Another terrible game yesterday as the Jets fall to the Seahawks, 28-7. The Jets had their chances in this one early, but eventually it became a laugher, as the Jets took the long flight back to NJ at 3-6. So let’s get to the recap.
Despite the fact that Marshawn Lynch did finish with 27 carries for 124 yards and 1 TD, the defense did a good job against him in the first three quarters. The defense did not let him break a lot of big ones early, and they tackled well. 60 of Lynch’s 124 yards came in the fourth quarter, when it was clear that the Jets’ defense was tired. They also got after the quarterback, more than they have of late. They actually got to Wilson for four sacks, including a sack-fumble resulting in a TD, and had him quite confused by the looks he was getting, and the rush he was feeling. The defense played a good football game.
This one, ladies and gentlemen, is on the quarterback. Mark Sanchez made horrible decisions, and got nothing consistent going in this football game, AT ALL. The offensive line could not be criticized today, they did a good job. Mark was not under duress for much of this game at all. Shonn Greene also wasn’t terrible on the ground today either. Yes, it was a stat line of 15 carries for 58 yards, but they had to move away from the ground game when they fell behind. When they COULD run the ball, they DID run the ball, and did it pretty well. The offensive line played a good football game today. They did have their miscues and penalties, but emphatically did not lose this game.
Well, there was one play to reference that was a momentum shift, that wasn’t on the offense. That was the muffed punt by Jeremy Kerley.
The game was tied at 7-7, and the Jets were set to get the ball in good field position. Kerley goes to field the punt at the 38 yard line and muffed it. He never set his feet to wait for the ball. Bill Parcells teaches returning a punt as if you are playing CF in baseball, you get to the ball, line it up and set your feet. You muff it when you are drifting, or reaching. Kerley was reaching, and he muffed it. That play did lead to the go-ahead TD for Marshawn Lynch, and the Seahawks never looked back.
But the game didn’t have to end here, if Mark Sanchez had gotten the team going, but he just didn’t. Don’t even look at the numbers. The numbers don’t even tell the story, that’s how bad it was. He was off all game long. The INT in the redzone was indicative of how Mark Sanchez has been all year, he has moments, but then falls back into the same stupid decisions that he has made his entire career. He lost another fumble on a sack. For four years we have all seen him be careless with the football, and yet it continues. I still maintain that he has the skills to be successful, but he sure as heck hasn’t shown it in the last few weeks. There was nothing redeemable about Mark’s performance yesterday. They could have been in the game if it wasn’t for Mark.
The bright sides were on defense. Mike DeVito has one of his best games in a while, and coming off of his injury, Bart Scott seemed to get after it a bit. In his debut, Ricky Sapp got some nice quarterback pressure, and I can see him making an impact as we go further along in 2012.
The problem was on offense, the problem was with Mark Sanchez. Mark didn’t get it done. Period.