New York Jets Suffer Another Titanic Defeat
The Jets' Week 4 matchup against the Titans was billed as a benchmark game for a team facing minimal expectations. Rookie quarterback Geno Smith had a chance to lead the Jets to a 3-1 record at the quarter poll, but faltered on a massive level in defeat.
New York's rugged start to the season was catapulted into oblivion in a disgusting 38-13 loss in Tennessee.
The flag-happy and turnover-laden Jets showcased legitimate potential for another disastrous tailspin in 2013, beating themselves to a pulp.
New York will have a chance to right the ship next Monday night in Atlanta, but don't appear destined for a Cinderella season, considering vast inconsistency at the quarterback position and a defense that continuously fails to produce turnovers.
The Jets have committed 12 turnovers compared to just two takeaways this season, a ratio that screams disaster.
If the Jets are going to remain competitive and fight for a Wild Card spot in 2013, they need to force mistakes against their opponents.
In addition, Smith needs to do a better job of securing the football. Rookie mistakes are practically inevitable at the quarterback position. However, limiting those mistakes to a minimum is the key to success.
Smith completed 23 of 34 passes for 289 yards and a garbage-time touchdown against a solid Titans' defense. But he made a few ill-advised throws, and did a lackluster job of protecting the ball under pressure and on the run. His turnover brigade ultimately resulted in 28 points on the scoreboard for Tennessee.
The game-plan in opposition of Smith is status quo: force pressure on him in the pocket. The outcome will always be a wide-margin turnover ratio until Smith learns how to better protect the football.
Tennessee executed that strategy perfectly in victory on Sunday, recording five sacks and numerous QB hurries to stymie Smith.
The Titans are a solid all-around team, but aren't a perennial contender to make a deep playoff push, especially in the wake of a potentially devastating injury to third-year starting QB Jake Locker.
The Jets came back to Earth in Week 4 and are now forced to regroup heading into a difficult stretch of games that will make or break their season.
New York entered the Titans' contest as the third ranked defense in the NFL, but surrendered numerous third-and-long conversions throughout the game. Backup cornerback Darrin Walls got the nod to start opposite Antonio Cromartie due to a lingering hamstring injury that has plagued rookie Dee Milliner's ability to develop.
The Jets' secondary, specifically Walls, was ultimately exposed Sunday, yielding four touchdown passes.
That can't happen in ATL, where the Jets will face arguably the most potent air attack in the NFL, next to Peyton Manning and Co.
The Jets out gained the Titans 330 to 322 in Week 4, but four costly turnovers predictably sealed their fate. It's borderline impossible to win in the NFL when frequently turning the ball over and yielding good field position to the opposition.
For the Jets, the new season bleeds disappointment. Even though New York features a monstrous front seven and a solid offensive line, they continuously beat themselves.
The Jets committed 10 penalties for 66 yards on Sunday and are steamrolling toward the record books for most flags in a season. Head coach Rex Ryan preached discipline and forcing turnovers all week leading up to his team's first glimpse of collapse. None of it made a difference.
LP Field in Nashville has turned into a house of horrors for New York, where their pathetic playoff push was squashed last December.
New season, similar outcome. Same 'ole Jets.