It is apparent that our season depends entirely too much on Mangold's health. We've seen other teams roll with 2,3, even 4 new starters on the OLine after injuries and play like nothing had changed. When Mangold goes down, the entire offense craps the bed. Talk about an unheralded MVP. Meanwhile, we need to start paying more attention to OL in the draft or FA soon. At the very least, a reliable backup at Center is imperative.
Oddly, while Quigley was pretty bad kicking XPs, it seems to have helped his punting. And is Cromartie now our regular KR? He did pretty well yesterday compared to some of the other crap we've seen. Special Teams really have been a dog-turd this season.
Happy to get the win, but it took a lot of help from JAX to make it happen. Towards the end of the game, we couldn't seem to stop their passing game and we never could run the ball. That's not going to work well later in the season.
Agreed with the above. We dominated the first quarter and came out of it tied 3-3. That's nuts and is something that has to be looked at.
On the other hand, this game could have turned on any of a number of single plays. If Ivory wasn't hurt we probably win. If we don't let Brady convert on 3rd and 19, we probably win. If Weatherford didn't absolutely suck, we probably win. It was really that close. Next time we play, I'd give us close to 50-50 chance of winning depending on what happens between now and then. Mistakes happen and we had some but not an embarrassing amount, and frankly, the other team had their share (LaFell, OMG!, catch the ball!). I'm disappointed but not distraught. If we go from here to 7-3, which seems reasonable, I'm fine with that.
The throw was a bit wobbly and farther ahead of the WR, who was wide open, than it needed to be. Good play but hardly the best pass. I think he shows flashes, but it's hard to tell if he's better than the team around him or not yet.
I heard a full explanation on NFL Radio last night. In brief, they rehearsed the play they wanted to run, which was designed to never be snapped, but only to try to pull the Patriots offsides. Otherwise, they take the 5 yard penalty for DoG and punt. No biggie. Three problems...(summarized to my best recollection)
1) The starting Center, who practiced the play during the week went out for injury
2) The backup who was in, was not at practice Friday when they reset the audibles so he did not know the audible for "DON'T SNAP"
3) The Special Teams coach should have made certain the backup knew the audibles but in the heat of the game forgot (he is the real goat on this).
It was sort of a mini-perfect-storm event where all three things had to go wrong but it did happen and now they get to feel the burn for a few weeks.
It's not even the 3 and outs that killed us. It's the 1 and outs (turnovers) that really mess a team up. We actually had a few last week and weathered the storm. Hopefully Marshall and Decker will be using extra Stick-um this week.
Note how only 6 of 16 teams have a positive point differential. Feels like parity has taken a year off and we have a small group of haves and a larger group of have-nots. Which is perfectly fine as long as the Jets are in the first group.