the Titans but the d-line depth for the Jets is pretty thin.
How does Dick Jauron still have a job? Well, I sure hope he does especially if he makes more bad calls like that while playing against the Jets. Thank you sir, for you have saved the Jets playoff chances once again.
Overall, this is what I liked and disliked about the game:


Leon Washington – only one carry but boy was it huge, a 47yd scamper for a TD before the half.

Calvin Pace – 2 sacks for the game and probably one of the only guys on defense who haven’t slowed down.

David Clowney – Spectacular first NFL one-handed catch by this young man. Jets need more weapons. This one has been sitting on the bench for too long

O-Line – No sacks, no hits, 140yards rushing. This unit is finding a consistent groove week in and week out

David Harris – Just glad to see you back man.

Abram Elam – Jets needed a play and he made one with the sack and forced fumble. Of course it didn’t hurt that Jauron was a moron for calling such a play


Brett Favre – He’s obviously hurt and he’s afraid to take too many chances. 1 passing touchdown in your last 3 games is horrible. This future hall of famer is getting out performed by all his counterparts, including backups

Mike Westhoff – Burned again by another fake punt; first vs. Denver and now Buffalo costing the Jets. Both teams went on to score touchdowns later on those drives.

D-Line – Kris Jenkins can’t do it all. He has been apparently for the first 12-13 weeks of the season but god damn the man is only human! Help him out Bowens, Ellis, Pouha Coleman etc.!

Schottenheimer – Most teams are putting extra attention on Leon Washington when he’s on the field and rightfully so; the man is dangerous. But yet he keeps finding ways to get in the endzone and make plays. Keep that kid in there. Need another weapon? Paging Mr. Clowney…Mr. Clowney….

So in the end it was “pot luck” the Jets got the victory in that game. This week against Seattle (of course another west coast game where the Jets are already 0-3) won’t get any easier. It’s the last home game for Mike Holmgren and I’m sure the Seattle players will want him to go out flying high. The Jet morale is low and I’d be lying if I told you I wasn’t scared. “Help me Jesus! Help me Jewish God! Help me Allah! AAAAAHHH! Help me Tom Cruise! Tom Cruise, use your witchcraft on me to get the fire off me!”

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