New York Jets Week 13: Complete Disaster
Dec 1, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith (7) is tackled by Miami Dolphins defensive end Olivier Vernon (50) during the fourth quarter of a game at MetLife Stadium. The Dolphins defeated the Jets 16-13. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports[/caption]
The Jets might have lost a close game to the Dolphins 16-13 on Monday night but their play was still ugly and the coaching was disastrous. The team had no faith in their quarterback and it showed as they passed 13 times (five in the final two-minute drill) and ran 49 times. The Jets are in a really bad place right now and change is coming. It can’t get here fast enough.
Dec 1, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Chris Johnson (21) runs through a big hole against the Miami Dolphins during the second quarter of a game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
The Jets ran the ball for 210 yards in the first half, with Chris Johnson running for 85 of them. Breno Giacomini and Willie Colon were mauling the Dolphins at the point of attack, the Jets ran successful reverse plays, including one to Greg Salas for a twenty yard touchdown. The Dolphins adjusted putting eight and sometimes nine in the box, but yet the Jets still refused to throw. They got nothing going, only able to rush for 67 yards in the second half, and didn’t try to adjust by using play-action passes or anything else.
Other than one deep shot to Harvin that was overthrown by Geno Smith the team took no chances. Smith was 3/6 for 22 yards in the 1st half and 4/8 for 42 yards before the final drive. Despite having eight and nine man boxes the team refused to run play-action on early downs and take advantage of mismatches such as a street free agent trying to cover Eric Decker.
Dec 1, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets kicker Nick Folk (2) reacts after missing a field goal against the Miami Dolphins during the fourth quarter of a game at MetLife Stadium. The Dolphins defeated the Jets 16-13. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
The Jets might have gotten away with this and actually won the game if they weren’t pathetic on special teams. Nick Folk missed two field goals, Ryan Quigley had a punt blocked and no punt longer than 45 yards and the special teams unit had four penalties. All of which had a huge impact on the game because the Jets had such a small margin for error because they wouldn’t throw the ball.
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Dec 1, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan walks off the field after the fourth quarter of a game against the Miami Dolphins at MetLife Stadium. The Dolphins defeated the Jets 16-13. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Rex Ryan flat out refused to put any trust in Geno Smith last night. It has been said by others, especially @NYJET_Prime on Twitter, but Rex was so stubborn in running the ball last night that it seemed like a message to general manager John Idzik that Idzik can force Ryan to start Smith but he can’t make Ryan have Smith throw the ball. It played out like Ryan giving the finger to Idzik. If that is the case then Ryan needs to be let go on Tuesday because he is sabotaging the evaluation process. Antonio Allen didn’t play last night and IK Enemkpali only had six snaps and that is not acceptable.
The sooner the Jets clean house the better. The only positive about a loss is that the team is now in a four-way tie for the number two pick in the draft. The Jets need to let their young players attempt to develop and to bring in free agents in the offseason to speed up the process. They need a new voice in the locker room as Rex Ryan’s time is over. This is going to be a long last month of the season. Hopefully the saying is true, it is always darkest before the dawn.