New York Jets Week 5: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

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The Bad
Note: Alan Schechter taking over here for the balance of the piece.

1) Inopportune penalties - The Jets did reduce their penalties down to six, but they still committed several at terrible times. They committed penalties around the goal line on more than one occasion that could have cost the team the game. Were the calls questionable? Yes. But they still but themselves in the position to make those penalties, and that has to clean up.

2) Offensive killer instinct - If there is one thing that this offense needs to do to take that next step, is adopt that “killer instinct”. They need to show the ability to put a team away when they have the chance. Again, through the second half last night, the Jets had the opportunity to put up a score or two that would have ended this game, but they couldn’t do it. They let the Falcons hang around, and it came down to a final play. This needs to improve if the group is going to take that next step.

Oct 7, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons defensive end Osi Umenyiora (50) sacks New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith (7) during the second half at the Georgia Dome. The Jets defeated the Falcons 30-28. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

3) Geno’s backside awareness - Geno doesn’t have a great feel for the rush when it comes from behind him. Last night again, he took a blind-sided sack without scrambling. He has to feel the rush coming from his back side and step up. Be careful with the Geno, you will get yourself hurt if you don’t improve on this.

The Ugly

1) Clyde Gates - Yes, Clyde did make one catch late, and he didn’t drop the football. Kudos to him, a great step up in his game. However, he probably breaks off a first down, and maybe a touchdown, if he isn’t tackled by his own feet. He just time and time again shows himself to be basically useless. Ryan Spadola would perform better than him, at least in this writer’s view.

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  • Paul Newbold

    Well covered Craig. This game didn’t need to be this close, but glad to have the win. I’d add special teams were much improved and provided a spark. Cro and Walls upped their game for this one, but the secondary tackled poorly adding some extra yards to the Falcons receptions. Geno proved he can be a huge plus for this team, the addition of a healthy backfield helped as well. The Jets still need to find a way to cover a TE, last night they struggled, though given they were up against a future hall of famer. Lots of good to be taken away from this one though!