Denver over Jacksonville may have been the clear-cut choice of many knockout pool players, but count me as one Jets fan who could see Sunday’s exasperating 19-6 home loss to Pittsburgh coming from a mile away.
For all that went wrong, some of Smith’s problems were the fault of the coaching staff. Rex Ryan and Marty Mornhinweg called a conservative game, so much so that they hamstrung the rookie from what he does best.
New York Jets tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. was suspended without pay for four games by the NFL on Friday for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.
He’s only been here for five games, but new offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg is already proving to be nothing like his predecessors. He’s creative. He’s aggressive. He loves to throw the ball. He believes in balance.
“We really don’t care what people that don’t believe in us say,” Ryan declared during a conference call Tuesday. “We care about what our fans think. We care about what our locker room knows to be the truth.”
Last week, I pegged the Jets as not ready for prime time. Hence the crow, which I’ll gladly chow down if it means I’ve just witnessed the turning point in the maturity of Gang Green.
Some Jets fans don’t just want to replace Geno Smith after a bad game in the fourth week of his rookie season, they want to replace him with a guy with even less experience. That’s just amazing logic.
“Really, he is just a real natural football player,” Mornhinweg said of Powell. “Things come easily to him. You teach him something and then he gets it very quickly.”
When Ryan’s defense stops opponents on a weekly basis, we take it for granted and point to the aspects of coaching that he doesn’t excel at.
Now I know how Eagles fans felt all those years. Now that he’s moved on to call the shots for the Jets offense, Marty Mornhinweg has not adjusted his bias even while saddled with a rookie quarterback.
“I moved on from those experiences I had,” Revis said. “I had a great six years there. Now I’ve just got to move on. I’ve got a new start ahead of me, with a new team and I’m excited to be a Buccaneer.”
Tampa Bay knows it is facing an inexperienced rookie Sunday, a guy who took all of 69 snaps in preseason games. It won’t be a big surprise to anyone in the stadium if the Buccaneers do all they can to try to rattle Geno Smith.
My expectations for 2013 couldn’t be any lower. But there’s another way for fans to view this season as it unfolds besides absorbing the pain from each defeat.
“What they’ve decided to do is just button up and say nothing, and allow this season to just come and go,” Francesa said. “And if you’re dumb enough to buy tickets to watch this, well, that’s your problem.”
Now what for the New York Jets? Well, they have less than two weeks to solve their big quarterback question before they face Tampa Bay on Sept. 8 in the regular-season opener.