Greg from White Plains, “Mr. Jet,” checked in with WPCNR on the Herman Edwards Jets after the Sunday brutal loss to the Indianapolis Colts, 45-24 at The Meadowlands, which he observed in person from his mezzanine box.
“The Jets have a whole new offense, and they have a whole new defense,” Mr. Jet reports, “and they looked as if they were out of sync. Frankly, they looked as if they could have used about 3 or 4 more preseason games. Guys obviously were a step slow and were reacting, not instinctive.”
“To be fair, the Colts are one of the best offensive teams in football. They wore the Jets defense down. The Colts just dominated the game.”
“The Jets made it close though. They came back. They trailed by two touchdowns with 4 minutes left. On 4th and 1 on the goaline, one of the blocking backs ran into Vinnie (Testeverde), and a Colt took it back for the last touchdown 98 yards. Game over.”
Jets out of shape? NO.
Asked how come the Colts didn’t get as tired on offense as the Jets defense seemed to be in trying to stop Peyton Manning’s Mustangs, Greg, who played football for White Plains High School, patiently explained: “When the offense is pushing you, they know where they’re going. It’s less taxing (for the offense), while the defense is always reacting. And it was really hot out there.”
Delay of game non-call
Radio commentator Dave Jennings said Indianapolis should have gotten a delay of game penalty at the end of the First Quarter when they failed to get a play off after their 30 second clock ran out at the end of the quarter. Greg said the Jets didn’t care or make a fuss about it, and did not see it as a problem.
Marvin Jones play braindead.
“I went crazy on the Marvin Jones play, (when Jet Linebacker Jones attempted to run out an interception from the Jet end zone and fumbled on the 5, giving the ball right back to the Colts before the end of the half,” Greg says. (He’s used to these things). “He picks it 3 yards deep in the end zone. If he gets it out to the 20 yard line, it’s a miracle. It was a 7 point game at that point, then the punt return for a TD killed us.”
The Jets trailed 17-14, and wound up trailing 31-14 at the half.
West Coast offense needs time.
On the Jets new “West Coast offense,” Mr. Jet says the jury is still out.
“They will get better each week. But, I’m not sold on this offensive coordinator yet. They’re selling this offense as a wide open type, but it seems more conservative to me. They run the ball a lot. They throw short passes and never throw it downfield. Wayne Crebett caught just one pass.”
How did the fans take it?
Jets fans are prone to leaving games over the last four decades saying “Same old Jets.” But Greg says they were kinder and gentler Sunday:
“The fans were holding back a little. Not as hard on the Jets as in years past. They know this is a new system.”
How was the officiating?
“They definitely need the regular refs. Even from where we were sitting, we could see there was a lot of holding going on. These are the greatest players in the world and they know they can get away with a lot of stuff. You could tell the refs just let them play. There were no out and out blown calls. But, in the Raider K.C. game we say on replay, there was a really bad call on Tim Brown where he was knocked out of bounds by a Chiefs receiver, and clearly would have come down inbounds. Brown yelled so much they slapped him with a 15 yard penalty. Yeah, they miss the real refs.”
Mr. Jet said Payton Manning, the Colt QB had a great game, being 7 for 13 on third down conversions. “That killed the Jets. They’d stop him on the first two, and then bingo, he’d convert. The Colts just overwhelmed us.”