1) The End of Sanchez’s 3rd Drive and the Rest of the Half With the Starters – So it was 3rd and goal from the 3 and Sanchez looked to Winslow in the end zone, Winslow was covered but Sanchez tried to fit it in and it got intercepted by Marcus Trufant. It was a low percentage pass that he should have thrown away and taken the 3 points. Winslow, however, did not run his route crisply and did not attack the ball in the air which could have led to it being an incompletion rather than an interception. That aside the ball should not have been thrown in the first place. From the time Sanchez was 5-5 early on his play slowly deteriorated and he finished the half 3-10. He seemed to be a bit rattled by the interception and had two straight 3 and outs before a terrible series before the half. The Jets recovered a muffed punt by the Jaguars at the 3 yard line and the offense did not score. He scrambled too quickly and missed a wide open Clyde Gates in the end zone and on the final play of the half took the entire remaining 6 seconds before throwing it away and costing the team a chance for the field goal.
2) The Starting Defense – The Jets were caught by surprise when Jacksonville came out running the no huddle offense and played back on their heels. The Jaguars moved the ball by throwing short, quick passes and getting yards after the catch due to poor tackling. The linebackers, especially David Harris, were exposed in coverage and they were losing the battle on the line of scrimmage. Dee Milliner was picked on consistently and performed like a rookie. He was not aggressive in his man defense and was a step slow in his reactions. He was called out for his poor play by Rex Ryan in the post game press conference. How he rebounds against the Giants will show what he is made of. Blaine Gabbert finished 13-16 for 165 yards (83 yards after catch) and a touchdown.
Mo Wilkerson played well as usual as did Quinton Coples who nearly decapitated Chad Henne. Landry had 8 tackles, Sheldon Richardson had 6 but no pressures, Ricky Sapp had a sack and an offside penalty and Danny Lansanah continued his push for a roster spot with an interception. Another positive was that they buckled down after letting up a 1st possession touchdown to only allow 13 points.
3) Injuries – Quinton Coples left this game with an ankle injury that will sideline him indefinitely. He will be missed as a playmaker on the defense. Antwan Barnes you’re up. Geno Smith, Kenrick Ellis and Brian Winters were the notable inactives. The Jets did not want Smith to take hits on his gimpy ankle, which he says is close to 100%. With Sanchez’s up and down performance the competition will continue through the week most likely culminating in the game against the Giants. Kenrick Ellis’s weight room back injury bears watching because a healthy back is essential for a nose tackle (see Pouha, Sione). I’m not saying his injury is as bad as Pouha’s but it bares watching whether he returns to practice on Monday. Brian Winters missed his second consecutive game and has lost the guard competition to Stephen Peterman at least for now and Winters will have to work his way back up the depth chart.
1) Dustin Keller’s Knee Injury – Not from the Jets game but ex-Jet Dustin Keller tore his ACL, MCL and LCL after a helmet on knee collision that left his knee going one way and the rest of his leg going the other. It was a gruesome injury and I wish Dustin nothing but the best in his recovery.