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Crash Landings and Tebow Chants

Back to earth for Jets (steelers.com)

TEBOW! TEBOW! TEBOW! TEBOW!And since the Jets love to spell;  T – E – B – O – W  TEBOW TEBOW TEBOW!

That didn’t take long did it? Perhaps the fervor hasn’t reached a point where billboards are going up in NYC urging Rex Ryan to start Mr. Tebow but after a ghastly performance from Mark Sanchez, and really the entire Jets team you can already feel the Tebow fans arising from their slumber ready to bring a hale of boos and Tebow chants down on MetLife Stadium.

Why you ask? Didn’t Mark Sanchez play phenomenally in week one? Wasn’t that proof that this was the year he would finally make that next step? Well sure if he hadn’t dropped out a 10-for-27, 138-yard effort against the Steelers in a 27-10 loss last weekend. Before anyone comes running to Sanchez’s defense with the excuse of it was in Pittsburgh or the Steelers are a great team. Yes it was in Pittsburgh but James Harrison wasn’t playing and even against a good team shouldn’t you be able to complete at least, I don’t know, 40 PERCENT OF YOUR PASSES?!

Well not the Sanchize. It’s back to the bottom of the barrel yet again. Obviously he’s not in the Rodgers/Brady conversation but he should at least be getting into Flacco/Ryan territory by now and neither Flacs or Matty Ice put up those kind of numbers against anyone.

Meanwhile Sanchez’s arch-nemesis (the one that isn’t called consistent quarterback play) Tim Tebow played in something like three

Most important 22 yards rushing all day. (newyorkjets.com)

snaps and finished with one rush for 22 yards. I don’t think Tebow is the answer. I don’t think the Jets are any betetr if Tebow starts but if Sanchez continues to have absolute duds like he did last week the calls for the Jesus of football are going to start to get louder and louder.

Sanchez deteriorating robbed Jets fans of getting to see the ascension of Stephen Hill, who could be the team’s next Keyshawn Johnson. The Georgia Tech alum (that’s right the same Georiga Tech as one Calvin Johnson) was targeted only twice and had zero catches while Santonio Holmes had 11 target (three catches, 28 yards, TD) and the immortal Jeremy Kerly had four targets and a pair of catches.  It’s like the Jets are allergic to offensive stars. When was the last time they really had one. It’s got to be Curtis Martin or Keyshawn right? Since C-Mart retired this squad has just been a conundrum inside of an enigma marinated in question marks offensively speaking. Hill could be the stand out guy they need but if Sanchez (or Tebow) is throwing to him he might not get the chance to show that.

The Shonn Greene as a feature back era is slowly losing ground as well. Greene has the perfect name to be  star for the Jets but put up only 23 yards on 11 carries in the loss to Pittsburgh. Greene had a 1,000-yard season last year but just barely (1,054 yards) and really how impressive is just getting to the 1,000-yard mark anymore? Greene will again have solid  numbers this season if only because he gets all the carries.

Missing Darrelle Revis certainly hurt the Jets on offense against Pittsburgh. Antonio Brown and Mike Wallace, one of which would have been covered by Revis Island, both got open far too often in the game, especially deep. Brown finished with seven catches for 79 yards and Wallace had five receptions for 74 yards and a touchdown.

Garrett McIntyre had a (surprisingly) nice game against Pittsburgh with two sacks, the first of his career, of Big Ben. McIntyre was just one of a number of guys in the front seven that played well as the Jets swarmed especially against the run limiting the Steelers to just 66 yards on 28 carries. That’s just 2.4-yards-per-carry. It’s like they were going against Shonn Greene.

Revis is still in doubt for Sunday’s game against Miami but come on the Dolphins are awful and if the rest of the secondary can’t stop Ryan Tannehill it might not matter when or if Revis Island comes back.

Sanchez will get the start this week and Rex Ryan has been understandably mute on how much usage Tim Tebow will get and has downright denied that he will start. Sanchez will get some breathing room this week though thanks to a bad Dolphins squad but after that the schedule toughens up over the next four weeks (vs. SF, vs. HOU, vs. IND, @NE) and those Tebow chants could get louder with it.

-Phil

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Meet the Jets-ons

You can’t me interaction between these two isn’t entirely awkward. (Photo courtesy newyorkjets.com)

His boy McElroy!

After a long off season in which you couldn’t escape coverage of the worst team that plays football in New Jersey but still claims New York the Jets will finally step onto a field this weekend. In case ESPN hasn’t completely turned you off of Gang Green (and for just about everyone that isn’t named ‘Fireman Ed’ that point has already been reached) you can now watch them every Sunday. Then you can watch ESPN agonize over them as if a team that didn’t make the playoffs last season is the biggest news-maker in the league.

There is some good news though. Fact: The Jets have never won a Super Bowl in a season when Rex Ryan guaranteed an NFL Championship.  Fact: Rex Ryan did not guarantee a Super Bowl victory this season.  But  like all teams the Jets still  have some pressing issues facing them this season.

1. Is this team too much of a circus to really compete?

The Jets front office watched the team implode last season after back-to-back AFC title game appearances due to anomosity in the locker room and the budding of a number of huge egos. Fingers were pointed all over the place and I’m not sure what was more newsworthy during the season; Mark Sanchez’s ability as a quarterback or what cast member of Gossip Girl he was going home with.

So what did the brainiacs upstairs decide? Let’s bring in one of the most polarizing, attention-grabbing figures in the league and add it to our already tumultuous team. Oh and did we mention he is a quarterback that can’t throw?

Well with the addition of Tim Tebow the Jets again grabbed headlines for all the wrong reasons. To be honest it has to be insulting as a Jets fan. Instead of improving the team the Jets went out and brought in a needless distraction. Sure, Sanchez isn’t great but he certainly resembles an NFL quarterback better than Tebow. So all off-season the supposed QB of the future (Sanchez) has had to deal with a firing squad of questions about his relationship with Tebow and whether or not he’s afraid of Tebow taking his spot. That’s how you instill confidence in your starter! And just last week Rex Ryan sent his players to leadership training. This is a week before the season. Isn’t it a little late for some motivational speaker at the local Marriot to instill a good team mentality?

The short answer to this question is therefore yes.

2. What week does Tim Tebow make his first start?

To clarify I mean at quarterback. Not punt coverage, wildcat-runner, long-snapper or official pre-game prayer sayer. Mark Sanchez

Thanks to ESPN I would prefer to watch more coverage of LeBron than Tebow. (Photo courtesy newyorkjets.com

desperately needs to take the next step and become a top-10 quarterback and he needs to do it now. His 2011 season (56.7 completion percentage, 3,474 yards, 26 TDs, 18 INTs) was the best of his three-year career but in comparison to the elite QBs it was nowhere near where he should be in his third year as a full-time starter. Jets fans have already begun to turn on the Sanchize and with Tebow in the wings it’s only a matter of time before the fans started chanting Tebow instead of booing.

With that said is Tebow the answer? No. The man led some inspiring drives last season after his defense held opponents to 13 points seemingly every game. He can’t consistently complete passes and just doesn’t play the position at the level needed in the NFL. Put him back on Florida and sure he’d be winning Heismans but on an NFL team he barely looks competent. Oh and if you think he’s turned the corner or some other BS just look how he played in the preseason.

Still if (and most people think when) Sanchez can’t get it done Tebow will undoubtedly be called upon to save the season. In the first five weeks of the season Sanchez plays three elite defenses in Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Houston. I say the Jets are 1-4 at around that point and the pressure mounts. Then in seven when the Jets get slammed on the road against the hated Patriots, Sanchez will get benched. So if all you want to do is watch Tebow run in the rain and such tune in week eight against Miami.

3. Who will step on offense?

When the Jets were actually doing well a few years back the offense was built on running the ball and letting Sanchez just serve as a good game-manager, much like what San Francisco did last season. So then last season the Jets decided to change that entirely and begin passing more often. Just look at the numbers. In 2010 the Jets ran the ball 534 times for 2,374 yards and in 2011 rushed 443 times for 1,692 yards. And it’s not as if those attempts just disappeared because of fewer plays or something. They just went to the passing game which is anchored by a QB with a career completion percentage hovering in the mid fifties.

Um, what? You have all that success so you’re decision is to completely change things up?

In the preseason the offense looked even worse as it tried to find an identity. It couldn’t score a touchdown with Sanchez or Tebow, instead having to wait until Greg McElroy led them down the field to find the endzone. Also alarming is that Plaxico Burress, a favorite redzone target last season, is no longer on the team and LaDanian Tomlinson also left.

The obvious answer here is Sanchez but the Jets need a lot out of Shonn Greene and Santonio Holmes as well. Holmes is now the team’s best receiver and Greene needs to be the feature back he has been advertised as for the past few seasons. Also watch for rookie Stephen Hill. He’s a tall, athletic receiver from Georgia Tech. You know like that Calvin Johnson fellow out in Detroit.

4. How hot is Rex Ryan’s seat?

Sexy Rexy is looking even better this season thanks to a big weight loss regimen. But is it possible that Ryan is losing weight at such an

Looking good Rex. Your team…eh not so much. (Photo courtesy newyorkjets.com)

alarming rate because he is being sweated out by the increasing temperature of his coaching chair? Probably not but you get the idea.

After a pair of AFC championship games and tons of off-the-cuff remarks Ryan was everyone’s darling. Then suddenly the team he ran went 8-8 and looked dismal last season. Now one bad year doesn’t mean he should be fired but Ryan has been blowing a lot of smoke during his time with the Jets and although making it close to a Super Bowl is nice if the team keeps headed downward it won’t matter. Ryan doesn’t seem to think his job is in jeopardy anytime soon but another bad season will certainly not help.

So I would say on a scale of Nick Saban to Bobby Valentine I’d say Rex is leaning more towards the BoSox skipper.

5. How will the Jets ultimately fare this season?

It is probably been a bit overblown how bad the Jets will be this season. They did go 8-8 a year ago and that included some tight games and an 0-3 last three weeks. But the Jets schedule is pretty tough and two teams  in the division (New England and Buffalo) both got better in the off-season meaning a whole lot would have to go right for this team to make it to the playoffs. Gut instinct says not enough will. E-I-G-H-T Eight Eight Eight wins.

-Phil

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NFL Draft Grades: New York Jets

Stephen Hill got drafted by the Jets. What is he so excited about? (Frank Franklin II/AP)

The Jets really couldn’t have drafted anybody that would have caused more uproar in the Big Apple than the trade for Tim Tebow outside of trading the entire franchise for the second overall pick and taking RG3.  Still the Jets brought in new blood in a variety of positions to help take a team that seems a few steps back from title contention closer to that point.

Editor’s Note: I am an unapologetic New England Patriots fan and have no love for the Jets but I will try to be as unbiased as I can be about these picks. Can’t promise there won’t be any jabs but I’ll try to keep them more Cotto than Mayweather.

First Round- Pick No. 16- Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina

Well it wouldn’t be the Jets if they weren’t adding someone to their team that had some issues on and off the field and with their first pick they certainly did that. Honestly when I saw that the Jets had drafted Coples I laughed. This draft had a ton of talent, especially on the defensive side of the ball and the Jets took the one with more red flags than a meeting of the Communist Party.

During his time at North Carolina Coples was a bit of a off-field distraction last season and even on the field had times where he looked like he was taking plays off causing his senior year to be nowhere near where it was projected. So a team that imploded last year because of locker room dissension is adding another guy that has quit on his team before? Not a great sign.

What is a good sign is Coples skill. He clearly has what it takes to be a dominant NFL defensive end with a great wingspan, good size and a great burst. If he buys in to the Jets scheme and be kept motivated he’ll end up being a great pick.

Grade: B. This grade would be much higher if not for the whole Haynesworth-ian feel he gives me.

Round Two- Pick No. 11- Stephen Hill, WR, Georgia Tech

It wasn’t just the Patriots who traded up in this draft, although doing so in the second round isn’t something that will grab headlines as much. The Jets addressed their desperate need to get weapons for the passing game with this pick. With Santonio Holmes and Plaxico Burress the Jets had solid receivers but like most of the team guys became guys that battled in the locker room and caused so many of the problems that infected the Jets locker room, especially Holmes.

Hill was not the first receiver I thought the Jets would take but he is a pretty solid pick. He played in a system in college in which there was not a whole lot of passing but still managed some impressive receiving numbers. He is blazing fast (4.36 40-yard dash) and a heapload of size (6’4) and athleticism to be a deep threat.  Jets fans have to be hoping for him to fall in like another Yellow Jacket receiver that now goes by the name of a character from Transformers.

Grade: A. One of the better receivers not named Blackmon in the draft for a team that desperately needs passing weapons.

Round Three- Pick No. 14- Demario Davis, OLB, Arkansas State

Red Flags. Red Flags Everywhere. Will Coples warrant a first-round selection? (Mel Evans/AP)

Who says everyone that’s drafted has to be from a BCS powerhouse? Obviously this pick is based on the skills Davis has not on the competition he played against. No offense Sun Belt Conference enthusiasts but the SB is certainly not the SEC. Still Davis is a solid linebacker who fits in better at the 4-3but can definitely fit in the Jets 3-4 scheme rushing off the edge as he has a lot of speed and athleticism.  His speed will also make him valuable in pass defense as he may be able to keep up with good receiving tight ends. Hmm I wonder what team that might be directed towards?

Grade: C+/B-. I like this guy on paper but as the saying goes winning on paper is different than winning on the field.

Round Six- Pick No. 17- Josh Bush, FS, Wake Forest

The Tebow trade made the Jets give up picks in the middle rounds meaning the Jets were forced to look for value later in the draft than usual. They did compile picks (five) in the last two rounds and will hope some of those picks can  turn into something more.

I don’t think Bush is one of those guys. He has versatility (switched from cornerback to safety last year) and plays the ball well but he just doesn’t do anything especially well. I see his ceiling as a solid backup safety that can make some plays on special teams as well.

Grade: C+. Definite value pick, will contribute but never be more than a decent player.

Round Six- Pick No. 32- Terrance Ganaway, RB, Baylor

Really liked this pick, as much as I hate giving the Jets credit.  New York needs better running with LT gone and Shonn Green never turning into the every down back they thought he would. Ganaway played in the high-powered offense that propelled RG# to the Heisman and scored 21 touchdowns while rushing for over 1,500 yards last season. Also anyone that watched the Alamo Bowl against Washington knows how explosive he can be as he ran for 200 yards and scored 5 touchdowns overshadowing his Heisman Trophy winning teammate.

Grade: A. Getting a guy with Ganaway’s explosive upside here is a great deal.

Round Six- Pick No. 33- Robert T. Griffin, OG, Baylor

Wasn’t much of a wait for that next pick huh?Who better to bring in to improve a weakened offensive line that a guy that blocked for a Heisman Trophy winner and for the running back you just took? Griffin was a Second-Team All-Big 12 selection during 2011 and is a pretty nice blocker. Good value this late in the draft.

Grade: B.

Round Seven- Pick No. 242- Antonio Allen, SS, South Carolina

At this late in the draft if Allen can come in and contribute on special teams it’s a good pick. He played a safety/linebacker mashup in college so that is something the Jets will love as they continue to try to figure out ways to stop the Patriots explosive tight ends. Good blitzer which also fits with the Jets defensive strategy.

Grade: B+

Round Seven- Pick No. 244- Jordan White, WR, Western Michigan

I’m sure White is a nice kid but I don’t see much of a future for him. Getting taken this late in the draft, out of a small school even on a team that needs receiving depth I still just don’t see him making an impact on the offense in the next few years or really ever. (Be sure to remember this and rub my face in my error if I’m wrong).

Grade: C.

-Phil

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Brodeur Bracket: #7 Phil Esposito vs #10 Joe Namath

One of these guys is more famous than the other namely for a certain guarantee (and a very creepy interview) but this matchup is far from a run away. There is a reason Phil Esposito is the No. 7 seed and Broadway Joe is just the No. 10.

Esposito played eight full seasons with the Bruins, and although he went on to play for the Rangers, he certainly belongs to the Bean. Esposito led the NHL in goals in six of those season, and points in five of them as well.  He has some nice hardware as well, lifting up a pair of Stanley Cup trophies while a member of the Bruins to go with two Hart Trophies. Plus he has played Battalian Chief “Izzy” in the show Rescue Me with Boston native Denis Leary, if that does anything for you.

“We’re gonna’ win. I guarantee it.” Now that’s how you tell everybody you’re going to win a Super Bowl, you know by actually doing it (Taking notes Rex Ryan?) and that’s just what Joe Namath did in Super Bowl III by leading the New York Jets to their first and only Super Bowl championship.  Namath’s numbers aren’t particularly impressive for his career but it bears remembering that he played in an era where passing the ball was not as common, still leading the league in interceptions four times isn’t exactly stellar.

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Russell Region: #8 Whitey Ford VS. #9 Curtis Martin

The 8/9 match up is typically a toss up. While we tried to create interesting contests between New York and Boston, by virtue of sheer numbers with New York having more teams sometimes we have to chose between our own. If you can’t make up your mind or choose allegiances here what are you going to do next round?

The Chairman of the Board played 16 seasons in the Bronx and helped lead the Yankees to six World Series titles and was named the MVP of the 1961 series. That same season won his only Cy Young award. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1974 and his number 16 was retired. Whitey was a reliable ace and is the only pitcher to start game one of four consecutive World Series. For good measure he did it twice between (1955-1958 and 1961-1964). During that stretch Ford racked up the most starts, wins and losses in the Series as well as consecutive scoreless innings at 33 2/3. At the time of his retirement the left-hander had 236 wins, which is still the franchise record. Whitey is considered the greatest starting pitcher in Yankee history. That’s some mighty fine company.

Though his career started with three seasons in New England playing for the Patriots and earning him the Offensive Rookie of the Year in 1995, two Pro Bowl selections and a Super Bowl appearance in 1996, Martin is representing the Jets in this tournament. He spent the bulk of his career with Gang Green and is the all time leading rusher for the franchise with 10,302 yards. Along with Barry Sanders, he is the only player to rush for 1,000 yards in his first 10 seasons. In 2004 Martin became the oldest player to win a rushing title when he ran for 1,697 at the age of 31. In running back years, that is roughly 57. He was also named to Esquire Magazine’s Best Dressed list that year. For his career Martin finished fourth on the all-time rushing list with 14,101 yards and was elected in this year’s Hall of Fame class.

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Brady Region: #3 Bobby Orr vs #14 Darelle Revis

Bobby Orr sits as one of the four players on the Boston Mt. Rushmore, or at least he should. Darrelle Revis hasn’t had enough of a career to reach that pinnacle in New York but for the past couple years has been hands down the best corner in the NFL. One has playoff success, the other, well not so much. You can guess which is which.

Orr only played for 10 years but what a decade it was. The defensemen won two Hart Trophies and couldn’t possibly have had enough room for all the Norris Trophies he won. He led the league in points twice while also bringing two Stanley Cups to Beantown most famously the 1970 cup when he scored “The Goal” which clinched the game and created one of the most iconic goals in sports history where Orr flew across the ice, completely parallel to the ice.

Revis made the Pro-Bowl for the fourth straight season last year and has been named to the All-Pro team in three of those years. He was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Year and if having a cool nickname matters he is known affectionately, and respectfully, around the NFL as Revis Island. He has also been a vital part of the Jets revival into a team that contender over the last few years.

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Flight Cancelled

Boy do I suck at guarantees.

Just when the Jets were creeping back into everyone’s rear view mirrors the wheels came off in Philadelphia. The Jets didn’t just lose on the road they were completely decimated by an equally inept team. The Eagles beat the Jets 45-19 Sunday, and for those keeping score at home this was the same Eagles team that the Jets divisional rival New England Patriots put a 38-20 licking on a few weeks back. In a game in which the other team puts up a score that looks more akin to a low scoring college basketball game there really aren’t many positives but rather a bunch of negatives.

First the Jets didn’t take care of the ball well at all. In the first half it was if the Jets didn’t want the ball coughing the ball up to the Eagles three times in the half on their way to four total on the day. Those three first half turnovers all turned into Eagles touchdowns including a 47 yard touchdown return on a fumble by Santonio Holmes on the Jets sixth play of the game. Thats one of the major problems the Jets have faced, a lack of discipline at times. The truly great teams don’t give the ball away often and capitalize when they force the other team to turn the ball over. (By the way the Eagles also had four turnovers but the Jets didn’t seem to want to capitalize on that.) When’s the last time the Packers turned the ball over four times? How about the Patriots? See what I’m getting at?

Last week it seemed like the Jets defense had finally found it’s identity and was making strides towards becoming the unit that was the strength of two AFC runner ups. Not this week. The Eagles looked like the team they were supposed to be coming into the season putting up 420 total yards and 45 points. (The last time the Jets gave up that many points was a long, cold night in New England a year ago). The pass defene did a good job on the receiving core but let tight end Brent Celek cruise over them. They gave up a 73 yard reception to Celek. 73 yards! The secondary is clearly already missing Jim Leonhard.

I'm Santonio Holmes and all that matters is that I get to do my touchdown dances.

The offense was forced to abandon the run game which had looked back on track in previous weeks early on. When you’re down by six billion points in the first three minutes running the ball tends to be less appealing. This forced the Jets to rely on Mark Sanchez, who has had a decent season but as has been proved time and time again he just isn’t someone who is going to throw a team on his back. Sanchez threw two picks on the game (to be fair one wasn’t his fault) and only got 150 yards through the air. Sanchez also got injured in the game which was part of the reason for his eh day. Although on the play he came out he looked to be holding his arm although it didn’t look like anyone hit it but it did lead to an appearance by 108 year old Mark Brunell.

All that aside, these are flaws that are frustrating to fans but when your team isn’t that great things like this happen. The most egregious poor performance had to have been by Santonio Holmes. Holmes fumbled the ball that led to the 47 yard touchdown return, dropped a ball that floated into Asante Samuel’s hands for an Eagles interception and over all played a crap game. However when Santonio caught a touchdown pass (one of his amazing total of four catches for a whole 40 yards) Mr. Holmes felt like he needed to let everyone know how good he was and how much better the Jets were than the team beating by 18 points. Holmes mocked the Eagles and got a 15 yard taunting penalty tacked on. Really Santonio? You single handedly are responsible for two turnovers that led to 14 Eagles points and you catch a touchdown and feel like you are special. Just sit down and shut up. Celebrate when you’re winning. This is just like the Jets though and it’s no wonder he’s a captain on this team. Just making noise, celebrating the accomplishments they haven’t actually made and yelling to anyone who will listen how great they are.

The Jets can still make the playoffs and probably will but this team isn’t even close to a Super Bowl contender. Normally I would end that sentence with right now implying they can still figure it out this season but when you lose by 20 plus to a fringe playoff contender with tow weeks left you just aren’t a contender.

-Phil

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Jets Finally Flying

It makes sense that Shonn Greene should be the best player on the offense of Gang Green.

It may have taken the majority of the season but it looks like the New York Jets have finally figured out who they are and how to use that to win football games. With a 37-10 beat down over Kansas City on Sunday the Jets extended their winning streak and pushed their record to 8-5, which would be good enough for a Wild Card berth if the playoffs began tomorrow. Considering they seemed done and destined to go 8-8 three weeks ago, the Jets have certainly showed they can still win.

How have they done that? By getting away from the notion that their offense is something to be reckoned with. Although The Jets put up 37 points in yesterdays win they managed only 314 yards. However the defense dominated the Chiefs (not too hard since the quarterback they were facing hasn’t played a good game since he was tossing footballs against Rutgers but still) holding them to only 221 total yards. Throughout the game it never really looked like the Chiefs could ever get any momentum. They would come out, run three plays and then the Jets would be back ready to receive the punt. That’s what happens when you go two for 12 on third down. The Jets never let Palko rest sacking him five times and keeping his completion percentage low. Fifty percent is a great field goal percentage in basketball but unfortunately the NBA doesn’t begin for another two weeks. The Chiefs have been up and down for most of

A litte turbulence through the first half but the Jets are starting to fly.

the year and yesterday another AFC East team slammed them down in brutal finality.

The Jets defense did have a negative on the day losing starting safety Jim Leonhard to a knee injury for the year. Leonhard had an interception in the game and has often been credited with being a vital part of the Jets defense but it didn’t seem to affect them too much yesterday.

On the offensive side the Jets continued their epiphany that Mark Sanchez is not someone who is going to throw the offense on his back and rack up the yards and points. The Sanchize was returned to his previous position of game manager. Sanchez threw two touchdowns , a four yard pass to Santonio Holmes and a 19 yard screen pass to LaDanian Tomlinson. That’s what Sanchez needs to do, rely on the weapons he has around him. Other than the touchdown passes Sanchez had a mediocre game going 13 for 21 and 181 yards. Those stats don’t leap off the page, but they don’t have to. One weapon that went off and looks to be reclaiming the feature back role with authority was Shonn Greene. Greene basically was the offense yesterday touching the ball 27 times for 187 yards ( 129 rushing, 58 receiving) and a touchdown. Greene ran hard and the Chiefs were never able to bring him down on the first hit.

This team sounds very similar to some other Jets teams from the past. You know the ones that went to the AFC title game two years in a row? The team that went on the road and knocked off Indy and New England last year? The Jets were suffering from an identity crisis in the beginning of the year thinking they could start chucking the ball around the field and forgetting the run. That didn’t work but going back to basics looks like it is.

-Phil

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Slow Starters Finish Fine

Sanchez and the Jets are lining 'em up and knockin' 'em down.

New York Jets 34 Washington Redskins 19

As the third quarter of the regular season came to a close the New York Jets got an easy road layup as they took on the terrible Washington Red Skins and pulled away in the final minutes 34-19.

In typical Jets fashion this season the defense was dominant, outside of the ‘Skins first two possessions, and waited for the offense to catch up. Behind some explosive plays from Fred Davis and rookie Roy Helu running the ball, Washington took a three point lead into the half. In the second half Rex Grossman and company had a difficult time moving the ball on the Jets defense. The nail  in the coffin came when former Buffalo Bill bust Aaron Maybin sacked Grossman forcing a fumble that led to a touchdown.

The past two weeks the Jets have rallied behind Mark Sanchez for consecutive fourth quarter comebacks. Gang Green scored three touchdowns including two from this week’s Like a Boss nominee Shonn Greene. (https://seeyouinoctober.wordpress.com/2011/12/05/like-a-boss-week-13/) The rebirth of the running game has allowed Gang Green to return to the ground and pound they were so famous for and allowed Sanchez to make higher percentage throws while still giving him the freedom to make the big plays. In Jet victories Sanchez has 16 touchdowns with only four picks and a completion percentage just below 60. The yardage and completion percentage may not put him on any leader boards, but there is more than one way to win a football game. When it counts the most is when Sanchez shines brightest with his highest QB rating coming in the fourth quarter and an 8-1 TD to INT ratio. He hasn’t made the big mistake (unless it was taking an ill-advised timeout) and is keeping the Jets afloat.

The most exciting thing about this team is probably their schedule in the fourth quarter. The defense has come around and is playing much better than their

Sick catch from Holmes. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

early season woes, but still lack a true shutdown performance outside of the week two contest with Jacksonville. The offense is completely impotent in the first three quarters, but finishes strong. Their final four games come against the Chiefs, Eagles, Giants and Dolphins. Out of those four, the .500 Giants have the best record. The way Rex and his boys are playing right now they look like a team that can defeat inferior opponents. While catching New England seems unlikely with their cupcake schedule, the wildcard is very possible.

The Jets seem to get more comfortable when their backs are against the wall and with improved play all around they may be peaking at the right time. Super Bowl aspirations may seem far fetched, but the first step towards fulfilling Rex’s annual guarantee is to make it to the dance. All the top teams in the AFC have embarrassing losses, so it is tough to pick a clear cut favorite, but the Jets certainly aren’t even in the discussion. However, I don’t think that teams will want to play them. The offensive line is much better than before and with the ground game clicking they will be able to control the clock and keep potent offenses like that of New England off the field.

-Erik

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Like A Boss- Week 13

The Giants and Bills both came so close but with both falling in close ones yet again the Jets and Patriots will face off for this weeks Like A Boss award. For the record if the Giants had taken down the still undefeated Packers I’m not sure how anyone could have taken the award from the G-Men. As it is the Patriots and Jets will continue their rivalry in the Like A Boss award rankings, since the Patriots have made it clear that the Jets are no longer competing for the AFC East title with them.

Here are this weeks nominations:

1. Shonn Greene- With LaDanian Tomlinson continuing to put up pathetic numbers (1 rush 5 yards) the Jets have begun to rely on Greene even more. Greene ran the ball 22 times on Sunday for 88 yards. No one else on the team had more than one rush. Well the man with the weirdest spelling of Sean I have ever seen was definitely successful running all over the Redskins when it counts, near the end zone. Greene ran for three touchdowns on the day sparking the Jets offense to a 34-19 victory.

2. Rob Gronkowski- To be honest Gronkowski put up a pretty average game for him this week. Unfortunately for the rest of the league Gronk’s average is better than most people’s superlative. Gronk continues to put together one of the best season by a tight end in recent memory and perhaps ever. Gronk caught five balls for 64 yards and caught two touchdowns. He didn’t stop there though also collecting a rushing touchdown. That puts his total at 13 for the season which is a record for a single season for tight ends. All this kid knows how to do is score points

Honorable mention- It might not be an actual nomination but Wes Welker continued his phenomenal season with an 11 catch and 110 yard performance. If he had a nose for the end zone like Gronk maybe he might have grabbed the nom. I have a feeling Welker will be asking Tom Brady to get it to him more in the red zone as we all know how coveted the LAB award is.

And the award goes to…

Rob Gronkowski!!!! He piles up the points and piles up the imaginary hardware as well. In a week in which Shonn Greene scored three touchdowns Gronkowski still stood out more by matcheing him in total touchdowns and in doing so setting an NFL record. Gronk also showed that he isn’t impressed by rushing touchdowns racking one up himself. At some point we may have to just change this awards name to the Like A Gronk award.

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