On Monday night the New York Jets (1-2) added another chapter to their book of heartbreak as the team completely self destructed in their 27-19 loss to the Chicago Bears (2-1). As the finger pointing begins there were culprits on both sides of the football as well as on the sidelines.
Geno struggles- Just when you think that Geno Smith is ready to take his game to the next level, the second year signal caller puts up a questionable performance. Smith started off the game with a pick six and went on to make several poor decisions with the football. Geno often stared down his primary receiver, held on to the football too long in the pocket, and started to force plays. Add in a terrible interception in the endzone and the Michael Vick questions are just around the corner.
What are you doing Marty? There were several times on Monday night when the offensive playcalling just made no sense. The red zone play calling, where the team went 1-6, is atrocious and the repeated third and long situations are never beneficial to Geno Smith. At some point Mornhinweg should consider eliminating all of the movement and personnel changes and get back to the basics of ground and pound football.
Decker out with hamstring injury- Wide receiver Eric Decker tried to play on Monday night but left again with a hamstring injury. You can make a very good argument that Decker should not suit up again until he is at least 95% healthy.
Kerley shines- Wide receiver Jeremy Kerley had an excellent day catching 7 passes for 81 yards and a touchdown. Kerley continues to emerge as a consistent playmaker for Geno and should be utilized more often.
Salas contributes- With Eric Decker out with an injury wide receiver Greg Salas contributed 2 big grabs for 56 yards. This could be a good sign of things to come as the rest of the Jets reserve receivers remain fairly quiet.
Run defense stout- As expected the New York Jets defense completely shut down the Bears ground attack holding the team to 60 rushing yards.
Pass defense struggles- Rex Ryan tried every blitz package known to man but when Jay Cutler had time he torched the Jets secondary. Alshon Jeffery (105 receiving yards) and Martellus Bennett (2 touchdowns) ate up the New York defense.
Wilkerson,Richardson create havoc- Muhammad Wilkerson (1.5 sacks) and Sheldon Richardson (1 sack) did their best to collapse the pocket and apply pressure. Now if the Jets could only find a consistent pass rusher from the outside.
Folk being Folk- At this rate Nick Folk will make the Pro Bowl by week 5 of the regular season. Folk went 4/4 on kicks including a 43-yard field goal.
The Jets leave this game with several questions as the team has some serious issues on both sides of the football. Can the offense get the ground game up and running? Can you open up the passing attack without Eric Decker? Will Rex Ryan start to consider playing Mike Vick?
On defense can the New York Jets find a way to improve the play in their secondary? How long with Milliner be out? Will Coples or Babin apply more pressure from the outside?
Rex Ryan will clearly have his hands full as the Jets take on the Detroit Lions this Sunday. If Ryan does not right his ship things could turn ugly at MetLife Stadium.