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Posted 5 Dec 2013
Posted 2 Dec 2013This may go down like a lead balloon, but the offense needs to ride on the running game more. It doesn't necessarily need a return to 'ground and pound', but the major issue yesterday was the fact we couldn't keep the defence off the field.
Run the ball, make third downs more manageable and short enough that they don't know we're in passing mode and we should be able to stop the three and out syndrome.
By half time the defence was gassed, even though Miami only led by a pair of field goals at that point and the time of possession statistics were embarrassing.
Posted 2 Dec 2013But no...Mike Tannenbaum is the one to blame. He put the Jets in this position. There are a bunch of people here saying to start Simms and all that dumb shit but I really didn't see him do anything Geno couldn't. It's probably better to have Geno finish out the year and I am far from a Geno Smith homer but the fact of the matter is and I will keep saying it, he needs time. His entire body of work should not be judged based on these games in a transitional year where he has nobody else around him. Geno does need to do a lot of things better himself and that is pretty evident yesterday but what better time to do that in a transitional year where there were no expectations to be had in the first place? The kid can take his lumps for the rest of the year and with any luck in 2015 he will get some more help via free agency and the draft. If Idzik wants to get some more offensive help in here and then wants to sign a experienced quarterback like Michael Vick I would be okay with that
Yep - we're paying largely for a vacuum of young talent on the roster.
The folly of frittering away draft picks for veterans has come to roost in these past couple of seasons.
While we may not have been too far away from the Super Bowl in Rex's first couple of seasons and as good as some of the acquisitions have been (for instance Cro and Braylon), Tannenbaum was too much of a gambler. Hindsight is always 20-20, and I may have supported some of the moves back when they were made, but the lack of young talent and depth on the team is really holding us back.
Some of our high draft picks - Ducasse and Hill especially - were gambles as well that haven't paid off. Instead we could have taken players with slightly less potential 'upside', but far less risk and greater production. Instead, their failure to pan out is partly why we have players like David Nelson contributing so much and Brian Winters thrown into the fray so early.
Just looking at our recent draft history now, from 2008 there are no selections still on the roster (Keller was the last to go). Of the three selected in 2009, just Sanchez remains - and likelier not for much longer. From 2010, there's Wilson and Ducasse still around. We're starting to see some value from Wilson, but next to none from Ducasse. The 2011 and 2012 classes have been better, although the Hill pick hasn't upgraded our receiving corps. But the lack of impact players from the three preceding years - players who would now be in the prime of their careers - hurts. And those picks that haven't panned out mean Idzik will have to plug holes that he shouldn't really have to.
Posted 24 Nov 2013Studs
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Sounds about right.
The most disappointing aspect of that game for me was the performance of the offensive line. Winter can be partially excepted because he's a rookie, but you expect much better from Ferguson, Mangold, Howard and Colon. Even against a pass rush including Suggs and Dumervil.
Posted 24 Nov 2013Agreed. The first few games of the season stretched expectations beyond where they should be, especially with a team fielding a rookie QB and the mix of castoffs (however hard-working they may be) at skill positions on offense.
While Geno's play the last four games has been extremely ugly, I'm far more concerned about other areas of the team that will be dealt with once the season is over. Benching Smith and putting Matt Simms in won't fix the serious faults elsewhere on this team.
Our offensive line has been horrific recently, especially when 'protecting' the pass. And the big plays the defence has been giving up have meant we've been playing from behind in a number of games. Against the run, the defence has been excellent, while the pass rush has been very good. But no team can count on its defensive front - not even one as good as that the Jets have - from creating pressure or recording a sack on every passing down. The points given up from those plays have meant that on offense we've been moving away from the run. I know we came from behind to beat the Saints, but that was largely down to a few big plays of our own - mostly from Chris Ivory.
But with the number of new starters we have on the team, those flaws can arguably be expected.
With money to play with, let's hope Idzik deliver in the offseason, because there are plenty of areas on this team where upgrades are needed.
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