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Believing is Half the Being – Jets Lose to New England 19-10

Even though the Jets smelled blood this week as the Brady-less Patriots were in town, they still do not have that swagger and confidence that champions have and need to win close and important games. On paper even the odds makers had the Jets as favorites. But the game is played on the field between 53 home players vs. 53 away players. The Patriots (all 53 of them) beat the New York Jets for the eighth consecutive time at the Meadowlands 19-10 in front of a sell out crowd that has been patiently waiting to see there home team beat a division rival at home.

Winning and loosing are learned behaviors. The Jets do not have that winning attitude right now and that cost them a very important divisional game early in this 2008 season. Champions take advantage of there opportunities and limit there mistakes. On the Jets first offensive position they drove the length of the field controlling the line of scrimmage on consecutive positive yard gains. The Patriots defense bent but did not break. When it looked like the Jets would roll there way into the end zone they had to stop play and call a time out which slowed things down considerably.

The time out was a result of players not knowing there alignments and got caught shuffling back and forth while the play clock was expiring. That momentum killer cost the Jets greatly. Newly acquired kicker Jay Feely came on to attempt a chip shot thirty-one yarder. His kick was no good as it went wide right. Feely who has a career ninety percent rate from thirty to thirty-nine yards and almost ninety-five percent from thirty yards or less was perfect after that.

It looked like the holder (punter Ben Graham) was still holding the ball on a tilt the preferable way Mike Nugent likes to have it held. Didn’t the Jets learn from last week….? Isn’t this practiced over and over during the week especially with a new kicker…? Sorry Allen Iverson, but in football practice and being prepared is a vital key component in the teams overall success. Part of success is believing in yourself, coaches, and teammates. True champions learn from there mistakes and pride themselves on consistency. Consistently doing all the little things right over and over again so when game day comes you are prepared. Learned behaviors become habit. The Patriots have a habit of winning where the Jets have a habit of finding ways to loose.

Another example of this was when the Jets drove the ball to the Patriots three yard line and had a first and goal and only came away with three points in the first half. Putting points on the scoreboard is the object, not taking the points away. Yes, Herman Edwards we know, “We Play To Win The Game”. The vanilla play calling cost the Jets a TD. For some reason the Jet coaches wanted to punch the bully in the mouth and smash it down the middle.

This played right into the Patriots strength (which is there front seven) and again the Patriots defense came up big and did not break holding the Jets to a FG. This was a perfect opportunity for head coach Eric Mangini to verbally lay into his rebuilt offensive line (whom the Jets paid nicely in free agency) for not converting. A winning attitude comes from within you. Winners find a way to succeed where losers point fingers and place blame without taking responsibility.

The Jets have all the talent to be great but they must now prepare diligently and believe in one another and somehow gain that swagger and winning attitude. At times it showed during the game but they would take steps back with mental errors that put them in bad situations. For example the 53 Patriots only had two penalties for ten yards where the Jets 53 got penalized six times for sixty yards (difference = half a football field). Many of those penalties came on offense which put the Jets in bad down and distances.

Special Teams also played a very important role in the outcome of this game. The Patriots did a fantastic job on kick off and punt covers not allowing a return game for the Jets. Of six kick offs and three punts the Jets only had one opportunity to return the ball. Seven of those nine kicks went for touch backs. Seven times the Jets had to start from there own twenty yard line. Field position and special teams is at least one third of the game in which the Patriots won the facet as well.

Taking advantage of your opportunities should be the lesson plan this week for both the Jet players and coaches. Good teams play with an urgency to win now and pay attention to details and do the little things right the first time.

All the hype during the week was on the loss of Brady. And what we always learn is in a team sport the better team wins. And just like we witnessed last year, Offense wins games but Defense wins championships.

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One Response to “Believing is Half the Being – Jets Lose to New England 19-10”

  1. buck lonergan says:

    Pran wants his keys back and why is there dip cups all over the apartment.


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