Pre-Season Game 2 Shows – Jets Can’t HACK it

Christian Hackenberg role this season may just be the one pictured. On sideline with headset on. (photo credit ydr.com)

Christian Hackenberg role this season may just be the one pictured. On sideline with headset on. (photo credit ydr.com)

There are a few assumptions that could be made both prior to kick off and after last night’s game. Right after Coach Bowles announced that Hackenberg and Petty was going to split the game it became clear that McCown is looking to be the starter come week #1. It can also be assumed that the two younger QBs were going to be showcased to see who would be the #2 QB and perhaps who would not even suit up this season. The fact that Hackenberg got the start with the starting offense tells me that Bowles is leaning towards him to be ahead of Petty. This was all prior to the kick off. Once the game began though my thoughts and perhaps Coach Bowles thoughts changed.
Hackenberg (2/6, 14 yards) was drilled on the 3rd play from scrimmage by a blitz from his right side. It not clear if it was a bad read in protection or lack thereof by Bilal Powell who made his pre-season debut, the offensive line or Hackenberg himself. On the play the young QB didn’t even look to his right. He looked to his left, stepped up and then got drilled. Hackenberg over threw a streaking Robbie Anderson, under threw his tight end and finally ran for a first down himself on a broken play. Hackenberg has played 15 offensive drives and has not put one point on the board.

With Optimism Low Team Needs To Figure Out Future

With gloom and doom the outlook can eyes will be on the youngsters (like Jamal Adams) on the team.

With gloom and doom the outlook can eyes will be on the youngsters (like Jamal Adams) on the team.

Since I started following this team back in 1983 I have never see such gloom and doom prior to a season than this one. And let me remind you that in those 34 years we have seen a few 4-12, 5-11, 3-13 and even a 1-15 season. But those teams had some names on them. They had had some talent.  Some of those teams lacked leadership, where others fell into the injury bug, and of course there were those seasons when the team just could not do anything right.  But there was never that feeling that the team would win just a handful of games or less.  But the 2017 NY Jets are being looked at as the worse team in the league.  I read last week where they are not expected to win more than 5 games. Looking at the schedule and the roster and I can understand why these “experts” are calling for us to be getting a top 3 pick in the draft.

Let’s look at this team that come Saturday will be playing at home in front a less than scarce crowd.  The team parted ways with Harriss, Mangold, Revis, Marshall and Decker.  Josh McCown, Bryce Petty and Chris Hackenberg are battling out in camp right now. Honestly, I would love to see how these young guys can do, as we have seen McCown’s career throughout the years. Petty looked average at best last year and Hackenberg never saw any game time in the regular season.  The offensive line is weak and can cause problems for a veteran QB. I cannot even imagine what it would do both physically and mentally to young QBs. The WRs were lean to begin with and they got leaner after the year ending injury to Quincy Enunwa. Robbie Anderson showed some playmaking ability last season, but it will be all on his shoulders as Jalin Marshall will be missing the first 4 games due to a suspension.  In the backfield is Matt Forte and Bilal Powell.  With the young QBs and lack of WRs at this point I can see them getting a lot of touches. On the offense, I think the most important position will be the offensive line.  They will not only be responsible for keeping the QBs clean, but also responsible for opening holes for the RBs.

Therapy or Torture?

Our Jet Room During Christmas Time 2015

Our Jet Room During Christmas Time 2015

Let me start off by saying that the following is not about feeling sorry for myself and other Jet fans.  It is not a pity party nor is it a way to bitch and complain about the team.  The way I am feeling right now it is more about being therapeutic.  It has been a while since I posted an article on the site.  Honestly I wish that I could post at least 2 a week throughout the season but other things get in the way.  After a win it is easy to write something up and after a loss you try to contain the emotions you are feeling so that the article is not just lot of complaints.  But after the loss the team earned yesterday I thought an article was needed.

I do not consider myself to be the biggest and best Jet fan out there.  I know that there are fans of this team that has followed them longer, travel to away games and do things that I may not do as a fan.  But I do consider myself a fan that does not lose a sense of reality with how the team performs or have expectations that exceed what the team is capable of doing.  When the team wins I am happy and look forward to seeing if they can build on that win.  When the team loses I get mad but also look to see how they can rectify it with the next game.  My earliest memory of the Jets is watching the “Mud Bowl” vs the Dolphins in 1983.  The following year I attended my first game, it was a close game, but a loss.  Since that game I have followed this team.  I attended the Monday Night game vs the Bills which was nicknamed the “Pumpkin Game” – due to the enormous inflatable pumpkin being hit throughout the lower deck of the old Meadowlands.   A few year later my Pops and I became season ticket holders. The past 23 years we have scheduled our vacations, family functions and weekends around the schedule of the Jets.  For the past 4 seasons my father has reduced the games he attends and now my 2 young daughters go with me. It is definitely a family thing for us.  And it is not only contained to the 20 weeks that the team actually plays (pre-season/regular season). We follow free agency, we attend draft events at the team’s complex and the stadium, we go to the team’s movie night and sit on the field in our colors just to get our fix of Jet football. Our Jet room as we call it started off with a few plaques and helmets.  It has grown so much in the past few years as we continue to add pictures and other items from our game day experience.   Summer comes and we make sure we get out to at least 1 day of training camp, this year we actually got out there twice.  Then of course preseason we begin our game day rituals.  We get to the stadium about 4 hours prior to kick off. We do a weekly Periscope video of our thought and predictions for the game.   We tailgate, go inside an hour early to watch warm ups and then its game time.  After the game win or lose we go by the player’s lot and give our regards and well wishes. My daughters have taken pictures and get autographs of the players as well. Of course if they win we always give them the “good game, good win” and if they lose is usually goes to “hey get them next week”.  For the most part the players seem to be genuine and appreciate it.  Some take the time to stop and talk, where others may just wave and keep walking.  We understand this a day at the office for them.  For away games it is usually a trip to the grandparent’s house to watch the game with the girls and Pops or we stay home and do a “home tailgate” in our Jet room.  We try to make each week fun and enjoyable.

Want Keep Pace With Pats? Scalp The Chiefs!

Jets travel to hostile Arrowhead Stadium in a Week #3 battle they need to have.

Jets travel to hostile Arrowhead Stadium in a Week #3 battle they need to have.

Since this is our first article since the 2016 season began let me get everyone up to speed.  Week #1 the Jets gave away a game that they should have won at home vs the Bengals. Week #2 the Jets won a game that they looked like they were giving away in Buffalo. After the first two weeks the team has shown that it can be a very good offensive team.  In fact, I think that the offense is playing a lot better than the defense. This coming after the defense had 7 sacks and a INT in week #1.

This week the team travels to KC to play a Chief team that can be beat. The Chiefs are 1-1.  They won week #1 after a big comeback at home vs the Chargers. But then dropped week #2 in Houston to the Texans. The Texans are anything but a big time team at the moment, especially after getting embarrassed 27-0 in New England vs a 3rd string Qb making his first start.  Oh and by the way the Patriots are 3-0 without Tom Brady and basically playing two Qbs that have never seen any real game action.  So all of us who thought that the Patriots would be 2-2, 1-3 or even 0-4 are looking at the possibility of being 4-0 and still at the top of the AFC East.  So for this game Sunday is very important for the Jets. Of course wining early on will only help for the late season push, and this is a conference game.

Reppin Our Team In Enemy Territory

Nick at the Super Bowl in Met Life Stadium

Nick at the Super Bowl in Met Life Stadium

This article is the reason why we started this website back in 2008. It was to connect with other Jet fans with real talk and real stories that we all have. I interact with Jet fans every day, whether online or in the office. It is easy to be a fan of the hometown team, but try doing it from a few hundred miles away. I am not calling the Jet fan in the story the biggest or the best. He is one of us!
The 2015 MLB Playoffs made for an exciting few weeks in the NY area. For the first time since 2000 the NY Mets were in the fall classic.  After that last out was recorded and the quest for a championship ended fans were counting months, weeks, days, and hours until opening night. The two teams that met in the World Series would be paired in a rematch to start the season. But Met fans would have to wait until Sunday night to get a chance to see their team take the field again. Of course ESPN would get the nationally televised game that saw the Royals raise their banner. But even before Kansas City would be able to relive their championship another game would open up the season. The St. Louis Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates would start up the 2016 season. Now any hardcore baseball fan would watch any game that is on after 5 months of waiting but what interested me was the fan sitting in prime seats directly behind home plate representing his favorite team. Honestly I had no idea there was a day game on, and honestly being a Yankee fan the Met opener had no interest to me. But it was while I was on Twitter that the Cards-Pirates game became an interest of me. I read numerous tweets and shout outs to the fan sitting behind home plate sporting his Jet hat. I quickly turned on the game and there he was, Nick Citrone.

Manhandled In Oakland

Geno Smith has proven he can not be a starter in the NFL

Geno Smith has proven he can not be a starter in the NFL

When a Jet game ends I am immediately looking forward to the next game.  Whether they win or lose I am this way.  I can remember the loss to the Lions in 1997; I went the entire offseason just waiting for that first pre-season game.  And after that loss in Denver to end 1998, I couldn’t wait until opening day 1999.  And it is the same week after week also.  After the loss to New England last week I could not wait until today to watch my Jets bounce back.  But it seems that the defense that gave up two 4th quarter TDs in New England decided that they were going to continue to give up big plays, TD and 3rd down conversions.  Also it seems that the cross country trip was long enough for the defense to forget how to tackle.

The Jets went into Oakland with Pryor, Powell and Mangold all inactive due to injury. The Jets opening drive in Oakland looked promising.  Fitzpatrick scrambled for 12 yards to get a first down.  But as he has done in the past he dove head first instead of sliding and injured ligaments on his left dumb. The play seemed innocent enough but that was the beginning of the end of this game.  Geno Smith who could have stepped up and made a statement to take over this starting job looked rusty physically and mentally.  He over threw, under threw, took sacks, and mismanaged the clock.  In between that he did manage to throw 2 TD passes and 1 Int. 

Still Looking Up At The Patriots

NYJGood teams are able to steal games; great teams will just go out and win them.  This past Sunday the NY Jets were playing like a good team and led for most of the game.    But the Jets are not good enough to give plays away and that is what they did.  Steve Weatherford signed on Saturday for an injured Quigley gave the Patriots a short field on two punts.  A sore Chris Ivory was not the powerhouse that he has been, but he did catch a TD. But the story of the game was the offense for both teams.  The difference between a good team and great teams is how the ball bounces.  On the first drive for the NY Jets Fitzpatrick was stripped and fumbled the ball on deep inside Jets territory.  The Patriots were able to get 3 points on the turnover.  Later on Brady was tripped and fumbled; the difference was the ball got kicked by a Patriot player right back to Brady’s hands.  Later on Brandon Marshall dropped a pass that was in his hands that was a TD, the Jets settled for 3 pts.  Patriots came back and scored a TD.  The Jets are not good enough to be giving away points.  And after a Nick Folk 55 yard FG, the Jets recovered an on-side kick.  With time winding down and Fitzpatrick spiking the ball to kill the clock the Jets were called for false start. Game over with a 10 second run off.  It was no guarantee that the Jets would score on that final play but again they gave away that chance. The Patriots 30-Jets 23 close but no cigar.

Capital Punishment As Jets Go To 4-1, Pats Up Next

Jets need to get to Brady a lot Sunday.

Jets need to get to Brady a lot Sunday.

The NY Jets came off of their bye week and continued to do what they have been doing. The defense recorded 2 more INTs giving them 8 on the year.  Revis recorded his third and Gilchrist his second of the season.  But the beginning was not looking pretty for the Jets.  The first play for offense Eric Decker was stripped after making a catch and that set up Washington’s first TD.    Chris Ivory had a 1 yard TD run after a nice catch and run by Decker. A strip of Brandon Marshall and a Fitpatrick INT led to two more FGs and the Washington lead at half time 13-10.But that was it. 

Jets Squish The Fish Get To 3-1 At Bye

nfl-international-series-london-viewsThe NY Jets completed the first quarter of the season by beating the Miami Dolphins in London.  The win raised the team’s record to 3-1. All 3 wins have been in the AFC with 1 of them in the division. The Dolphins seemed like a team just going through the motions and the Jets just outmuscled them in every aspect of the game.  Chris Ivory returned and was a beast with 166 yards rushing and 1 TD.  Eric Decker had a TD reception and Zac Stacy also had a rushing TD.   The Jets defense was strong and got to the Dolphin offense most of the game.  The defense was called on back to back pass interference calls which led to the Dolphin first TD.  A late TD got them within striking distance but the Jets defense held them.  The Dolphins had 8 plays within reach of the end zone but never made it.  The Dolphins never converted a 3rd down in the game.  Ryan Fitzpatrick was again a game manager.  He didn’t have to do too much to win this game.  But if it were another team it may have been closer.   The 27-14 win was well deserved as the Jets are now on their bye week.

Jets Go 2-0 As Colts are Unlucky

The Jets frustrated Andrew Luck and Colts Last night.

The Jets frustrated Andrew Luck and Colts Last night.

By now everyone has reported the box score and highlights of last night’s game.  I want to give my take on what took place and how I feel about this team is at 2-0.The Colts last night looked to their home opener and their home crowd to move past their loss the week earlier.  But the crowd was taken out of the game on the Colts first offensive drive when Calvin Pryor picked off Andrew Luck.  That turnover was the theme for the Colts last night, 5 turnovers (3INTS, 2 fumble recoveries).  Revis had an INT and 3 fumble recoveries, Gilchrist and Pryor both had an INT.  Andrew Luck was working with an injured WR against a strong Jet’s secondary.  And when Adam Vinatieri misses a makeable FG attempt and Frank Gore fumbles while going into an empty end zone the Colts didn’t stand a chance.