1) The coaching - This hurts to write because I am such a big Rex Ryan supporter but his time may be up here. I personally would give him one more year to coach the 2nd year of the rebuild with all the upgraded talent through picks and cap space to see if he can lead this team to greatness. Ryan’s teams have only really had good weapons around the quarterback in 2010 and that offense was good. Rex doesn’t seem to have the answers to fix what has gone wrong this season. His answer is to reel it in play extra conservatively and try to win with defense and running the ball which is a good plan if you can carry it out. There are two problems with it. One is that it is not conducive to developing quarterbacks and ruins their thought process by playing not to make mistakes and unfortunately for him this time his defense can’t bail him out because the secondary can’t play his defense the way he coaches it and he is unable to attack as a result. He hasn’t found another creative way to get the job done and only so many motivational speeches work before losing blowouts takes its toll.
2) The secondary - Antonio Cromartie, Dee Milliner and the rest of the secondary were playing so far off of the Dolphins receivers today that it made it very easy for Ryan Tannehill to sit back and pick the Jets apart underneath. They didn’t even need to throw a deep ball just slants, screens, and crossing patterns. Simple three step drops to negate the rush and timing patterns run by the receivers. The defensive backs couldn’t press so they weren’t throwing the timing of the routes off. Dee Milliner had an up and down game making some nice plays but giving up a ton of completions. He was sent to the bench when he “attempted” to tackle Mike Wallace on his 28 yard touchdown. There were missed tackles, missed assignments and the realization is that this secondary just isn’t any good and isn’t getting better.
3) Geno Smith - Geno Smith was pulled again this time at halftime after leading the offense to 39 yards in the entire 1st half. The team only ran 17 offensive plays and Smith finished 4-10 for 29 yards and an interception. Smith missed a couple of wide open targets, didn’t look comfortable at all and his interception at the end of the 1st half was killer as it let Miami kick a 2nd field goal and have all the momentum going into the 2nd half. Smith’s lack of ability to move the ball resulted in less than 10 minutes of time of possession in the 1st half. That exhausted the defense and hastened their demise in the 2nd half. There was no other choice but to sit Smith in the second half. Whether or not he starts next week is not just a Rex Ryan decision it needs to be an organizational one because they may end up wrecking Smith’s confidence beyond the point of repair by continuing to play him.