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A Sickly Shade of Green

We,, the Jets blew another one.

 For reasons that defy human understanding, Geno Smith was restored as starting quarterback tonight.  Since Smith seems to be an interception machine who completes more passes to the opponents than his own receivers, Rex Ryan wisely declined to let him throw, and went with an old-fashioned ground-and-pound running game to shove the ball down Miami's throat.

 It almost worked.  Chris Ivory, Chris Johnson, and Percy Harvin all ran well, Gang Green dominated time of possession and took an early lead, running up huge yardage numbers on the ground.  Since Geno wasn't passing, there were no back-breaking turnovers.  All through the first half, nothing the Dolphins did seemed to stop the Jets' running attack.  Seven men in the box, eight men in the box, nine men in the box...  And the Jets D was shutting down the Dolphin offense too.

 But yards aren't points, and long drives are worthless if they don't end in touchdowns, or at least field goals.  For all the Jets dominance, their lead was never very big.  And in the second half, of course, the wheels came off.  The usually reliable Nick Folk missed two field goals, the Jets D dropped two sure interceptions, there were untimely penalties, breakdowns on special teams... and whenever Geno was called upon to pass, the result was incompletions.  In the final minutes of the game, Miami went ahead.

But there were still almost two minutes left.  The Jets still had a chance.  All they had to do was move into field goal range.  But that mean Geno would have to pass.  The game was on the line, so of course... sack, incompletion, interception.  Game over.

Rex, Rex, Rex, you deserve better.  The good players on the team deserve better.  The fans deserve better.

Geno Smith is a bust.  Michael Vick is done.  Sit them down.


Is he the answer?  Hell, I don't know.  But he's the only other quarterback on the roster besides Vick and Smith, and he sure can't be any worse than what Geno showed last night, or in that Buffalo game I attended when I was in New York.  And if he has even half the guts and smarts and arm of his father, he might even win a few of these last games.

Maybe he doesn't.  Maybe he'll lose them all.  That would tell us something too.  Then we'd know the Jets had no starting-calibre QBs on the roster, and we can try and draft that kid from Oregon next season.



Mike Kessler
Dec. 2nd, 2014 07:57 am (UTC)
GRRM- do you play fantasy? I'm wondering if you still have any hope/interest in the season now that it's gone to crap for the Jets and the Giants... Playoffs start next week!!
Dec. 2nd, 2014 05:17 pm (UTC)
Re: Fantasy?
No, the only fantasy that interests me is the literary sort.
Robert Ferguson
Dec. 3rd, 2014 10:54 pm (UTC)
Re: Fantasy?
A fantasy Fantasy Draft would be interesting.
Dec. 2nd, 2014 11:45 am (UTC)
Kal will have a much more informed take on this, but I am not sure Mariota will fit in well with the Jets.
Dec. 2nd, 2014 01:32 pm (UTC)
Joe Namath looked pretty fit during the awards ceremony last night. Perhaps he could start taking some snaps.
Carl Steigerwald
Dec. 2nd, 2014 02:23 pm (UTC)
Fortune favors the...
It was worth it to wake at 3 in the morning to watch my team get dominated & win--I felt really, really bad for all Jets fans.

Edited at 2014-12-02 02:25 pm (UTC)
Robert Ferguson
Dec. 2nd, 2014 04:11 pm (UTC)
Rex is Done
The guy couldn't coach his way out of a paper bag. He is a blowhard loser.
Dec. 2nd, 2014 05:18 pm (UTC)
Re: Rex is Done
Rex is the best coach the Jets have had since Parcells. But he needs players. Itzik is a disaster at GM.
Ray Feighery
Dec. 2nd, 2014 08:41 pm (UTC)
Re: Rex is Done
I've found myself questioning that a bit. While he's still no Brady Sanchez is doing markedly better in Philly than NY and you would have to think that points towards coaching.

Based on the roster moves the Jets have made and knowing Iztak's pedigree it seems from the outside looking in that there is some Ownership interference with the GM. You can see how well that's worked in Oakland for the last decade.
Robert Ferguson
Dec. 3rd, 2014 10:49 pm (UTC)
Re: Rex is Done
Damning with faint praise... Mangini, Edwards, Groh? Rex is a buffoon. He ruined Sanchez with his coaching and has no clue how to run an offense. Also for being a defensive genius, his team is gashed -- repeatedly. He also mishandled the entire Tebow fiasco.

If the Jets are smart (and I doubt it), they will clean house next year and go hard after Jim Harbaugh.
Dec. 2nd, 2014 04:26 pm (UTC)
I saw a SNL Weekend Update clip a few weeks ago where they said that Geno celebrated his birthday, and his wish was promptly intercepted and run back for a touchdown.

As a Saints fan, I have a great deal of interest in the Jets because our OC is the twin brother of Rex Ryan and I (strangely) really want the Jets to do well, but you're right - Vick IS finished and should have been a while ago, and Geno either needs specific help/instruction, or to be just done. And it may be that on Black Friday, Rex may be unemployed.

Just an opinion from a NFC South girl, but I figured I'd put it out there.
Dec. 2nd, 2014 04:29 pm (UTC)
Not to mention the sadness I feel that all the major sports outlets are saying the Saints will be looking to draft a QB for 2015 because Brees is getting to be in his late 30s and losing his arm strength. I'm a die-hard Brees fan no matter what he does, so this speculation makes me sad.
Fabrizio Pizzolato
Dec. 2nd, 2014 05:06 pm (UTC)
from a dolphin fan
A though game anyway. I think one can enjoy a match even if not well played, when the stakes are (relatively) high. I loved to see my team winning but the Jets did all they can to make things difficult for the Dolphins, even with their current diffiult situation with their rooster, ad this deserves respect, anyway, also, I want to say I consider Rex Ryan a great coach, I do want to see him let (any) team play great football, not in the state he was after the game, forced to apologize for his but also for other ones errors.
Dec. 2nd, 2014 08:19 pm (UTC)
With the emergence of Mark Sanchez as a decent looking QB (over a small sample size, I know, but I can't recall him having a stretch like this in NY), I wonder how much coaching plays into the Jets' QB struggles. Rex is one of the best defensive minds in the game, but he has never had a good passing attack in his tenure as HC.

I guess it's a moot point, since they're going to have a lot of turnover both on the field and on the sidelines this offseason.
Dec. 2nd, 2014 08:51 pm (UTC)
And how about that Mark Sanchez?
Dec. 3rd, 2014 04:29 am (UTC)
How About That Chip Kelly?
Mark Sanchez fits in well with his offense. The Eagles have a clear advantage against most teams when it comes to the oppositions head coach. Chip is one of the more inivative offensive minds in today's NFL.
Stephen Moore Smith III
Dec. 10th, 2014 11:05 pm (UTC)
Re: How About That Chip Kelly?
Sanchez is not a long term, franchise QB. We're (the eagles) not going to win the Super Bowl this year. That's pretty clear. We've been beaten by the cardinals, Green Bay and Seattle. All serious playoff contenders. Additionally, New England is still an excellent team. I'm hoping we'll sneak by the jets, Oakland and other teams high in the draft and trade for a high pick so we can snatch Marcus Mariota a team him up again with his former coach, chip Kelley.
Dec. 4th, 2014 06:30 am (UTC)
not as bad as the thrashing the Chiefs took the last two games. Getting beaten by the worst team in the NFL followed by the best team in our division was reeling.
Stephen Moore Smith III
Dec. 10th, 2014 03:59 am (UTC)
Jets fans have it rough
Yea, you jets Fans have it rough. It's unfortunate.
Mike Kessler
Dec. 11th, 2014 06:00 pm (UTC)
GRRM, as a die hard Jets fan myself- I've got my own strong opinions about Rex.

When he started, he was given every opportunity to build a great program:
He was given his own QB in his first year
He was given a fantastic o-line and a great running game
-Thanks to Mangini era decisions in the draft to take Mangold and D'brick, building the team, rather than going after the flashy player.
He was given a very good defense, headed by Darrelle Revis
-Again, a Mangini era draft pick (at the time admittedly, I thought that Leon Hall would have been the better pick at the time).

Look, I'm not trying to look beyond the fact that he brought us to 2 AFC Championship games. He's had a different approach to coaching, calling Superbowl victories in the preseason. But you can't forget that a lot of that success was on the back of a good defense, a strong running game (both things he added to, but didn't build himself), and a LOT of luck:
- The year we lost to the Colts, we should've never even made the playoffs - The Colts were on their way to a perfect season, In Week 16, Manning was sat and they ended up losing - that loss propelled us into the playoffs.

We went further than we should have those 2 years.. It was a lot of fun and I'm glad he brought the leadership to convince the team that it could do anything...

But his style of coaching also led to a huge mess in the locker room
-Remember the media storm in years 3 and 4?
-Remember the locker room mess with Santonio?
-Remember Tim Tebow?

Izdik was brought in, and we wasted a 2nd round pick on Geno... Effectively giving Rex another fresh QB to win with. He was poorly used and now we're in a worse state than we were before. The only reason he wasn't fired last year was because we beat the Dolphins at the end of the season to end their playoff hopes. It was a stupid moral victory that masked the awful season we had; a season where our record didn't reflect our performance.

Now just look at this season. We've got 2 wins (one of them is vs Oakland). I don't care how bad your offense is, the NFL is full of professional players who should be able to win on Any Given Sunday. Good coaching would have resulted in at least a 5-6 win season. Good coaching would've beat the Vikings last week. It's time for a regime change.

Ok rant over, I really want to understand why you think he's good for us? To me, he's stunting our growth and contributing to the 'same old jets' theme. It's time for him to go...
Dec. 13th, 2014 03:28 pm (UTC)
You should just give up and become a Patriots fan.
I like Rex, but in today's NFL you need a great QB to win. IMO, the ability to develop a young quarterback is the most important skill for a head coach.


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