Looking at the Films - Part 1 - The Offense

Here is Part I of "Looking at the Films," from the Jets-San Diego Game.


The best way to describe Brett Favre's performance was inconsistent. He did a lot of good and bad.

But when you look at his final numbers, they actually weren't that bad. 30-42 for 271 yards and three touchdowns. He had a 92.1 QB rating. And while did threw two picks, it's hard to be overly-critical of the interception he threw to Antonio Cromartie. It was a fabulous play by the gifted corner.

On the Jets first possession there was another example of chemistry issues between Favre and a target. On a play- action fake, Favre overthrew Dustin Keller on an out route. It wasn't even close. Then on the second drive, there was another example of growing pains - Favre threw an out route to Thomas Jones. The only problem was Jones was still running up field.

But Favre had plenty of impressive throws in this game. One of best early throws was a 14-yard rocket over the middle to Keller. A few plays later he threw the Pick Six to Cromartie. But Favre, he of the short memory, threw a TD just a few plays later, a laser to the back of the end zone to Coles. This was after a long Leon Washington kickoff return.

But in the second quarter, Favre overthrew Jerricho Cotchery and is was picked off by Eric Weddle.

Favre did a great job surveying the field and finding Chansi Stuckey for a touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter.

Favre left the game in the middle of the fourth quarter with a left ankle injury, and was replaced by Kellen Clemens, who threw a pick in the end zone late.

Wide Receiver:

The Jets troika of Coles, Cotchery and Stuckey all played well.

Coles beat Antonio Cromartie for a TD in the second quarter in the back of the end zone. Coles made an excellent catch on Quintin Jammer in tight coverage on him in the third.Coles also beats Comartie on quick slant that he ended up taking 41 yards.

Cotchery led the team with 10 catches. One of his nicest plays was on the last play of the third quarter, when he made two guys miss after the catch on a gain of 14.

Stuckey continues to make a lot happen. He had six catches, including a short second half touchdown grab.

Tight End:

Both Dustin Keller and Chris Baker were active in the passing game.

On the Jets second drive, Keller showed some good moves, making Antonio Cromartie and Tim Dobbins miss in the flat on a gain of eight. At the end of the first quarter, Keller beat Matt Wilhelm over the middle for a gain of 14. Keller also beat Wilhelm for a fourth quarter touchdown. Keller seemed to pull up on a catchable pass in the fourth, bracing for an oncoming hit.

Baker made some things happen in the passing game with three catches.

Running Back:

The running backs weren't much of a factor because the team had to abandon the ground game early after falling far behind.

Thomas Jones had a really impressive play in the first half. He threw a terrific block on Clint Hart, and then snuck out the backfield and caught a nine-yard pass. On the next play, Jones had an nice seven-yard run up the middle. On this play, Tony Richardson had a terrific lead block. Another Jones run of note was in the second quarter when he broke several tackles on a gain of eight.

L-Wash wasn't used in the ground game, but he did catch two passes for 20 yards, one for 15 yards. On the five- yard reception, he broke a tackle attempt on Antoine Cason in the backfield.

Offensive Line:

Even though the rushing game was non-descript and Brett Favre was sacked three times, the line played fairly well.

The line had to do a ton of pass blocking because of the big early deficit, and this isn't easy against an aggressive Chargers Front Seven.

Nick Mangold and the guards did a solid job on Chargers massive nose tackle Jamal Williams, who had no tackles.

Brandon Moore and D'Brickashaw Ferguson led the way on a Thomas Jones gain of eight in the second.

But when you have to pass block as much as the Jets line did on Monday Night, not every play is going to be pretty.

Nobody picked up Shaun Phillips on a second quarter sack.

Moore had issues with Luis Castillo on a "sack" on a failed fourth quarter two-point conversion.

Jyles Tucker got by Ferguson for a fourth quarter sack.

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