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A frustrating home opener as the Jets lose to MIA 20-12, basically the whole game can be wrapped up in one phrase, "missed opportunities".  Let's take a look: Special Teams - A total

Hard to disagree with any of this. My biggest frustration is that the defense was great until it wasn’t. I know the offense and ST put them in a ton of bad spots, but that last drive was inexcusable.

The one thing that I got from the game today was that our 21 year old QB is just about the best player on this team already.

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Hard to disagree with any of this. My biggest frustration is that the defense was great until it wasn’t. I know the offense and ST put them in a ton of bad spots, but that last drive was inexcusable.

On the plus side, I thought Darnold was impressive. When was the last time a Jets QB threw for 300+ yards on 8+ YPA? 

Yep... I get the whole “the defense tired out” thing and the offense did screw them in the first half BUT why can’t they stop a QB option run in the fourth quarter. 

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7 minutes ago, HawkeyeJet said:

Darnold made some throws where he  wasn't able to throw from a "normal" base and some of those throws were jaw dropping.  That's a trait that will serve him well over the years.  He can seemingly get the ball off from about any position, and do it accurately.

Agreed. It really does seem like the stuff he’s good at is the stuff you can’t teach. 

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Your assessment speaks volumes about our loss today. I think the jets are the better team, however, we beat ourselves through sloppy football. You have to give the defense credit for playing a solid game, but in the most important drive of the game when they expected the run, they couldn’t stop it. Screen should have been benched early on to set some type of accountability message. Also, can’t blame the refs, but they made some horrendous calls and we couldn’t catch a break for nothing from them. It’s not all Bowles fault, but he must be blamed as the team was inconsistent at best. At least 2 blown assignments on defense helped towards the loss.


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12 minutes ago, FloridaJetsFan said:

Bowles is the worst head coach in the NFL and it’s not even close. Wish we had Marrone!


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He’s in the bottom 5 no doubt....   yet we act like he is not a major part of the problems.   He is not equipped to be an NFL head coach it’s very clear. 

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The Dolphins are not bad and are a tough out for us — they seem to match up well. And even though the Dolphins lead dominated the tone and tempo, both Darnold and the D were able to push back and put the team in a position to win.

That said, in a sloppy game, the team that capitalizes on the turnovers, wins. That is what happened here.

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4 minutes ago, Vader said:

The Dolphins are not bad and are a tough out for us — they seem to match up well. And even though the Dolphins lead dominated the tone and tempo, both Darnold and the D were able to push back and put the team in a position to win.

That said, in a sloppy game, the team that capitalizes on the turnovers, wins. That is what happened here.

More than turnovers. Herndon- Anderson- Pryor. They play better Jets win. 

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After a week long vacation from mediocrity, we saw the same Jets we have seen in 2016, 2017, and seemingly forever. Come out in the home opener with their feet in quicksand after a domnating win, probably thinking they are better than they actually are. I admit I bought into it, but was drop kicked back down to Earth today and reminded that this team is no better than a 5-6 win team. They just do not have the players. Shut out in the first half and left for dead (which they were) at 0-20, Miami stopped playing to sit on the lead. I take nothing from the second half, when the game was competitive, we were not. 

Cleveland has not won a game in 2 years and here we come. F**k me.

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1 hour ago, KRL said:

A frustrating home opener as the Jets lose to MIA 20-12, basically the whole
game can be wrapped up in one phrase, "missed opportunities".  Let's take a
look:


Special Teams

- A total turnaround from the DET game as the special teams couldn't flip field
position and left the offense in negative territory all day

- Lachlan Edwards had decent distance and hang time on his punts.  Jason Myers
scored half our points and had an impressive 55 yard FG.  But missed PAT's will
get you cut (missed opportunity)

- Andre Roberts was taken out of the game as MIA punter & kicker had him fair
catching all day

- Caught an awful break on MIA second punt as they bounced the snap and got a
30 yard roll to pin the team at the 10 yard line (missed opportunity)


Defense

- Awful day for the rush defense as MIA was able to move the ball at key times and
eat clock.  Also they never had an answer for Tannehill's designed runs which
killed them on multiple occasions.  The pass defense was solid holding MIA under
170 yards but the 3rd & 19 screen to Gore was a back breaker (missed opportunity).
It brought back memories of other Jet defenses not getting key stops when it counted

- A new DLine scheme which had 2 DL and 2 OLB rushing the passer brought more
pressure but I wonder if that left them vulnerable to the run    

- Good games by Brandon Copeland (2 sacks), Henry Anderson (sack), Jordan Jenkins
(strip sack & fumble recovery) and Leonard Williams (multiple TFL's)

- Avery Williamson got burned in coverage a couple of times and wasn't impactful
in the run game.  And Darron Lee had nowhere near the game he had in DET

- Jamal Adams would've had an A+ game as he was all over the field with a sack, forced
fumble and good coverage.  But on the 3rd & 19 to Gore it seemed like Adams was responsible
for covering him and he got caught up in the line


Offense

- The OLine got pushed around all day in both phases.  Spencer Long struggled getting
movement in the run game, James Carpenter and Kelvin Beachum picked up killer penalties

- Chris Herndon got his first catches as a pro but he had an awful game.  Not diving for
the end zone at the end of the first half (missed opportunity).  And dropping a 35+ yard
completion down the sideline as the team was trying to come back (missed opportunity)

- Poor ball security by Robby Anderson and Terrelle Pryor killed the team.  Anderson fumbled
when the team would've had a first down at midfield trailing only 7-0 (missed opportunity).
And Pryor did an awful job finding the ball on the INT in the end zone which would've made
the score 20-13 (missed opportunity).  Which is too bad because other than that Pryor was
very impactful (4 rec / 84 yards)

- Quincy Enunwa was a beast making tough catches (7 rec / 92 yards) and running over people
all day.  And he almost made an incredible TD catch at the end of the first half as Sam Darnold
was throwing the ball away

- Bilal Powell struggled running the ball but was a terrific outlet for Sam Darnold in the
passing game (5 rec / 74 yards)

- Sam Darnold will get "credited" with his first loss and two INT's but there was a lot of
encouraging things to take from his performance.  In only his second game where his OLine
struggled, had no running game and his receivers had awful ball security he was able to
keep the team in the game.  Darnold got banged around and was still able to be productive
(25/41 334 yards) and maintain his accuracy

yep.  the jet receivers didn't do darnold any favors (except for enunwa and powell).  the rest of the guys had up and down games.  i'm not sure about that anderson fumble though.  it looked like he either didn't have possession or after he went down his was the first hand on the ball.  at that point the ball was dean and he had it.

as for the oline, they came back to earth.  they better step it up a notch or two if they think they're going to keep cleveland off of darnold.

at least the defense was able to put some good pressure on tannenhill and shut them out in the second half.

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