Monday Morning Quarterback: New York Jets vs. Kansas City Chiefs
Nov 2, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan on the sidelines against the Kansas City Chiefs in the second half at Arrowhead Stadium. Kansas City won the game 24-10. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports
I have to tell you, Jets fans, this is getting very old. Another week is in the books, and so is another loss. This time, the Jets got so creative that they allowed a touchdown on a tipped pass, and the receiver that caught it was sitting on his behind! That has been the story of our season so far.
This was the most uninspired game I have ever seen the Jets defense play under the direction of Rex Ryan. The Chiefs had their way with the Jets defense. They ran the football at nearly five yards per carry. When does that happen against the Jets, even when the offense plays badly? Alex Smith had his way with the Jets, with about an hour and a half in the pocket to throw the football. Add that to the fact that they had some random folks outside at the corner spots, and it wasn’t a good recipe for success in yesterday’s game for the Jets.
Michael Vick did have a decent game, statistically speaking. He was 21-28 through the air for 196 yards and one touchdown, but more importantly, no turnovers, earning him the starting nod for at least next week against the Steelers. His passer rating was over 100, which doesn’t signify a bad game.
He also established a nice rapport with newly acquired Jets WR Percy Harvin. Harvin posted his first 100 yard receiving game since 2012, catching 11 balls for 129 yards yesterday for the Jets. Harvin was effective at posting yards after the catch as well as catching a tough ball down the right sideline over a defender and getting both feet down. It may be too little, too late, but Harvin is turning into a weapon that the Jets sorely needed.
Chris Johnson found a bit of the fountain of youth yesterday, running the ball 11 times for 69 yards, over six yards per carry. He had a spring in his step, one we hadn’t see all season so far.
Nov 2, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; New York Jets quarterback Michael Vick (1) escapes the grasp of Kansas City Chiefs outside linebackerTamba Hali
(91) in the second half at Arrowhead Stadium. Kansas City won the game 24-10. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports
But, those positives on the previous page didn’t matter much. Why? Because the Jets couldn’t score points, that’s why. The Jets have moved the ball, and they have done it with some regularity all season. But, the problem is scoring points. 10 points is never going to win an NFL game, against any opponent.
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It’s particularly hard to watch the Chiefs beat up on the Jets. They do exactly what the Jets want to do, but only better. The Chiefs win with a strong running attack, good defense, and efficient passing. Does that sound familiar? It should. It’s exactly what Rex Ryan’s formula for winning. Rex Ryan is married to this exact formula for winning, so it can’t be easy to watch another franchise win it exactly that way.
I didn’t like to see Jace Amaro excluded from the offense the way he was. Was he targeted at all? I can’t recall hearing his name all day. It’s a shame because with Geno Smith out there, he was beginning to thrive. Not that they shouldn’t have benched Geno, I am saying that Michael Vick needs to include Jace Amaro in the offense. He’s a valuable weapon for the Jets, that had begun to thrive, and it needs to be nurtured.
You can sum it up pretty easily. It has all come unglued folks. This is as bad as it has been since the Rich Kotite era for our beloved New York Jets. I could see Rex Ryan not making it the rest of the way. It’s a shame, because it’s hardly his fault, but he might not make it the rest of the way. I wouldn’t have said that a few weeks ago, but it could happen. I don’t think it benefits anyone, but Woody might take action now, and not wait until Black Monday after the season is over.