Cheers & Jeers: The Miami Game

Cheers & Jeers explores the good, the bad and the ugly...mainly the last two...from Sunday's Week 14 loss.


The Jets defense rebounded off their shellacking last Monday Night, limiting Miami to 131 total yards and only 10 points in sloppy field conditions. Gang Green's defense rose to the occasion forcing two fumbles on quarterback Chad Henne and another on Dolphins running back Ronnie Brown, giving the offense ample opportunities to capture the lead. The Jets defense certainly responded well, collecting five sacks and flying through for six hits on Henne. Head coach Ryan's defensive unit held up their end of the bargain, stifling Miami's offensive unit and holding them scoreless through the last three quarters of play.


New York won the opening coin toss, a scenario in which head coach Rex Ryan would normally choose to defer. The coaching staff elected to receive, clearly committed to getting Mark Sanchez and the Jets offense back on track and after Brad Smith provided an outstanding opening kickoff return granting New York possession at their 45 yard-line, it seemed like the offense had to do something right. Yet, the Jets would go three and out, with Sanchez's third down and three pass falling in and out of the arms of Dolphins cornerback Sean Smith. On the next two possessions, Sanchez was picked off and then fumbled the ball for turnovers four and five over the last two weeks. Sigh.


The Jets have not scored a touchdown in the first quarter of their last nine games. Week 4 against the Buffalo Bills was the last game in which Gang Green reached the end zone in the opening period.


In four losses this season, the Jets have scored a combined 18 points.


"We have talent in our room, but we haven't got it done, admitted Rex Ryan. It's not just the offense it's every phase. The defense has to step up, the special teams has to step up. Something has to change because this isn't good enough."


The Dolphins faced a third and 3 from their own 26 yard-line with 2:36 remaining in the game, hanging on to a 10-6 lead. Miami quarterback Chad Henne ran a boot leg towards right sideline as linebacker Bryan Thomas converged on Henne; stopping him two yards in the backfield. Thomas' play gave the Jets offense one last gasp to salvage the victory.


After the game, fans chanted "Fire Schotty!" in response to offensive coordinator Brian Scottenheimer's feeble playcalling. On a day when Miami gained 131 of total offense, 30 by way of the air and 101 on the ground; the Jets feeble offensive unit could not produce a touchdown. With New York failing to produce a touchdown over their past two contests, the Jets will have find some answers and quick, as next Sunday they travel to the Steel City to face Pittsbrugh's third ranked total defense.

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