While safety Erik Coleman did a good job creating turnovers the first two games, it's a little too early to "put him in Canton" as Bill Parcells is fond of saying. His tackling needs a lot of work. He missed tackles on the Bengals' two longest runs in the opener, and then against the Chargers, Coleman missed a tackle on LaDainian Tomlinson's third quarter touchdown run.
Getting Jon McGraw back into the starting lineup for the Dolphin game should help the Jets' deep patrol. With Reggie Tongue and Coleman starting, the Jets have been suspect in coverage at safety, because neither one of these players has great speed, while McGraw runs very well, clocking in the 4.45 range.
While Chargers quarterbacks Drew Brees and Doug Flutie didn't put up gaudy passing numbers against the Jets, they were victimized by a number of drops, including three by their tight ends . . .
It looked like Jets defensive tackle James Reed had suffered a serious shoulder injury against the Chargers, but considering the fact that Jets coach Herman Edwards didn't bring his name up on the Monday injury report, that is certainly a good sign. If the Jets had lost Reed, they would have had a major issue at backup defensive tackle with Josh Evans likely gone about two months due to upcoming back surgery.
If Reed and Evans were both out for an extended period of time, it would be problematic for the Jets because they use a four-man rotation at defensive tackle to keep the players fresh.
Expect recently signed Daleroy Stewart to play a lot more after the bye week. He was very limited against the Chargers because he didn't know the system. But don't expect Stewart to have a big impact. Good defensive tackles are very hard to find, and Parcells cut him off the Dallas roster for a reason – he wasn't displaying a very good motor . . .
There is a good chance that rookie Jonathan Vilma will start at middle linebacker at Miami, his hometown, on October 3. While Sam Cowart's knee injury isn't serious, expecting him to come back after just two weeks might be a bit much.
How has Vilma fared thus far in a limited role at linebacker? He's been average, and surprisingly the speedy Vilma has been suspect in coverage. Against the Bengals, he was beat for a touchdown by running back Kenny Watson. And then against the Chargers, he was beat down the sideline for what would have been a long reception by LaDainian Tomlinson, but the running back dropped the ball. Tomlinson also beat Jonathan Vilma on an 11-yard reception late . . .
You have to wonder about Edwards' decision to have Lamont Jordan return kicks instead of Jon Carter against the Chargers. The bottom line is that Jordan isn't a very good kick returner. Not many 230 pound power backs are. The kick return game is all about speed and elusiveness in the open field. That is why the role is usually reserved for smaller, faster players than Jordan. Just pop in a tape of the Chargers Tim Dwight's 87 yard kickoff return for a touchdown against the Jets. Do you think Jordan is going to do that? This isn't a shot a Jordan, he's just not well-suited to be a kick returner.
He made a really bad decision in the second half of the Charger game when he should have stayed in the end zone on a deep kickoff. He delayed for a second and then ran it out to the 12-yard-line where he was stopped.
And if Edwards thinks giving Jordan the kickoff return job is going to stymie his unhappiness about his virtually non-existent role on offense, he might be mistaken. Giving the talented Jordan more than one carry in the first two games might be a better solution. 61 carries for Curtis Martin in the first two games might be big much, especially the 32 carries he had against a Charger defense that laid quite a beating on the future Hall-of-Famer.
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