Posted on: February 11, 2009 11:55 am

Brett Favre Retires...........Again

So the news just broke that Brett Favre has decided to hang it up for the 2nd time in two years.  This being said, let me be one of the many fans to say thanks for the memories.  Favre has had an amazing career since 1992 and has left Jets fans with a season of memories, both good and bad.

Favre was traded to the Jets from the Green Bay Packers back in August and brought with him a cannon for an arm and a breath of hope for Jets fans.  And we Jets fans were excited.  It was evident at the first practice that Favre attended.  About 10,000 fans showed up to see the Jets latest acquisition.  The Jets have always been known as a franchise that was 2nd fiddle in their own city.  So the acquisition of Brett was just what the franchise needed.  The Jets were all over the pack pages of the papers all the way until week 1 of the season.

It was not easy for Favre in the beginning.  There were some major bumps in the road during the first month of the season.  It took a while before Favre was able to really get a grasp of the playbook.  That was evident by the Jets 3-3 start of the season.  New York had a rough time establishing whether they would be a running or a passing team. 

The season took a turn after Favre threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown against the Chiefs late in the 4th quarter back in October.  With about 2 minutes remaining, Favre led the Jets down the field and hit Laveranues Coles with the game winning touchdown.  After that the Jets took off.  The won the next two games against the Bills and Rams to improve to 6-3 before heading up to New England with first place on the line against the Patriots

The Jets owned the 1st half of that game and the Patriots owned the 2nd.  Favre owned overtime.  On the 1st possession of the OT, the Jets received and Favre went to work.  He led the Jets down the field by hitting Dustin Keller on a few key 3rd downs.  That set up the game winning field goal, which led the Jets to sole possession of 1st place in the AFC East.

The old gun slinger then led the Jets to Tennessee to face the 10-0 Titans.  All he did was throw for 224 yards and 2 touchdowns, while leading the Jets to a 34-13 rout of the previously undefeated Titans.  He had the Jets flying high and on a 5 game winning streak where it looked like they could do no wrong at 8-3.  Then the "old" Brett got old in a hurry.

Over the next five weeks the Jets went 1-4 and should have gone 0-5.  The defense could not stop the run, the running game was slowed and Favre was way off.  Over that span Favre threw 2 touchdowns and 9 interceptions.  The Jets who were once 8-3 finished the season 9-7 and out of the playoffs. 

I still believe that the Favre trade was the right move for the Jets.  He brought hope to a franchise that always seemed stuck in the middle of the road.  Finally, the Jets had some juice in New York, the type of juice that the Giants and Yankees usually occupy.  Now the Jets will move on with their new coach Rex Ryan and have to find a new quarterback.  They seem not to be sold on Kellen Clemens and there is not much available on the free agent market this year.  The draft may not be an option either, as the Jets will be drafting around #20.  So we see what happens from here.  The one good thing about Favre retiring is that the Jets, who with Brett are $5 million over the cap, now save $13 million and will be $8 million under the cap.  Thanks for the memories Brett Favre.  Even though we only got to see you live in NY for 16 games, it was worth it.

Posted on: January 20, 2009 5:24 pm

Jets Offseason Report: Rex Ryan Hiring

So the New York Jets have their new head coach, Rex Ryan.  The Jets were able to lure the defensive guru away from the Baltimore Ravens, where he has been for the past 10 years.  New York offered Ryan a 4 year deal worth about 11 million dollars.  He now takes over a Jets defense that was all over the map in 2008.

The Jets pass defense was the team's achilles heal all throughout the 2008 season.  They ranked 29th in the league in passing yards against, giving up 235 yards per game in the air.  A very odd stat considering you have Kerry Rhodes and Darelle Revis in the secondary.  This is an area that needs to be addressed for the Jets to be successful in 2009. 

The Jets defensive line was very successful for the first 11 games of the season.  With Kris Jenkins leading the 3-4 defense, the Jets were ranked in the top 4 in the NFL throughout the first 11 games, surrendering about 78 yards per game on the ground.  During that same time period, they did not allow a rusher to top the 100 yard mark.  Over the final 5 games, the Jets allowed three 100 yard rushers and the other 2 games; they allowed over 100 total yards to multiple rushers.  The defensive line just seemed to be tired and worn down at the end of the season.

We all have seen what the Ravens defense has done over the past 10 years.  They always seem to be ranked near the top of the league, especially against the run.  Baltimore has always seemed to have very talented players on their defense, including Ray Lewis, Ed Reed and Terrell Suggs to name a few.  The question is:  Is Ryan that good of a defense guru?  Or is he only as talented as the players he is coaching?  I personally would like to see Ryan call a lot of the defensive plays, but we shall see what the Jets do about hiring a defensive coordinator. 

In January 2006, the Jets hired the Patriots defensive coordinator Eric Mangini as their head coach after seeing what he did with a beat up defense in New England.  As we all saw, one year as a defensive coordinator was obviously not enough to lead a defensively challenged team such as the Jets.  Ryan has been the Ravens defensive coordinator for the past four years and was a defensive assistant for the six years previous to that.  He has been on a Super Bowl winning team, a team that won a division once and a team that made the playoffs 5 times during the past 10 years.  Only time will tell how Ryan fits with the Jets.  And from what we have seen in the past with these Jets, he will have his hands full.

Posted on: November 20, 2008 2:15 pm
Edited on: November 20, 2008 2:56 pm

Jets v. Titans: Week 12 (Melee in Music City)

With the Jets still riding high after their huge win against the Patriots last week, they now head down to Tennessee to take on the undefeated Titans.  Right now the Jets sit alone on top in the AFC East, but they are well aware that if they do not show up against the Titans, they will be back in a tie for first in their division.  On paper the Jets seem to match up well with the Titans, so I do not see this game being a blow out for either team.  But it will be fun to watch, that's for sure.

One of the main keys for the Jets is for Brett Favre to keep playing smart.  He has only thrown 1 interception in the past three games.  He has been able to manage games efficiently without putting the Jets in any bad situations.  Favre has found a new favorite target the past 2 weeks to get the ball to, Dustin Keller.  The rookie tight end has finally become what the Jets thought they were getting when they took him in the first round of the 2008 draft.  Against the Rams two weeks ago, Keller had 6 receptions for 107 yards.  Last week against the Patriots he had 8 more catches for 87 yards.  With him emerging as a down field threat, defenses will have to adjust which could leave either Jerricho Cotchery or Laveranues Coles in man coverage.  And if that is the case, Favre should be able to see this and expose it. 

With every passing week, the Jets offensive line keeps improving.  Thomas Jones was able to get another 100 yard game last week, gaining 104 yards on 30 carries against New England.  He has become the Jets workhorse over the past month.  He still is the leading rusher in the AFC with 854 yards on the ground.  He also has 8 touchdowns over the past six games.  This week will be a lot tougher for Jones to have a big game.  The Titans are a very physical team and they have big Albert Haynesworth plugging up the middle of their defensive line.  Haynesworth is having an MVP type season for Tennessee with 7 sacks and 2 forced fumbles.  They will be tough to run against, but they do give up almost 100 yards on the ground per game.  I'm not saying the Jets will gain 100 yards on the ground, but I do think they can get close to that number if Favre can get the passing game going.

With the exception of Matt Cassel gaining 62 yards rushing last week, the Jets still have the 4th best rushing defense in the NFL.  They were able to limit four other of the Patriots running backs to a total of 63 yards on the ground.  Kris Jenkins, who is also a candidate for defensive MVP, is having a stellar season anchoring the line for the Jets.  He may not have as many stats as Haynesworth, but what he has done for the Jets run defense has been remarkable.  And with him having the season he is having, it has allowed Shaun Ellis to have his best season in the past 4 years for the Jets.  He currently leads the team with 7 sacks.  They will have their work cut out for them with the Titans running game.  Led by Chris Johnson and LenDale White, the Titans rush for about 133 yards per game.  Johnson leads the way with 787 yards rushing and White has pounded his way to 11 touchdowns so far.  I believe the Jets run defense matches up well with the Titans running game.  If they are able to keep them under 100 yards and not control the clock, then they just have to deal with Kerry Collins and the passing game.

This is where the Jets may run into a problem.  The Jets passing defense has been up and down all season.  One week they look great, as they did against the Rams two weeks ago.  And the next week they look horrible, as they did against the Patriots last week.  Letting Matt Cassel throw for 400 yards in the air, most of that in the second half of the game.  And Collins, as we have seen the past two weeks, is more than capable of leading the Titans to a win through the air.  They went down early last week to the Jaguars 14-3, only to have Collins throw for three touchdowns and lead the Titans to a 24-14 win in Jacksonville.  Collins does not make mistakes, with only 4 interceptions on the season, and will not hurt the team with bad throws.  The Titans are a run first team and they only seem to rely on the pass when they need to.  Last week the Jets welcomed back Ty Law and he did a very good job on Randy Moss.  Considering it was his first game action in 11 months, I'd say he was up to the task.  With Darrelle Revis most likely matched up with Justin Gage, that means the Jets linebackers and safety's need to watch out for the Titans tight end Bo Scaife.  He leads the team in receptions and yards.  This will be tough for New York, who is still missing David Harris, but Kerry Rhodes has played a lot better as of late and should be on him for a good portion of the game.

I really think the Jets can win this game.  Basically, Favre has to limit his mistakes to pretty much zero and the pass defense has to show up.  If they play they way they did against the Rams and Bills, then I think the Jets will win.  The run defense will play the way they have been all year and the running game should be able to eat up enough clock in the second half to be able to grab a win.  The field position the Jets are given by Leon Washington will also be a big factor.  Every time he touches the ball, he has the ability to make something big happen.  I think the Jets win a close one 21-17, with the Jets making a big defensive stand late in the game.

Posted on: October 9, 2008 12:33 pm
Edited on: October 9, 2008 12:37 pm

Jets v. Bengals: Week 6 Preview

<p>Welcome back Jets fans.  The Jets are back from the bye week after beating down the Arizona Cardinals for 56 points 2 weeks ago.  We are basically right where we figured we would be when the season started, 2-2 coming out of the bye week.  Now the question is, do the Jets take off from here?  NY headed into the bye week with an offensive explosion courtesy of Brett Favre throwing for a career high 6 touchdowns, tying the Jets record held by Joe Namath.  With all that being said the Jets opportunity to make a dent in the AFC starts now.  The 0-5 Cincinnati Bengals come rolling into town this week.  They are very banged up at the moment, but they did give the Cowboys a scare last week.  The Jets can not take this game lightly.</p>

<p>First off the Bengals are banged up.  Carson Palmer hurt his elbow against the Giants 3 weeks ago.  Sat out the next week, and then was on limited practice leading up to the game in Dallas last week.  He played and played well (217 yards 2 TD's).  Overall though, he is not having a typical Palmer season.  3 TD's, 4 picks and a QB rating of 69 are not the numbers we've some to expect from Carson Palmer over the last few years.  The running game for the Bengals has been average.  Chris Perry is the leading rusher on the season with 239 yards on 85 carries.  That is just 2.8 YPC.  The receiving corps have not been lighting it up with the exception of T.J. Houshmandzadeh.  He has 31 receptions through 5 games for 351 yards.  Chad Johnson has really been a non factor with the bad shoulder.  I'd say he is more of a decoy right now but teams are realizing that the shoulder may be bothering him more then he leads on.</p>

<p>I would expect the Jets to have a good ground attack this week.  The Bengals have the 4th worst rushing defense in the league giving up 171 YPG.  Thomas Jones has been solid running the ball so far and should have a big game on Sunday.  This is how the Jets need to attack the Bengals right now because oddly enough the Bengals have the 6th ranked passing defense in the NFL, giving up 167 YPG.  If the running game is solid on Sunday then I expect Favre to have good numbers and manage the game effectively.  I see him with something around 230 yards and 2 TD's.  The passing game has been really improving with each passing week.  And i'm sure more progress was made during the bye week.  Favre is hooking up with Coles and Cotchery with more regularity and finally Dustin Keller has been more involved in the offense.  This week though, we need Thomas Jones to pound the ball all day.</p>

<p>As for the defense, it's a two headed monster at this point.  The run defense is ranked 5th in the NFL, giving up 75 YPG (thank you Kris Jenkins).  He is one of the main reasons for this improvement from last season.  Along with Calvin Pace, who had his best game so far this season against the Cardinals.  Then there is the passing defense.  Which ranks 2nd to last, giving up 265 YPG.  This had to be addressed during the bye week.  If the Jets are going to go anywhere this season this has to be fixed ASAP.  Based on the stats so far I think that David Barrett should replace Eric Smith this week while he serving his suspension.  Either way, the secondary has to be on the Bengals WR's like glue this week.  </p>

<p>The Bengals gave the Cowboys a scare last week, but they are still 0-5 and not a very good "Team" right now.  The Jets need to pound the ball with the run and blitz Palmer a lot so he can not get the ball to T.J. or Ocho Cinco.  Jets take this one on Sunday 31-17 and head off to Oakland at 3-2.  It sould be a good week in the NFL as usual.</p>

Posted on: September 30, 2008 12:30 pm

Jets v. Cardinals: Week 4 Recap

Welcome to New York Brett Favre.  I guess there are no more questions about the offense.  That is what we've all been waiting for Jets fans.  I'm sure we all figured we would beat the Cardinals, but putting up 56 points?  Good game for the offense.  Let's start with Favre.  Looks like he has the playbook down pretty good at this point.  He was 24-34 for 289 yards and completed passes to eight different receivers.  Looks like Laveranues Coles is passing Jericho Cotchery as Favre's favorite target.  Coles had 8 catches for 105 yards and 3 scores (first time in his career).  All 3 of the Jets tight ends (Keller, Baker and Franks) had catches in the game.  The running game looked good as well.  Thomas Jones and Leon Washington ran for a combined 72 yards.  This freed up the recievers in the passing game.  And you know Favre will find the open receiver almost every time.  Other than the pick that Favre threw in the 1st quarter, off his back foot and across the field, he managed the game very well.  Congratulations to Brett on throwing 6 TD's in a game for the first time in his career.

There were 2 sides to the defense in this game.  The 1st half defense (which shut out the Cardinals) and the 2nd half defense (which gave up 35 points to them).  The first half defense was almost perfect.  Causing Kurt Warner to fumble 3 times and throw 2 interceptions, one returned for a touchdown.  The defense kept Warner to 100 yards in the first half.  And the run defense shut down the Cardinals running game the whole afternoon (15 attempts for 42 yards).  The Kris Jenkins trade is turning out to be a great move for Gang Green.  He is a monster up the middle against the run.  He also broke through the line in the 1st quarter to block a field goal attempt.  Calvin Pace also had a big game.  4 solo tackles and caused a fumble that he recovered.  I know its only week 4, but the Jets have the 4th best rushing defense in the NFL, giving up about 75 yards a game.  The passing game was great in the 1st half.  They were missing in the second half.  With the lack of a running game, Warner threw the ball 57 times completing 42 passes.  The 100 yards in the first half turned into 372 yards in the 2nd.  I know the Cardinals have good receivers, but was it that or the defense not getting good reads.  Either way they were torched in the 3rd and 4th quarter.  The Cardinals ended up with three 120 yard receivers.  This must be addressed during the bye week this week. 

So the Jets head into the bye week at 2-2 with a "soft" schedule for the next 3 weeks after that.  They get the Bengals at home, the Raiders on the road and the Chiefs at home.  If the Jets want to make the playoffs, they have to win these games.  Buffalo is the next game after the Chiefs game, and they are showing no signs of letting up.  Other than the passing defense in the second half on Sunday, the Jets played a very good game.  With an extra week of practice this week, Favre should have the playbook down for the rest of the season.  If they keep this kind of scoring up, it could be a good year for Gang Green.

Category: NFL
Tags: Cardinals, Jets, NFL
Posted on: September 26, 2008 1:17 pm

Jets v. Cardinals....A Must Win???

Well just as everyone predicted, the Jets are 1-2 after the first 3 weeks.  No one predicted that Tom Brady would have missed the Patriots game and the Jets should be 2-1, but that's over now.  They are 1-2 with the 2-1 Arizona Cardinals coming into the Meadowlands on Sunday.  It may be a little to early to say it's a must win game, but it kind of is.  If the Jets win, the will head into the bye week at 2-2 with a pretty soft schedule until the second week of November. 

Brett Favre seems to be getting the playbook down a little better as the weeks pass.  He did throw 2 picks (and should have had 4) but he did throw 3 td's and did complete 30 passes.  He hooked up more with Coles on Monday night, so that is a positive sign.  Another good thing for Gang Green is that Dustin Keller was more involved in the offense last week.  He did grab 4 catches for 41 yards and was thrown to about 7 or 8 times in the game.  The special teams, led by Leon Washington, looked very good as well. 

The key for the defense is the run blocking.  If Kris Jenkins is not playing or is limited, then the run defense will not be sharp.  The Chargers were able to run the ball effectively on Monday night after Jenkins left the game.  Edgerrin James is on the down side of his career, but is still capable of breaking off 100 yards in a game.  And if Arizona is able to establish the run, then Boldin and Fitzgerald will end up having huge games.  Warner can still throw the deep ball effectively and will find the 2 tall receivers down the field.

The bottom line for the Jets is stopping the run.  If they can do that, then they should be able to keep Warner and the passing game somewhat in check.  The offense broke out last week putting up 29 points on the Chargers.  So that should not be a problem.  Jenkins should be playing so this is doable for the Jets.  I think the Jets pull out the game, something like 28-17.
Category: NFL
Tags: Cardinals, Jets, NFL
Posted on: September 23, 2008 11:27 am

Jets v. Chargers: Week 3 Recap

It was a tough loss for the Jets last night in San Diego.  The game started off good with a David Barrett interception that went for a touchdown.  Then it all slowly unraveled after that.  Brett Favre was off target early in the game and the Chargers line had constant pressure on him all night.  Favre threw 2 int's and should have thrown 4.  Antonio Cromartie, who was on tight man coverage on Laveranues Coles, made a very nice pick in the first quarter, taking the ball away from Coles on a deflection and took it to the house.  After a Leon Washington return down to the Chargers 5 yard line, Favre hooked up with Coles for the first time this season to get the Jets within 3 points.  Then for some reason Mangini called for an onside kick, which the Chargers recovered and they were in very good field position at about the Jets 45 yard line.  A few plays later, Rivers hit the open man up the middle for a wide open touchdown and the Chargers never looked back.  31-14 at the half.  Favre got two late touchdowns but the Jets were never really in the game in the second half. 

The Jets defense never got it going last night and the Chargers took full advantage.  Rivers was hitting any open man he could find and the receivers were all having good runs after the catch.  The defense also gave up over a hundred rushing yards to San Diego, which was a result of Kris Jenkins leaving the game in the first half and not returning.  With that, San Diego kept to the run in the second half.  Overall, the defense was very poor last night, giving up way too many big plays.  That has to cut down in a hurry with the Cardinals coming to town next week and all the weapons that they have on offense.

There were a few bright spots for the Jets though.  Dustin Keller finally got involved in the offense with 4 catches for 41 yards and a touchdown.  Favre also seems to be on the same page with Coles now as well (6 catches for 71 yards and a TD).  Cotchery had another solid game with 10 catches.  Favre also had 30 completions, so he is starting to get the playbook down, but still needs work.  Leon Washington had another good game on special teams with that big return in the 1st quarter and the rest of the special teams looked good as well.  Even with the Jets upcoming "soft" schedule, next week is starting to look more like a must win.  They do not want to go into the bye week at 1-3.

Category: NFL
Tags: Chargers, Jets, NFL
Posted on: September 19, 2008 2:52 pm

Jets v. Chargers..Monday Night Football

Week 3 is coming up for Gang Green, and this is a tough one to call.  First off is the offense.  Hopefully Mangini and Shotty got a wake up call last week v. the Patriots and will let Brett Favre air it out a little this week.  The Chargers have one of the worst secondary's in the NFL, so Favre should have a field day.  The Jets should also be able to run a little with Merriman not being in the box.  As long as they establish a running game then that should free Favre up for some solid play action snaps.  Dustin Keller needs to be more involved this week and show why the Jets drafted him in the first round.  He has 1 catch for 19 yards in 2 games.  That being said, the Jets should use more 3 & 4 receiver sets this week to take advantage of San Diego's secondary.  Chansi Stucky has emerged as one of Favre's favorite targets.  Or maybe he is just in the right place at the right time.  But either way he is the Jets number 3 receiver at this point.  Coles and Favre seemed to have gotten a little rhythm going on Sunday and I see that only getting better as the season moves on.

So far through the first 2 weeks, the running game has been solid (except for not being able to score on 3 straight attempts on the goal line v. New England).  The new additions on the offensive have been paying off.  Thomas Jones has 171 yards rushing so far and Leon Washington is always a threat to catch a pass in the flat and run with it.  Chris Baker has been off to a good start too (happy with his new contract).  San Diego has a solid front seven, so I see the running game looking something like 28 carries and about 80 yards.

As for San Diego, they are a very good team that can easily be 2-0 right now if not for two last second loses to Carolina and Denver.  They should be at least be 1-1 after the blown call by the ref last week.  Either way, they are a very angry club right now and this game is a must win for them.  They have 0-3 staring them in the face so I expect them to be pumped up for the game on Monday.  I'm sure they will try to get a quick score on the board to try to set the tone.  If the Jets can score first and march down the field with the passing game, they may be able to take the crowd out of it early.  Going into week 3, Favre should have a better grasp of the playbook.  So expect to see a wider selection of passing plays in this game.  Bottom line is that Brett Favre is your quarterback and you need to get this passing game going.  This is not Chad Pennington back there.  And this is the perfect opportunity to get the passing game rolling.  If the Jets do that, they can win this game.  If not, and have to rely on the run, this game could get out of hand early.

Category: NFL
Tags: Chargers, Jets, NFL
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