The Jets graduated Sunday. They beat a good Saints team, led by a good quarterback in Drew Brees, 26-20, through timely offense and fantastic defense.
New York’s running game and physical defense spearheaded a surprise win over New Orleans.
Ryan saw all he needed the first time. So, when he and his Jets gathered Monday morning after being embarrassed 49-9 by the Bengals, the coach decided to skip the team film review.
This is not, nor was it expected to be, a playoff team. For those who cling to the belief that the Jets defense is worthy enough to keep them competitive in every game, think again.
If the defense can continue to give a solid account of itself, the team will have a chance to improve and Ryan may just put a crimp in Idzik’s offseason plans to hire a new head coach.
The Jets and their fans waited almost three months to see if Chris Ivory was worth the investment. If he keeps this up he will prove to be the ultimate steal.
The Jets have had some incredible moments through seven weeks of the season, but they remain a work in progress. Nobody knows this more than defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson and linebacker DeMario Davis.
Forget the Atlanta and Pittsburgh games; the Jets are beginning a gauntlet against the NFL’s heavy hitters. And how they do will determine if the play meaningful games in December,
The problem for the 3-3 and enigmatic Jets is they are starting what is likely a season-defining stretch of games — three straight against first-place teams. Muhammad Wilkerson said the team is well aware of the daunting task ahead.
Rex Ryan feels the Jets must strive for consistency. “We’re striving for consistency and we’re not quite there. We have to get there in a hurry,” Ryan said.
“I mean, that’s just how I am,” Smith said Wednesday. “My Mom thought it was weird. I never really got big on Christmas when I was a kid. That’s just how I was all the time.”
Smith followed up a turnover-laden stinker in Week 4 with a gem at the Georgia Dome, going 16-of 20 for 199 yards and three scores.
Sunday’s match-up versus the Pittsburgh Steelers has trap game written all over it. Will the Jets look past Pittsburgh with an eye on New England?
Rex Ryan’s motivational ploy of the week heading into Monday night’s game in Atlanta was demanding that his Jets put aside the brutal loss from the week before and just play with fearlessness. It’s safe to say they got the message.
Wilkerson was docked $15,785 for roughing the passer, while Coples was fined $7,875 for unnecessary roughness. Both were surprised at the fines, especially since no penalties were called on the field.