Positives to Take from the New York Jets’ Debacle in San Diego

By Alan Schechter

Oct 5, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan slams a cup of water down during the second quarter against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

We know how bad it was last week. It was about as horrible as the New York Jets have ever looked, at least in recent memory. It brought back memories of the 45-3 game against the Patriots for me. It’s a game that the Jets had better forget about quickly, with the great Peyton Manning on the horizon.

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But, believe it or not, there were some positives for the Jets to take out of the game. It’s a short list, but here it is:

  • Dee Milliner began to look the way he did at the end of 2014.  He was in on 72 out of 72 snaps, and played well.  Per Pro Football Focus(subscription required), Milliner was targeted by Philip Rivers four times, and allowed completed passes twice.  He allowed nine yards receiving, and Rivers’ passer rating was 56.3 when throwing Milliner’s way.  The Jets should be happy with how he performed on Sunday.
  • The Jets added two sacks, raising their NFL leading total to 16.
  • Chris Ivory is having a terrific season, which continued in the limited carries he received on Sunday.  He is second amongst NFL running backs with 50 or more carries, with a 5.39 yards per carry average.
  • Ryan Quigley performed well, punting for nearly 50 yards per punt last Sunday.  He is second in the NFL in net average with a 45.1 yards per punt net average.

See?  There were a….couple of positives?