Wednesday, December 22, 2010

What I Saw: JETS at Steelers

I decided to try something new this week. This will not be long, but just some things I noticed, whether good or bad, from the Jets in their week 15 game.

Schotty redeemed himself this week, coming up with a brilliant game plan that kept one of the most feared defenses in the league on edge every time the Jets had the ball. The only questionable parts of his game were at the ends of each half, but otherwise he did a fantastic job and makes Jet fans more confident in him going forward toward the playoffs.

Sanchez had his first interception-free game after an eight game streak with at least one. This is no easy task against one of the top defenses in the NFL. The Sanchize has proven once again that he can be a competent quarterback and once again led the offense instead of hindering it. He rediscovered his connection with Braylon Edwards, hooking up with him 8 times for 100 yards. The 4th and 1 play-action bootleg was one of the most beautiful plays Sanchez has made in his short career.

Santonio did not have one of his strongest games of the season, but brought an attitude to the field that the offense needed this week. Coming off with a cocky attitude, I can see how the offense may have been inspired to help make his comeback a successful one.

These two guys hit holes hard and made some very important plays on Sunday to help beat the Steelers. They were the main reason why the Jets were able to put up 106 yards on the ground, the highest total given up by the Steelers this season. Give more credit to Brian Schottenheimer for writing up the correct game plan to get these guys going. This gives the Jets a lot more hope going into next week facing another tough Bears defense.

Rex Ryan keeps bringing back haunting memories of Herm Edwards’ time management. Rex failed to use time outs correctly at the end of the first half and it cost the Jets a chance at a few points before the end of the half. The Jets also needed to kill more time at the end of the second half before giving the ball back to the Steelers, but failed to do so. This is one thing Rex needs to work on as time is precious come playoff time.

Known more for messing up than doing a good job, Drew Coleman had one of the better games of his career on Sunday. He recorded two sacks, both of which caused Ben Roethlisberger to fumble the ball. He also recorded 10 tackles. I’d say this was a hell of a game for Coleman. 

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