The New York Jets entered yesterday’s game with the Oakland Raiders with seven all-time wins on the road against the Raiders. They left Oakland for the last time with another loss.
So how can we evaluate the coaches of the New York Jets on this game? How good can they be with the talent they have been given?
This team is young and still learning, and this was a measuring stick game for the Jets. What this game showed is that they’re still a long way away in the development process. That doesn’t mean there weren’t good things to come from this game.
There was one thing that stood out, though. The Jets continue to play Darron Lee as an inside linebacker, and there’s a mismatch there every week. It’s time to move him to the outside so he can use the skills that got him into the NFL.
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As far as the gameplan against the Raiders, it wasn’t that bad. They held the Raiders to 14 points and forced punts on consecutive drives and the defense was beginning to gain some momentum toward the end of the second quarter.
The wheels fell apart, though, after the muffed punt. Todd Bowles and Kacy Rodgers allowed the defense to fall apart in the second half after allowing Marshawn Lynch to get into the end zone to end the first half.
This young team was starting to feel good about itself. Then, the air was let out of the balloon, and the coaches allowed it. The offensive gameplan was beginning to show signs it may work. The running game improved, and the passing game was efficient, but it’s too conservative. There’s no chances being taken down the field. The coaches are getting slightly better, but they need a lot of improvement, and maybe an in season change.