Here is Wayne Chrebet’s second blog of the season for newyorkjets.com:
It was a tough loss Monday night. The whole country was watching and waiting to see the 2010 Jets. And I think everyone was rooting against us except true Jets fans, just Like Rex said. The fact that everyone is talking about the Jets lets us know that we have a good team. True, if you think about it.
I went to the game. For anyone that wasn’t there, I can tell you that the place was rocking. All the anticipation and buildup came through when they announced the starting lineup of the defense. It is pretty uncommon for a defense to be cheered that much more than an offense. Nothing against the offense at all. I was obviously on the offensive unit. We had a whole different system and philosophy back then. Most years we had nowhere near the defense that they have right now.
I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t get goosebumps when Revis stood in the tunnel to be announced last, the smoke and fog machines blowing on him. It sounds cheesy, but the reaction from the crowd let everyone that was in attendance know that we were going to have some fun that night. OK. The fans were great, the players were fired up, the coaches were pacing back and forth just waiting for the whistle to blow. The stage was set.
I’m not going to rehash the whole game but the first defensive play of the game, that sack and fumble, set the tone. The problem was that as good as the defense played, we just couldn’t capitalize. Maybe I should say “they” instead of “we” but I still bleed green so I still consider myself part of the team. Whatever, not the point.
I don’t know what people were expecting. If you know anything about these two teams, you would know that points were going to be hard to come by. You can’t win a game throwing for 74 yards. Part of it was lack of execution, maybe players trying to do too much. That is part of the game. For receivers, I can tell you that it is very hard to keep your head in the game when you don’t have the ball thrown to you through a couple quarters.
All in all, the Ravens defense is Top 5 in the league, maybe Top 3. But I think the players in the Jets huddle would be the first to tell you that their performance was just not good enough. There is no position on our offense that has any weakness but for some reason they just didn’t have any rhythm. Whatever it is, it is. The papers are all over Sanchez. Yes, it was nowhere near his best performance, it’s a fact. But cut the guy some slack. It’s not like he threw 3 picks.
One down, 15 to go. It’s one game. You don’t win or lose the Super Bowl the first game of the year. Special teams were phenomenal (downing 2 punts on the 1-yard line). Offense struggled (1-for-11 on third down). Ravens rushing 49 yards on 35 carries — outstanding. Bad penalties at very bad times.
I wouldn’t be doing this blog justice if I didn’t mention the penalties. We had twice as many penalty yards as passing yards. Cromartie had a couple. Some were justifiable, but as a receiver, I’ve had so much more done to me without getting a flag thrown against the defender. It almost seemed like they were throwing it up there when the receiver was well covered to try and draw a flag. Especially on third down.
He is a very good player, that’s why the Jets brought him in. That interception and return shows what he is capable of. And you can’t do anything about the catches that Heap had. Either way, you can’t have a 5-yard holding penalty on a 3rd-and-28. Rookie mistake. They’re going to happen. I had my share. Chalk it up as a learning experience. Better now than in the playoffs.
That’s it. It’s done. There is no sense even dwelling on it anymore. But I know the fans will. I don’t blame you. You put a lot of stock in the team. But from player to fan, so you know, we use that as motivation. You’ll know who does and who doesn’t by watching the game this Sunday.
Against my better judgment, I watched the Patriots game Sunday afternoon. It was either that or watching Ace of Cakes on the Food Network. Would have watched that, but sad to say I had already seen that episode. So I like watching novelty cakes being made. Does that make me less of a man? Whatever.
So I watched the game. If you saw the boxscore Monday morning you saw the final score, which didn’t look so bad. Quite the contrary, the Pats destroyed the Bengals in every facet of the game. They didn’t show it last year against us, but I think the Bengals have a decent offense. They couldn’t move the ball on Sunday. Even if you’re a football fan, try naming more than two guys on their starting defense. As was the case with the Ravens. But the Patriots are technically sound and it looks like they play the scheme very well. The Bengals figured them out towards the end of the game, but it was too late. Hopefully we can duplicate the success that they had at that point.
In my opinion, for the defense, this will be the toughest test of the year. Scary to think that it looks like Brady is back to the quarterback that made him the best in the league. Moss is Moss. He’s on Revis Island. Welker is the key. I don’t think one guy can stop him. Fact. I haven’t seen anybody do it. They’re going to have to be creative to get pressure on Brady. He doesn’t hold the ball very long. They’re big on 3- and 5-step drops. Their playcalling is very good when it comes to the timing of a deep play-action pass. But their thing is working down the field efficiently and in a very methodical way. It’s impressive to watch.
But our defense showed it’s kind of a bend-but-don’t-break philosophy. Maybe the other team makes some plays, but not the big one. Eventually they’ll make a mistake. A penalty or trying to get greedy and hit the home run.
The long and the short of it is that the only way to stop the Patriots offense is to keep them on the sideline. Last week the Ravens had the ball for 40 minutes to the Jets 20. Tough to win that way.
I have no crystal ball. I really have no clue what is going to happen, what the tempo of the game will be, who’s going to throw the first punch. It’s true. If you knock the you-know-what out of a guy on the first play, he’s like, “Ah, crap (or any other four letter word), this is going to be a long day.” If we come out swinging and the crowd gets into it like they did Monday night, in our house, we’re going to be very tough to beat.
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