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The Jets Can Keep On Talking

The Jets talked all week. Sunday they proved it wasn't just all talk.

Talk is cheap… unless you can actually back it up. To say that The Jets backed it up would be selling them short. They put their collective foot in the New England Patriots… um… you know.

 

The Jets 28-21 win wasn’t just a statement game that may turn the tide in the AFC East over the next year; it may have knocked the swagger out of the Patriots for some time to come.

 

Say what you will about Rex Ryan, he’s loud, begs for attention and sometimes crosses the line with his tactics. However, he’s not the type of guy that bails out on a plan when it’s not working well.

 

After the 45-3 beat down in Foxboro two months ago Ryan could’ve, and should’ve, kept his yap shut and stopped throwing rocks at everyone’s throne. Yet here was Ryan talking about how “personal” it was between him and Peyton Manning and Bill Belichick. Encouraging Antonio Cromartie to draw the ire of Tom Brady by calling him an @$$#ole and saying “F*** Tom Brady”. He even continued his talk about how the Jets are still Super Bowl contenders. Meanwhile everyone from sports radio broadcasters to anchors called him crazy. Now what do we call him?

 

Ryan, dare I say it, outcoached “The Hoodie” and turned the tide in the rematch of the Monday Night Massacre.

 

The Jets were able to do the one main thing it takes to win a football game; they controlled the line of scrimmage. On offense the Jets ran the ball much better than the Pats and the offensive line kept Mark Sanchez off of his rear end all day long as the Pats couldn’t produce any pressure and Sanchez was able to step into his throws. On defense Shaun Ellis and company sacked Tom Brady five times and the Pats never got into any rhythm until late in the game when the Jets were in control. Ryan rarely called blitzes instead allowing his down linemen to get pressure on Brady and it worked perfectly.

 

Brady couldn’t make the proper adjustments and it showed, as he couldn’t get the ball downfield at all as Jets defenders blanketed his receivers. The Pats were given a taste of their own medicine as the Jets played a more physical brand of football and left the Patriots shaking their heads.

 

The MVP though was Sanchez. The much-maligned QB shook off a shaky performance against the Indianapolis Colts and looked like the highly touted kid from USC that was so hyped upon his NFL arrival.

 

Sanchez threw three scores including two beauties to Santonio Holmes and Braylon Edwards. He sailed a few balls but for the most part he was on point and did the things that the Jets offense needed to win the game.  Rex Ryan deserves credit for that as well by simplifying the offense, which allowed Sanchez to make the proper plays.

Mark Sanchez is now 4-1 in the playoffs, all on the road.

 

As much as critics like to get on Sanchez for his spotty accuracy in key moments, the guy is 4-1 in the playoffs, all on the road and in tough places to play like Indy, New England and San Diego. That’s impressive no matter who you are and he deserves a lot of credit for guiding the Jets to those victories.

 

As for the Patriots the question is now what? The Pats were a juggernaut rolling into this week, bringing up memories of their near perfect season during that stretch. Yet they never resembled that team today as the Jets beat them at every angle and though they outgained them it wasn’t indicative of how the game was played.

 

Belichick’s defense needs to improve in two ways, pass coverage and pass rush. They couldn’t touch Sanchez because they don’t have the guys to get it done besides Vince Wilfork and he’s more of a run stopper. The secondary need more depth because besides Brandon Merriweather and Devin McCourtey there’s not much there as the Jets proved.

 

There’s also the fact that maybe no one truly is afraid of the Patriots. Think about the last two times the Pats got called out in the media. The first was Super Bowl 42 when Plaxico Burress guaranteed a victory and this past week when every Jet except Ken O’Brien called them out. What happened? They got beat up.

 

The luster from those three championships has all but faded. They’re no longer the front-runners in the NFL and it’s starting to show. When someone trash talks you all week then comes into your house and beats you down there is a problem. Maybe the Belichick way isn’t working anymore, maybe they need a new approach. Whatever it is they need to figure it out quick because they’re losing ground by the minute.

 

Maybe they should try the Rex Ryan way because it looks like it works. Will things be personal when the Jets go to Pittsburgh next week (maybe for Holmes.)? Will Darrelle Revis call out Ben Roethlisberger? If they do, we shouldn’t stress about it, that’s who the Jets are. The Jets talk win, lose or draw. After today in Foxboro we also know they can back it up in impressive fashion.

 

Wes Welker tried the passive-aggressive Ryan way this week with his foot comments. Maybe Welker can help remove the Jets foot from the Pats backend. Learn from Ryan Wes, if you’re going to talk, make sure we can hear you. Also make sure you can back it up, that’s the Rex Ryan way.

 

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Belichick Takes Ryan To School

Welcome to coaching class 101. Today’s lesson is breaking down an opponent so badly that it makes you cringe the day after the game while you’re watching the tape of said game.

Coach Rex Ryan we’re talking to you buddy. Last night you and your J-E-T-S JETS JETS JETS got hosed, beat down, kicked in the head and every other violent action that you can think of.

Tom Brady carved up the Jets like a thanksgiving turkey to the tune of his 33rd 300 yard game and four touchdowns, and he made it look easy in a 45-3.

Get your pen and pad out Rex.

It was an array of shovel passes, slants, go routes and running between the tackles. Danny Woodhead’s two short screens turned into two huge gains that set up touchdowns, Aaron Hernandez continues to be Tom Brady’s go to guy with another touchdown catch and a sick 35 yard catch and run, by the way he’s a rookie, Deion Branch is back to playing larger than life on the field, something he didn’t do in Seattle, and all the New York Jets did was stand around stupefied.

As much credit as we give you as a defensive mastermind Mr. Ryan you got nothing on Bill Belichick. Your defense is loaded with all-pro’s and guys that fit your mold and have been underachieving long before this game. They couldn’t slow down Peyton Hillis or Matt Schaub in games you should’ve lost. You’ve gotten little out of Antonio Cromartie this year as well as Jason Taylor and you seem overrated for the most part as a coach.

Meanwhile, Belichick and his defense that was largely lauded for being too young and not that good is getting better week after week. Rookie defensive back Devin McCourtey is a stud with 6 interceptions, Brandon Spikes, another rookie, is playing middle linebacker extremely well in Belichick’s system and Brandon Merriweather is becoming a very good cover safety. Belichick has fewer marquee parts offensively and defensively but is getting more out of his players as we saw last night as each side of the ball kept coming up with play after play while the Jets underachieved once again and this time it bit them in the rear as they were playing a team that knows how to finish.

For you Rex Ryan… this is what you deserve. You ran your mouth about Belichick and the Patriots which led to you writing a check that your rear couldn’t cash. Your boy Mark Sanchez is still a liability at the quarterback position as he looked terrible last night throwing horrendous interceptions. Your team looked unprepared in every facet of the game and you couldn’t do anything about it. You gave us a bunch of hype, you bloated the new rivalry in the AFC, you made your team seem larger than life and you got housed.

You failed your final exam and instead of a top seed in the AFC you may now be relegated to a wild card. Now go back to the film room look at what you did wrong and get back to winning the right way on the field. Enough talking, enough media hype, enough of your mouth, just play the game the right way because the guy that you kept pushing off the field pushed you around on the field and it wasn’t close. The patriots took you to school and served up a lesson for anyone watching, they are the best team in the league and looked like they’re headed for a date in Dallas in February. Take note for future tests Mr. Ryan.

 


NFL Trending Topics

Surprised the Giants are struggling in the second half? Don't be.

Who doesn’t enjoy a good trend?

I mean we as a society thrive on finding and wearing out trends. From fashion to music to movies, trends are what intrigue us, befuddle us and make us shake our heads.

The NFL is no different.

Trends in the NFL make us laugh and cry, heck even a little bit of both. After this weekend you saw some of the most entertaining, if not confusing,  trends emerge once again.

Trend 1: The New York Giants are a poor second half team.

It’s always funny when every year the Giants get off to great starts and all of my friends and outsiders say the exact same thing, “Boy those Giants look real good. They might be the beat team in the league.” See, I know better.

I know that the proper way to gauge the New York Giants is after week 9. Once the second half hits then you can tell me how great the Giants are… which never happens because the Giants are as good a second half team as the Miami Heat are a complete team.

Under Tom Coughlin the Giants are 18 games over .500 in the first half of their season and 10 games under in the second half. Last year they went 2-6, in 08 they were 4-4, the year before 1-7. For some reason the Giants start hibernating once November rolls around and it’s been going on four six years. If you watched the last two games there’s no reason to think that it won’t continue.

After an atrocious game against Dallas, the Giants played the sloppiest football I’ve seen in a long time (and yes I factored in the Kerry Collins and Tiki Barber years). The five turnovers against the Eagles prevented them from winning a game that their defense kept them in for the most part.

You would think that with his team leading the league in turnovers that Tom Coughlin would make his team run laps or fine them OR SOMETHING!! Then again it is the second half and maybe he’s encouraging the Giants sloppy play to make me look like a genius in this post.

Thanks Tom. P.S. Your grace period from winning the Super Bowl is up. Go fix the turnover problem and your second half record or get gone.

Trend no. 2: The San Diego Chargers always finish strong no matter how poor they start.

Just when Chargers fans thought that this might finally be the demise of Norv Turner they forgot that his team for some reason can’t lose in the last six weeks of the season. Even with guys named Seyi Ajirotutu as their number one receiver and a fullback named Mike Tolbert as their most effective running back.

Philip Rivers is leading another second half push by the Chargers.

It frustrates you an fascinates as well that a team has so much talent and starts so poorly every year then some how just goes bonkers once their staring at their playoff doom.

Where were games like Monday nights thrashing of the Denver Broncos against the Oakland Raiders? Where was Philip Rivers precision and poise versus Seattle earlier in the year? Why do they only play with a purpose with their backs against the wall?

Who knows. What we do know is that Kansas City’s hold of the AFC West is on dialysis with the Chargers surging.

(side note: there’s been talk about Rivers for MVP because of his Madden-like stats. While some say Peyton Mannin has done better with less I beg to differ. Rivers has always had less talent on the outside as compared to Manning. Manning has had Reggie Wayne and Marvin Harrison and Dallas Clark in his arsenal while you could say the Rivers only viable weapon has been Antonio Gates. Rivers made Vincent Jackson a number one receiver when no one heard of him and has made Malcolm Floyd a valuable two and works Tolbert and Seyi into the fold very well. I would say if you’re voting right now for MVP I would place Rivers ahead of Manning for those reasons and because his team is surging whole the Colts are fading. There I just gave Phil some love. Now watch him scream at his linemen, act immature and curse out the opposing QB next week. Gotta love it.)

Trend no. 3: The battle for Tennessee starring Vince Young and Jeff Fisher.

Before we begin… WHY THE HELL DOES JEFF FISHER LOVE KERRY COLLINS?!?!?! THE GUY IS A MEDIOCRE QUARTERBACK THAT KILLED THE GIANTS IN SUPER BOWL 35!!!! HE’S TURNOVER PRONE AND CAN’T BE TRUSTED LATE IN GAMES AT ALL!!!

Who wrote that last paragraph, a. me or b. Vince Young? I wouldn’t be shocked if Vince thought it at one point.

This is the longest running drama in the NFL. Fisher never wanted Young, owner Bud Adams loves him, Young can’t ever grow up but wins games, Kerry Collins always finds his way back into Fisher’s life, and Chris Johnson is the misused kid stuck in his parents bad relationship… ok I made that part up… maybe.

The fact that Sunday’s occurrence took place is shocking and upsetting. For Young I don’t care how much Fisher ticks you off you cannot throw tour pads in a crowd, curse out your coach and storm off without speaking to reporters. Vince’s public showings of immaturity have been one too many and this latest one should have him walking the plank seeing as how his contract is up at seasons end. He’s had far too many chances to be continuously screwing up on or off the field.

Meanwhile how much longer can Fisher stay employed with his constant lack of trust in Young which belittles not only the quarterback but team chemistry. Young is 30-17 as a starter and saved Fisher’s job last season after an abysmal start to the season. If you need anymore reason to keep Young in as your QB then I can’t help you.

Fisher never talked to Young about the injury at all even though we saw Young trying out a glove so he could get back in the game Fisher inserted rookie Rusty Smith at QB Young’s day was done. With Young’s season also over and the Titans season fading at 5-5 this might be the complete end of the saga with Young gone as well as Fisher.

(side note 2: do you think Randy Moss wishes he kept his mouth shut in New England? He went from a stable situation in Boston to dysfunction in Minnesota and Tennessee. He could be on an 8-2 team vying to get back to the Super Bowl instead of twirling in the wind in Nashville. Oh wait thats trend number 4, Randy Moss ruining what’s been good for Randy Moss. Fail.)

Trend no. 5: Tom Brady owning Peyton Manning.

NFL.com had it’s top 100 players of all time released a while ago, Peyton Manning was ranked 8th while Brady was 21st… um… huh?

Tom Brady has more rings than Manning (3-1) and owns their rivalry 6-3. Brady and the Pats dominance of Manning and the Colts spawned a dynasty and made Brady the QB of the 2000’s. Take yesterday for example.

Brady played mistake free football incorporating Deion Branch back into the pass game like he never left, mixed the run with the pass and didn’t give his defense a reason to press.

Manning on the other hand through three horrible picks including one to end the game when the Colts were in field goal range to send the game into OT. He put his defense behind the 8-ball early, didn’t hand off to Donald Brown, who at time shredded the Pats D and didn’t make smart throws.

It showed the disparity on both quarterbacks and teams as Brady should now be considered the favorite for MVP and the Pats as Super Bowl favorites while the Colts will most certainly have issues holding off a suddenly hot Jacksonville team.

However none of this should shock you, it’s been happening for years. These trends have been tested and proven to be true. It’s easy as 1-2-3. Or easy as knowing the Jets love playing close games against teams they should destroy.


Vick For MVP

So, Peyton Manning is having a good season, Matt Ryan is having an MVP caliber year, Tom Brady, Arian Foster (until yesterday), Clay Matthews and even Hakeem Nicks. They could all be seen as possible MVP candidates and all deservingly so… but the award is Mike Vick’s to lose. Without question.

Honestly, who else has had an impact on their team the way that Vick has had? Without him the Eagles are probably 4-5, maybe 5-4. The offense wouldn’t be as potent… scratch that, dominant.

MVP? You're looking at him.

The air around the team wouldn’t be the same. There wouldn’t be that spring in DeSean Jackson’s step or in LeSean McCoy’s. There wouldn’t be the same connection with Jeremy Maclin. There wouldn’t be an assurance to the defense (which isn’t Philly’s beat in years) that they could play more aggressive because they have an offense that can score on anyone at anytime.

What Mike Vick has done is what he was always expected to do; elevate a team to the next level and make it look easy. He’s always had the speed when flushed out of the pocket and the arm to fire a bullet for a huge game. Now however he is becoming a more complete quarterback as accuracy has been a much needed addition to his passing game. Vick not only can fit the ball into small windows, but he knows when to check down to McCoy, he puts the ball on the money to his tight end Brent Celek and Jason Avant, and when need be he can gun the ball downfield with ease to a streaking Jackson.

Vick is now more than just an athletic playmaking quarterback, instead he is now just a quarterback. You can trust him just as much with his arm as you can with his feet. However those feet are still one he’ll of an asset.

Against the Redskins Vick used his feet to run circles around the defense and scampered in for two scores to go along with his four TD tosses. With Vick behind center it has helped hide Philadelphia’s poor pass protection as defenses can’t keep up with Vick once he exists the pocket.

So how does this make Vick MVP? I mean he did miss a few games and Kevin Kolb was effective in his place. However, you can’t compare what Vick has done to other players. Vick has made the Eagles a contender all by himself. The Packers were expected to be good even with Matthews’s huge season. With Brady and Manning you expect the Pats and Colts to contend year in and year out. Vick was a wild card that has turned into a trump card. He’s putting up college football numbers in the NFL. Cam Newton eat your heart out.

(speaking of which my buddy Will sent me a text. He says that Vick just helped Newton and Terrelle Pryor’s draft status a lot with what he did tonight. That might be true because Newton to me matches Vick from the same athletic standpoint. Pryor in my opinion still has the opportunity to become a really good small forward in the NBA.)

So up next are the New York Giants a defense that has had success against Vick when he was with the Atlanta Falcons. Yet that was the old Vick, the one who thought his athletic ability would help him get by.

This Vick is much different. His game has evolved and he ha gotten better. He’s as good with his arms as he is with his legs. So things might be a little different this time around.

Just watch and see for yourself. Vick isn’t back, he’s just better. How much better? Better enough to be the NFL MVP. No doubt about it.