The New York Jets blew a second half 28-14 lead in their loss this week to the Miami Dolphins. The first half was a much better showing on both sides of the ball, with the fourth quarter being an utter disaster. The defense could not make a stop in the fourth quarter, and likely would have lost in a less heartbreaking fashion if not for a big sack by Demario Davis on the Dolphins penultimate drive. This game was a mixed bag for a lot of players and leaves the Jets at 3-4 heading into a week eight battle with the reigning NFC Champion Atlanta Falcons.
Jamal Adams had struggled in the two previous games for the Jets, but came through with a few very big plays in this one. His best play of the game was a batted ball near the line of scrimmage that resulted in an interception for Muhammad Wilkerson. Adams was all over the field on Sunday and remains a very promising player. Adams has the talent and brain to become one of the top safeties in the NFL very quickly. He plays all over the field on defense, and seemingly has the ability to excel at all of them.
The Jets rookie safety tandem really showed up in the one, minus a few plays. Maye came up with a big, and very easy, interception against Matt Moore. Maye has been a sound player and has looked like a veteran in center field. The Jets hit a homer with the Marcus Maye pick as he just keeps playing well and improving week to week in his rookie season. Maye and Adams have brought a true winning culture to this team, which has been a big reason for the team’s surprisingly solid start to the season.
LB Darron Lee
This was not a perfect game from Lee at all. He made some mistakes, and seemed to be tired down the stretch. Nevertheless, Lee is a winner in my book. Darron Lee has made great strides since his rookie season, and even since the beginning of this season. He led the team with 11 tackles, including two for a loss. Lee was definitely noticed for a few mistakes yesterday, but he kept flashing on my screen in a good way too.
RB Bilal Powell
The Jets coaches are finally starting to realize that Bilal Powell is the best player on this offense. Powell led the team in carries and rushing yards with nine carries for 43 yards, and added two receptions for 20 yards. Powell looked great on Sunday and the Jets need to make him more of a focal point on offense. Matt Forte also had a very good game this week rushing for 41 yards on 7 carries, and adding five receptions for 41 yards, making him the Jets leading receiver for the day. The Jets running back tandem has looked good the last few weeks and the Jets need to be more committed to the run game. To only run the ball 19 times in a game in which you led by 14 points and then lose is a very bad look. If you’re going to throw the ball when up to try to blow the game open, it better work, because you cannot afford to blow 14 point second half leads, especially against division rivals. Had the Jets held on, the 4-3 start may have been enough to take Todd Bowles off the hot seat for the rest of the year, however, the choke in this game keeps him firmly planted there.
Buster Skrine was terrible on Sunday, and is the likely the biggest reason for the loss. He was targeted eight times by the Dolphins quarterbacks and allowed eight receptions for 122 yards, three touchdowns and a 158.3 passer rating. He also had three big penalties. Skrine should have been benched for literally any other corner on the roster yesterday, and failing to do so sets a bad precedent. The Jets have tried to set a culture in which the best players will play, and you will be held accountable for mistakes. Apparently that doesn’t count if you’re a highly paid player like Buster Skrine.
QB Josh McCown
Games like this one prove why the box score statistics really do not matter. Josh McCown had a good day statistically. Four touchdowns (one rushing and three passing), one turnover, and 209 on 63% yards seems like a pretty good day for a Jets quarterback. Josh McCown lost this game for the Jets. The Jets had the ball with under a minute left in a tie football game. They (wisely) decided to try to get into field goal range, as the defense couldn’t stop anything at that point in the game. Somehow, on first down on his own 15 yard line, Josh McCown made a throw that not even a walk-on freshman college quarterback would make. He threw the ball right to the defender and handed the Dolphins the game. The Jets brought in McCown to be a veteran game-manager that wouldn’t lose them football games, but he has been making boneheaded decisions like this one all year. This one finally cost the Jets a game. The fact he is making six million dollars is ludicrous and Sunday showed why. Josh McCown is not a good quarterback, and he isn’t a game manager. He is a journeyman veteran quarterback, with a limited arm, who makes terrible decisions on a weekly basis. With the tank on it didn’t matter, but sitting at 3-3, with the possibility of actually putting together a miracle push for the playoffs (which likely wouldn’t have actually occurred), Josh McCown threw it all away in one throw. The Jets now sit at 3-4 due to that decision and the tank is officially back on. The Jets now sit at the number 10 overall pick, and with some good teams coming up on the schedule, maybe the Jets can get themselves back into the top five and land the replacement for Josh McCown.
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