Congratulations, Jets fans. It’s over. We made it. This terrible train wreck of a season is over and tomorrow is a new day.
Before into a deep discussion about the many changes coming this off-season, here are a few quick thoughts on this afternoon’s season finale, which of course, had to go down in as disappointing a fashion as possible.
- Running back Shonn Greene ran for 1,000 yards for his second straight-season in a row. Two seasons with 1,000+ yards should help the guy in the free agent market as I don’t see Greene returning as the Jets 1A back next year (at least, I hope not).
- Wide receiver Jeremy Kerley caught his 34th fair catch of the season with his first fair catch of the game, leading the league in fair catches and setting the all-time NFL record for fair catches. I guess congratulations are in order, but leading the league in fair catches isn’t an indictment of the Jets performance on the field this season, I don’t know what is.
- Mark Sanchez did very little to instill confidence in his ability to retain his job as the starting quarterback of this team in 2013. His throws were awful, his decision-making questionable and his body language off-putting, all against a very disappointing Bills defense. The struggling Sanchez threw his 18th interception in this game — his 25th turnover of the season.
- According to ESPN Stats and Information, Mark Sanchez ended the season with a 23.4 season Total QBR, the lowest of any qualifying QB in NFL.
- The play-calling in this game was especially craptastic, fitting considering that Sparano is expected to be fired tomorrow. I feel like a fool for ever thinking Sparano would bring “creativity” to this offense.
- Considering they gave up a whopping 11 sacks last weekend, the offensive line did perform better this in this game, albeit against..the Bills. What was highly disappointing was the fact that nearly every time the line would block in pass protection they would get a holding call.
- Also re: run blocking: I don’t want to overhype the run blocking – though it has improved over the course of the season – but the Bills were statistically one, if not THE, worst vs. the run this year.
- The Brad Smith Wildcat touchdown play was salt in a really painful wound and Rex cannot be happy. This is not the first time Rex has been out Wildcatted (is that a word? I don’t know but I am going to treat it like it is) — you may recall Colin Kaepernick and the KaepCat went wild on this defense earlier in the season, proof that the specialty offense is not “dead,” though the Jets apparently are incapable of running it.
- CJ Spiller broke off a 66-yard touchdown on a screen pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick in this game. On the play, both safeties appeared to miff coverage on a very well constructed play from the Bills. This is a non-Jets note, but watching Spiller play today really allowed me sympathize with many Bills fans, who have grown increasingly frustrated at head coach Chan Gailey’s misuse of the running back. The Jets have no answer for a player of his type, and I shudder at the thought of a new Buffalo coach that knows how to better use the dangerous weapon.
- Jets fans should applaud Nick Folk , who quietly put together a fantastic season.
Today’s loss to the Bills is the Jets first loss to their rivals from Buffalo since 2009. The Jets end the season third place in the AFC East and will have the 9th pick in the 2013 draft.
A few other notes heading into Black Monday:
- Offensive coordinator Tony Sparano was escorted out of the facility by Jets PR staff, saying the OC didn’t want to speak to the media. Sparano’s silence comes on the heels of an ESPN report suggesting he will be fired tomorrow.
- As for Mike Tannenbaum, the GM normally addresses on the Monday following the close of the regular season. However, Tannenbaum is not currently on the team’s media itin for tomorrow. The reason? According to CBS Sports’ Lisa Zimmerman, Tannenbaum is also expected to be out as soon as Monday.