Friday Morning Quarterback: New York Jets vs New England Patriots

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Sep 12, 2013; Foxborough, MA, USA; New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith (7) drops back to make a pass against the New England Patriots during the first quarter at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

It’s the morning after, gang. It was a tough night in Foxboro for our New York Jets. They hung in there, and to their credit, did not quit all night. However, they couldn’t get a play when they needed one, and fell to the New England Patriots, 13-10. Here’s the recap.

This was a game of missed opportunities, folks. We all know that was the case. It’s not often that Tom Brady is off the mark with his wide receivers that badly. His guys were zigging when they should have been sagging. The reads they were making were not the same as Tom was making, and frustration was setting in with Tom Brady.

The Patriots could not convert on third down either. They were 4-18 on the game, which is about as non-Patriot like as ever. The defense did stand tall, and kept the team in the game, but the Patriots’ offense was not in sync at all. The Jets had opportunities to win this football game. They were there.

But the Jets could not capitalize. Geno Smith was not helped out by his wide receivers last night, period. Clyde Gates had a drop in the end zone. Ryan Spadola had one taken away from him. Stephen Hill had a fumble after a completion out to mid-field. There were drops all over the place, and that never helps, especially with a rookie quarterback out there.

It was a rough night for Geno Smith as well. This was a game where we saw how much of a rookie that Geno really is. The drops affected his decision-making, making him hesitant to throw to these guys at times. He held the ball far too long in the pocket. Geno’s internal clock has to be more consistent than that. He also had some bad throws on his INT’s. The first one, being in the red zone, was a killer. The other two were bad throws as well, not well placed at all. In this league, underthrows are going to get picked off. Regardless of the weather conditions, he has to put more air under those throws.

No doubt, Geno Smith will get better, but throws like that cost the team last night. He took the blame during the post game, to his credit. He finished up 15-35 for 214 yards and three interceptions.

Don’t get me wrong, there were positives last night. We’ll discuss them on the next page.

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  • Bennny K

    The drops were horrible. We can’t force a rookie QB to try and win over and over again with all these mistakes. Understandably Geno made rookie mistakes but at times he looked like the vet playing with rookies.

    • Alan Schechter

      Yes he did…..some good throws were definitely dropped, these guys have to help Geno out.

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  • Paul Newbold

    Geno will be fine, he made some rookie mistakes, but that should be expected. This game was far closer then it should have been, if the Pats receivers caught the ball, it would have been a blowout. The secondary is a major concern, safety play was poor again, and the CB’s were horrendous. Walls showed potential with some good coverage, but Comartie struggled early, his hip might be more of a concern then we were led to believe. Miller and Wilson played poorly as well, and the secondary overall struggled with their assignments.. It was ugly and Rex left the field frustrated and more then a bit angry.Remember the Pats starters were injured, and their replacements still beat our corners consistently. The run game showed signs of life, but the O line needs to pass protect better. Not much pressure from the D line, and at times they looked confused as well. Our receivers dropped some well thrown balls, and Holmes is not 100%. Keep it all in perspective though, the Jets are rebuilding, starting rookies, and these struggles will continue, call them growing pains. And one other note: punt return were a joke, no returner on 3 returns? and when they did put a returner back, it was to fair catch the ball! It didn’t help much in the field position game, leaving Geno with a long field.

    • Alan Schechter

      All good points. We certainly do have to endure growing pains with Geno. And the secondary has its scary moments. I like Walls a lot, if he began to steal some playing time, I don’t think I would be disappointed. God help us if Cro is not healthy.

    • matr dontelli iii

      The returner is definitely an issue and I hope it’s addressed sooner than later. Wilson is not an answer here either. I know you’re not a fan of Rex, but there really was no point in leaving Wilson out there. We got our best return on a punt that took a ‘jets bounce’. It looked like we got close to blocking one though close doesn’t help of course.

      • Paul Newbold

        Lankster was a returner in college, he’s excelled at special teams,I thought maybe they’d give him a try. Anybody though, maybe use Sanchez’s roster spot to bring in a veteran who can at least fair catch them! No returner, going for the block by the numbers rarely succeeds, they need to address this.