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Time for a Code Red


Three weeks before Jet fans find out the fate of Eric Mangini. At 8-3 the Jets looked like a shoe in for the playoffs. Two weeks later at 8-5 tied with the Patriots and Dolphins, Jet players and coaches have become allot like there head man that it scares me.

The conservative, emotionless, and lack of discipline actions have spread like cancer in that locker room to where this team has no identity. They try to be something they are not. Jet fans know the mirroring act days from the Patriots but now after beating Tennessee they are acting like all they need to do is show up and they will win. Yes, it is a good thing to be positive and believe in what you are doing.

But the game of football has not changed because you got the Patriot monkey off your back and you beat an undefeated team. You still need to show up and play with emotions and let it all hang out. My point is where are the enforcers? Who is ordering the code reds?

Every team has an emotional verbal leader who sometimes puts there foot in there mouth but does a great job motivating and gets the message across when needed. Great example is what Kevin Garnett did to his Celtic teammate recently during a time out with a big lead that was slipping away. The Jets had I believe six penalties before the 49ers got there first one in the third quarter last week.

That right there shows the lack of discipline. I never once saw a coach and or player get upset to a point where a vocal altercation occurred. The only person who showed any emotion was special teams coach Mike Westhoff, after Leon Washington returned the kickoff for a TD and it was called back because of a Jet penalty. You could read his lips and clearly four letter words were flying out toward the referee who tossed the debatable flag. This from a guy who was out of commissions due to heath reasons but now is back.

Every time the camera goes to the head coach after a bad play /call all you see is a blank clueless look on Manginis face. He doesn’t know what to do and or how to react because he has no experience. Just like half time adjustments. Where are they? If it doesn’t go as planned you need to adjust during the game not the following week in practice or in film sessions.

In my eyes, the Jets let it happen. It is acceptable to let the refs control the game, have team mates drawing flags, wide receivers running the wrong routes, and linebackers shooting the wrong gaps. Great teams have players that can motivate themselves or others when they fail or do something wrong that hurts the team. The approach the head man takes will and has trickled down to his staff and players. Proof that his lack of experience is hurting this teams chance down the stretch.

Time to put the pedal to the metal and don’t let it up. Have the Jets attempted a fake punt, fake kickoff, and or any trick gadget plays besides those stupid old reverses with Brad Smith…???? Enough with the cover four twenty yards deep. Every QB looks like an All Pro verses that conservative approach (look at the stats vs. Oakland, Cinn etc..) You give any QB time to pass and he will find an open man. What happened to Pace, Harris, and the number one draft picks on the d-line?

They can get to the QB if you allow them to. A QB with less time will make more mistakes. Especially younger ones with no experience. The Jets choose to do the opposite and play bend but don’t break in between the twenties then try to buckle down. It has not worked yet and it will not work in the playoffs against good teams.

The Jets can not just line up like the Titans due and say “You know what is coming…try to stop it”. They need to get the ball in there playmakers hands. Why has Leon Washington only had a handful of carries each of the past two weeks? He looked good returning the kickoff for a TD last week. Or, how about the wide receive production during the last three weeks?

We are not the Tennessee Titans where we can run the ball and pass to our tight end when we need to. We have Brett Favre one of the best vertical passers of all time and I have yet to see any chemistry of deep passes to date. Every time they attempt one it is well off target and or intercepted. The pass will set up the run just like it did with dink and dunk Pennington. Favre makes the defense honest because of the deep threat he brings to the table.

The old Jets played to the level of there competition and it appears they have not changed. How about dictating the game rather then giving your opponents more chances to hang around and opportunities to beat you later in games.

You do not want to give any confidence to beatable teams in any way. I blame the coaches who are paid to call the plays & motivate the players. And Mangini is no Col Jessup by any stretch.


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4 Responses to “Time for a Code Red”

  1. Russ Loede says:

    Hopefully the JETS read this great piece of an article!

    I still stand by pick – Big Apple Super Bowl!

    JETS will find a way somehow…

    Teams That Have The Best Chance In My Opinion (Obviously) To Make It To SB XLIII:
    1. Giants (Mid-Season Pick)
    2. Jets (Mid-Season Pick)
    3. Eagles (Pre-Season Pick)
    4. Colts (Pre-Season Pick)

  2. Doug Duffy (hommel) says:

    I agree with your comments. My issue that I stress every week is, Why is there never pressure on the QB? Mangini is terrible at making half time adjustments. He makes every QB look like Joe Montana.

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