The Jets head into Sunday’s game against the Miami Dolphins with the chance to head into the bye week at a respectable 4-4. Despite the crippling injuries that the team has incurred, the team has stayed competitive in the face of teams that nobody felt they had any business beating. It is a wins business, as coach Ryan has said, and the Jets are 1-2 in the last three weeks. Despite that, Rex Ryan can see the improvement:
I know we’re a better team. We had to improve as a football team and we did. I see us getting better. We have a ways to go to get to where we want to get to, but you see it. We’re making strides. It’s not by luck, or anything else, it’s by design. The way guys have approached how they are in the classroom, how they are on the practice field, you see it carrying over. We still have a ways (to go). We’re not where we need to be yet. We have to keep working hard and start winning games like this.
Where does he see the improvement?
Just in all areas. We ran the ball effectively at times against a team that is pretty good at stopping the run. I thought (Mark) Sanchez was really outstanding. Most of the game, he was outstanding. (He was) accurate with the football and our protection was good. I see it, that we’re getting much better. I thought our coverage, obviously you’re challenged with not one or two guys, you’re challenged with five guys when you’re playing New England. There were matchup problems all across the board and I thought we did a relatively good job against them. We did a good job handling all of their no-huddle and all of the substitution things. There are some things pointed in the right direction. We just have to get a little bit better.
I am glad that Rex made these comments, because I totally agree. See the posts from yesterday about how the Jets are set up for a good second half. They are learning to play together as a team, without their star players. If the improvements can continue, they should play quite well going forward.