The score read 37-16. Everyone looks at that and says 21 point blowout. Not true. The truth of the matter is the Jets were in the game 13-9 with a punt return away from taking the lead. Then the turnover monster hit. Joe Mcknight's muff led to points. Sanchez INT led to points (the first one I'll credit to Shawn Greene), and the second INT led to points. In division games it comes down to limiting turnovers and ball control. The Pats have seen everything the Jets have to offer. The Jets 3 turnovers led to 17 points directly. That's a 16-20 game instead of 37-16. If you throw in a missed field goal its 20-19. If you don't turn the ball over by running it that's 3 more drives for the Jets offense. Can the coaching or Shottenheimer be blamed for 3 miscues on offense? Short answer is no, because you don't know when they'll happen.
Everybody gets so up in arms whenever we lose. John B. has 2 articles already in the front headlines about how many players stunk it up. Another guy has articles about how people need to be fired and cut. Can we all take a step back and look at things with a more objective view? There were a lot of problems, but none of them were things that you guys addressed really. Maybe I watched a completely different game than all of you, but I'll explain what I saw. No one needs to be fired or cut either, it's just accentuating the positive, and eliminating the negative. More after the jump.
Second thing I noticed outside of those plays is the claim the defense was out of position. The Patriots ran a hurry up offense for much of the second half. Not just a hurry up, but a run to the line and hike the ball. They ran plays so fast the Jets could barely get players off the field. If there are 3 or 4 miscues on defense when guys can barely catch their breath then so be it. That's the point of the hurry up offense. The point is, sometimes you just have to swallow and take it, when its 3rd down, call a timeout if your guys are sucking wind and can't line up properly. Give them a minute. Bring in some fresh legs and a chance to position properly and the drive probably won't continue on the 9 minute drives in the 4th quarter.
Last thing that needs to be addressed is balance. Greene ran for 60 yards and Tomlinson for 40, on 20 carries collectively. The 2 backs ran the ball 20 times, while Sanchez threw it 40. Why is there a 2:1 pass to run ratio? Sanchez is not a guy to do that. He's a guy that gets his in the flow of the game. Let him manage the game, especially when they are running well. From what I've seen when he throws 30-32 times hes usually 23-32 with 2 TD's. Thats all you need. Let the backs run, and let him throw 8 passes a quarter, which still isn't bad if you consider 1 good long drive every quarter.
Eric Smith doesn't need to be cut, they just need to double Gronkowski with a LB and a S next time. Leave Revis on Welker and Cro on Johnson and Double Branch next time. Not that big a deal. It just irks me that for the past 3 weeks I've been hearing how the running game is coming back, and when the big game comes against the Pats, we run well, but not often enough. Don't bail on the run, and don't turn the ball over.
The Jets lost last night, but there are 9 games left to make up a 1 game deficit in the east. All 9 of these games are winnable. I say lets go on a 2nd half running bananza. I don't care about Burress, or Holmes feelings about catching 3 passes a game. I want 270 rushes between Mcknight, Greene, and Tomlinson these next 9 games. Let the O-line be aggressive and not tentative. Let the defense use Revis for what he's for to cover the top WR, and the rest of the DB's double the 2nd and 3rd options.
Thursday is a short way from now. Lets erase this game with a thrashing of the Broncos. They are a 1 trick pony, and Eric Smith continuously mashing Tebow in the option will make you forget about Sunday night.