New York Jets Week 2: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

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Sep 12, 2013; Foxboro, MA, USA; New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez (6) on the sidelines during the game agains the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: William Perlman/THE STAR-LEDGER via USA TODAY Sports

Sep 12, 2013; Foxboro, MA, USA; New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez (6) on the sidelines during the game agains the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: William Perlman/THE STAR-LEDGER via USA TODAY Sports

The Bad

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.

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  • Paul Newbold

    It was ugly. Both teams played terribly. The combined WR groups played more like high school players then professionals, there were more dropped passes then caught. While the RB’s improved,, a combined 129 yds for 4 quarters of football did little to impress. Our DB’s played poorly throughout, Millner is catching the heat in the media, but Wilson and Cromartie were sub par again. The front line of the D played well, showing that they will be a force to be reckoned with, but on the same note they brought little pressure on the QB. Thank goodness the Pats didn’t have their starting WR’s playing, otherwise we’d be suffering through another embarrassing blow out loss. They will get better as the season progresses, the O line should gel, and Geno will mature. They have a tough schedule ahead, there will be some growing pains, we all need to be patient as fans, and they need to tighten things up. Go Jets!!

    • Frank Antonelli

      Wow you’re negativity has hit a new low! The Jets should have won this game. The Pats had no chance of blowing us out. Like I told everyone, bet the farm on the Jets and the points, since they’ll have a great chance to win not just cover.

      • Paul Newbold

        You see it as negativity, Sorry for that. What I saw was a secondary that played very poorly. They were beat deep and often by a group of no name receivers, fortunately they couldn’t catch either!!

  • Frank Antonelli

    What is this Mevis is unhappy in Tampa??? Who would have predicted that!!!! Like I said many times I hope Mevis enjoys his last place team!!!

    Darrelle Revis unhappy in Tampa?

    September 17th, 2013
    9:30 am

    The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are a bit of a mess right now and Darrelle Revis is reportedly not thrilled with his new team.

    “He’s not happy,” according to Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports. “[Greg] Schiano’s rules are a little too strict for him after coming from Rex Ryan.”

    Revis is also unhappy that Tampa Bay is not playing enough man coverage, which he would prefer.