Unfortunately for the New York Jets, they continue to be defined by fourth-quarter meltdowns as they need to go back to the fundamentals of playing competitive football for all four quarters. It’s all about focusing and finishing football games.
Another Sunday has come and gone and the New York Jets once again blew a fourth-quarter lead and ended up collapsing. This time, the Carolina Panthers were able to not only beat the Jets but capitalize on their blunders like there was no tomorrow.
This is another classic case of a team that isn’t disciplined enough to remember what the core fundamentals of football are all about. Yeah, you might lucky and win a football game by your opponent making a huge mistake but the Jets continue making so many of them, it’s hard to come back from them.
In the grand scheme of things, it’s all about focusing and finishing football games. The Jets tend to start a game red hot but then fizzle out when it matters most. Worst of all, they commit dumb penalties, costly turnovers, and don’t properly adjust when needed towards the final minutes of a game and well, end up on the losing side of things.
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Of course, it’s not just the players but the coaching staff as well. It continues to boggle the minds of many when this team is in a position to score a touchdown but don’t remember common sense when it comes to football.
1st and goal on the 1-yard line? I’m sorry, I’m not an offensive coordinator by any stretch of the imagination but I know in that particular situation, you run the football. You mean to tell that Bilal Powell or Elijah McGuire on three attempts couldn’t be able to punch one in?
This is just one of many instances where it all ties into the main concept of focusing and finishing football games. It’s all about everyone sticking to their assignments and when needed, making the right adjustments to leave a game victorious.
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Hopefully, with five games left in the season, the Jets can end on a high note and correct all these issues that continue to haunt them when it comes to the final few minutes of a football game. They have the talent to continue overachieving but that lack of focus will always hold them back.