1) The secondary - The secondary turned Jake Locker into Joe Montana on Sunday. Locker finished 18/24 for 149 yards and three touchdowns. The numbers don’t do him justice because he shredded the Jets secondary especially picking on Darrin Walls who had a very rough afternoon. The last play of the first half was indicative of this. With less than 10 seconds left in the half Locker threw a jump ball up to Justin Hunter and it looked like Walls had good position but he could not spot the ball and Hunter was able to out jump him for the backbreaking touchdown. The Titans turned four Jets turnovers into 28 points. Late in the game Cromartie got beat on a double move by Nate Washington then caught up when it was under thrown by Fitzpatrick, but couldn’t really locate the ball, then when he did, he couldn’t fully jump to deflect it. In an odd sequence, both he and the receiver ran into an official who decided not to get out-of-the-way even though the ball was in the air longer than some punts. This distraction allowed Washington to make the catch and prevented Cromartie from catching him. It was that kind of day. Dawan Landry took poor angles all day and seemed to be out of position even in his tackling. This team needs a healthy Dee Milliner to play like he did in his limited snaps against the Bills and his time at Alabama because there is just not enough quality in the secondary this year and the pass rush won’t save the Jets every week.
2) The offensive line - The pass blocking of the offensive line was atrocious with the exception of D’Brickashaw Ferguson. Gregg Williams’ blitz packages both confused and overwhelmed the line. Smith was sacked five times, hit 11 more and pressured all day into bad decisions. Vladimir Ducasse played terribly and might have started his last game as Rex Ryan might turn to Brian Winters against the Falcons. Geno Smith needs a clean pocket in order to be effective and too many times today he didn’t get it.
3) Penalties, again - The Jets racked up 10 penalties for 66 yards including 7 for 55 yards in the first half alone. They had a costly illegal hands to the face penalty on Willie Colon that negated a 3rd down conversion that would have given the Jets a 1st down at the Titans 20 in the second quarter. Then, an illegal shift penalty right after that almost cost them the field goal. The Jets also racked up two more personal fouls, one was a stupid post play shove by Ben Obamanu on a kickoff that cost them precious field position and the other on a very questionable late hit call on Garrett McIntyre that extended a Titans drive. The Jets need to play physical football but it needs to be disciplined as well.
4) Injuries - Stephen Hill left the game in the first quarter with a head injury when he did not see a block coming after a Geno Smith interception, his status is unknown. Santonio Holmes left the game with a hamstring injury in the 4th quarter and was very slow to walk off the field. Hill and Holmes are playmakers on a team that is nearly bereft of them and they need both back as soon as possible if they want to be competitive. Jake Locker of the Titans left the game in the 3rd quarter with a serious hip injury after a hit from Muhammad Wilkerson that made him pinball off of Quinton Coples on the way down. The hit wasn’t flagged but it looked a half second late and Wilkerson led with his helmet so he probably will be fined.