1.) My issues with the Jets defense thus far
Going into the season, the only “given” about this team was the “inevitable dominance” on part of the Jets defense. Rex himself even proclaimed that this Jets defense could possibly be “one of the greatest” and considering that we’re only 2 games into the season, far be it from me to suggest that the Jets chances of becoming a good/great defense this season is “zero to none” but it’s without a doubt that they’re off to a shaky and worrisome start. Through 2 games the Jets defense has managed to look really bad in giving up 5 passing TDs and 2 rushing TDs and yes I’m taking into account the sporadic highlights the Jets defense were able to put together against Bills QB Ryan Fitzpatrick week 1.
Vs Bills – The Jets gave up 3 passing TDs and allowed CJ Spiller to run wild for 169 yards and a TD
Vs Steelers – The Jets defense allowed Ben to pass for 275 yards and 2 TDs. The Jets “pass rush” made it look like amateur hour in their attempts to sack Ben. They got to him 3 times but it honestly seemed like pity sacks given to them by Roethlisberger. Countless Jets defenders had numerous open and free shots at Ben and FAILED on pretty much most of them thus allowing Ben to, get this…throw for almost 80% (77.4). According to Pro Football Focus, Roethlisberger posted a 114.1 passer rating on 19 drop-backs when blitzed, and a 137.5 passer rating when the Jets didn’t blitz. UGH!
That 77.4 % is the HIGHEST comp% against the Jets defense since Rex Ryan took over as head coach in 2009. It’s been a collective effort of failure on the defensive side of the ball so no ONE player is to blame but the following players need to step up immediately; Aaron Maybin, Quinton Coples, Muhammad Wilkerson, Antonio Cromartie and Laron Landry (as good as he has been, that WHIFF on Ben when he had a free shot at him = INEXCUSABLE)
Two NOTABLE defensive snap counts; DE Quinton Coples – 16 and OLB Aaron Maybin – 14 out of a possible 66 snaps…. in NO way is that acceptable. The Jets best pass rushing options getting minimal action while the opposing QB throws for almost 80%, COMPLETELY unacceptable! Jets HC Rex Ryan defended Coples’s limited snaps by saying “he wanted big bodies in vs Steelers”….HUH?? Coples is 6’6 285, that isnt exactly LIGHT weight there, you play your top draft pick in IMPORTANT games….PERIOD!
2.) Sanchez watch!!!
After basically torching the Bills in week 1 for 3 TDs and 70% comp, Mark Sanchez struggled mightily vs the Steelers posting a 37% comp %. Sanchez looked like an ELITE QB on the opening drive that went 4 for 5 for 90 yards and a TD but got nothing going there after.
So far in the season Sanchez has completed 29 for 54 (53.7%), 4 TDs 1 int, 404 yards and a 95 QBR. Sanchez is currently ranked 5th in the NFL in total QBR at 78.7. Of course a lot of variables go into Sanchez’s awful numbers vs the Steelers but his numbers are HIS number and I’ll discuss the offense as a whole later. I’ll update “Sanchez Watch” every week until his last game this season.
3.) The NFL parity
As it stands TODAY, there are a record 20 teams sitting at 1-1 and 6 teams at 2-0. Is it too early to make the determination that parity has finally caught on in the NFL? As it stands right now, how many AFC and NFC teams honestly DON’T have a legit shot at making the playoffs? Three or four maybe? So far it’s been an immensely interesting season with top AFC and NFC teams losing early, while the 49ers sit atop of the NFL as it appears to be the best overall team but something tells me they too will fall victim of the parity party real soon.