THE GOOD:

Ben Roethlisberger: The guy is magic, even if he’s a sexual predator. He masks the shortcomings of an offensive line like no one I’ve seen besides Peyton Manning, except he does it more with brawn and moxie than intelligence. The Steelers win was more due to him than anyone else on their team today, and that is often the case.

Ryan Clark: The guy doesn’t get enough credit, but he wasn’t on the field vs Denver and that was felt in their loss. You didn’t see him blow too many things up this evening, but he was part of the reason the Steelers didn’t miss Polamalu as much as expected.

Garrett McIntyre: The only guy on the Jets defense who mastered the surprisingly rare ability of tackling Ben Roethlisberger.

THE BAD:

Mark Sanchez: Last week’s beautiful princess turned into this week’s bleating, incompetent goat. Communications issues continued with the WR corps, and given the fact that it seems to extend to every WR on the Jets’ roster, you have to look towards the QB. Let the Tebow talk begin.

Bart Scott: He may be lighter and faster, but he’s still missing tackles after his big miss on Spiller last week.

The Jets’ Medical Staff: Shonn Greene pretty obviously suffered a concussion in the first half. Sanchez ushered a dizzy, off balance Greene from the field. He came back and still looked out of sorts.

THE TEBOW:

He didn’t get many snaps, but if there was any time Jets fans wanted to see more Tebow, it was probably today. Sanchez was horrific in the 2nd half. Tebow had a nice 22 yard run but didn’t produce anything else in limited snaps. After the game, Rex Ryan insinuated that less Tebow plays were run because the injured Shonn Greene is heavily involved in a lot of those plays. I’m sure future opponents will take note of that.

 
Can you trust this man to throw a football?

Can you trust this man to throw a football?

THE GOOD:

Stephen Hill: 5 catches, 89 yards, 2 TDs. He didn’t look NFL ready in the preseason, but he looked great in his regular season debut. Despite his rare combination of size and speed, Hill fell out of the first round because he was in an unorthodox run heavy college offense. It’s the same offense Calvin Johnson played in during college.

Mark Sanchez: He really looked like a different QB out there today, but Sparano’s offense is much more Sanchez friendly. A run heavy offense that plays to Sanchez’s strength (play action passing) and results in easy to digest single high safety looks are perfect for him. The Bills’ secondary was so dreadful I feel like we still have to wait and see with Sanchez, but he’s looking good so far.

C.J. Spiller: The lone bright spot for the Bills. Fred Jackson is injured again and it may be Spiller’s time to shine. He showed his great ability to pick up yards after the catch today, and he runs really well in space – something the Bills’ spread offense creates.

THE BAD:

Ryan Fitzpatrick: This looked like the Ryan Fitzpatrick that struggled mightily down the stretch last year. The Bills placed the blame on injury, but Fitzpatrick isn’t injured now.

Mario Williams: He was double teamed and chipped by the Jets today, but he was invisible. That’s a lot of money to pay a guy who is invisible. He should be having an effect even when double teamed, especially when one of the double teamers is a guy who is making his second career start at tackle.

The Bills Secondary: They were absolutely shredded today by a Jets WR corps that consists of rookies, retreads and unknowns behind Santonio Holmes. Jairus Byrd even looked awful. The Jets receivers may be a little better than expected, but the Bills should not be getting shredded by these guys.

THE TEBOW

The bulked up Tebow looked slow and was ineffective when he played. The Jets put him in for his first goal line attempt in the second half, and they were called for delay of game. If this keeps up we won’t be seeing a lot of “wildcat” when the Jets offense is on the field.

 

 
Unlike Sex Panther, The Jets Offense Only Works 3% of the Time.

Unlike Sex Panther, The Jets Offense Only Works 3% of the Time.

If this works well, I might make this a feature for all games I watch this season. When it’s not a Jets game, I’ll just toss something else in there besides Tebow.

The Good:

Kenrick EllisWow, it’s like night and day looking at Ellis last year and this year. He had a batted pass and disrupted plays all night. I wasn’t feeling too warm about Ellis last year, but he looked good last week and he looked great this week.

LaRon Landry - Another big hit on a WR. Another interception. This guy is making plays and (as everyone else says) as long as he stays healthy he’s going to be a force this season.

Austin Howard - I don’t know if I’d gush about him as much as Collinsworth did, but he definitely held his own out there tonight. If all you’ve done is watch Wayne Hunter tape the past few weeks, Howard looked like a Hall of Famer.

THE BAD:

Wayne HunterEven against the second stringers, he still looked terrible. I watched Hunter get beaten by some second string clown tonight. He’ll probably be mugged by a 2nd grader on his way to his car tonight. Everyone beats up on Wayne Hunter.

The Jets TEs: They didn’t play bad. They’re just all injured. Cumberland was already out with a concussion, Keller hurt his hamstring and Josh Baker hurt his knee. The only healthy TEs are now Epps (Who was almost assuredly getting cut, and still might depending on how badly injured the Jets’ TEs are) and Hayden Smith, who’s only been playing football a few months.

Second String OLThey only got worse when Wayne Hunter joined their ranks. Ducasse and Schlauderhaf don’t inspire any confidence as reserves, and there is still no true backup at center. Remember what happened when Nick Mangold was out last year? The entire offensive line fell apart. Colin Baxter, who stepped in for Mangold last year, would probably improve this group.

The TebowHe made a beautiful throw on his final drive and had a couple nifty Tebow Magic Run moments, but there was a lot of ugly too. I can’t remember the last time I saw such a mobile quarterback that was so terrible at throwing on the run. It seems to mostly be mechanical issues that hurts him there. He likes to throw across his body, Brett Favre style, without even setting his feet. Brett Favre can get away with that, but Tebow can’t. After a nice run the crowd cheered and chanted Tebow’s name, but it took only a minute or two before Tebow was getting booed again.

That other QB, Sanchez? Made one or two bad throws, but he looks like he’s at least improved a little.

That Other Team That Was On the FieldLuke Kuechly is the real deal. Chris Gamble did not look impressive against Stephen Hill, but maybe he’s dogging it a little in the preseason. Derek Anderson is still awful. Cam Newton is pretty amazing. I was wrong to ever doubt him.

 
In the read option if the first receiver isn't open, Tebow prays and then runs.

In the read option if the first receiver isn’t open, Tebow prays and then runs.

Today, I’m going to do what professional sports journalists do. I’m going to take a simple quote and overanalyze it far too much in order to come to an interesting conclusion.

First, the background. The Jets have been ridiculously secretive about their “Wildcat” plays, banning anyone attending practice from speaking about them. Why be so secretive about it? There’s about 3-5 basic plays that are run from the wildcat formation, and everyone knows them already. Everyone just passes it off as the Jets being silly about being secretive, but what if “Wildcat” is just a smoke screen? What if they’re not running a Wildcat with Tebow? What if it’s really the read-option Tebow ran in Denver, and the Jets are trying to trick, at the very least, their week one opponent, the Bills, who will be unprepared? If that is the plan, I don’t think it will work. I expect NFL coaches to be a little smarter than that. I would expect the defense to watch film of Tebow from last year and be prepared a little for the read-option.

I read this quote today on ESPN: “It’s fine,” Tebow said Thursday. “We had a few live reps in practice, but I’ve ran that stuff before so I’ve had reps in my life at it.”  Tebow was responding to a question regarding whether or not he’ll have trouble running “Wildcat” plays which they hadn’t practiced live in preseason games.

Now, Tebow might just mean that he’s run some “Wildcat” plays before during games. Or, he slipped, and he let us know that it’s going to be more of a read-option offense, with which Tebow is already very familiar from his extensive time with that offensive system. If I knew how many true “Wildcat” plays Tebow has run in his life, I could make a better guess as to whether or not he let something slip here.

Preseason is so boring this is the kind of thing I write! BRING ON THE REGULAR SEASON, DAMN IT.

 
This is the consultant the Jets brought in improve their wildcat formations. This is the real reason there's a media blackout during practice when they run the plays. If it got out the Jets hired an alpaca, the fans would revolt.

This is the consultant the Jets brought in improve their wildcat formations. This is the real reason there’s a media blackout during practice when they run the plays. If it got out the Jets hired an alpaca, the fans would revolt.

 

Alright, ESPN, I think this time you’ve gone TOO FAR.

Tim Tebow speaks after Jets win by a score of Jets 6, Bengals 17.

Tim Tebow speaks after Jets win by a score of Jets 6, Bengals 17.

 

You can really see the defense and the offense getting into it here. It was a little less than friendly.

On the upside, they seem to be in peak condition.

On the upside, they seem to be in peak condition.

 
I AM JUST YOUR #2 QUARTERBACK

I AM JUST YOUR #2 QUARTERBACK

 
Plax, is that a loaded Glock in your waistband, or are you just happy to see me?

Plax, is that a loaded Glock in your waistband, or are you just happy to see me?

Interesting interview with Plaxico Burress expounded on by Manish Mehta.

It’s hard to tell what to think about Burress after reading this article. You’d think maybe he was humbled when he mentions being in a cell 16-17 hours day, doing manual labor and crying in prison. Then you read something like this:

““I just have that confidence and belief in myself that I’m going to go out there and play at a high level,” Burress said. “Then, everybody is going to go back to scratching their head again. How does he do it? How did he not practice and do it? He’s been away for two years… How does he do it?””

Maybe that sprained ankle will let him know that it’s going to take a little practice to even be a shadow of what he once was when he was a younger receiver.

““I don’t take no sh– from nobody,” Burress said about his perceived public image. “You got earn my respect as a person. You got love for me. I got love for you.””

Sorry, Plaxico. I think you’ve got to earn everyone’s respect as a person again… and as a player.

 

 

An Alpaca Reacts to Victor Cruz's Third Touchdown

An Alpaca Reacts to Victor Cruz's Third Touchdown

Jets defensive backs - It looked like they missed Darrelle Revis, and I didn’t notice Steve Smith on the field for the Giants at all. Antonio Cromartie looked decent in coverage but his poor tackling showed up on the 50+ yard pass to Ahmad Bradshaw. Undrafted free agent Victor Cruz lit up the Jets defense, and looks like a miniature Marques Colston thanks to his excellent body control.

Kellen Clemens - was given a long look during the game, possibly to generate interest in him as trade bait. Although he looked a lot better than Kevin O’Connell he will be due too much money to keep on as a third string quarterback behind Mark Brunell.

Eli Manning - almost got his head knocked off and covered the beautiful new stadium in blood. Fortunately, it was just a flesh wound.

LaDainian Tomlinson - showed that he still has some quickness left on a touchdown run that was called back. He’s not as amazingly quick a cutter as he was when he was young, but he is still an incredibly fundamentally sound runner and will make a nice addition to the Jets’ backfield this year.

Brandon Jacobsseemed to be running with authority and not pathetically dancing around like he did last year. Giants fans should hope he keeps this up.

Rhett Bomar - was very impressive in mop up duty, fitting a couple passes into tight spaces, being cool under pressure in the pocket, and making a heady scramble near the end of the game.

Santonio Holmes - put some impressive moves on the Giants’ second stringers.

Box Score for the Game at NFL.com

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