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Without further ado, I bring to you, Gang Green Nation’s Highlight Reel for the past week:
Week 2 Thoughts - Same Trends Continue
victormonfrey offers his thoughts on the status of the team.
Optimism Despite Divisional Loss
A-10 talks about why we should remain optimistic about the state of the Jets.
BlackTaurus discusses the idea of the Jets relocating in the near future.
Giving In to The Temptation of Hope
vin.fodera talks about how these are not your Same Old Jets.
Random Thoughts Following Week 1
victormonfrey offers his thoughts on the status of the team.
On Sam Darnold’s Performance:
I’ll say this
granted the stats were misleading a bit (even though he also had 2 big possible completions dropped) but the jets have come a looooooong way at the qb position if we’re dropping a 61% 344 yard day with tons of positives (along with the many negatives) with a crap supporting cast…..into the bad column. as for me, i’ll take my youngest ever qb throwing for 344 in his 2nd start and nearly bringing his team back despite his supporting cast pooping the bed. possibly just me though. also, this team is meh. did people honestly think they were super awesome just based on last week. why the “sky is falling” mentality? they’re a 7 win team and 7 win teams tend to have some bad games. ok.
On Sam Darnold needing Big Bodied Receivers:
I would be prepared for a lot of interceptions. I don’t see a scenario where that doesn’t happen in year 1
I also tend to be of the belief that OCs should adapt to the skills of their players and rather than asking players to adapt to the wants of the OC. Sam is a potentially great west coast QB with plus pocket awareness and escapeability, so why wouldn’t you want to play to those strengths rather than ask him to develop into a “balanced” passer just cuz? The Eagles adapted the whole playbook for Foles, why would this be any different? Regarding college Sam & Burnett, you’re not wrong that was his favorite target. I have no doubts that Sam can make it work with smaller guys, but we also need to acknowledge that Sam threw a lot of interceptions last season that largely came from failed jump balls. Would he have played better with larger receivers? We’ll never know but my money is on yes. I don’t think Sam was a great QB in college, but moreso a guy with great potential which I think would be better realized with larger targets
On Sam Darnold’s performance:
just watched a replay of all of darnold’s throws
He started out the game throwing a bit high and missing a lot of what he was aiming at. By the end he was throwing bullets, but he missed some open guys early and also required some crazy leaping catches. The OL generally gave him a decent pocket to work with (I know he was sacked 3 times, but on most of his throws he had a fairly nice pocket to work with and some time to work with) Pryor dropped 3 catches off his hands, not counting the INT. I won’t talk about herndon and his lack of football iq to get out of bounds. On that INT, darnold threw it before Pryor even hit his break. He saw pryor had inside position and was supposed to cut across so he threw it where Pryor was supposed to be, but Pryor just did not make the cut well enough and the corner ran the route Pryor was supposed to. Powell looked like an amazing weapon catching the ball. There were some fairly obvious missed calls against us (the PI on robby in the end zone, a similar pi on powell a few plays later, on one screen carpenters helmet flies up into the air from the hands to the face but was not called) Still looked like robby recovered that fumble before the pile on.
On all of the points we left on the field:
Amazing the number of ways we had to win that game
- Herndon gets OB on that play and stops the clock. That’s at least 3 points we left out there.- Herndon breaks a tackle and gets an extra yard. That’s 7 points.- Herndon catches an easy ball down the sideline. That’s possibly 3 more. We’re now at plus 6 or plus 10- Pryor runs his route in the endzone like a professional. That’s 7 points.- Refs don’t miss a blatant PI on Anderson in the endzone. Likely 3 points minimum (which we got anyway) but possible 7, so that’s 4 gone.- Myers makes the PAT, there’s another 1- Skrine (I think) doesn’t hold on a 3rd down stop, the fish don’t score the Wilson TD. That’s plus 4 or plus 7- Anderson doesn’t fumble the ball away like a 7 year old girl, we might get 3, and the Dolphins don’t get 7 (not counting that one as it’s counted on the Skrine error) All in all, dumb plays cost us probably a net 18 points (not taking the best outcome in any of those plays up there). We lost by 8. Dumb plays cost games.
On his observations on the Jets performance:
Three quick observations.
1. Jets are undisciplined on defense. It did not hurt them against Detroit, but it started with the first play today. Every play guys were blowing assignments even when it didn’t result in a Miami gain. Players need to be clear about what their assignment is on every play and execute it. Don’t try to do someone else’s job. Just do your job. And that’s not just on the players. That’s on the coaches too. 2. Enunwa, and when healthy Kearse, are the two best WR’s on the team. Anderson is good for one or two plays a game at best. He is not built to go over the middle so unless he can beat his man on speed he’s only clearing out a space for someone else. Pryor plays half the time like he’s waiting for a streetcar. The only Peake sighting his ST penalty that pushed the Jets back inside the 15. I would take a shot at Josh Gordon for the rest of the season and see what happens. Pryor is just too inconsistent and Anderson is a marginal NFL talent at best. 3. Jets need to bring in any offensive linemen on the street for tryouts. Carpenter is useless. Beachum is playing like a guy knowing this may be his last year and just wants to survive without a major injury.
On Vontae Davis’ retirement:
That team is so bad their starting CB retired at halftime in game 2!?!? That’s somewhere between hysterical and sad… both?
On Sam Darnold’s growing pains:
Rookie growing pains of a
LIVING LEGEND. SAM will bounce back Thursday Night.
-John The Hunter
On Jeremy Bates’ playcalling:
I know the offensive coordinator is the low hanging fruit, but I wasn’t at all a fan of Bates today.
He’s so stubborn in sticking with base personnel in all situations even though this team has no quality tight ends. And the sticking to the run in the second half. I’m necessarily not opposed to committing to the run even if you don’t get much traction early, but something has to give at some point. When you’re down 20-0 at the half and not getting anywhere an adjustment has to be made. I thought they needed to start going empty on early downs, get some quick throws, and use tempo to slow down the pass rush. They finally had to do it on that last drive, and it seemed like Darnold was getting into a little bit of a rhythm.
On the future of our Anti-Game Ball Threads:
I don’t think the anti-game ball threads will be anything noteworthy
considering this will be the only one all year
On Whether the Jets Should Trade for an O-lineman:
I think a better question would be
Can the Jets trade for a whole new OL? Because the entire line sucks. One guy isn’t going to make a damn bit of difference.
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