Jets Head coach Robert Saleh had his hands on his knees, crouching in hopes his defense would keep the New Orleans Saints out of the end zone and keep the game tied at three.
As Saints running back Alvin Kamara began to bounce off tackle after tackle, turning his legs towards the end zone to complete a 16-yard touchdown run, Saleh removed his hands from his knees, placed one in the pocket of his black sweatpants, and looked up at the blue sky above MetLife Stadium, wondering how his unit allowed such play.
Later, with the 1:07 remaining in the game almost decided, Saints quarterback Taysom Hill was left virtually untouched down the left side for a 44-yard touchdown run. Similar to Kamara’s run, Saleh looked up, talking to someone on the helmet while shaking his head. The effort was not wasted for the uncrowded crowd who remained in the stands, slowly making their way to the exits after the touchdown, leaving Saints fans in the lower bowls to take advantage of their team’s lead.
The two rushed touchdowns were indicative of how the afternoon would go for the Jets, who ultimately lost Sunday 30-9.
The Jets’ run defense failed to stop the running game for a second straight week, allowing the Saints to gain 203 rushing yards and the Saints to methodically walk the field despite an anemic passing attack.
The effects of the extended running play were evident in the fourth quarter, with the Jets consistently missing tackles and defensive linemen having the ball ripped off at the point of attack.
The Jets, who played a version of the Jenga roster, dragging out several grassroots players who were to be the backbone of the team due to injuries and illnesses and replacing players in important positions with players from the training team, hoping the team did not totally collapse against the Saints.
Here are some observations of the Jets’ loss to the Saints:
Denzel Mims sometimes has trouble retaining the offensive on Sunday
The Jets needed something to be okay after giving up Kamara’s touchdown. As the team drove late in the second quarter and were able to score points, beleaguered wide receiver Denzel Mims almost blocked a field goal attempt.
Mims not only committed an unnecessary hand penalty in the face of Saints cornerback Marcus Lattimore, but he also made a mental error in being called up for an illegal formation penalty. It wasn’t the first time Mims had lined up in the wrong place. Mims has been told where to line up a few times on this record, almost avoiding a previous illegal formation penalty after a tight Jets winger told him to stand up on the line of scrimmage.
Mims, the 2020 Jets second-round pick, has failed to live up to the expectations placed on him in a season and a half and makes untimely mistakes like the two he made on Sunday doesn’t bode well for a featured role in The Future of Jets. Maybe it’s time to unplug the Mims experience.
Ty Johnson’s falls led to stuck discs
Jets running back Ty Johnson sidelined in fourth at the end of the fourth quarter, after losing his second catch of the day. Making his way slow, he was patted on the back by a Jets coach and then quarterback Zack Wilson slapped his shoulder several times in an attempt to show him he still believed in him. Johnson, third-year replacement Tevin Coleman running back, struggled powerfully against the Saints.
The Saints are one of the best teams in the league against the run, entering the day allowing the fifth fewer rushing yards per game (96.4), so the passing game needed to be used more. Johnson was lucky to have a big day catching the ball, but he fell flat, grabbing one of his four targets and finished with 16 receiving yards. Due to his lack of efficiency at the start of the match, La’Mical Perine saw more time in the second half. The move was more than justified. Saleh must find ways to hold players accountable, even though the team is among the worst in the NFL.
Zach Wilson, alias. Ryan Tannehill unarmed
Zach Wilson showed flashes of what made him the second overall pick in this year’s Draft. Wilson has a strong arm which he showed off in a blustery MetLife Stadium on Sunday. Finishing with 202 passing yards and 33 rushing yards on Sunday, Wilson also showed he has the mobility to shake things up and keep the plays open to give his receivers a chance to open up in the drill. interference.
However, there are some things that Wilson needs to work on, like reacting quickly to the defense that evolves in front of him and being decisive about where he wants to throw the ball. Even when Wilson got it right, the ball was inaccurate. Knowing Wilson’s situation might take a bit of work, throwing wide receiver Ty Montgomery who was three yards off the sticks on a fourth and 10 play in the fourth quarter.
Wilson begins to look like he’s following the same path as Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill, succeeding if he’s surrounded by elite above-average weapons around him. Wilson could have better numbers if wide receivers Corey Davis and Elijah Moore were available all season, and he had a reliable running game behind him.
During the offseason, Joe Douglas must use the many strong-drafting assets at his disposal to make this happen if the Jets hope for a future back in the playoffs in the years to come.
Jets pressure on Taysom Hill had an impact on the Saints’ offense
In what is a “Captain Obvious” statement, quarterbacks hate pressure. When a quarterback injured his throwing hand and struggled like Saints quarterback Taysom Hill did, Saleh lobbied various places on the pitch, using a blitz combination and of waterfalls to give Hill a pedestrian feel. After Hill was repeatedly hit in the first quarter, Hill’s internal clock sped up slightly and had an impact on how he threw the ball.
Hill was content with short and intermediate pass attempts as he was forced to quickly remove the ball from his hand. This is one of the reasons Hill finished with 175 yards, no passing touchdowns and no interceptions.
Braxton Berrios needed more touches
Wide receiver Braxton Berrios looks like a player who can be dynamic and used in a number of ways. Not only was Barrios a threat to smash a few comebacks on Sunday, but he also made some big plays with so many out of the roster. Berrios finished the day with five catches for 35 yards.
Berrios’ 14-yard catch on a fourth down showed he can make tough catches in crucial situations, helping set up a basket. As Johnson struggled to catch the ball out of the backfield, the Jets could have lined up Berrios in the backfield, allowing him to secure a clash against a defenseman or linebacker, which Berrios would have won.
The Jets used him on a U-turn that scored 9 yards. Berrios’ threat to run over the edge ultimately opened a way down the middle for La’Mical Perine to gain 14 yards. If given the chance, Berrios can be Wes Welker’s version of the Jets.
Unlike the Eagles’ Fletcher Cox, the Saints refused to shake hands with the Jets
Jets linebacker CJ Mosley said Eagles defensive tackle Fletcher Cox refused to shake hands in the pre-game draw, which Cox disputed by posting a photo on his Instagram account. However, the Saints seemed unwilling to shake hands with the Jets captains, causing a little stir before the game. The extra motivation didn’t help the Jets too much, as evidenced by the final score. Will Mosely talk about it to justify another loss? Hopefully not.
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Chris Franklin can be reached at [email protected].