Monday Morning Quarterback: Week 16 Jets vs. Chargers

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Dec. 23, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Clyde Gates (19) and wide receiver Jeremy Kerley (11) on the sidelines against the San Diego Chargers during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

The most exciting play in the passing game did not include a regular quarterback. Jeremy Kerley was given the opportunity to run some “Wildcat” plays, and he made good on one early in the game. The Jets surprised EVERYONE by throwing out of the formation, as Kerley completed a 42 yard pass to Clyde Gates, setting up the Jets’ first touchdown. Throw was a little late and underthrown, but Gates made a nice adjustment on the ball to make the catch.

The above play was a rare gutsy call by Tony Sparano, but he retreated back to his ultra-conservative self later on. Around midway through the third quarter, the Jets had a 4th and 1 near midfield. They were only down 17-14 at the time, but still, the Jets elected to punt the football. The crowd let the Jets have it, and deservedly so. They were 6-8, why not go for it? Clearly, they had no trust in the offense, despite the fact that the Jets lead the league as the team that runs the football for no gain or a loss the fewest times in the league. No trust, and it was very telling there.

On defense, the Jets young defensive linemen came up with another huge game. Mo Wilkerson continued his “beast” like play with a pass defended and a sack. Quinton Coples spent some quality time in the Chargers backfield as well, recording 1.5 sacks on the afternoon. Even Bart Scott, who might have played his last home game with the Jets, recorded a sack.

So that’s it for this one. The Jets guaranteed their first losing season under coach Ryan, and look to play out the string next week against the Buffalo Bills. Tune back in later on for the report card.

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