Here is Wayne Chrebet’s third blog of the season for newyorkjets.com:
Big win. I think the look on Tom Brady’s face sitting on the bench late in the game Sunday afternoon says it all. It told the story of how he felt knowing it was a loss that shouldn’t have been. How they got shut down the second half of the game. The Jets defense completely took him out of the game. Everyone knows how explosive the Pats offense can be. Well on Sunday, they met their match. You can bet that Brady and his crew will be fired up the next time that they play.
It’s always great to beat the Pats. Most important, it’s a division win. When it comes down to who makes the playoffs when the teams are deadlocked, the head-to-head wins are the ones that make the difference.
Nice to see them loosen the reins on Sanchez. I think it was his best overall performance in a game. He really managed the game well, made some big plays when they needed them. The difference that I saw from Game 1 to last week’s game is that he bought himself a lot of time stepping up in the pocket, rolling out and giving the receivers more time to get open. If he plays like that and the defense plays to their capability, they’ll win 11 out of 10 times.
I guess I have to talk about the elephant in the room. Everyone knows that Braylon Edwards got a DUI Monday night. I don’t like focusing on one player too much, especially if it involves a negative thing, but I feel I have to. Not everyone will care what I think, but this is my blog and I do it to give my opinion about Jets-related events. So here it goes.
I hear a lot of people saying that the Jets knew that he was that kind of guy when they signed him. He had some previous negative incidents. He was also known as a very good young player. So you know, I have never had a conversation with the man but I have heard from players and coaches that he’s a good guy. On the other hand you have people coming out and saying that they’re not surprised by his behavior. Bottom line is that he had a choice and it ended up being a poor one. It’s unfortunate for the team. It’s unfortunate for him. You just hope that he learns from it.
Next time he should use the PlayerProtect program (a 24-hour car service available to the players for instances like this). I know people who have lost loved ones in alcohol-related accidents. This is why this bothers me so much, why I’m passionate about it. I think I speak for everyone when I say that I’m glad no one, including Braylon, was hurt.
If he gets suspended this season, someone’s going to have to step up. With Santonio suspended for two more games, some of these young guys are going to have to earn their stripes. No player wants to move up the depth chart because of something like this. But it is what it is.
The good thing about the offense is that they have a balanced attack so no team can focus on the run or the pass. The best thing about this is that when you lose a player, you still have a chance to have a really good offense. As the Jets do. I know the fans were very impressed Sunday with the offense, but you have to remember that an important piece of the puzzle hasn’t even stepped on the field yet. That’s Santonio Holmes. Having played against him for years, I know that he is a game changer. You line up Cotchery, Holmes, Edwards and Keller out there, put LT in the backfield or spread him out, who are you going to cover? In my opinion, Keller has the potential to be a special player.
And what more can I say about LT? He was supposed to have had his best games behind him. But he’s not showing it. And after every play he lets you know it. I never really liked players going crazy after every play (hand up, I am guilty of doing this occasionally) but he deserves it. He does it for the same reason that I did. Just living in the moment, feeding off the crowd. It’s contagious. It gets everyone fired up. I love it. Still gives me goosebumps.
This is the first game on the road for the Jets. A Sunday night game with the whole country watching again. You can’t beat that. The crowd’s going to be hostile. They’re excited, they’re 2-0 coming off a big win in Minnesota. Not an easy place to win. Expectations are high right now in Miami. They have a very good young team. A stout defense, which limited the Favre-led offense to 10 points. There are probably not a lot of guys that you can name on their defense. A lot of unknowns with great motors. And they come to play.
The Jets are going to get booed. Loudly. I always loved being booed. Obviously it’s exciting to come out of the tunnel at home. The intensity of the crowd just hits you in the face. On the road it’s still a high, just a different type. It’s like 50 brothers locking arms and walking into someone’s house to put a beating on them.
The first thing to do is get the crowd out of the game. Make them doubt their team, maybe even get them to boo a little. If you go right down the field and score on your first possession, it completely deflates the other team and its fans. Obviously the game isn’t close to being over, but it really changes the dynamic of the game. The best feeling in the world is watching the other team’s fans leaving before the game’s over. It’s the ultimate insult. They worked hard all week, watched the film, lifted the weights, practiced hard. And before they know it, they’re losing and the fans have given up. Not a good feeling. That’s what the Jets need to accomplish.
From experience, I can tell you that a bad loss like the one that the Jets had the first week psychologically takes a toll on you. Even the most confident team might have a tiny bit of doubt. Even if it’s a blur of a thought saying “Are we as good as we think we are?” It happens.
But the team reacted exactly how a winning team does. It’s only one win, but it’s a big one, vs. a very good team. I don’t think that there was any doubt that the Pats thought they were unbeatable. The AFC East is now officially up for grabs. And it all starts this Sunday night in Miami. Rex will have them fired up. You can count on that.
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