The Zionist Conspiracy
Sunday, December 26, 2010
UPDATE - DECEMBER 27: Rex Ryan now indicates that he will start Mark Sanchez against the Bills. That would be completely nuts. Not only should the Jets rest Sanchez, they should rest as many starters are possible. Their coaching staff should also prepare for the Chiefs and Colts rather than the Bills.
Today's loss was probably the Jets' worst coaching performance in the Rex Ryan era.
From the failed fake punt early in the 3rd quarter, to the dreadful defensive playcalling during the 3rd quarter, to the combination of very short kickoffs and a long kickoff to Devin Hester - all of which gave the Bears great field possession - to the punt to Hester, to the Jets' refusal to go for it on 4th down on two consecutive late 4th quarter drives, and to the continued neglecting of Shonn Greene in favor of a completely ineffective LaDainian Tomlinson - this loss is primarily the fault of the coaching staff.
To be sure, the Jets were hurt by a very porous defense which displayed no pass rush, poor tackling and lousy coverage over the middle - as well as huge drops by Dustin Keller and Brad Smith and a fumble by Santonio Holmes.
The Redskins just beat the Jaguars in overtime, resulting in a Jets wildcard berth. The Jets are locked in as the number 6 seed, making next week's game completely meaningless.
With three losses in four games, and an inability to beat good teams throughout the season, it is difficult to be optimistic about the Jets' playoff chances. In particular, a first round playoff win will result in a second round visit to New England.
Sunday, December 19, 2010
This was a typically maddening Jets game.
First the good:
1. The Jets won.
2. Brad Smith's touchdown return of the opening kickoff.
3. Braylon Edwards was superb.
4. Steve Weatherford's punting.
5. The offense sustained a number of drives.
6. After the Steelers took a 17-10 lead in the 3rd quarter, the Jets defense tightened until the final drive of the game.
7. Jason Taylor's forced safety.
The not so good:
1. The defense on the Steelers final drive was awful. The 29 yard pass on 3rd and 24 was inexcusable. The Jets were very, very lucky to win. They are consistently awful on 3rd and long. They are also awful in zone coverage, yet played zone for most of the final drive.
2. The Jets looked poised to take a 14-0 lead when a reception by Santonio Holmes at the 5 yard line appeared to give them 1st and goal. But a Matt Slauson holding penalty negated the play and killed the drive. The Jets are wasting a lot of points due to penalties and drops.
3. The Steelers responded by going 96 yards on their next drive, and scoring 17 of 20 points to take a 17-10 lead. The defense gave up four 3rd down conversions on that drive.
4. The offensive package for Brad Smith doesn't work, because Smith is not allowed to ever throw the ball.
5. The playcalling and clock management on the final drive of the 1st half were terrible. There was no reason not to try to get into position for a field goal attempt.
6. Bart Scott is mediocre. He is usually seen mouthing off, pushing and shoving, or committing a dump penalty. He doesn't make many plays.
Overall, a win on the road in Pittsburgh is something to be pleased about. Nevertheless, the Steelers last drive leaves a bad taste. Jets fans know that tonight could have easily been a terrible loss. It helped that Troy Polamalu and Heath Miller were injured.
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Murder By Media
For two years, the tabloid media have ridiculed and ripped to shreds the entire Madoff family for the crimes of Bernie Madoff. Now that this has resulted in the tragic suicide of Mark Madoff - leaving a wife and two small children - the very same media still won't stop ridiculing and ripping to shreds the entire Madoff family.
I've long been disgusted by this, but it didn't seem meaningful for an obscure blogger to state his objection. Now, I wish I had.
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Jets fans have become accustomed to pathetic performances like the one displayed today. Mark Sanchez was careless and inaccurate. When he was accurate, his receivers dropped passes. The offensive line is doing nothing in either pass protection or run blocking. The playcalling is predictable. Shonn Greene was again used too little.
The defense played well, with the exception of the TD reception by Brandon Marshall. Inexplicably, Marshall was covered by Bart Scott on that play.
Miami consistently got great punts; to make matters worse, the Jets' returns were consistently bad.
Monday, December 06, 2010
The enigma that has been the 2010 Jets has been solved. Tonight's performance closely resembled the Monday Night disaster 24 years ago, when the 10-1 Jets were walloped 45-3 by the Dolphins. The '86 team did not win another regular season game, and blew a ten point lead against the Browns in the final minutes of the second round playoff game.
For all of Rex Ryan's endless bluster, the Jets are lucky to be 9-3. Just one of their nine wins (week 2 vs. the Patriots) was against a team with a winning record. The Jets' soft schedule likely will get them into the playoffs, but they have been exposed as pretenders.