There are many spots that we can call out the play calling of Tony Sparano, such as the three passes on first and 5, but we can boil it down. Remember last week, when I talked about how Sparano deserved credit for finally sticking with the running game? Well, you can throw all of that out the window this week. The ratio, if you look at the stats, wasn’t that bad. 33-30 in favor of the passing game is balanced. But, there was no reason to throw the ball a lot. One, we saw that Mark was not on his game, and two, they were running the ball well. How well? 4.9 YARDS PER CARRY WELL! The Jets were dominating up front with the ground game. Why go away from it? They weren’t getting killed, there was no reason.
The long TD by Chris Johnson was a back-breaking play that marred an otherwise strong performance on defense. The play was a breakdown in the gaps, Bart Scott took the wrong gap and it was off to the races. Otherwise, the Jets bottled him up quite well. Take out that carry, and CJ2K’s stats are 20 carries for 28 yards. It’s unfortunate when the offense plays so badly that one bad play on defense loses the game. The defense did play well, other than that play. It’s not like Jake Locker made the air rain with beautiful passes, going 13-22 for 149 yards. He did rush for a TD, on a play where the defense looked as tired as it did when they gave up the TD to Tebow last year. On the 4 INTs, the defense forced a punt each time. We cannot give this loss to the defense by ANY means.
Muhammad Wilkerson is going to be a beast for this team for many years to come. We have all seen his influence on the defense, now he puts up a blocked field goal? This guy is a monster. He and Coples together on this defensive line is going to be a beautiful thing for many, many years.
So, we move on here and play out the string for pride. Will be back this afternoon with the report card.