In this edition of Coffee with the New York Jets, a look at Bryce Petty waiting for his chance to shine, a look at Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs, and how Gang Green could end up being the better football team in the city that never sleeps over time.
The weekend is finally upon us as Sunday’s matchup between the Kansas City Chiefs and New York Jets is yet another test to see if Gang Green can finally play four full quarters of football. They tend to have fourth quarter meltdowns in games that they could have easily won. Hopefully, they can take advantage of the struggling Chiefs and end their two-game losing streak in front of the home crowd in MetLife Stadium.
In case you didn’t know, my Coffee with the Jets articles is a look at the latest going on around the team from top sources on the internet. Not only should this help keep Jets fans in the loop but also serves as great conversations to have over a hot cup of coffee.
From every aspect of being a starting quarterback, I learned. From the Wednesday walkthrough, Wednesday practice, meetings. It’s different. It’s a different mindset coming in that week knowing you’re going to be the starter. For me, it was, shoot, I learned a lot. I wish things had gone different (more success, no injury). But at the same time, I wouldn’t trade it for the world. I learned so much.
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Bryce Petty continues to say and do all the right things as all he can do at this point in time is to continue learning from the sideline and wait for his opportunity to go back in and prove his worth. He could be on the roster bubble since next offseason should be another whirlwind for the Jets but hopefully, if Gang Green gets mathematically eliminated from making the NFL Playoffs this season, he’ll get his chance to get a start or two in order to see his progression. As of now, he’s second on the depth chart behind Josh McCown and is ahead of Christian Hackenberg, so if the Jets do make a quarterback change, he’d be the next man up.
Like Reid and the Chiefs in general, Alex Smith has gone from hero to zero for many Chiefs supporters. He still has many good numbers — his 68.8% accuracy and 104.5 rating are both second among the NFL’s quarterbacks and he’s thrown only four INTs. But in the past month and a half the Chiefs offense has slipped from third to ninth and the passing offense from fifth to 13th.
It’s crazy to believe that fans of the Chiefs want to bench quarterback Alex Smith but the truth of the matter is, they tremendously regressed since their hot start to the season. Unfortunately, it hasn’t been just him on the team as it’s been inconsistency from all around. They don’t score touchdowns like they used to and well, Sunday’s home game against the Jets could very well be a low-scoring matchup that will come down to which defense is better. Either way, Smith is most likely playing his last season with the Chiefs and will be one of the top free agent quarterbacks this upcoming offseason. He’s simply auditioning for his next big contract with another team.
“When you have new and young guys, it’s going to be a process, but it still can come together quicker,’’ coach Todd Bowles said. “You have to get it together quicker. There’s no excuse. It’s a process. You can learn while you’re winning as well.
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If anyone would have told you the New York Giants would have had the season they’re currently in, nobody would have believed you. You would have been called delusional if you dare said that Eli Manning would get benched for Geno Smith but alas, here we are. The Giants are a laughingstock and well, the Jets aren’t which is a nice change compared to what things have been like in the city that never sleeps over the past decade. The Jets are setting themselves up nicely to become the top football team in New York since they’ll not only have a lot of salary money to play with in the offseason but have a lot of young players that will only get better over time. That’s a testament to the leadership regime of the Jets that are finally rebuilding the franchise the right way. Unfortunately for the Giants, they’ll have to rebuild from the ground up to ever get to where they were just a few years ago.