These Jets excuses are getting so tired

These Jets excuses are getting so tired

The Jets opened the season with a thud on Sunday, losing 24-9 to the Ravens to start the year 0-1 for the fourth consecutive season. Here are some thoughts and observations on the game:

1. It has become so tiring to listen to Jets teams after losses like this explain things. If that happened…it would be better. If we haven’t given up on long passes, the game is tight. If we didn’t return the ball, things would be different. These things are true, but guess what? You made those mistakes. There will be 16 teams this week (maybe 17 with the Colts-Texans tie) explaining why they didn’t win. Every team that loses in the NFL can point out two or three things that didn’t go well and that’s why they lost.

It’s year after year that the Jets talk about “self-inflicted injuries” or “we shot ourselves in the foot.” The day I won’t hear those phrases in their post-game locker room is the day I’ll know this team has truly turned the corner.

Sunday’s game had the familiar feel of years past. They held on for a while but never felt like they were going to win the game and eventually the better team took over.

Jets head coach Robert Saleh on the sidelines during the Jets’ loss to the Ravens on September 11, 2022.
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The other thing I’m sick of hearing from the Jets is that it’s not the same team as before. Prove it. Stop saying how good you can be and…be good. You can review the rotating cast of characters who have been with the Jets for the past seven years and have told everyone this team is better than their performance. Sufficient. It’s time to prove it.

And when I say prove it, I don’t mean they have to win every game. But they must be competitive. The offense must have a pulse. There have been too many games like the one on Sunday around here. Nobody expects the 2022 Jets to go to the Super Bowl and they shouldn’t expect them to go to the playoffs. But they should be able to be in the game in the fourth quarter and not drop 21 points.

No more excuses.

2. Now that I’ve got that on my chest, I’m going to give the Jets the benefit of a bit of a step back that we don’t have yet. The tricky part of rating Week 1 games is that we have no idea how good anyone is. Are the Ravens a 12-win team, a nine-win team, a seven-win team? We don’t know and therefore don’t have full hindsight on Sunday’s match.

I don’t think the Ravens played particularly well, but they have a really good quarterback who made big plays when the team needed him.

Last year the Jets lost to the Panthers in Week 1 and Carolina started 3-0. People thought the Panthers might be a good team and the Week 1 loss for the Jets didn’t look too bad. Then the wheels went down in Carolina and that loss didn’t look so good.

We’ll see what happens with Baltimore, but we could go back to Sunday’s game and say of course the Jets were dominated by the Ravens because they’re one of the best teams in the league and the Jets were playing with their backup quarterback.

3. I was interested in using rookie receiver Garrett Wilson. It took the Jets a while to get Wilson in the game, then a few plays into the game he had an impact play where he caught a short pass along the sideline, made miss several Ravens and nearly made it on a first down. Then he disappeared.

Garrett Wilson escapes Ravens defenders after a hold.
Garrett Wilson escapes Ravens defenders after a hold.
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Why take him out of the game when it’s clear he can play? That tells me the Jets coaches don’t trust him yet. Wilson only played six snaps in the first half. He ended up playing 41, but that’s because the Jets largely went four wide receivers in the second half while trailing.

Here’s the thing: Wilson probably needs more time to learn the offense and the details of being a pro receiver, but he can shake things up with the ball in his hands and the Jets don’t have enough of those. guys.

I think if you’re the coaches of the Jets, you have to play Wilson and live with the growing pains. If he makes a few mistakes, but breaks one during a long game, you can live with that. He’s a playmaker. Play him.

4. The offensive line has been a concern for the past month and those fears seemed valid on Sunday. This group just didn’t have enough time to work together. Left tackle George Fant was rebounded left to right and back to left. Left guard Laken Tomlinson joined the Jets in March as a free agent. Right guard Alijah Vera-Tucker has moved from left guard to right guard. Right tackle Max Mitchell is a fourth-round rookie pick the Jets never thought they’d have to play, no matter how early this season. Mitchell is essentially their third-string tackle with injuries to Mekhi Becton and Duane Brown forcing him into the lineup.

The line should improve, but they need time together and they need receivers to open up so Flacco or whoever plays quarterback can get the ball out quickly.

Joe Flacco attempts a pass against the Ravens
Joe Flacco attempts a pass against the Ravens
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Revealing statistics

QB Joe Flacco had 59 passing attempts. It’s not a winning formula for the Jets. He is the eighth player in Jets history to attempt at least 59 passes.

Here is the list :

Last name TO. Date Results
1 Vinny Testaverde 69 December 24, 2000 to Ravens, L 34-20
2 Vinny Testaverde 63 December 6, 1998 Seahawks, W 32-31
3. Joe Namath 62 October 18, 1970 Foals, L 29-22
T4. Joe Namath 60 December 3, 1967 Broncos, L 33-24
T4. Richard Todd 60 September 21, 1980 49ers, L 37-27
T6. Vinny Testaverde 59 October 23, 2000 Dolphins, W 40-37 (OT)
T6. Mark Sanchez 59 December 24, 2011 Giants, L 29-14
T6. Joe Flacco 59 September 11, 2022 Ravens, L 24-9

Surprising number of shots

TE CJ Uzomah only played 23 out of 84 snaps (27%) while fellow TE Tyler Conklin played 77 snaps. Uzomah was a big free agent pick-up by the Jets. Why use it so little?

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CB DJ Reed played a good game. He didn’t give up any reception and had an interception. He revealed to CBS after the game that he ran into midfield after the pick to pay tribute to his late father.

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