After his post-game press conference, wide receiver Laveranues Coles limped towards the trainers room. We have no idea what is ailing him, but it doesn't seem serious . . .
When the Jets cut cornerback Ray Mickens this summer, they were taking a big risk. They were not only cutting a sage nickel back who could provide leadership to the secondary, but somebody who knew the defensive better than any DB on the roster. There were some major communication problems against New England, that led to several big plays, like when wide receiver Chad Jackson was wide open in the end zone. Also, tight end Dave Thomas was wide open down the sideline for a gain of 29 yards.
It's hard to say, but perhaps having Mickens around, who is like a coach on the field, and is well-versed in Mangini's system, would help the communication in the secondary.
The Jets kept Derrick Strait and rookie Drew Coleman instead of Mickens. Strait has struggled, and might have been involved in the blown coverage on the Jackson play. Coleman, who is exceedingly raw, belongs on the practice squad . . .
The Jets decision to deactivate Cedric Houston for the first two games is hurting the team. With their offensive line struggling, the Jets need a runner who can break tackles, which is Houston's specialty. The handling of this player is bizarre. He hardly played in the preseason until the fourth game. Then in that game against the Eagles, he ran for over 100 yards, breaking a slew of tackles in the process.
This idea of running 205-pound Derrick Blaylock between the tackles makes very little sense.
Whatever the coaching staff has against Houston, they need to get over it. With the offensive line getting very little push, a physical runner like Houston could give them a needed boost . . .
With Pete Kendall out with a pulled hamstring, Jets offensive line coach Tony Wise decided to platoon Norm Katnick and Adrian Jones at left tackle. But Jones wasn't told of the plan until the pre-game warm-ups. He actually did okay, and guard actually might be a better position for Jones. He's a little undersized for tackle at about 6-4, 295 pounds, but he's a better fit, size-wise, for guard. Plus, he has real good mobility for his size, which could come in handy when he pulls. Though he clearly needs work on his pulling. On a screen to Blaylock, he got his feet tangled with the runner, and the play resulted in a loss . . .
One thing that is becoming very clear - Dwayne Robertson isn't a 3-4 nose tackle. He is clearly best suited to play the three-technique in a 4-3 defense. The Jets might be best-suited dealing him before the trading deadline to a 4-3 team . . .
Speaking of Terry Bradway draft picks, the Jets former GM took a lot of heat for some of his decisions, but he deserves a lot of credit for stealing safety Kerry Rhodes in the fourth round of the 2005 draft. He's turned out to be the best safety in that draft, and looks like he will be making some trips to Hawaii in the future. He is a terrific talent, and on top of that, has a great attitude. Not only did he have one of the biggest play of the game with his blitz that forced a fumble in the fourth quarter, but he led the team with 11 tackles.
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