Monday Morning Quarterback: Week 3 Jets vs. Dolphins

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Sept 23, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; New York Jets offensive coordinator Tony Sparano reacts after defeating the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium. THe Jets won 23-20 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

OK, we need to talk about this thing the Jets are calling the Wildcat. So, where’s the big secret? What were they hiding for the entire preseason? I’m just wondering when it is going to come out, because it sure hasn’t as of yet. What has come out, is more of a trained Housecat, rather than a Wildcat. Clearly, the secret plan that the Jets have had, is that they have no plan for the use of Tim Tebow. This is not my usual theme of me not wanting him here, not at all. Now that he is here, I want to see some sort of plan. Other than the fake punt for a first down, the use of Tebow produced nothing positive, and that wasn’t because of him AT ALL. It was because the use of the Wildcat has become the most predictable thing ever. They have to have Tebow take a shot throwing the ball at some point, because if they don’t, there never will be a positive play, because everyone will know what is coming when they run it.

Now let’s talk about the vaunted defense.

Elite? Absolutely not. Elite at what? Yes, they make some big plays, turnovers, sacks…etc. But, the biggest break for the Jets defense in that game was Reggie Bush getting hurt, because they had no answers for him at all. They did not set the edge at all, like we talked about during the week. An elite defense does not allow a running back to run at 6 yards per carry, but that is exactly what Reggie Bush did against the Jets yesterday. 10 carries for 61 yards is unacceptable, and the Jets will never be an elite defense when runners go off on the Jets like that. Period.

September 16, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) throws a pass against pressure from New York Jets defensive end Quinton Coples (98) during the third quarter at Heinz Field. The Pittsburgh Steelers won 27-10. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE

And this whole “One Step Faster” mantra on defense, what happened to that? Didn’t we hear that the Jets were going to finally get to the quarterback with their front four? Well, not so much. Quinton Coples was invisible yesterday, and has been all season so far. He is not ready to be an elite football player. After a terrific preseason where he got after the quarterback left and right, he has been a non factor. What about Calvin Pace? Remember when he could get to the quarterback? That seems to be a thing of the past. Aaron Maybin doesn’t even have a tackle yet this season, much less a sack. Rex Ryan, Mike Pettine and company are going to have to go back finding creative ways to get to the quarterback, because these guys sure aren’t getting there on their own.

Finally, as you read this article this morning, say your prayers for the results of the MRI on Darrelle Revis. We all saw him go down yesterday as his foot planted in the Miami field. Non-contact injuries are tough to watch, and sometimes end up being worse than contact injuries. We can only hope that he has a bad sprain or something on the less serious side. Seeing him carted off, however, makes us all worry along the lines of a torn ACL, and that would be very bad. I am not ready to count on Kyle Wilson for the rest of the year.

A win is a win. Bill Parcells always says, “You are what your record says you are.” The Jets are 2-1, and 2-0 in the AFC East, you can’t take that away. But, with SF making its way to MetLife for Sunday afternoon, the Jets are going to have play much better than yesterday in order to have a chance.

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