It was a great night for Michael Vick in Philadelphia. He didn’t post anything in the boxscore, as he only played one play. However, that play allowed him to be treated to a nice ovation from the Eagles’ faithful, thanking him for his five years with the team. He may be a member of the Jets now, but that didn’t stop the crowd from treating him quite well. Great job by the Philly crowd, and classy move by Rex Ryan for letting him go out for one play.
Now let’s talk about the game last night. The Jets were crushed, 37-7, but that was far from the focus. The Jets had a lot of questions still left unanswered, and we will talk about some of them this morning.
First we will talk about the battle for the last Jets’ running back spot. It was Daryl Richardson vs. Alex Green. I agree with the telecast, Richardson was the winner. Why? His ability to protect the football, and execute in the screen game. In a game where your job is on the line, two fumbles by Alex Green (one lost) should spell the end of his 2014 with the Jets. It will be surprising to me if Green makes the team. The Jets turned it over enough last year, a running back that fumbles does not sit well.
The Jets should have at least one easy decision. It’s time to say goodbye to Stephen Hill. He had one more chance to impress the Jets’ coaches last night, and he did anything but. There are two reasons he needs to go. First of all, what part of catching the ball with your hands does he not understand? It’s been the same thing since he was drafted. He just doesn’t get it. I don’t care that he caught one pass. If you throw it to anyone enough times, they will catch it once in a while. He will never succeed with his technique, so say goodbye before the man with cymbals for hands ruins regular season games.
Here is the other problem. If a player is fighting for his position on the team, he needs to do whatever it takes to stay on the field and make his case. I understand that Stephen was battling an illness this week. You have to stay in the game and fight. He was holding his stomach while on the sidelines, but he didn’t really seem to be getting treatment, or even rehydrating himself. Hill was standing there looking angry. He looked like a guy who had no interest in being where he was, and that’s not a player I want on the New York Jets. It’s time for the Jets to say goodbye.