Monday Morning Quarterback: New York Jets vs. San Diego Chargers
Oct 5, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan walks to the locker room after the Jets were shutout 31-0 against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
Where to start about this one? The Jets were pretty ugly yesterday, about as ugly as they have been in a long time. Coach Rex Ryan has a lot to talk about after that one. I have a lot to say as well, so let’s get right to it.
Oct 5, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Jets quarterbackGeno Smith
(7) walks to the lockerroom after the Jets were shutout 31-0 against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
The Jets could do nothing right on offense, and it only begins with Geno Smith. Geno Smith did not look good at all, going 4-12 for 27 yards, before being benched in the second half. But Michael Vick fared no better, going 8-19 for a whopping 47 yards. For those of you calling for Michael Vick to save the season, stop it. It’s not going to happen. A lot more needs to happen than simply a quarterback change to save the Jets season.
The offense for the Jets did not look like it had a plan of attack. Did they establish Chris Ivory? No not really. Did they use their tight ends to make up for the loss of Eric Decker? Not until the game was over. There was no rhyme or reason to how they operated.
The quarterback was not the biggest problem of the day. The Jets again couldn’t hold onto a possible momentum shift. They could have changed the game early, before it went sideways. Phillip Adams gave the Jets their first interception of the season. Instead of mounting a long drive, changing the flow of the game, they fumbled it right back to the Chargers, and it all went down the bowl from there.
The Jets’ offensive line was awful. I have said it time and time again, when the offensive line goes, your whole team goes. And that is how it happened for the New York Jets yesterday. The line stunk. The Chargers may have only recorded two sacks, but they were in both Geno Smith and Michael Vick’s faces all day. Neither of them every became comfortable throwing the football, and the running game got nowhere.
When the line doesn’t play well, it affects the entire team, and we saw that in full force yesterday.
Dec 17, 2012; Nashville, TN, USA; New York Jets players and coaches observe a moment of silence in honor of the shooting victims of Sandy Hook elementary school before the game against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field. From left: quarterbackMark Sanchez
(6), coach Rex Ryan and defensive backs coachDennis Thurman
and cornerbackEllis Lankster
(26). Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports
The scariest part was how the defense looked today. We knew going in that the Jets were going to have a tough time stopping the pass. I mean, why should this week be any different from the past four? The secondary has been banged up, and not a great deal of talent on the outside to start with.
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But the run defense was shocking, and disturbing. The top NFL rushing defense was anything but yesterday. Some guy named Branden Oliver ran for 119 yards? Who is this guy? The Jets made him look like a young LaDainian Tomlinson, that’s for sure. When the only bright spot on your team isn’t bright, you have a problem.
Oct 5, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan during the second quarter against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
The Jets didn’t even look prepared for this one, and that is on the coaching staff, all of them. Rex Ryan took responsibility for the game during his post game press conference, and he should. No, he is not responsible for the play execution, but he IS responsible for a game plan that appeared to be non-existent. The offense didn’t have any kind of plan.
The defense played badly, and made no adjustments either. They were gashed for 162 yards on the ground. The run defense is supposed to be the Jets’ bread and butter. The blitz was picked up every time. How about, not blitzing so much? Those cornerbacks need help. That’s on the coaching for not getting them the help over the top.
Just a bad day all in all for the Jets. About as lousy as they come.