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Jets Week 9 Blame Ball: Special Teams

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Well isn't that special?

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The Jets lost again so it is time to give out another anti-game ball.  Except today we're gonna lose the boring name. Today we're giving out the lame, more of the same, lost the game, assigning blame, deserves no fame, hall of of shame, lose your good name ball. There, that's more like it.

Our deposed erstwhile leader, John B, has some arcane and arbitrary enlightened and perspicacious rules for this.  The rules of the lame, more of the same, lost the game, assigning blame, deserves no fame, hall of shame, lose your good name ball are twofold. First, we try to avoid giving it to repeat winners whenever possible. Second, we try to avoid giving it to the quarterback whenever possible.

With the Jets being so generous this season with their losses we have already given out the award to a safety, two cornerbacks, the entire defensive line, and Ryan Fitzpatrick, so they're out.  That leaves the offense sans Fitzpatrick, the linebackers, Darryl Roberts and Marcus Gilchrist.  Julian Stanford and Darryl Roberts are probably deserving, but they are both backups pressed into roles they are not ready for, so I'm inclined to give them a pass.  Gilchrist wasn't an egregious offender in this game. On offense the running backs and receivers were good.  I could give the award to Wesley Johnson and/or Brian Winters, but although they did not play well, I didn't think they were the reason for the loss.

That leaves one major culprit. I'm giving the award to the special teams units. They gave up the game winning touchdown on a kickoff return. They gave up a touchdown on a punt return that was only called back because of a highly questionable penalty on Miami.  They generated nothing on Jets kickoff and punt returns. They did a mediocre job punting.  In all it was a terrible day for the special teams. For all of that they get my lame, more of the same, lost the game, assigning blame, deserves no fame, hall of shame, lose your good name ball.

Who gets yours?