The New York Jets (1-3) lost their third game in a row on Sunday falling short to the Detroit Lions 24-17 at MetLife Stadium. The loss was a cumulative effort from Gang Green as every facet of the team came up short in crucial times of the game.
Geno regressing- It is starting to become very difficult to defend Geno Smith as the second year quarterback continues to struggle with his decision making and accuracy. Smith turned the ball over twice on Sunday while missing several open receivers. Geno is starting to become one of the primary reasons why the Jets offense is struggling. To make matters worse the Jets quarterback had words with a fan after the game. Taking on fans is never a good idea, especially under the bright media lights of New York.
Mind boggling Marty- The New York Jets offense started out with a smash mouth approach spearheaded by running back Chris Ivory. Following that first drive, which resulted in a field goal, the Jets only gained 5 yards over the next 5 series. Ivory was benched for consecutive series while the play calling resulted in consistent third and long situations. As the game progressed wide receiver Jeremy Kerley was never established in the short passing game while the tight ends were rarely featured. At some point offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg has to stop getting cute with all of his fancy formations and personnel changes. The New York Jets offense lacks an identity and fails to consistently get into a rhythm.
Predictable results- As expected the New York defense stifled the Detroit running game holding the Lions to 88 rushing yards.
Failed to keep momentum- In the fourth quarter the Jets offense scored a big touchdown reducing the lead to 17-10. The New York defense then proceeded to give up a 14-play, 90-yard drive touchdown which all but sucked the life out of the team. These types of momentum changing drives seem to occur every week and have to be a concern for a defense that likes to be considered amongst the best.
Torched by Tate- With Calvin Johnson limited by an injury the New York Jets were inexcusably torched by Golden Tate for 116 receiving yards. The Jets defense could not get off of the field on third down with Tate many times finding holes in the zone coverage. There were far too many blown coverages in Gang Green’s secondary. To make matters worse Calvin Pryor and Antonio Allen left the game with injuries.
Things are getting dicey within Jets nation as the quarterback position will once again go underneath the microscope. A legitimate argument can be made to start Mike Vick as Geno continues to perform inconsistently. Marty Mornhinweg is not doing Smith any favors with his play calling while the receivers could do a better job of catching the football. Defensively the Jets are struggling to get off of the field on third down and the secondary is getting decimated by injuries.
Rex Ryan truly has his hands full as the Jets take on the Chargers, Broncos, and Patriots over the next three weeks. If Ryan does not right his ship this could quickly turn into a lost season.