It’s been a strange week. It’s been a strange season and we’re only two weeks in. We couldn’t really enjoy the win over Buffalo with the injury to Aaron, then we got outclassed in Dallas. Sunday is an opportunity to provide a bit of optimism. It sounds as though it’s going to be very wet, which will likely lead to a battle of wills in the trenches.
Yesterday the coordinators met the media, and there were some pretty interesting quotes to discuss. First, we’re going to finish the week with some quick throws.
I missed this earlier in the week, but after the Jets waived Irv Charles on Saturday they signed him to the practice squad on Tuesday. To make room, they waived Hard Knocks star Tanzel Smart, I’ve always quite liked Smart so I’m a little surprised he was the one to go.
The NFL apologised to JFM and the Jets yesterday, admitting that the roughing the passer call should never have been made. It came on a 3rd and 7 with the Jets down by a single score. Instead of getting off the field, the drive extended and Dallas scored a touchdown a couple of plays later. People make mistakes, it happens, but it seems to happen to the Jets more than any other team.
Does that apology matter to JFM? “It’s cool. But it’s kind of like, to me, it doesn’t even matter one way or another now. It’s too late now,” Franklin-Myers told The Post after practice Thursday. “It’s all hindsight now, in the past. It’s cool that maybe it will change something for the future, but I knew I was in the right when it happened.”
“I wasn’t really tripping or anything. I was just doing what I was told,” Will McDonald told The Post on Thursday after practice following his inactive status against Dallas. “I’m going to get my opportunity when the time comes. … I don’t let things upset me. Things happen, they’re meant to happen.”
Wilson has a very spotty history when it comes to facing the Patriots, and he knows he needs to cut out the dumb plays - “I need to be smart with the ball,” Wilson said. “The last time we played them at home [a 22-17 loss on Oct. 30, 2022], a lot of them were just dumb plays. I need to be efficient and trust what I’m seeing.”
Breece Hall was asked about his post-game tweet referencing his 4 carries: "It ended up everybody making it way more than it should've been," he said. "I'm here, I'm another guy on the team and I'm trying to do my one-eleventh when I'm out there every play for us to be successful, score touchdowns and score points."
Let’s start with a Nathaniel Hackett quote that really concerned me. This was based on a question about Micah Parson’s not being doubled as much as people expected.
He’s a very, very good football player, I give them tons of credit for their plan. They put him all over the place, they put him in the middle, they put him on the outside, and they do a great job because you never know exactly where he’s going to be. We had a lot of different hands we wanted to put on him, that was something when I was here last week, that’s what we told you we wanted to do. I think as the game kind of got out of hand and you get into more passing situations you need to get more guys out at times, you want to try to get some easy, quick completions. We started off by trying to get the quick game and we even underestimated his speed on the quick game. I mean, he is spectacular. It’s somebody that you have to really look back and say, ‘Can you even do that?’ So it’s one of those things, we looked at the tape, we corrected it, and saw how we can help ourselves out with that.
Two things concern me here. The first is in my opinion the obvious one. I’m not sure it was possible to underestimate Parson’s ability in the quick game. Parsons is the most explosive pass-rusher in the NFL, his speed and change of direction, whether that’s in rushing the passer or chasing down ball carriers is well known, surely.
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