Facing an Oakland Raiders secondary that was without their top players, CB Chris Johnson and S Michael Huff, for most of the game, one would think that the New York Jets would have a field day in the air.
Didn’t happen… and we’re not quite sure why.
Can anyone explain why Santonio Holmes caught one pass for 19 yards in the 34-24 defeat?
“We’ve got to do a better job of adjusting on the fly as an offense,” said Holmes. “You can’t be forced to continue doing the same things when those guys are doing something different. We have to open up the game plan a little bit and have a little bit more fun.
Are you listening Brian Schottenheimer?
The Jets offensive coordinator seemed more interested in getting LaDainian Tomlinson the ball on short passes than with airing it out with the alleged new Jets offense that was supposed to showcase Holmes and Plaxico Burress.
For the Jets part, they say the Raiders switched to a zone defense once they starting lose players in the first half. Apparently, the Jets couldn’t keep up.
QB Mark Sanchez admitted they were caught off guard.
“They completely changed their stripes,” he said of the Raiders. “They played a lot of zone and they throttled us a little bit in the third quarter. Once we got adjusted, we moved the ball right down the field. But it was a little too late to make a comeback.”
Did Holmes think the Raiders played them too tough?
“We knocked two of their guys out of the game,” he said. “So I don’t think they were tough at all.”