Let's move on to discuss yesterday's game...
In many respects, the Jets were extremely fortunate yesterday. The Browns lost their starting quarterback, fumbled on the goal line, missed an easy throw to the end zone and somehow failed to recover a loose ball inside the Jets' five-yard line but still led until late in the first half. The Jets blew them away in the second half, but a lot of that could be attributed to the fact Johnny Manziel had to play quarterback for them, something the Browns would have been able to gameplan around a lot more easily if presented with a bigger lead.
Let's not take anything away from Todd Bowles, though, as the Jets got the win and, in the final reckoning, a 31-10 opening day win looks pretty good.
As we move on to the positional reviews, I'll be recapping how the Jets handled the rotations on either side of the ball and looking at some specific game-planning, how that fed into the Jets' success and what we can expect to look for over the next few games.
Ultimately the win may have come at a cost, with starting cornerback Antonio Cromartie's prognosis set to be confirmed later today, but not looking good after he suffered a gruesome-looking knee injury in the first half. There was also major concern over back-up linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin, but thankfully it seems that while he did suffer a concussion, the long-term ramifications of his head/neck injury are not as bad as may have initially been feared.
In the grand scheme of things, though, it was ultimately a positive way to kick-off the season and to make a strong start with the new regime, although the games (on paper, at least) are going to get harder over the next few weeks.
1-0 feels nice, but there's still plenty of work to be done, so the Jets can't rest on their laurels. After all, they're still tied for last place!
Next up...our first positional review looks in detail at Ryan Fitzpatrick's performance.