Well, it’s a day later than normal since the game was last night, but here it comes. The Monday Morning Quarterback, disguised as the Tuesday Morning Quarterback. There definitely is a lot to talk about, coming out of this 23-17 loss to the Houston Texans, so let’s get right to it.
First of all, you can’t give the Jets enough credit for having some fight in them. I am not normally a guy that likes to talk about “moral victories”, but everyone came into this game thinking that the Jets would be run out of the building. That just didn’t happen. Until just a couple of minutes left in the game, the Jets had a chance to win, and you have to give the Jets a lot of credit for coming to play, and making it a football game.
Let’s talk about the offense first. The running game is going nowhere, and it’s time for Shonn Greene to start warming the bench. I have always been a Shonn Greene supporter, but it is time. Greene finished the game with 8 carries for 26 yards, but if you take out his late 12 yard carry, you are left with 7 carries for 14 yards. Shonn Greene is going nowhere fast, and it is time to give Bilal Powell a chance to show what he can do. He showed some good burst last night in a limited role, with 4 carries for 18 yards. Time to give Powell the reigns.
Jeremy Kerley is quickly becoming an offensive threat that other teams need to take note of. He is getting to play much more due to the injuries at wide receiver, and making the most of the opportunity. 5 catches for 94 yards is another step in the right direction for Kerley. Watch out for him going forward. Chaz Schilens is an excellent route runner and has great hands. He only recorded 29 yards on 4 catches, but watching this guy play, you can tell that he is going to be an excellent possession receiver.
Let’s talk about a guy that everyone likes to take their shots, at, quarterback Mark Sanchez. He certainly had a game that is worth dissecting.
14-31 for 230 yards, 1 TD and 2 INTs. Again, Mark Sanchez completed under 50% of his passes, which is not acceptable. He made some big time throws, and kept the team in the game, despite having a weak corp around him. However, there were three opportunities for Mark to make plays that would have changed the momentum of this game, and he didn’t make them.
One was the throw to Antonio Cromartie. Cromartie made a move on the cornerback and had him beaten by approximately 4 yards. If Mark Sanchez could have led him with the ball, instead of throwing it on the outside shoulder near the sidelines, it very likely would have been a touchdown. Instead, it was a long incompletion.