1) Dee Milliner – Dee Milliner had a really rough night, so rough he got benched in the second half. Milliner was consistently beaten on the outside by Aaron Dobson & Kenbrell Thompkins. If it weren’t for Dobson and Thompkins being both out of sync with Brady the Jets would have been in a much deeper hole and most likely blown out of the game. There were multiple plays when there was a broken coverage leading to a receiver running free, none more painful than on the Patriots first drive where Milliner apparently did not pick up Dobson who ran in for the touchdown 39 yards untouched. Kyle Wilson replaced Milliner in the second half but the one who shined was Darrin Walls as he had a couple of 3rd down pass defenses in the 2nd half to keep the Jets in it. Hopefully watching the game from the sidelines and a 10 day break before the 3rd game will get Milliner’s head straight so we can start seeing the best of this very promising cornerback.
2) The End of Game Fight – After Aqib Talib intercepted Geno Smith with less than 40 seconds remaining to seal the deal Talib started dancing around instead of just going to the ground. When he finally decided to go out-of-bounds Nick Mangold tackled him out-of-bounds in what appeared to be at first glance a dirty tackle. Afterwards you could see that Talib turned at the last second making Mangold’s tackle look like a dirty play when it fact it wasn’t. Mangold did hit him out-of-bounds but it wasn’t a malicious, dirty hit. Regardless what followed was a brawl, that as others have mentioned, where it appeared according to the officials that the Jets were the only ones involved. Two Jets lost their composure and got ejected. D’Brickashaw Ferguson threw a punch and Willie Colon pushed an official’s hands off of him. If any of them are suspended it will severely hurt the Jets chances to beat the Bills in Week 3. According to Jason LaCanfora of CBS it is looking like it will be fines not suspensions thankfully although the league still will review it.
3) Mark Sanchez News – Before the game Mark Sanchez spoke to Rich Eisen and said he is not a candidate for surgery for his torn labrum at this time and will continue a rehab he says is going well in hopes of returning in 2013. Sanchez also said the he won the quarterback competition “without a doubt”. Despite how he feels he is being treated that is the wrong thing to say from a guy who has always been a good teammate and team guy. He knew that this would spark unnecessary conflict if and when he returned to the team. Rex Ryan refuted Sanchez’s account by saying that he never told Mark that he won the competition and that the statement is false. On Saturday the Jets decided to put Sanchez on short-term IR making him eligible to return after the bye Week 11. I think they should have just put him on season ending IR and let him heal properly while finding a new team and let the Jets move on to let Geno have the reigns and see what he can do without Sanchez lurking. Alan weighed in on this topic as well and you can read that here.