Cromartie's Forgotten Children

September 16, 2010

Offense, Penalties doom Jets in season opener

Filed under: 2010 season — Tags: , , , , , — Erick Judge @ 2:33 pm

Everything about the Jets looked ugly in their 10-9 loss Monday night to the Ravens.

The offense couldn’t get anything going. The defense was undisciplined. My predictions…wrong.

The game started with some trash talking, and the team played like garbage.

Should we start with the offense or the defense? Let’s go offense. I think people who watch football are starting to realize something…Mark Sanchez isn’t very good. One of the big question in the preseason was “will Sanchez go through a sophomore slump?” Well, in order to have a slump, you have to be good your first year. Remember, he threw 12 touchdowns and 20 picks last year. He didn’t have any picks in this game, but he did go 10 for 21 for only 74 yards.

The run game wasn’t really what everyone expected either. While Jets fans are happy about LaDainian Tomlinson, Shonn Greene was a disappointment. He fumbled the ball twice and lost one (the other one luckily went out of bounds). Rex Ryan had apparently seen enough of his fumbling and gave most of the carries to Tomlinson instead. In the preseason, the Jets had a rule where if you fumbled the ball, you got pulled from the game. Greene finished the game with only five carries for 18 yards. Add to all this that Jets were only one for 11 on third down, and it’s no mystery how they couldn’t even score in double digits.

And then the icing on the cake – Dustin Keller not knowing how far he had to go for a first down.

The Jets defense played very well in this game, but in the end the penalties killed them. Cornerbacks Antonio Cromartie and Kyle Wilson were the two main culprits. Cromartie was called for pass interference and three holding penalties. Wilson a holding call on third and 28, which gave the Ravens a first down. Then later in the drive, he got called for interference in the end zone on TJ Houshmandzadeh, which led to the Ravens’ only touchdown. And since Flacco only threw to Revis’s side three times (and don’t expect teams to pick on Revis), Cromartie and Wilson are gonna have work to do.

Braylon Edwards also had a bad penalty, when he ran into the kicker on a field goal attempt which gave the Ravens a first down. Whether or not he actually did enough to knock the kicker over is not the question – the result of the play is all that matters.

If there is a silver lining in this game, it’s that the offense won’t have to go against the Ravens’ defense every game, and the defense only gave up ten points despite all the penalties.

looks like this team could use a gosh darn snack.

P.S. Really, Ines Sainz? Clinton Portis is my hero.

September 12, 2010

Revis Joins Team as Jets Open Season Tomorrow

Filed under: 2010 season — Tags: , , , , , , — Erick Judge @ 11:56 pm

One of the biggest story lines of the preseason finally came to an end earlier this week as All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis finally ended his holdout. The deal is reportedly worth $46 million over four years, with $32 million in guaranteed money. His holdout from training camp lasted for over 35 days. Revis later tweeted his excitement over the new deal.

Now the defense is much stronger (which will happen when you add the best defensive back in the league) going into their Monday night match-up against the Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens added three time pro-bowl WR Anquan Boldin to their roster this offseason, giving them a solid number one option at WR that they have lacked over the past few years. Now that Revis will be covering Boldin, it will be much tougher for he and QB Joe Flacco to get a good passing attack going. And don’t forget Boldin hasn’t really had the best of times while playing against the Jets. Be careful Anquan, Kurt Warner won’t be there to pray for you this time.

*(Bonus Fantasy Spin)*

How frustrating is it for Boldin fantasy owners (*cough* me *cough*)? You draft him in, say, the fourth round, maybe even to be your number one receiver, and now you most likely have to sit him? I would have been fine with this had Revis been with the team all along, but instead he teases us and comes back a week before the game. I can assure you every Boldin owner was praying the holdout would last until after week 1.

An Anquan Boldin fantasy owner

As for the game, these are probably the two hardest-hitting teams in the NFL. The Rex Ryan-Ray Lewis war of words will add even more fuel to the fire. All signs in this one point to an ugly, low scoring game. The Jets had the number one defense in the NFL last year; the Ravens were number three. Where the Jets have an advantage is their secondary. While the Ravens’ secondary is viewed as their Achilles heel, it is the Jets biggest strength. Getting to the quarterback will be difficult for the Jets, but there will be plenty of “coverage sacks” to be had with this secondary.

Rushing yards will be hard to come by for either team, which means the game will fall on the shoulders of…(drum roll please) Mark Sanchez! Yes I’m sure you’ve heard it all before, but if Sanchez can play well then the Jets will be in great position to win this game.

In ugly games like this one, whoever wins the turnover battle usually wins the game. Expect a lot of punts/field position strategery. In the end, I say the Jets pull it off and win 16-10.

Or it could be a shootout. Who really knows? Either way, football is back!!!

September 2, 2010

Jets vs Redskins – Offense Still a Concern

Filed under: Preseason — Tags: , , , , , , — Erick Judge @ 2:10 pm

The Jets’ offense was anything but impressive in their 16-11 loss to the Redskins last weekend.

Mark Sanchez struggled to find his rhythm as he went 13 for 21 for 139 yards with a touchdown and an interception. The touchdown came in the third quarter against the third quarter against the Redskins second team defense. The touchdown ended a streak of ten straight quarters without a TD. Sanchez was picked off by DeAngelo Hall in the red zone in the second quarter on a pass intended for Dustin Keller. Sanchez misread the coverage, thinking it was man-to-man when it was a zone.

The Jets running game looked good in the first half, as Shonn Greene and LaDanian Tomlinson consistently got carries for four or more yards. LT looked like the LT of old instead of an old LT. He had one run of 43 yards where cut back into the hole and exploded into the secondary. He also had a nice run of 15 yards where he was able to change directions and beat a man to get to the outside, something that was rarely seen last year in San Diego.

Despite the successful rushing attack, the Jets struggled on third down and their drives would come to a screeching halt.

The Jets defense was solid was again, with the first teamers allowing only three field goals. However, Calvin Pace broke his foot during the game and likely be out for about 4-6 weeks. Pace is the Jets’ led the team in sacks last year and is their best pass rusher. Earlier in the preseason, he nearly murdered Eli Manning.

When “Hard Knocks” aired later in the week, Head Coach Rex Ryan expressed his disappointment with the team. He said the offense needs to step up, they need leaders on the team, and the defense has to stop being “jackasses”.

If the Jets want to be successful, they have to play an ugly style of football. If they have to run the ball fifty times and win the game 6-3, so be it. Because right now it seems like Sanchez has not improved much since last year. Their defense alone is good enough to get them to the Super bowl, and even more so if Darrelle Revis comes back (did you really think I was going to go the whole post without mentioning Revis?). They should follow the same formula as the 2006 Chicago bears. The offense just needs to manage the game and they will have a chance to win any game they play.

As long as everyone stops being a jackass. I’m gonna go eat a god dang snack.

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