Now that the season is over, I'll be writing analysis articles each week until the beginning of the league year and also during the period between the draft and training camp. I'll be breaking down some of the data from the 2012 season and revisiting some of the things I wrote about over the last two offseasons to see if any patterns identified at the time have continued or if any new patterns have developed.

In this week's BGA, I'm going to do something I promised to do once the season was over. You may recall me writing this after the loss to the Seahawks:

[The Jets are] an easy team to beat right now. I’m just an amateur, but I could give any team a list of things to do against this Jets team that will be successful most of the time and will probably net you enough big plays to be the difference in the game. I’d also note that this was not the case over the past few years, where it was different things every week that would let the Jets down. While I’m not going to list those things here, because I don’t feel comfortable with putting up a blueprint of how to beat the Jets, it probably doesn’t matter because every team the Jets seem to face has done its preparation and identified these things for themselves. This enables them to exploit some very obvious weaknesses in the Jets line-up [...] Needless to say, when the Jets do the same things to their opponents, they never have quite the same level of success.

Now that the season is over and I would imagine the Jets would be addressing these weaknesses, I feel comfortable laying out my blueprint for how to beat the 2012 Jets. Obviously no gameplan is 100% certain to give you a win, but I'll be suggesting things that usually worked and outlining the reasons why. Any team that did these things had a good chance of making some game changing plays happen and, generally speaking, every team that beat the Jets did some damage by doing some of these things.

After the jump, I'll be looking at some specific areas where the Jets were consistently vulnerable and providing examples of situations where teams exploited this.

Introduction

This represents a bit of a departure from my usual M.O., since I like to base everything on a comprehensive review of every single snap. Here, I'm talking in more general terms about things I noticed that seemed to cause problems for the Jets on a consistent basis. However, I'm going to try to go beyond the obvious things like "Put Sanchez under pressure because he has bad numbers when pressured" or "Stack the box and try and make them beat you downfield because the receivers can't get deep separation" to look for specific frailties in the Jets schemes or any exploitable weaknesses in their personnel.

I'll break down a couple of different areas to discuss what teams did, why it worked and why the Jets weren't able to enjoy similar success by doing the same things. I'll also try to provide some examples of each.

General Philosophies

Although the Jets are regarded as a team with limited offensive firepower, there's no need to try and get in a shootout with them. While you'd think that racking up points would be a smart idea - because there's no way their offense will be able to keep up - you're actually better off in a low-scoring game. Remember this stat from the BGA after the Arizona game?

On this day three years ago, the Jets beat Buffalo 19-13 in another game Mark Sanchez was unable to finish (this time due to injury). Since that time, they were 0-18 in regular season games when they scored 21 points or less…until yesterday’s win.

Why is that? What it seemed to boil down to is that the Jets relied on teams turning the ball over to give themselves excellent field position and create defensive scores. If a team plays conservatively against the Jets, there's not much risk of the Jets offense being good enough to pull themselves into a sizable lead and - as we'll see when I get into some specifics lower down - the team is apt to costly breakdowns that can be the difference between winning and losing in a close game or can turn a tight game into a blowout. Getting into a higher-scoring game with the Jets can be risky because those seem to be the only times that the offense gets into a rhythm.

You can point to several blowout losses the Jets had this year as evidence to the contrary, but most of these were actually pretty close until pretty late in the game, only to turn into blowouts later on, usually thanks in part to some of the issues I'll be discussing. The Steelers game was a 17-point loss but the Jets led late in the first half and were obviously still in the game for most of the second half. The Niners beat them 34-0, but it was only 7-0 until a last second field goal just before the half. The 28-7 loss to the Seahawks and 28-9 loss to the Bills were 14-7 and 14-9 entering the fourth quarter. My advice to any teams wanting to beat last year's Jets would have been simple: Remain patient. Keep the game close and it's likely someone will make a big mistake at a key moment. Don't give them any traction and once they're chasing from behind, you have them where you want them.

Defending the Pass

Stopping the Jets' pass offense from being successful generally comes down to all the things you would expect. Pressuring Sanchez, taking away his primary options in key situations and either sitting on all short-intermediate routes or flooding intermediate zones with players to try and compel him to beat you downfield are all things you'd expect to slow down the Jets aerial attack. Sure enough, these were all things teams did and had success with. How do you achieve these things though?

In some respects, slowing down the pass offense was a secondary goal for defenses. If you're looking for a game changing play to test the Jets' fragile psyche, one surefire way to give yourselves a good chance of beating them is to force turnovers. Entering 2012, the Jets were 29-11 when Sanchez threw one interception or less, but 2-11 when he threw two or more. Surprisingly, in 2012, he only threw two or more four times and the Jets actually won two of those games. However, he also had a slew of costly fumbles and when he does throw interceptions, they often prevent the Jets from converting a scoring opportunity or create one for the opposition, so it's definitely beneficial to try and tempt him into bad throws.

When looking at the kinds of mistakes Sanchez made that led to interceptions, there were some ill-advised short passes, a few tipped balls and some picks caused by poor accuracy. There were even a few that weren't really his fault. However, the one recurring mistake that he seemed to make was that he stared down his target and didn't see another defender coming across to jump the route having left their man. The most egregious of these was probably this play.

This is something Sanchez has struggled with for a while. Even at the start of the 2011 season, one of his most consistent stretches as a pro, he had two interceptions similar to this in a win over Jacksonville (in what was otherwise one of his more accomplished and confident performances) and it was a pattern that kept repeating itself over the next two years.

For teams to exploit this, it could be as simple as just having someone roaming deep - as Griffin was on the play linked above - ready to jump the route as soon as Sanchez starts staring down his primary read. However, teams have also been able to exploit this deficiency in the past by setting traps. Rolling coverage over so that a defender can come off his man, especially when Sanchez has a few obvious favorite routes (like the quick slant) that he likes to go to in certain situations, has been something that led to a lot of interceptions and near misses last year (and in 2011). Also, dropping a linebacker or even a lineman back into a passing lane has been something that can confuse him into a mistake (if he sees them) or lead to a tip or interception (if he doesn't).

My advice to teams facing the 2012 Jets would have been to set traps like this. Have your centerfielder roaming deep, drop front seven players into passing lanes and roll coverages every now and again. Based on last season, Sanchez would not be able to exploit any gaps this creates and the chances are that you'll force him into a mistake or two which could be the difference in a tight game.

The final question is why don't the Jets have success doing the same thing? They do from time to time and their defense certainly mixes up coverages as effectively as anyone in the league. Most quarterbacks see the field better than Sanchez does in such situations or are better at looking off defenders or freezing them with a pump-fake though. Also, if teams are playing conservatively based on the above advice then that makes it less likely that they'll throw one away. Even when they did, the Jets 2012 offense was not generally that good at capitalizing.

Creating Pressure

Another key element to the creation of turnovers, but one which also will invariably help to slow down the passing attack is the creation of pressure. On a day when Sanchez manages to limit the number of risky throws he makes, the chances are you could still benefit from a turnover if you manage to sack him. Alternatively, putting him under pressure increases the chance of a bad throw. You can't guarantee you're always going to create pressure though - and would want to avoid exposing yourself to unnecessary risk in terms of giving up big plays or allowing Sanchez to get into a rhythm - so what's the recommended approach?

Sending a bunch of guys is always a risky approach, even with a guy like Sanchez at quarterback who isn't great at hitting people in stride. However, if you just rely on four pass rushers and hoping one of them beats their man, the Jets' offensive line is usually good enough to handle that. That's what the Bills found in Week 1. They failed to sack Sanchez and only created six total pressures. In Week 17, they changed their approach - probably based on what they'd seen over the previous few weeks - and generated 14 total pressures with one key strip-sack.

Their approach was not necessarily to blitz more guys - they blitzed nine times in Week 17, only three more than in the opener - it was just to be smarter about how they sent the pressure. If you get creative with your pass rush - throw in a few stunts and so on - then even if the linemen handle that, it usually makes for less of a clean pocket which can cause a quarterback like Sanchez to rush his throw, run himself into trouble or lose his sightlines. The Bills had good success with this in the last game of the season and it made a big difference to Sanchez's performance against a team he had his best game of the year against four months earlier.

As an example of how a strategy like this can lead to a game changing play, we turn to the 49ers game in Week 4. The Jets trailed just 7-0 midway through the first quarter and had a third and one in 49ers territory. Had they converted, who knows how differently the game (34-0 final) would have turned out?

The 49ers lined themselves up like this:

Ray McDonald (#91) drove hard upfield and Ahmad Brooks (#55) stunted underneath him to sack Sanchez and force another Jets punt. The Niners also created plenty of pressure doing the same thing throughout the day.

Again, a creative pass rushing approach wasn't necessarily something which only worked against the Jets in 2012. Teams like the Cowboys and Ravens really rattled Sanchez in 2011 by doing similar things. It's something which the Jets do have some success with, but many teams - including the Bills - tend to see it coming and get rid of the ball to prevent it from leading to any pressure. Since the pass rusher isn't taking a direct route to the quarterback, these blitzes take slightly longer to develop so if your quarterback is decisive, he should still be able to get rid of the ball even as his linemen are on their heels. The reason this was so much more effective against Sanchez at the tail end of last season was because his decisiveness really deserted him and he brought a lot of pressure on himself by being hesitant. Also, even when he did get rid of the ball quickly, his accuracy often let him down and he rarely hit receivers in stride so they could punish the defense and dissuade them from continuing with that approach.

It wasn't just Sanchez that struggled with these situations though. Greg McElroy also showed an alarming lack of poise and an inability to get rid of the ball in his start against the Chargers. He was sacked 11 times and four of these (including three of the first four) came as a direct result of somebody stunting. In McElroy's defense, he was concussed early on in the game which may have slowed down his thought process in the pocket. Also, he may have been specifically told that he should take a sack rather than make a risky throw under pressure. In addition, he hadn't really worked with the first unit. With that said, he did seem to be running for his life a lot in preseason over the past few years too, so I would suggest that he isn't fully developed in terms of having NFL-ready ability to stand comfortably in the pocket and make quick decisions.

In that 11-sack game, the Chargers didn't get their second sack until halfway through the second quarter. It came as a result of a stunt as shown below. The Chargers set up like this:

Jarret Johnson (#96) stunts from the outside to the middle. While Austin Howard and Brandon Moore get themselves in position to deal with this, they both lose inside leverage and Moore is on his heels. He ends up being driven backwards into McElroy by Kendall Reyes (#91). The situation isn't helped by the fact that a defensive back is coming off the edge unblocked, while the back who perhaps should have been directed to stay in, has gone the other way. (We'll revisit that scenario lower down).

On the very next play, the Chargers obviously realized they were onto something. They set up like this:

This time the stunt came from the opposite side and Melvin Ingram (#54) has a clean shot at McElroy because D'Brickashaw Ferguson and Matt Slauson are both blocking the same guy. To his credit, McElroy escaped the rush and got back to the line of scrimmage where he was tackled for no gain (which goes down as a zero-yard sack officially).

You don't need to be that creative all the time, just do it enough times and you're likely to reap the benefits. Sometimes, you can generate pressure simply by sending an extra rusher off the edge. As seen in the example above, this can often lead to a clean shot at the quarterback.

Here's another example. On this play, Richard Sherman comes unblocked off the edge. Maybe this is Sanchez's fault for not directing the back (Lex Hilliard) to get out there and block him or getting rid of it to a hot receiver. Maybe it's Hilliard's fault and he heard the call or read the play wrongly. Maybe one of the receivers should have gone "hot" and didn't, thereby leaving Sanchez exposed. I don't know for certain and it doesn't matter. What does matter is that this is another pattern which kept repeating itself and teams were comfortable to send a guy off the edge because Sanchez wasn't ever able to punish them effectively enough.

The good thing about doing this is that you can mix it up with one of our earlier strategies and drop a linemen or linebacker into coverage at the same time, so you're still only sending four and the rush is less risky.

Again, the Jets do this too, but other quarterbacks tend to be better than Sanchez was last year at getting rid of quick passes to mitigate pressure. It also doesn't help when you don't have great speed at linebacker, which can prevent the coverage underneath such a blitz from being air-tight.

Passing the Ball

So far, the blueprint seems to be to keep the game close and rely on the Jets to turn the ball over or at least struggle to move the chains on offense. However, in 2012 (and this wasn't the case in 2011) one area where you could usually outperform the Jets was in terms of converting scoring opportunities. Take the last game of the year as an example. The Jets had to settle for four field goals (missing one), whereas the Bills got in the endzone four times. Despite being outgained by just two yards, that translates to a 19-point loss in what otherwise would have been a close game.

My advice to teams down near the goal line would therefore be to throw the ball. We know from a previous BGA that the Jets' goal line defense is pretty good. However, down in the red zone, they can be prone to coverage breakdowns.

Coverage breakdowns are again not something that were unique to the 2012 season. Brodney Pool made some bad mistakes in 2011 and 2010. Even the 2009 defense wasn't immune as Kerry Rhodes and James Ihedigbo both had costly blown coverages. However, these types of play - where a receiver is all alone in the end zone - are like free points to an NFL-caliber player and there were enough of them that I think it would be worthwhile to set up a play looking for an easy option, while still having the option to throw into a tight window or scramble for the line if the defense doesn't flinch.

The issue seems to come from defensive players being unaware whether they have a man or zone assignment. Let's look at some examples:

On this play, the Rams send three guys to the outside and then have one break back to the back of the end zone. Three defenders all follow to the outside, so clearly someone should either have been in man coverage on the receiver who got loose or someone should have stayed underneath in zone coverage. Without knowing the defensive set, I can't know who was at fault, but it doesn't really matter from the offense's perspective. What matters is that it happened and they exploited it.

On this play, Ellis Lankster is covering in the slot and when Wes Welker goes to the outside, he clearly passes him off to the man behind him. The only problem is that the man who would be behind him - Kyle Wilson - has followed another receiver to the inside. Clearly Lankster thought this was a zone coverage and Wilson thought it was a man. Again, you can't know who was at fault without knowing the defensive set, but the fact is that the easy scoring opportunity presented itself, so this is the kind of thing worth looking at doing for an offensive opponent.

Finally, this play is a well executed playfake. Rob Gronkowski runs a drag route and ends up outrunning Bart Scott and Calvin Pace to the outside for an easy catch. It looks like Scott is responsible for the zone over the middle and Pace - who starts off lined up opposite another tight end is responsible for the outside, but ends up taking a step to the inside and is unable to get his momentum going in the other direction in time. This isn't so much a blown coverage as a coverage where there was an easily exploitable weakness - Pace's lack of mobility and acceleration. It's similar though, because he ends up being a step late - just due to a physical deficiency rather than a mental error.

What these plays have in common and what they tell us about how to attack the Jets' pass defense is that offenses should use misdirection to create gaps in the Jets zones. Instead of attacking single coverage, where the Jets excel, you're better off running a clear-out route, bunching receivers or criss-crossing routes to try and cause confusion. Down there, if you cause enough hesitation to get one step of separation, most NFL quarterbacks can make that throw.

This isn't just effective in the red zone - consider my breakdown of the Antonio Gates touchdown which showed how well-crafted the play was in terms of pulling Antonio Cromartie and Kyle Wilson away from where Gates was able to get open. Also, consider the Shane Vereen touchdown on Thanksgiving (which nobody wants to see again so I'm not going to link to it) where they drew the defense to the inside and then were able to get a long touchdown down the sideline.

(If I'm going to be snarky, I'd also add to my blueprint the suggestion to set as many illegal picks as possible because the Jets never seem to get that call).

I'd like to hope that the new offensive coordinator would be able to do a better job of designing plays so that opportunities like those that presented themselves in the examples above occur regularly for whoever is quarterbacking the Jets next year, but we'll have to see. As far as 2012 was concerned, Sanchez just wasn't as good in the red zone as he was in 2011, blowing opportunities like this one, for example. His accuracy and hesitancy continued to blight him all year.

Without any coverage breakdowns, it's not easy to attack the Jets. While Scott has a reputation for being exploited repeatedly in coverage, the reality simply doesn't bear this out, as he's only given up catches down the field on a couple of occasions in the last few years. Tom Brady famously picked on rookies Antonio Allen and Demario Davis in the Pats' come-from-behind overtime win earlier in the year and Isaiah Trufant went through a phase of being routinely picked on whenever he lined up on the outside, but generally your best bet is to take what the defense gives you.

Conclusions

As I said at the outset, there did seem to be a few distinct things which teams routinely saw success with during the 2012 season and I've discussed these above. You're not guaranteed to have success with these things all the time, but they generally weren't things the Jets were able to exploit, so it wasn't a big risk to try them - and often led to key plays that were the difference in any given contest.

Are these things a flawless way of achieving certain victory? Absolutely not - in fact, often when you spot a weakness in your opponent, you'll find that they've been working on it all week and when you try to exploit it, they've figured things out. (A good example of this is the Eagles game in 2011, where the Jets were facing a team that was notoriously bad against the screen pass, so they tried a bunch of screen passes and the Eagles had been well-drilled enough to blow them all up, en route to a huge win). However, these are things that the Jets never managed to figure out and by the end of the year it was apparent that if teams did these things, they were increasing their chances of winning.

A lot of the content in this article is opinion-based, moreso than in a usual BGA. You may have your own ideas about some of the things I suggested above or even other suggestions for things that always seemed to catch the Jets out. This is not the final word on this by any means, so feel free to pick holes in what I've written down in the comments.

With free agency right around the corner, we're taking a break now until after the draft. Ideas for future BGA articles are still welcomed though!

Tags: BGA, Editorial Aside, Bent Double

Jets Post Game Live: Report Card 00:03:37
Failing grades abound as Jets Post Game Live hands out report cards for the Jets' performance in Monday's loss 41-10 to the Colts.

Bowles and Petty on ugly loss 00:01:43
Jets head coach Todd Bowles and Quarterback Bryce Petty discuss the Jets' lopsided 41-10 loss against the Colts.

New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles named Bryce Petty the starting quarterback for the remainder of the season, barring injury, after he replaced Ryan Fitzpatrick midway through Monday's 41-10 loss to the Indianapolis Colts.

Bowles said he planned to name Petty the team's starting quarterback for the rest of the year regardless of what happened Monday, adding that Fitzpatrick's ineffectiveness -- 5-for-12, 81 yards, no touchdowns and one interception -- in the loss to the Colts did not factor into the decision.

Petty completed 11 of 25 passes for 135 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions as he replaced Fitzpatrick for the second half, entering a 31-3 game. 

Tags: Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Ryan Fitzpatrick
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Vacchiano: Petty takes over 00:05:32
SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano breaks down the Jets' 41-10 loss to the Colts on Monday night.

Andrew Luck was nearly perfect in his return from a concussion, throwing for four touchdowns, three to Dwayne Allen, in the Indianapolis Colts' 41-10 romp Monday night past the inept New York Jets.

Not that Luck had to work very hard against the hosts, who were booed by a much-less-than-filled MetLife Stadium almost from the outset.

Luck missed last week's loss to Pittsburgh, cleared the NFL's concussion protocol on the weekend, and came back in style with a prime-time performance. He lifted Indianapolis (6-6) into a tie for the lead in the AFC South with Tennessee and Houston.

Tags: Bryce Petty, Indianapolis Colts, Matt Forte, Nick Folk, Ryan Fitzpatrick
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 (Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE)
(Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE)

The 54-year-old man who shot and killed former Jets RB Joe McKnight last week has been arrested and charged with manslaughter, according to multiple reports.

McKnight was killed in a shooting in Louisiana on Thursday,

The shooting took place at roughly 3 p.m.

A witness said an argument took place between McKnight and the shooter before the shooter opened fire multiple times.

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New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty has ball batted down by the Indianapolis Colts at MetLife Stadium. Petty replaced Jets starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. (Robert Deutsch/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty has ball batted down by the Indianapolis Colts at MetLife Stadium. Petty replaced Jets starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. (Robert Deutsch/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles benched starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick in favor of backup Bryce Petty for the second half of Monday's game against the Indianapolis Colts at MetLife Stadium.

Fitzpatrick completed 5 of 12 passes for 81 yards with an interception and a 30.2 passer rating as the Jets trailed 24-3 at halftime.

Petty is making his first game appearance since Week 10, a 9-6 loss to the Los Angeles Rams in which he went 19-for-32 with 163 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

Tags: Bryce Petty, Indianapolis Colts, Ryan Fitzpatrick
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New York Jets running back Joe McKnight walks back to the locker room following practice at SUNY Cortland. (Rich Barnes-US PRESSWIRE)
New York Jets running back Joe McKnight walks back to the locker room following practice at SUNY Cortland. (Rich Barnes-US PRESSWIRE)

The New York Jets have held a moment of silence before their game against the Indianapolis Colts at MetLife Stadium to honor former running back Joe McKnight, killed last Thursday in Louisiana.

Authorities said McKnight, 28, was shot during a road rage incident that was possibly sparked by a driver cutting off another on a nearby bridge in Terrytown, across the Mississippi River from New Orleans. The shooter was identified by police as Ronald Gasser, 54, and he was released overnight, drawing criticism.

McKnight was rated the nation's No. 1 running back recruit when he came out of Louisiana in 2006 and signed with the University of Southern California. He was a fourth-round draft pick of the Jets in 2010 and played three seasons for New York. He spent a season with Kansas City, and most recently played for the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League.

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THE GAME: The Indianapolis Colts (5-6) at the Jets (3-8) at the Meadowlands on Monday, Dec. 5 at 8:25 p.m. ET.

THE WEATHER: It's getting colder around here. A mild day with temperatures near 50 will see the temperatures drop below 40 during the game with the light Meadowlands winds making it feel even colder.

Tags: Calvin Pryor, Christian Hackenberg, Dakota Dozier, Devin Smith, Indianapolis Colts, Jalin Marshall, Lorenzo Mauldin, Mike Catapano, Rontez Miles, Steve McLendon
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New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty (9) rolls out against the Washington Redskins during the second half at FedEx Field. (Brad Mills)
New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty (9) rolls out against the Washington Redskins during the second half at FedEx Field. (Brad Mills)

While the Jets have remained noncommittal about their plans to address the quarterback position, Bryce Petty is hoping to get a chance to prove himself as the franchise's quarterback of the future.

"You know what? I don't know," Petty told New York Daily news about being the team's QB next season. "I can only control so much. I hope so. I really do. I love it here. I love this team. I love Coach. Shoot, it'd blow my skirt up if that was the case… I'm going to work to make that happen. You got to go out and get it."

Petty started against the Rams in Week 10 when Ryan Fitzpatrick was out with an injury, and completed 19 of 32 passes for 163 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. It was the first, and so far the only, start of his career.

While some have questioned why Todd Bowles has not given the young quarterback more opportunities to prove himself, many believe it is because Petty has simply not shown enough during practice to earn the starting job.

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Vacc's 3 Keys: Colts-Jets 00:03:19
SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano identifies three keys for a Jets victory on Monday as they host the Indianapolis Colts.

THE GAME: The Indianapolis Colts (5-6) at the Jets (3-8) at the Meadowlands on Monday, Dec. 5 at 8:25 p.m. ET.

THE WEATHER: It's getting colder around here. A mild day with temperatures near 50 will see the temperatures drop below 40 during the game with the light Meadowlands winds making it feel even colder.

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Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck and Colts receiver T.Y. Hilton embrace after their victory over the Chicago Bears at Lucas Oil Stadium. (Thomas J. Russo/USA Today Sports Images)
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck and Colts receiver T.Y. Hilton embrace after their victory over the Chicago Bears at Lucas Oil Stadium. (Thomas J. Russo/USA Today Sports Images)

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During the season, Bent's Game Analysis charts games for some of the New York Jets' upcoming opponents, enabling a breakdown of what to watch out for on game day…

This week's Monday Night Football will see the Jets hosting the 5-6 Indianapolis Colts. Despite having endured a disappointing year so far, the Colts were just one game out of first place in the AFC South entering this weekend. The Colts have lost three of their last four games, albeit to three potential playoff teams in Green Bay, Kansas City and Pittsburgh. The teams met early last year with the Jets defeating the Colts 20-7, again on Monday Night Football, in one of the best performances of the Todd Bowles and Mike Maccagnan era.

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Brian Bassett welcomes Brian Costello of the New York Post to the podcast, and they take a deep dive into the question of whether or not the Jets are better off today than the day when Woody Johnson flipped the switch from the John Idzik/Rex Ryan regime, to the current Mike Maccagnan/Todd Bowles duo. Later, SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano joins the show to talk about his Thursday conversation with Darrelle Revis at Florham Park, and to share his thoughts on Revis' future with the Jets.


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Oct 2, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (96) celebrates after a blocked pass in the second half at MetLife Stadium. Seattle Seahawks defeat the New York Jets 27-17. Mandatory Credit: William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports (William Hauser)
Oct 2, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (96) celebrates after a blocked pass in the second half at MetLife Stadium. Seattle Seahawks defeat the New York Jets 27-17. Mandatory Credit: William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports (William Hauser)

The Jets released their injury report on Saturday. The following players were listed...

Out:

  • WR Jalin Marshall (concussion)
  • DT Steve McLendon (hamstring)
  • S Calvin Pryor (concussion)

Doubtful

  • LB Lorenzo Mauldin (ankle)
Tags: Breno Giacomini, Calvin Pryor, Jalin Marshall, Lorenzo Mauldin, Marcus Williams, Steve McLendon
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Jets Game Plan quarterback demo 00:03:17
Ray Lucas and Eric Coleman demonstrate the quarterback position on this edition of Jets Game Plan.

Ray Lucas and Eric Coleman demonstrate the quarterback position on this edition of Jets Game Plan...


GEICO SportsNite: Jets' Williams 00:01:22
Leonard Williams talks about his dominance, while former teammates of Joe McKnight discuss his death and career.

 (Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE)
(Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE)

Jets DE Muhammad Wilkerson spoke about the death of former Jet and teammate Joe McKnight through a team release on Friday afternoon. 

McKnight, who played for the Jets from 2010-2012, was killed in a shooting incident in Louisiana on Tuesday. 

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 (Robert Deutsch)
(Robert Deutsch)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv:

Darrelle Revis has made it pretty clear that he intends to play in 2017, telling SNY "I still have a lot of football to play." He even thinks he can still play football at a high level.

But at what position? And for whom? Neither of those answers are clear just yet. And though it's certainly possible that the Jets will simply part ways with the greatest cornerback they've ever had, a team source insisted not to rule Revis out of the Jets' 2017 plans just yet.

Tags: Darrelle Revis, Ralph Vacchiano
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The Jets released their injury report on Friday. The following players were listed...

Did Not Participate in Practice

  • S Calvin Pryor (concussion)
  • WR Brandon Marshall (foot, knee)
  • LB Lorenzo Mauldin (ankle)
  • T Steve McClendon (hamstring)
  • WR Jalin Marshall (concussion)
  • WR Devin Smith (illness)
Tags: Breno Giacomini, Calvin Pryor, Jalin Marshall, Lorenzo Mauldin, Marcus Williams, Nick Mangold, Steve McLendon
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Brian Bassett:

Welp. Let's face it brother, this season has been a bust.

Maybe it is just me, but it seems like the Faustian bargain made by Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Jets on the eve of training camp signaled the end. Since then the trajectory of this team has been steadily downward: horrifying play at QB, the season-ending injury to Eric Decker, the immolation of Darrelle Revis as "player who gives a damn" … it has been rough. Hell, even Muhammad Wilkerson's reputation looks to be streaking down the Alpine Slide at Action Park!

But since we're Jets fans, we are notorious gluttons for punishment. So rather than dwell on all the bad stuff … what causes for hope do you have from what you've seen this season, Bent?

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New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty throws the ball during warmups before a game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Scott Galvin/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty throws the ball during warmups before a game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Scott Galvin/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Jets offensive coordinator Chan Gailey said young quarterbacks Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg need to get all the reps they can get to continue to develop.

Though the Jets have decided to turn back to Ryan Fitzpatrick at quarterback for the foreseeable future, Gailey said Petty "needs all of the work he can get," according to NJ.com's Connor Hughes.

"It helps to play in games. ... The probability in games, you've got a lot better idea of what's going to happen," Gailey said. "In practice, you only have about a 75 percent probability of how they're going to be, how they're to play, and how they're going to progress."

Petty has started just one game -- a 9-6 loss to the Los Angeles Rams in Week 10 -- this season before head coach Todd Bowles opted to make Fitzpatrick, who led New York to 10 wins last season, the starter again.

Tags: Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Ryan Fitzpatrick
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GEICO SportsNite: FNNY on Revis 00:04:28
Football Night in New York discusses Darrelle Revis' struggles and his future in the National Football League amid retirement rumors.

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GEICO SportsNite: Darrelle Revis 00:01:34
Ralph Vacchiano reports from the Jets facility on the Darrelle Revis rumors of him possibly retiring after the 2016 season.

Darrelle Revis, the embattled Jets cornerback, insists that he has given no thought to retirement despite his age and his struggles this season, and that his love for the game of football is as strong as ever. In fact, in an interview with SNY.tv on Thursday, he said any questions about how much he still wants to play are "really bizarre."

That was the 31-year-old Revis' response to the latest round of criticism in what has become a miserable season for the future Hall of Famer. He has struggled on the field in a season he admits is "definitely not" up to his personal standards, and the shots he's taken in the media have been relentless at times.

The latest came in a report in the New York Daily News on Wednesday that quoted a "confidant" of the cornerback saying "If he had his way he'd be done right now. He doesn't want to play anymore."

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The Jets released their injury report on Thursday. The following players were listed...

Did Not Participate in Practice

  • S Calvin Pryor (concussion)
  • T Breno Giacomini (undisclosed)
  • LB Lorenzo Mauldin (ankle)
  • T Steve McClendon (hamstring)
  • WR Jalin Marshall
Tags: Breno Giacomini, Calvin Pryor, Jalin Marshall, Lorenzo Mauldin, Marcus Williams, Matt Forte, Muhammad Wilkerson, Nick Mangold, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Steve McLendon
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 (Robert Deutsch)
(Robert Deutsch)

Jets CB Darrelle Revis would be done playing right now if he had his way, a confidant told Manish Mehta of the Daily News.

"He's done," the confidant said. "If he had his way, he'd be done right now. He doesn't want to play anymore. He's made a lot of money."

The confidant added that Revis "tanked" this season.

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GEICO SportsNite: David Harris 00:01:19
Jets linebacker David Harris talks about the prospect of facing a strong Colts team.

New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (96) smiles during the first half against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. (Noah K. Murray)
New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (96) smiles during the first half against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. (Noah K. Murray)

While Muhammad Wilkerson has struggled to put up strong numbers on the stat sheet this season, head coach Todd Bowles has confidence the defensive end will have a good end to the season. 

"He's still getting the kinks out of it sometimes, but he's feeling a lot better now, so I expect to see a lot better Mo," Bowles told reporters following Wednesday's practice. 

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(William Hauser)

Jets head coach Todd Bowles spoke to the media following Wednesday's practice. Here is what we learned...

  • It's still uncertain whether or not injured center Nick Mangold will play on Monday night against the Colts. 
  • With lack of creating turnovers, the team has been working hard in practice to get them. "We [are] trying everything we can to get them," Bowles said. "It's just not falling our way right now." 
  • WR Devin Smith has returned to practice and has no restrictions on what he can do. So far, according to Bowles, Smith is almost caught up with the offense.
Tags: Devin Smith, Indianapolis Colts, Muhammad Wilkerson, Nick Mangold
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Sep 1, 2016; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers offensive tackle Donald Hawkins (78) during the second quarter at Bank of America Stadium. (Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports)
Sep 1, 2016; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers offensive tackle Donald Hawkins (78) during the second quarter at Bank of America Stadium. (Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets have added T Donald Hawkins to their practice squad, the team announced. 

He will take the place of T Zach Sterup, who was cut from the practice squad on Tuesday. 

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Wide receivers giving Jets hope? 00:02:05
Jets Extra Point analyzes the fortunes of the Jets' passing game moving forward, noting the emergence of Quincy Enunwa.

Quincy Enunwa got back on track Sunday during the Jets' 22-17 loss to the Patriots.

Enunwa was targeted five times and reeled in all five passes, accumulating 109 yards and one touchdown.

He had just one reception each game during Week 9 against the Dolphins and Week 10 against the Rams.

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Wide receivers giving Jets hope? 00:02:05
Jets Extra Point analyzes the fortunes of the Jets' passing game moving forward, noting the emergence of Quincy Enunwa.

New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) celebrates after catching a touchdown pass in front of New England Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler (not pictured) at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch)
New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) celebrates after catching a touchdown pass in front of New England Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler (not pictured) at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch)

WR Brandon Marshall wants to finish his career with the Jets, the wide receiver told reporters on Monday.

"Obviously (I have) no plans on retiring, no plans on switching teams," Marshall said. "Would love to stay here and retire as a Jet."

The Jets acquired Marshall and a seventh round draft pick from the Bears for a fifth round pick prior to the 2015 NFL Draft. In his first season with New York, Marshall caught 109 passes for 1,502 yards and 14 touchdowns.

"You never know in this business," Marshall admitted about the chances he will be back in New York next season.

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Corey Griffin and Brian Bassett deal with another inevitable loss to the Patriots, and the inevitable calls for the heads of Todd Bowles, Darrelle Revis, and Muhammad Wilkerson. They sift through another week of your voice mails, as the Jets sort through what's left of their season.

Tags: Darrelle Revis, Muhammad Wilkerson
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GEICO SportsNite: Jets on FNNY 00:04:06
The Football Night in New York panel discusses Ryan Fitzpatrick, Bryce Petty and the Jets' recent loss to New England.

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GEICO SportsNite: Todd Bowles 00:01:26
Jeane Coakley talks with Jets head coach Todd Bowles about the quarterback situation and the team?s recent loss to the Patriots at home.

It's the same old quarterback for the same old Jets.

Ryan Fitzpatrick will remain the Jets starting quarterback, Todd Bowles announced on Monday, and he indicated it wasn't even a difficult decision. It doesn't matter to the Jets coach that Fitzpatrick is almost certainly not coming back next season, nor does it apparently matter to him that the 3-8 Jets have nothing left to play for this year.

Fitzpatrick, Bowles said, gives the Jets the best chance to win and Bowles still thinks that's important. So at least for now, the future - and Bryce Petty and rookie Christian Hackenberg - will have to wait.

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New York Jets safety Calvin Pryor (25) against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets safety Calvin Pryor (25) against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

Jets S Calvin Pryor has a concussion, head coach Todd Bowles told reporters on Monday

Pryor suffered the injury during New England's game-winning drive that gave the Patriots the 22-17 victory.

On the season, Pryor has 44 tackles to go with five passes defended and one forced fumble.

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(Robert Deutsch)

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By the end of the game, Patriots fans had taken over the Meadowlands and no one was surprised. Most of the Jets fans sadly headed for the exits, having seen this ending before.

Of course the Jets had a chance to beat the Patriots, and of course it ended with the ball getting swatted out of Ryan Fitzpatrick's hands. And of course Tom Brady, given enough time -- or any time at all -- engineered a game-winning drive. That's the way it goes for teams who have franchise quarterbacks on their roster. That's the way it goes, far too often against the Jets.

Tags: Bilal Powell, Brandon Marshall, Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Darrelle Revis, Juston Burris, Matt Forte, Quincy Enunwa, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Ralph Vacchiano
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Bent: This was as frustrating a loss as the Jets have experienced all season. While it's easy to take consolation from the fact that the game was essentially meaningless and that losing the game might even be for the best in the long run, it's always unbearable to lose to the Patriots. 

That's especially true when the Jets arguably played well enough to win comfortably...

Tags: BGA, Darrelle Revis, Muhammad Wilkerson, Nick Mangold, Sheldon Richardson
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GEICO SportsNite: Jets' future 00:03:43
The guys on FNNY discuss the Jets' loss to the Patriots and what it means for the futures of Ryan Fitzpatrick and Darrelle Revis.

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New England Patriots linebacker Jonathan Freeny causes New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick to fumble during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New England Patriots linebacker Jonathan Freeny causes New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick to fumble during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles did not say whether or not Ryan Fitzpatrick, who threw for 269 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 22-17 loss to the New England Patriots, would be the team's Week 13 starting quarterback.

Tags: Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, New England Patriots, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Ralph Vacchiano
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Post Game Overtime: Jets-Pats 00:12:31
Chad Cascadden, Mike Westhoff, Ray Lucas and Jonas Schwartz grade the Jets' 22-17 loss to the New England Patriots.

New York Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa catches a touchdown pass over New England Patriots corner back Malcolm Butler during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa catches a touchdown pass over New England Patriots corner back Malcolm Butler during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa used his butt to help him make a highlight-reel touchdown that helped him record his first 100-yard receiving game in Sunday's 22-17 loss to the New England Patriots.

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Darrelle Revis, Eric Decker, New England Patriots, Quincy Enunwa, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Jets showed flashes of what they had hoped to be a fluent offense and strong defense in a 22-17 loss to the New England Patriots. But at the end of the day, following another loss, they are still in the midst of a lost season.

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Bryce Petty, Buster Skrine, Darrelle Revis, Eric Decker, New England Patriots, Quincy Enunwa, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Sheldon Richardson
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Bowles reflects on loss to Pats 00:01:57
Todd Bowles and Ryan Fitzpatrick discuss the importance of finishing strong to end games after the 22-17 loss to the New England Patriots.

Darrelle Revis allowed Malcolm Mitchell to score a late touchdown and Ryan Fitzpatrick fumbled on the ensuing drive as the New York Jets lost to the New England Patriots, 22-17, Sunday at MetLife Stadium.

Tags: Brandon Marshall, New England Patriots, Quincy Enunwa, Ryan Fitzpatrick
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Vacc's 3 Keys: Patriots-Jets 00:04:03
SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano identifies three keys for a Jets upset over the New England Patriots on Sunday.

THE GAME: The New England Patriots (8-2) at the Jets (3-7) at the Meadowlands on Sunday, Nov. 27 at 4:25 p.m. ET.

THE WEATHER: There's a storm front coming … but not soon enough to impact this game. Unfortunately for the Jets, since weather is a great equalizer, it'll be a nice, brisk day with temperatures in the low-to-mid 40s and moderate winds (although again, unfortunately for the Jets, probably not strong enough to impact the game).

WHAT IT MEANS: In terms of this season? Nothing. In terms of the future? Nothing. But the Jets, with their decision to go back to veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick, are going all-in on one, feel-good day for themselves and their fans. Yeah, sure, they're not mathematically eliminated yet. But Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy aren't walking through that door, so let's stick to reality. The Jets want to beat the Patriots to have one happy day before the reality of their December death march towards the end of their season kicks in.

Tags: Bryce Petty, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Ralph Vacchiano
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GEICO SportsNite: Jets injuries 00:01:27
Todd Bowles and Ryan Fitzpatrick discuss the health of the team following the bye week as they prepare for the Patriots.

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Nov 20, 2016; Santa Clara, CA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) celebrates after a touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers during the fourth quarter at Levi's Stadium. The New England Patriots defeated the San Francisco 49ers 30-17. (Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports)
Nov 20, 2016; Santa Clara, CA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) celebrates after a touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers during the fourth quarter at Levi's Stadium. The New England Patriots defeated the San Francisco 49ers 30-17. (Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports)

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During the season, Bent's Game Analysis charts games for some of the Jets' upcoming opponents, enabling a breakdown of what to watch out for on gameday…

Last year, the Patriots lost in overtime at MetLife Stadium, but the chances of a repeat performance tomorrow are slim. With the Jets falling to 3-7 before the bye, a chance to play spoiler is about all they have to play for over the final six games of the year. While many fans are already looking ahead to next year, the Jets' coaching staff will still be going all out to give a competitive effort. However, it might be hard to motivate their players following a frustrating first half of the season. 

Tags: BGA, New England Patriots
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GEICO SportsNite: NY Jets 00:01:45
Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis, wide receiver Brandon Marshall, and head coach Todd Bowles preview the weekend clash with the Patriots.

Oct 17, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; New York Jets center Nick Mangold (74) against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Jets 28-3. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)
Oct 17, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; New York Jets center Nick Mangold (74) against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Jets 28-3. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

Despite missing the last three games with an ankle injury, center Nick Mangold said he is hopeful he can play come Sunday. 

Mangold said he continues to feel better as the days go on. However, he was limited in practice Friday and is officially listed as questionable for the matchup against the Patriots.

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GEICO SportsNite: Jets-Pats 00:01:51
The Jets discuss their upcoming divisional matchup with Tom Brady and the Patriots at MetLife Stadium on Sunday.

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - There are many reasons why Todd Bowles gave a stiff arm to the future this week and decided to ride with Ryan Fitzpatrick as his quarterback on Sunday. The most important one, he's said all along, is that Fitzpatrick gives the Jets their best shot at a win.

And boy, in the middle of this miserable, lost season, would a win over the New England Patriots feel good.

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Darrelle Revis, Ryan Fitzpatrick
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