In this edition of Coffee with the New York Jets, cornerback Darrelle Revis speaks about going up against his old team, Gang Green dropping one spot in ESPN’s Power Rankings, and why their offensive line must be a top priority this upcoming offseason.
It’s Week 13 of the NFL season and the month of December is finally upon us. The New York Jets have just five games left to at least end the season on a high note. They’re currently 4-7 and unless a miracle happens, will more than likely not make the NFL Playoffs.
In case you didn’t know, my “Coffee with the New York Jets” pieces are pretty much a look at the latest going on with Gang Green from top sources on the internet. These will be done daily to continue getting the latest on our beloved Jets.
Speaking of which, their Week 13 matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs is another winnable game considering how bad they have been. Of course, the hottest angle going into this game is the return of Darrelle Revis. It’s ironic that the Chiefs signed him just about a week ago yet his first game back is against his old team in the Jets. One truly can’t make any of this up. Anyways, here are some of the latest news going around on the Jets including what Revis recently said about this upcoming Sunday.
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Darrelle Revis says there’s no ill will vs. Jets, timing right to join Chiefs by Adam Teicher (ESPN)
“I don’t think it’s any extra motivation,” said Revis, who signed with the Chiefs last week to continue his 10-year career. He spent eight seasons over two stints with the Jets, who released him after last season. “For me throughout my career, it’s always been about timing. I just felt where I was at in my training that I was fit and ready to come back and play football.”
Last season was a complete and utter mess for the Jets, especially due to the abysmal play of their defensive secondary. Revis, despite still getting starting reps, was a non-factor and many times was seen not giving it his all in what was a losing season. After the season was over, the Jets decided to cut ties with him and he’s since been out of football.
Time heals all as I’m sure there isn’t any animosity towards him from the franchise that not only made him famous but gave him the ultimate platform to do what he did best. Revis undoubtedly kept in shape throughout the time he’s been away from the game but no one knows what kind of impact or even the amount of playing time he’ll get on Sunday. Either way, expect to see a lot of hugging, handshakes, and smiles in his return to MetLife Stadium against his old team.
For a team that wasn’t supposed to have much of a vertical offense this season, the Jets are really airing it out. On passes thrown 30 or more yards past the line of scrimmage, they’ve completed 50 percent of attempts with five touchdowns, both tied for most in the NFL.
ESPN currently ranks the Jets at No. 23 which is exactly where they should be. The truth of the matter is, the Jets continue to have epic fourth-quarter meltdowns as they’re a bad team. Good teams can win some of those games and great teams would never have such dumb penalties, miscues, or lack the common football sense to score touchdowns when you’re knocking on an opponent’s doorstep. 1st and goal on the one-yard line should and always be a rushing play until you punch one in. Sadly, the Jets didn’t understand that concept and had to settle for a field goal in that exact situation since they passed the football on all three downs. Sorry Jets fans, their latest loss to the Carolina Panthers only adds to the infamous slogan of “Same Old Jets” that they’re trying so hard to get away from.
According to Pro Football Focus, the Jets have allowed the league’s fifth-most sacks (20), 14th-most quarterback hits (20), and 16th-most hurries (83). All told, the Jets have allowed the 14th-most pressures — 123 of them in 393 passing plays.
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In football, games are won or lost thanks to the battle in the trenches. If you don’t have a good offensive line, it will tremendously limit your ability to get first downs, make big plays, and of course, score touchdowns. The Jets offensive line has been such an inconsistent mess and once again, a plethora of injuries are causing so many issues. No matter what the general consensus is when it comes to the upcoming offseason, the Jets need to make addressing their offensive line a top priority. Yes, they also need to figure out their quarterback situation but it doesn’t matter who is under center. Without a high-quality offensive line, they won’t be able to do much of anything.