The brutal opening third of the schedule heaped on the New York Jets took its toll again, this time versus the perennial Super Bowl contender Seattle Seahawks, 27-17 and it really was not that close. While the team the Jets threw all over, the Buffalo Bills, shut out the Brady-less Patriots, the Jets could not must any serious threat to the vaunted Seahawks defense except for a tough catch by Brandon Marshal in the end zone.
Ryan Fitzpatrick did not help the cause again with 3 more interceptions. However, not all 3 were again 100% on him. The first one may have looked underthrown. but it was more likely a bad play with miscommunication. Brandon Marshall was still running down the sideline and the throw was already in the air. All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman looked back before Brandon did, and made his usual outstanding adjustment. As a quarterback, sometimes you throw a pass before the play opens up on many routes in the NFL. When he released that ball, it looked like many of the other back shoulder throws they had much success with recently, maybe too much success, dipping in that well one too many times. That was the mistake, play calling on Sherman who is one of the smartest corners in the league, and no one ever abuses him for a whole game.
In the second interception, Robby Anderson had his arms up only 45 degrees to catch that ball. He then tipped the ball up in horrid fashion, when if he had his hands even 6 inches higher, he would have easily caught it. He quite possibly developed alligator arms from fear of being hit or misjudged it.
As for the last one, this was Ryan’s worst throw of the game, all on him. He was pressing down late in the game, and he doesn’t throw well under pressure and for comebacks. In his defense, many NFL quarterbacks do not do that well, but are hyped when they do so people believe every good quarterback should be able to comeback in the 4th quarter. Not everyone can be a Montana or Brady. So knowing this, Ryan’s performance was not horrid but it was a team loss again. Having Decker out of the game recovering his partially torn rotator cuff was a huge blow as well.
The defensive line played decently, with 2 sacks and some pressure on a hobbled Russell Wilson, but the secondary’s lack of communication and teamwork gave up over 300 yards again, and 3 TD’s to the all-star quarterback who was not 100% yet. They still look like they are not talking and some of those linebackers and safeties were just looking around for too long playing at college speed. The tackling was equally atrocious. The Jets yard after the catch number differential was probably something the coaches do not want to see.
Matt Forte rushed 14 times for 27 yds. These numbers, caused equally by the ineptitude of the offensive line, couldn’t open up the holes and the run game was trounced. Bilal Powell ran for 26 yards on only 4 carries and is still mind boggling why he is spending so much time on the bench.
Seven penalties were committed, but then so did Seattle so it evened out in the books, but when your offense and defense are sputtering, you just cannot commit any more penalties or turnovers, NFL 101. Couple that with this stat:
Avg gain per pass play: 8.5 (Seattle) vs 5.5 (Jets)
This has as much to do with coaching and talent as anything. Although the Jets currently do not have the most gifted roster in the league, they we are losing the coaching battle every week. Bowles looks like he has control of his team and has plans that he seemed to be executing, but how the Jets played in the second half is really telling on how effective these plans are. The season is not over yet for the Jets, but losing so badly to the two quality teams in the last two games is highly troubling because these are not the only good teams in the NFL. Major changes are needed quickly, and even if Decker cannot come back soon enough, the coaching staff needs to eliminate that as an excuse and get the job done.