EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 23: Plaxico Burress #17 of the New York Jets celebrates his third touchdown against the San Diego Chargers at MetLife Stadium on October 23, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
Hey Gang Green Nation, you may recall my work on the site last year as a staff writer. Well, John B kindly invited me back to give my opinion about the Jets today, which I was extremely excited about. Even though it's only temporary, I just want to thank John and the great fellas at GGN for inviting me back! If you're wondering where I've been, I'm currently finishing up my last year of college at Elon University and still running my personal Jets blog, the Jersey Jets Fan. But without anything further, I'll start my guest post.
What we learned in Jets vs Chargers:
- Plaxico Burress is slowly getting his grove back, as clearly evidenced by his three touchdown performance this week. It was an incredible display of skill in the red-zone for Plaxico, where he was able to utilize both fade and slant routes for TD's. While massive games like this may be a rare occasion for Plaxico in the future, the threat of another day like the Chargers experienced will likely open up the field for other Jets in the red-zone (Dustin Keller, Jeremy Kerley, etc).
- I've said it before and I'll say it again, the Jets win and lose on the shoulder of Mark Sanchez. If Mark Sanchez can play well, we usually win the game. When Mark Sanchez looks like a rookie, we usually get embarrassed. Against the Chargers, Sanchez had a 3 TD day with only 1 interception, a solid ratio that will usually lead to a Jets victory. It surely helped that pass blocking was much improved, but Mark's overall decision making was pretty solid. Some Mark Sanchez and Jets haters out there may pronounce the QB to be awful and below-average, but if you actually watch Mark throughout an entire season, you can clearly see he is a winner even with his back against the wall.
- Kyle Wilson is vastly improved from his rookie campaign, in my opinion at least. Yes, his interception was huge and certainly helped the Jets on their road to victory, but it's not just that. Kyle Wilson seems to be getting burned much less than he used to and Wilson is proving to be a solid tackler in the open field. Have the Jets finally found their 3rd corner-back with Kyle? It certainly appears so. Heck, he might even be better than Antonio Cromartie at times, although it's debatable.
- Rex Ryan is going to be Rex Ryan, whether you like it or not. The media was up in arms when Rex spoke about Norv Turner and the Chargers during the week, but what did you really expect. The great thing about Rex Ryan is you always know what to expect, a brash coach who isn't afraid to speak his mind. If you don't like it, go root for another team I suppose?
- Shonn Greene can run and run well, when he has the blocking to do so. This week against the San Diego Chargers, Shonn ran hard and with purpose. He broke multiple tackles and extended runs due to his toughness. There is a lot of debate as to whether Greene is a full-time #1 running back in the NFL and I believe he may be proving his case right, starting last week. Hopefully, this will be the beginning of a string of 100+ yard games for Shonn. Well, I hope you all enjoyed my post. Like I said, it's great to be back on Gang Green Nation and thanks to John for the awesome guest post opportunity. Until next time, take it easy GGN and it was a pleasure to write for you again.