Saturday Morning Quarterback: New York Jets vs. Detroit Lions

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Jul 26, 2013; Cortland, NY, USA; New York Jets defensive end Quinton Coples (98) looks on during training camp at SUNY Cortland. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

The first team defense had an excellent evening. They kept an explosive Lions’ first team offense off of the scoreboard, which is always an accomplishment, in the regular season or otherwise.

The young defense already showed us why we should be excited about them, starting with second year Quinton Coples. He posted 4 tackles and one sack, looking like his grasp of the defense is far better than it was last season. Mo Wilkerson was also back to his near Pro Bowl self with a sack of his own, despite the fact that he was held on the play. There is no reason not to be excited about the Jets’ defensive front seven.

In the backfield, Jaiquawn Jarrett acquitted himself well in an attempt to earn the safety spot opposite Dawan Landry. Jarrett posted 4.5 tackles, and filled holes in the running lanes with force. The guy can hit, and will make his presence felt back there. Josh Bush led the way with 5.5 tackles.

On the outside, Darrin Walls did not help himself, getting beaten badly for a TD, not turning around to take a look for the football. To make a play, and make it cleanly, the cornerback must have his head on a swivel, and be able to turn it and look up for the ball just at the right time. Ironically, a move done well last night by Kyle “finger wagging” Wilson. He made a nice play on the outside on a ball thrown his way.

All in all, not a terrible first game for the Jets, but there is much work to be done moving forward.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.willie.509 Joe Willie

    Good report Alan thanks–Mark had 2 other near miss ints both to #81 he is what he is–too bad Geno went out with the ankle I hope he bounces back fast– he needs the reps–In my view the Jets brass wants Geno to win the job outright and the best scenario for all is both Sanchez and Smith having a good preseason –another team’s QB gets hurt and the Jets trade Markie for a 3 or a 4rd draft choice. Preseason wins and loses means nothing.

    • TheJetPress

      That would be a good result. That team with the injury had better have a lot of money so they can pick up some of Mark’s money though. Totally right the result of the game means nothing.

    • Paul Newbold

      Mark will be cut or traded if Geno succeeds, but NOT this season. the shopped him quietly during the off season by some reports…no takers. His salary is too prohibitive and would hit the Jets cap hard. if he can make a showing of himself this season, then the Jets can pull a 3 or 4 for him If he’s the back up or plays poorly…good luck getting anything! After watching Geno friday night, in my opinion he’s not ready. He looked tentative, indecisive and seemed to have a problem with the speed of the game. I don’t doubt that the potential is there, but the kid needs time to develop his game, they threw Sanchez in early in his career and look at the results!

  • Paul Newbold

    No run game, I think they averaged 1.3 yds per carry or something like that. I know its early on, but RB is becoming a major concern. The O line first stringers looked pretty good, the back ups not so good. The back ups need to get better or the Jets depth on the O line will be questioned. The defense looked good, not dominant by any means, but its game 1. Over all the game was played like a pre season game, way to0 many penalties, formation problems and misreads, It was sloppy but many of these guys are playing together for the first time at game speed. It’s to be expected. I’m going to be optimistic and say that the next game will be much better. GO JETS!

    • TheJetPress

      Very fair evaluation Paul. Penalties were far too much, especially by Aboushi. Not a great debut for him. Next week will be much better.

  • Dustin Schrank

    Man the Offensive Scheme looked a billion times better then last years run,run,pass,punt…..I thought that was the most impressive thing was the plays and the play calling. If they give Marty some weapons next year we are gonna be sic.

    • TheJetPress

      Absolutely right Dustin.

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