David Reid, a fellow Pats Blogger at this site recently posted this article CLICK ON ME as a preview of the Jets v. Pats Part III or as the NY Post called it…RETURN OF THE JET-I! Well, in true American fashion, I have chosen to post my retort to the points that David had posted.Please keep in mind that the font emphasis was added by me and that David’s comments were put in italics by me to help identify each other’s posts.
Point – Counterpoint
David : Oh Rex Ryan, how we love it when you make these games personal. Regardless of how “personal” Ryan wants to make this game, the Patriots are still going to blow out the Jets just like they did in week 13. Nothing has changed for the Jets over the last 5 weeks. Sure they won a playoff game against a struggling AFC team; but their offense is still terrible, their defense still has a ton of holes, and Brad Smith is about the only player on the Jets that ever shows up on the highlights, and he probably only sees the field 10 times a game…including special teams. Right now, I am thinking if the Jets’ best player is only on the field for roughly 10 plays, the Patriots don’t have much to worry about.
Gabe: Wow, its obvious to me that you are basing your knowledge of the Jets on the 45-3 blowout that occurred the second time they met. Assuming that the team has not evolved past that bumbling Monday night “errorfest” is a HUGE mistake. I could only hope that Belichick makes the same mistake. Let me refresh your memory about the days prior to that blowout game. Jim Leonhard, the defense’s QB broke his leg in the days before this big matchup. The Jets defense looked lost out there with only about three days to prepare for life without Leonhard.
Additionally, you say that the Jets best player is Brad Smith??? Again, I don’t know what the Cable situation is up in Massachusetts, but in the rest of the USA, everyone knows that the best player on the Jets squad is Darrelle Revis. No QB throws to Revis’ side of the field and they even created the term REVIS ISLAND to spotlight the absence of any footballs in his coverage area. Also, if you watched the Colts playoff game you would have seen that CROMARTIE had great kickoff returns in Brad Smith’s place. Additionally, the wildcat formation with Brad Smith has not been as effective as it was earlier in the season. Therefore, my only conclusion is that you are basing this judgment on earlier footage of the Jets. Big Mistake. To say that “Nothing has changed in the last 5 weeks” signals to me that you are haven’t seen the offense in the last five weeks. After the Pats and Dolphins games, the Jets picked up some offensive steam as Shonn Greene and Dustin Keller have become more active in the offense’s attack. Additionally, the Jets have shown a resiliency throughout the last five weeks that was evident in every game but the Patriots blowout. As such, the Jets have matured within the last five weeks. I apologize if your cable was out and you could not watch those games. But, take my word for it…this game on Sunday will be vastly different than that aberration we saw on Monday night.
Oh, and HELL YEAH, its personal. When a team runs up the score on you, you do not take kindly to it. 45-3 is a BCS type score not a NFL score. To think that Belichick had Brady in the game in the 4th quarter still attacking is what really shows how much this game meant to him. Now, the chance to avenge that loss is here. Get ready for some football!
David: As for the Patriots, they have been winning consistently and blowing out almost every team they have played since the Jets in week 13, except for the Packers. Every aspect of their game is improving from week to week and every player is utilized perfectly. The offense involves everyone and makes things as easy for Brady as they can possibly get. Did I mention the Patriots are on an 8-game win streak? The Patriots are playing as good of football as possible and it could not have come at a better time. Not just playoff time, but the time where the Patriots have a second opportunity to publicly humiliate Rex Ryan and the Jets again on national television.
Gabe: Let’s see, how shall I put this….in the playoffs every team sets their record at 0-0. Regardless of what you did in the regular season, every team in the playoffs has a shot at winning. So with that said, yes I agree that the Patriots appeared to be humming on all cylinders except for the Packers game. BUT, do you not think that the Jets have broken down tape of that Packers game to see how they were so effective against the Pats? You can assume the Jets will have the same gameplan as they did in that blowout loss but that would be an error that could get you fired. The Jets have evolved and you saw that in the last playoff game where Ryan chose to withhold the blitz and dared Peyton to win via the Rush….we held the Colts offense to 16 points. Peyton Manning even admitted that the Jets defense had his number in this game. The Jets gameplan evolved. Do you think that they can’t continue to evolve? The NFL is not about keeping the status quo…its about constant innovation and evolution. When Belichick saw that Randy Moss was dragging on the offense he sent him to the Vikings and the Pats evolved into a short strike offense. To think the Jets haven’t evolved is ludicrous. But, if Pats fans want to believe that this playoff game will be another 45-3 game, go right ahead. You may not like what you see by 7:30pm on Sunday.
David: So Rex Ryan, you can make this game as personal as you like; and Cromartie you can interrogate Brady as much as you want, but it will not help either of you this Sunday. You just have to face the fact Mark Sanchez is too young and makes far too many mistakes and that your team just doesn’t compare to the Patriots’. Nuff said.
Gabe: Hahaha, where to begin. First off, Rex is a master motivator. When someone makes you look silly on national TV, then yes it becomes personal. Belichick and Brady ran up the score….there is no denying that. So yes its personal. Secondly, Cromartie doesn’t want to INTERROGATE Brady, he wants to INFURIATE him so that he takes some shots at him…maybe cause a pick or two. I am thinking you may want to buy a new thesaurus. Also, Sanchez is young but so is Matt Ryan and Joe Flacco. You may remember Joe Flacco, he was the guy who torched your team in the playoffs last year…he is both a QB and young. Sanchez has gotten better from Year 1 to year 2, i would be a little more cautious in writing him off.
David: As for the breakdown of this game, the Patriots made things look very easy in week 13. That is by far the worst I have ever seen the Jets’ defense play before. Brady and company made it look as though there were just 11 guys on the defensive side of the ball, not having any idea what the game of football actually was. Things were just far too easy, and it was though the Jets just didn’t want to play football that week. I do not expect the same this week though. The Jets do have a solid defense, but Brady has enough weapons that he can wear them down. The Jets did have the 3rd best defense throughout the regular season, but we learned that they can be beat.
Gabe: WOW, ok…man, this is getting comical here. I think I need to teach you some stuff about football. In American Football, there are 11 players on Offense and there are 11 players on DEFENSE. So, that comment about Brady making it look like there were only 11 guys on defense, well that is because there are usually 11 guys on defense. Yeah, so that’s all cleared up.
Now, about the Jets wanting to play that week, they did want to play that week BUT remember at the top of this blog response I wrote about how Jim Leonhard’s injury came literally three days before the blowout so the Jets had almost no time to adjust. I can tell you that it will no longer be an issue. Expect to see a tighter Jets D, expect to see better coverage on the Pats TEs as well as Eric Smith and Broadney Pool are better able to cover the athletic TEs that the Pats feature.
David: Here is what the Patriots will have to do this Sunday to capture a victory:
1. Challenge Antonio Cromartie. He is a solid corner, but he loves jumping routes and he can be beat down field, towards the sidelines. Brady needs to throw in some pump fakes to get his receivers loose against Cromartie. The Pats also just need to run some deep routes against and just challenge what he’s got.
Gabe: Good idea, let’s see if Brady does this. Especially after Cro basically said what was on a lot of people’s minds when it comes to Mr. Bundchen.
2. Use Danny Woodhead often. Benjarvus Green-Ellis will need to be the primary running back and for him to be effective, Woodhead will need to get some carries and a lot of screen/dump passes. This will open up some running holes for Green-Ellis, and will also keep the Jets on their toes every time Woodhead enters the game.
Gabe: We have seen this before, it is a good tactic but look at how the Jets handled this in the Colts game. I think maybe you need to rethink this one.
3. Utilize the TEs. The Patriots have been doing this a lot lately, and the Jets’ CBs are going to be focused on Wes Welker and Deion Branch for a majority of the game. This will open up the playbook for Brady and the Pats and allow a lot of targets to the two great receiving TEs.
Gabe: Yeah, the TE play will be integral to the Pats attack…so use them. But, I am telling you that Eric Smith and Broadney pool will be instrumental on limiting TE touches.
David: Now for the Patriots defense. This side of the ball deserves a ton of credit. They get on the field and they do exactly as told; stop the opposing offense as fast as you can. This gives Brady and co. more time to be on the field and rack up the points. The defense is looking great and they too have to do a few things in order to keep the Jets offense from scoring:
1. Blitz Mark Sanchez and force him to make bad throws. Sanchez is by far at his worst when he feels pressured and has to make a quick decision. He will miss-fire a lot of passes and will hopefully throw a few picks.
Gabe: This is key for the Pats. But if the Jets counter with a moving pocket, watch out. Those Blitzes will not work.
2. Keep the run game to a minimum. The Jets have a solid running attack, but they really don’t use it as much as they should. However when they do use it, the Patriots have to be ready. My plan is to stack the box. Stacking the box will create fewer holes in the defense for the running game to attack. It will also force Mark Sanchez to start throwing the ball, which is exactly what we want.
Gabe: Good luck with that. The mistake the Jets made in the last game was getting away from the ground and pound. They will not make that same mistake.
3. Think run first when Brad Smith is under center. Most of the time when Brad Smith comes in to play QB, he ends up running the ball. If the defense can force him to pass the ball, then we can see what he’s actually got.
Gabe: YES, I do hope that the Pats do think Run first when Brad is under center because Brad can fling that pigskin down the field for a score. He was an all-american QB at Missouri and he has it in his arsenal to fire that ball down the field. So, please send a run blitz…that would be great!
David: I am quite excited for this game on Sunday. I think it will be a battle during maybe the first 5 mins, but after that I look forward to the Patriots lighting up the scoreboard. They know this Jets team and they know what it takes to beat them. The Patriots are playing great football and I think it will take a lot to stop them. I see the Pats winning this one, 27-13. P…A…T…S… PATS PATS PATS. Suck on that Jets fans. Go Patriots!!!
Gabe: I will not make a prediction in this game. However, I will say this. To expect that the game will not be competitive after the first 5 minutes would mean that somehow the Pats will score 21 points in those first five minutes. I think you are way too focused on the 45-3 Monday night debacle. I can’t wait till Sunday so you can see how much of a mirage that game truly was. That being said, I truly enjoyed sparring with you in this blog and I hope that we can continue to refute each other’s postings. Hope you have a good place to watch the game and that someday you get your cable back. With that being said…J-E-T-S JETS JETS JETS!!! Suck on that PATS Fans! GO JETS!
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