As if things weren’t bad enough for the Jaguars, they had to open their mouths and make it worse.
Here’s why it’s bad for them: The Jaguars (1-0) come to the Meadowlands (MetLife Stadium) with Luke McCown as their starting quarterback to face the Jets (1-0). McCown is in his eighth season in the league and he has under 200 competitions for his career (171). If the Jets defense can give Tom Brady, who completes about 200 passes per game, a headache, imagine what they are going to do to a journeyman like McCown.
Here’s why it’s now worse: A Jags receiver no one has ever heard of, hang on I’ll go look up his name…Jason Hill, said that Darrelle Revis is “overhyped.” If Hill should even play (he is listed as doubtful on the team’s injury report) it would probably be a safe bet that the incensed Revis will catch more passes from McCown than Hill does.
Had it not been for his comments, it is unlikely anyone would have noticed Hill’s name on the Jags’ injury report, but two players that also appear on the report that should be noted are Aaron Kampman and Marcedes Lewis. Kampman has been ruled out of the game, Lewis is listed as doubtful. If Lewis can’t play, it would be a huge hit for the Jaguars because as Jason Witten reproved last week, if the Jets defense has one big hole, it is that they can’t stop a good pass catching tight end. The 6-5 Lewis led the Jags in touchdown receptions last season hauling in 10 on the year.
If the Jaguars do win this game it will be because the Jets do not pay enough attention to Maurice Drew. That, however, is not likely to happen. Although Rex Ryan portrays himself as a blowhard, his defenses are always good not only because he knows how to fire up his players, but also because he is a cunning strategist. He knows how to take away the strengths of an opposing offense, and since Drew is the Jaguars’ only strength, look for the Jets to have plenty of eyes on the diminutive, yet dynamic running back.
In week one against the Cowboys, the Jets showed that they still have the ability to pull a rabbit out of their hat if need be, as they did often in 2010. This week, however, it is unlikely the will need to do any magic to win the game. As long as they come out focused their superior talent should carry them to a comfortable victory.
About the Author
Written by Fran Berkman
Francis (Fran) Berkman is a graduate of Cornell University in Ithaca, NY with a BS in Human Development. He is currently working towards a master's degree in journalism at Hofstra University. He lives in Massapequa, NY.