...I remember hearing that close only counted in horse shoes and hand grenades, and when it comes to football the statement certainly rings true. As Rex Ryan stated after a hard fought battle against the Texan's" We are in the winning business" and that is the goal of this team. This week the Jet's paper thin roster gets a team coming off an emotional victory, the Colt's(Horse Shoes) were united as a team after learning of a coach's battle with leukemia. Something that reminds us all that this is a game, not a life or death matter. This is also a game many of us looked at as a "W" early on, but the Jets will not be taking this team or any other for that matter for granted. The Colt's will look much different than the P. Manning led groups of the past, he is now a Bronco( an older horse). The Colt's will be led by rookie QB A. Luck who played well last week. Luck will have the veteran WR R. Wayne to go to when he needs to make a play down-field which will help him and his team. Unfortunately M. Sanchez will not be afforded that same luxury, not even close as the Jets WR corps are currently among the leagues worst. The Jet's weapons no longer resemble those of a military fighter plane, they have been reduced to looking more like a soldier tossing hand grenades. I feel this will change as the season progresses, the return of D. Keller should help the entire team as he will provide Sanchez with a familiar weapon. Other target's will develop the needed chemistry with the 25 year old QB, like we saw with B. Edwards. Edwards was a first round draft pick however, the closest thing on this roster is rookie WR S. Hill, who has been battling a hamstring injury.
M. Sanchez has chemistry with Keller, and that should help the Jet's passing attack. The lack of respect for the pass is one reason why the Jet's are having so much trouble running the ball. Teams are loading up the box and when you have no passing threat they can do that. The addition of T.E. D. Keller will help, but he by no means will complete the depleted roster. It should help the offense continue drives which will keep the defense off the field so much. Keller was M. Sanchez's go to receiver last season and his return will be a welcomed addition.
Last weeks game against the Texans gave us a glimpse of what this coaching staff must do to give this team a chance to win football games, or at the very least give the team a shot be in position to win . Rex Ryan must now take risks in order to compete with NFL teams that have depth and talented players like J.J. Watt and A. Foster. J.J. Watt was the player who ensured the Texans victory, he play's the 5 technique as well as anyone in the NFL. He is relentless with a non-stop motor and made plays all over the place. He truly lived up to his reputation as a game wrecker. The Jet's pass coverage was very good, they forced M. Schaub to throw the ball away on several occasions. A. Cromartie had a "strong performance" covering a very good receiver. Cromartie also played W.R. and was very close to coming up with a big reception, as he just missed getting both feet down inbounds. The Jet's special teams came up with another big play as J. McKnight raced 100 yards for a T.D. on a kick-off return. The Jet's also suffered more injuries during the game, something the team could ill afford as injuries continue to mount this season.
If last weeks contest was any indication of what we as Jet's fans can expect it should be a season with more excitement than many of us expected. T. Sporano's offense is more fun to watch than Schottenheimer's was. The Jet starting QB has the ability to make all the throws, if given time the young QB will improve and will look even better as his young targets develop. The defense is going to have to figure out a way to stop a RB, it seems anyone who is carrying the ball can run at will. Some good will come from this adversity, as some of the players getting more rep's will stand and be counted. They will improve with more playing time and the coaching staff will be able to help them improve. That will go far in determining this teams fate, not just this year but in the future.
The G.M. should be held accountable for his poor management of the salary cap alone, combined with poor decision making. It is my opinion that M. Tannenbaum has managed to dismantle a championship caliber football team. The lack of talented back ups were exposed due to injuries and the factors mentioned above should seal his fate. The team that went to back to back AFC Championship games is a former shell of itself. This team is now merely average at best, so with the coaches and players being aware of this we should see high effort from all. Anything less than that and you can expect to see them elsewhere next season. This week is a home game against a team that the Jets should beat, a win is what this team needs this week and I think we will see it happen. The Jets could be back at .500 by defeating the Colt's and I am going to watch with my eyes wide open. I expect an exciting game against two NFL rosters that are in need of talent and experience as they both are in a transitional phase. I am picking our Jet's to win this contest because I feel they will be the hungrier team, but honestly have no idea what to expect.