Aug 12, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; MetLife Stadium in the first half of the Miami Dolphins at the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports
As the New York Jets prepare for their preseason Week 3 matchup against the New York Giants, unfortunately, they won’t be leaving with the famous Snoopy trophy when all is said and done.
Tonight at 7:30pm ET, the New York Jets will host the New York Giants in the battle of the city that never sleeps. The biggest game of the preseason for Gang Green is this game as they’re not only battling for bragging rights but for the year. The Empire State Building will be lit in team colors of the winning team of the famous Snoopy trophy. Yes, the same trophy that had former head coach Rex Ryan rotating starters back into late moments of this game just to try and win.
Last year, the Jets were able to pull off a victory while being the visiting team. In a close game, the Jets were able to win in overtime, much to the delight of fans wearing green and white. After last week’s loss in Washington D.C, it’s clear the Jets are not ready to start the regular season.
It was just Snoopy all over, with the exception of Bryce Petty and Robby Anderson, leaving all fans everywhere saying “good grief”. Here are five Peanuts quotes that seem to have the Jets in mind leading into this weekend’s contest.
Without further ado, here are five Peanuts quotes that seem to have the Jets in mind leading into this weekend’s contest. Unfortunately for Gang Green, they won’t be leaving MetLife Stadium with the trophy.
Next: 5. My anxieties have anxieties!
Aug 19, 2016; Landover, MD, USA; New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) on the field before the game between the Washington Redskins and the New York Jets at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports
5. My anxieties have anxieties!
The anxiety over if quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick would be re-signed may have caused the biggest headlines since free agency week began. Then a mini-bombshell, quarterback Christian Hackenberg was drafted in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft making us all feel like the Fitzmagic was disappearing.
In organized team activities, quarterback Geno Smith appeared to be making a good impression with the coaches. He gained good reviews to the point many of the faithful were saying it was time to move on. Then on the eve of training camp, Fitzpatrick was signed to a one-year deal leaving us all to wonder who may be the odd man out.
Smith has not only had bad practices but also two back-to-back games of poor performance. Leaving us all wondering should he even be a backup quarterback? In Washington D.C., Smith made 13 attempted passes with only six completions and an interception; resulting in a rating of 23.6%. (Good grief)
Petty, however, shined with a rating of 117.8%, resulting from 16 completed passes for 242 yards and two touchdowns. All of which makes a strong case for him and makes it hard on the coaches to determine who should be the main backup to Fitzpatrick. With Hackenberg being a wildcard, we now have the possibility of a quarterback cut and a raging debate over whether or not Smith should remain as backup. Due to this, their quarterback situation is a bit uneasy unlike the Giants that have their issues in order. Sorry Jets fans, Giants win in this category when it comes to their strength of quarterbacks.
Next: 4. Nice catch ground, you're doing a good job!
4. Nice catch ground, you’re doing a good job!
Ohio State rookie, wide receiver Jalin Marshall, who has been shining in training camp, was not shining on Fedex Field. Marshall was targeted 10 times but only caught the ball four times (good grief).
In a few instances, Jets had an opportunity to intercept the football but could not make it happen. Cornerback Juston Burris deflected a long pass but should have been able to hold on to that football.
At moments, the ball was hitting the ground so much I was wondering if I was watching football? Should I have just tuned into the Olympics in Rio? At any rate, the Giants will capitalize on these mistakes and score touchdowns off of turnovers.
Next: 3. I can't stand it, I just can't stand it
Aug 19, 2016; Landover, MD, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Charone Peake (17) has the ball knocked away by Washington Redskins cornerback Kendall Fuller (38) in the third quarter at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports
3. I can’t stand it, I just can’t stand it
Is this the same team that I have been watching at training camp? My sadness was growing into anger as the game continued on in old D.C.
The only reason the Jets were even on the scoreboard the first half of the game was due to the Redskins giving it to us. A penalty in the end zone was called on Redskins’ left guard Spencer Long, which resulted in a safety.
The botched point-after-touchdown attempt by kicker Ross Martin has made Nick Folk feel like he was not losing his day job anytime soon. Martin actually hit the goal post! That miss made the Redskins go for two when they scored late in the game, meaning the Jets were forced to try and score rather than a field goal to tie it. Big impact. Bad outcome.
Another Buckeye also was in the hot seat with fans, which head coach Todd Bowles addressed Monday at practice. He acknowledged not only once but twice rookie linebacker Darron Lee missed two tackles in the game, not exactly where you want your prize draft pick to be at this stage.
Next: 2. It's a strange thing Charlie Brown, you almost never see him laugh
Jul 28, 2016; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles speaks to the media during training camp at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports
2. It’s a strange thing Charlie Brown, you almost never see him laugh
Some players were seen laughing it up with Seinfeld co-creator Larry David, who visited the Atlantic Health facility to watch practice. One would think it’s all fun and games, right? Not to Bowles, he is not interested in wasting valuable time.
Last week, Bowles appeared to be upset at the lack of focus from practice. As a result, he had the players running their favorite (sarcasm) gassers, also known as sprints.
Intern coach, former linebacker Marvin Jones has also expressed he was not into comedy. Recently he said via the Media Relations Department of the Jets, “As a coach, I care less about your potential and more about what you do with it. The world is full of gifted underachievers. Don’t waste your gift”.
The coaches are not looking for the class clown or most popular players at the Jets. Make no mistake about it, Bowles is looking for who is going to step up and be a leader. If the Washington game is an indication, he’s going to have to keep looking. Against the Giants, there is still football to be played and it won’t be a laughing matter if the Jets’ defense continues to play sub-par. The Giants’ defense on the other hand is getting rave reviews which will prove to be too much to handle for the Jets’ offense.
Next: 1. It depresses a manager to see his team cry
Dec 6, 2015; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan before a game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
1. It depresses a manager to see his team cry
General manager Mike Maccagnan has been an even-keel kind of guy, who has brought in a lot of good talent. As fans, we need to trust in what his big picture is. But he saw a lot of long faces after the game and well, inexperienced players need time to develop.
With such a sloppy game, it is not rocket science that changes need to be made. Players are fully aware these changes need to happen now for any chance of winning future bragging rights in NYC, let alone during the regular season.
Other players are fighting for more than a trophy but a chance to continue their dreams, a do or die last moment to shine. After Saturday’s game against the Giants, many tears will be shed. Someone is going home, if not this week, then after the season finale against the Philadelphia Eagles. But they may first see the Snoopy going home to the visiting Giants.
Overall, the Jets need to perform better as all signs indicate they will be on the losing side of the Snoopy bowl. The Giants tend to have more fans at these games since well, winning two Super Bowl championships over the years will bring them into games, even if it’s preseason football. Sorry Jets Nation, as much as it pains me to say, the Giants got this in the bag with the way Gang Green have been playing and practicing.