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A Deeper Look at the Jets 10-9 Loss to the Ravens

It’s now been two days since the Jets season opening loss to the Ravens and the loss still stings. The Jets missed a golden opportunity to start the season off right winning against one of the best teams in the AFC. Instead, they lost and now face the New England Patriots, who looked great on Sunday, and a loss puts them at 0-2 and two games behind the Pats. A must win already for the Jets? I wouldn’t go that far, but we will learn a lot about this football team from their game this week. But back to Monday nights game. Who played well? Who played bad? And who played awful?

The Good

Darrelle Revis- Despite missing all of training camp, Revis was in mid season form shutting down every receiver he faced. His only misstep was a defensive holding penalty.

Bryan Thomas- Where did his play come from? Thomas racked up 1.5 sacks, a pass deflection, and was solid versus the run.

Jason Taylor- The man may be old, but he can still play. Filling in for the injured Calvin Pace, Taylor didn’t miss a beat.

LaDainian Tomlinson- The spry and elusive L.T. we saw in the preseason, continued into the regular season. The seasoned vet ran hard finishing with 62 yards on only 11 carries and might have earned a 50-50 split between him and Shonn Greene.

Run D- Even with Kris Jenkins going down in the first quarter, the run defense shut down one of the best backs in the game in Ray Rice. I already talked about the outside linebackers and how key they were, but the defensive line (one of the perceived weaknesses of the team) was huge as well. Props to Sione Pouha, Mike DeVito and Shaun Ellis.

The Bad

Jerricho Cotchery- The usually reliable Cotchery had an off night. He had only one catch and dropped two passes, which was very uncharacteristic on him.

Mark Sanchez- Sanchez had a terrible game, I know. I’m not going to blame it all on him though. I’ll talk more about him later on.

Braylon Edwards- Edwards didn’t record his first (and only) catch until late in the fourth quarter. He was also flagged for two penalties. Though, the running into the kicker one was iffy and I would put the blame on Sanchez for the one where he wasn’t set long enough.

The Ugly

Antonio Cromartie- Cromartie was suppose to add stability to Jets second corner slot. He was anything but stable on Monday Night. He did show his athleticism on a nice interception near the end zone, but the negatives far outweighed the positives. He was flagged four times for a total of 43 yards and was picked on all night by Joe Flacco.

Kyle Wilson- The 29th overall pick didn’t live up to hype either. Granted he was going up against some great receivers, but he looked like Drew Coleman in the AFC Championship Game out there. Tough start for the rookie. It doesn’t get any easier next week, when he will be lined up against Wes Welker in the slot. Let’s hope he gets some safety help this week.

Shonn Greene- His debut as the starter was an utter disaster. He had two fumbles, losing one (which led to a Ravens TD) and also dropped a pass. He rode the pine for the majority of the game and will likely share carries with L.T. going forward.

Brian Schottenheimer- The play calling was horrific. I don’t know if he said anything to Sanchez, but Sanchez looked like he was afraid to throw the ball down field to try and make something happen. He was afraid of making a mistake, and if he is I put that blame on the coordinator. He should be encouraging him to take shots and not just take a quick look and then check down. Also, the Jets were doing way too much movement and change at the line of scrimmage. Schottenheimer looked like he was showing off and auditioning for a head coaching gig rather than running an offense. Keep it basic and do what’s best for the team.

Other Thoughts

  • Why wasn’t Revis locked up on Boldin the entire game? Did Rex really expect a rookie to cover one of the better receivers in the game. Boldin racked up 110 yards on 7 grabs. The Jets allowed only 1 100 yard receiver all of last season.
  • 14 penalties is unacceptable. That shows a lack of discipline and part of the blame goes to the coaching staff for that one.
  • Damien Woody looks like he might be losing a step or two.
  • Nick Folk looked good making all 3 of his attempts.
  • Dustin Keller failing to extend the ball pass the first down marker on the Jets final drive was the perfect ending to how the Jets played on offense.
  • I though Rex would have went for the 4th and 1 at the Ravens 10 yard line in the second quarter. The Jets are a running team and all they needed was one yard. It kind of reminded me of the situation against the Chargers last year in the playoffs, only that time the Jets went for it and converted.

My Final Take: Yeah the Jets played bad, everybody knows that. But can all the Jets fan please calm down. Jeez, one bad game and now suddenly everyone is off the bandwagon. Games like this are going to happen during the course of the season. It just so happened that it was the first game for the Jets. Remember, they were playing the Ravens, who by my count were the most popular “expert” pick to win the Super Bowl. The Jets played like crap, yet they still only lost by one point! Just one measly point. They proved they can go toe to toe against the heavyweights of the AFC. Now the result wasn’t what everyone wanted, but it’s not like they got blown out of the water. If a few calls had gone their way (Bralon running into kicker, Wilson P.I.) the Jets probably would have won. So relax, Jets fans. It’s just one game, not the end of the world. Now, if they start 0-3 then it’s officially time to start worrying.  But for now, lay off.

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