Welcome to BGA Extra, where I draw a line under the previous weekend's game by responding to your questions from BGA during the week which you can read here. After the jump, I respond to your questions about the game against the Titans.
Kashif (via e-mail): I was wondering; how is Calvin Pryor holding up in coverage this year, both in man to man
assignments and zone coverage? I saw Delanie Walker, the Titans tight end, still managed to have a productive day even though they lost big. How much was Pryor to blame?
None of Walker's six catches came against Pryor. (Four were against Buster Skrine and the other two came against Marcus Gilchrist). Pryor was, of course, at fault on the gadget play touchdown to Mariota though.
Generally speaking, the Jets have trusted Pryor a lot more in direct coverage this year -- he was targeted just 19 times all year last season, but has been targeted 33 times already this year -- and he's also displayed much better positional sense when playing coverage support. His results have been a lot better, too. Quarterbacks have a passer rating more than 50 points lower than last year when targeting him in 2015.
The pass break-ups he made against JJ Watt and Odell Beckham Jr. were two of the best plays made by anyone in the Jets secondary this season.
Michael (via e-mail): Isn't the media getting way ahead of themselves with all the playoff talk? To clarify, we are not in-control of our own destiny at this point. When I played with playoff scenarios, it seems that the Jets will lose tiebreakers to the Steelers and Chiefs if all teams go 11-5. If all three teams go 10-6 and the Jets lose to the Pats or Bills (a conference game), then we're also out. I'm all for being excited about this team, but the road to the playoffs most definitely goes through Tom Brady and company. Am I missing something? Or am I just overthinking this?
No, you nailed it.
In recent years, the teams the Jets were competing with for wild card positioning all unexpectedly dropped winnable games down the stretch, though, only for the Jets themselves to lose too. I can see the door opening for them, but I don't know how realistic it is to expect them to win out. Let's get this week's game first and then it starts to look more feasible.
lamjones: Have the Jets ever had a QB catch a TD against them before?
Yes! September 1982, Tony Nathan threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to David Woodley. The score stretched their third quarter lead to 31-14 and they went on to win, 45-28.
Brad Smith also caught a touchdown pass against the Jets in 2011 (from Ryan Fitzpatrick and with Chan Gailey coaching). Does that count?
TK: Demario Davis has THE WORST sack celebration in the NFL. What is that?
Well, to be fair, I don't know how you can judge this. After all, if you held a vote for the BEST sack celebration, this guy would probably win.
Ben Nevis: Brandon Marshall has been our best WR in many years, and I'm a big fan of his, but didn't Don Maynard set those records when the season was only fourteen games long? In other words, isn't it a bit unfair (in terms of record keeping and record breaking) that Marshall is playing in a time of 16-game seasons, which gives him an extra two games to break Maynard's records? And wasn't it a hell of a lot harder to set those records when Maynard did, as the rules today seriously restrict DBs-making it a hell of a lot easier for WRs now (including Marshall) than it was back when Maynard played?
That's why I mentioned the per-game receiving yards record in the BGA. Maynard averaged over 100 yards per game, but Marshall can match that if he averages 150 yards per game over the last three weeks. While he hasn't had a 150-yard game all season, he is trending in that direction, having averaged 129 over the last three games. The fact that he's even within range of this record despite that three game stretch where he was hurt and saw his numbers drop off dramatically is impressive.
I do agree with you about the new rules, which is why you can't compare across eras. It's similar to how I'll never accept that today's top basketball stars match up to those of the 80's.
I'm not old enough to remember Maynard, but I'd have a tough time putting Marshall ahead of Al Toon in terms of the most talented Jets receiver I've ever seen. Marshall is about to blow away Toon's most productive season, but who knows what he could have done under the current rules.
Bytor: You mentioned that you think the Jets took it easy and played conservatively in the 2nd half. I went to the game and watching from the upper deck I noticed that once the game was out of hand for Tennessee it looked like they committed 8-9 in the box knowing the Jets would run, run and run some more. Can you comment on what the Titans did differently defensively to slow down our scoring in the 2nd half?
I really don't think there was much that they did differently, so much as the Jets just simplified things. For example, they ran the ball on nine of 11 first downs and only threw 10 times in total. There wasn't much of a downfield threat all day, as they had zero completions more than 20 yards downfield and only five more than 10 yards downfield.
As for guys in the box, they often brought that on themselves by motioning Quincy Enunwa into an H-back position which brought an extra guy into the box.
MoSacksMoSnacks: I seem to remember Brian Winters tossing a guy to the ground during the first half of yesterday's game. Can we get a gif?!?!?
It was the penultimate play of the fourth quarter actually. Can we get a GIF? Maybe…you'll have to wait and see.
chrisr: Have we been just putting the defense on the field rather then put special teams personnel at times? I think it's time to put all starters on special teams. I never understood why Darrelle Revis doesn't return kicks. Patrick Peterson does for Arizona and he's just as important for them as Revis is for us.
The Jets have been doing this a few times per game all season on the punt rush unit and still haven't blocked a punt. I thought they might have abandoned that this week when they didn't do it much early on, but they did do it in the second half.
Revis was a pretty good punt returner in college, but has only done that a few times at the pro level. I don't think the Jets would be prepared to risk him in that role, especially considering his injury history and the fact they're on the hook for $23 million in money that is guaranteed for injuries.
Jerry (via e-mail): Are you doing a Force Awakens BGA next week?
I'm afraid not, because I wouldn't want to risk spoiling the movie for anyone who hasn't seen it. I'll let everyone else do their own unoriginal hackneyed Star Wars references. Just remember -- Bent shot first.
And finally: The GIF of the week…by popular demand.