Simms, and any other people who accused the Jets of a lack of hustle on this play, aren't following the team very closely. The Jets problems on defense aren't a lack of hustle, but a lack of talent. They are doing what they can with what they have - the slowest defense in football. In the off-season there are going to be myriad changes on defense through the draft and free agency.
One problem Beasley is having is a lack of stability around him. Remember his cornerback partner Donnie Abraham, and the Jets most mobile safety, Jon McGraw, have been out for most of his season, and that has impacted Beasley, who hasn't had much support around him. Notice how much better he played this past game with his friend Donnie Abraham back in the mix.
But despite his solid game last week, don't expect Beasley back next year. He will likely be a cap casualty. The Jets will likely go with Abraham and a young free agent addition as the starting cornerbacks . . .
Speaking of Donnie Abraham, his shoulder came through the Jaguars game well. He was concerned with how his shoulder, which he broke in September, would hold up after taking a hit. It is fine. Abraham played a nickel role against the Jags, but this week the Jets hope to increase his role. He is their best cover corner, and they need him on the field as much as possible against a Titans offense that has put up 30 or more points in six of the last seven games, mostly through the air . . .
It looks like the Jets might have to shop for a new punter this off-season. Dan Stryzinski is not having a good season. While he is still okay as far as directional punting, when the Jets need a big leg to get them deep out of their own end, he has trouble providing that . . .
There has been a lot of speculation recently about Ted Cottrell's job security. While it would be a little unfair if Cottrell was fired after this season considering the personnel deficiencies, it could happen due to philosophical differences with Herman Edwards. If it unfortunately happened, one person who would be a leading candidate for the job is linebacker coach Bob Sutton, the former head coach at Army. He is a very good coach. Have you noticed the Black Knights haven't been successful since he was fired? Another possibility is Tampa Bay defensive line coach Rod Marinelli . . .
One reason Herman Edwards went for it on fourth down on the Jets forty yard line in the fourth quarter, is the Jaguars kicker, Seth Marler, doesn't have a big leg and Jags quarterback Byron Leftwich is struggling. He had an opportunity to do the same thing the week before and didn't do it, and the Jets never go the ball back.
"This ain't Vanderjagt," said Edwards. "It was different. With Vanderjagt, we got the ball on the 43. We're already down by 7. Vanderjagt can make a 50-plus yard field goal now. So if you miss it there, with Peyton Manning who is hot - he throws an out and then they are in field goal range, and he kicks it, and then we are down 10 points. I am not going down 10. This game, worse case scenario is we'll go down by 7. We have got to score a touchdown anyway. So that's how I looked at it. That was my thought process." . . .
It's possible the Jets will shut John Abraham down for the season. He aggravated his groin against the Jacksonville Jaguars, and if the Jets lose another game, and slip out of playoff contention, he could be done for the year . . .
Talking to Herman Edwards yesterday, he honestly still has hopes of making the playoffs. If the Jets can make up two games on Miami, the current holder of the last wildcard spot, that game at Pro Player Stadium to end the season could mean something.
That come-from-behind win by Miami over Washington on Sunday night was a bad blow for the Jets long-shot playoff hopes . . .
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