The agony and the ecstasy of the Jets in Week 1:
Best Play: Actually, not designed. The 18-yard completion to
Next Best Reason to Believe No Matter How Many Rookie Mistakes Smith Makes, He Still Will Give the Jets a Chance to Win: He scrambled six times for 47 yards. Ray Lucas was the last Jets quarterback to give them this dimension.
Best Reason to Believe the Above Alone Still Will Get Them Nowhere in the Long Run: Smith was the Jets' leading rusher by 18 yards. They must run the ball a lot better than this.
Worst Rookie Mistake: Smith, operating from his 11, failed to protect the ball that Mason Foster knocked out of his hand, setting up the Bucs’ first touchdown. Smith’s interception was ugly but just a blatant overthrow, not a misread.
Bad First Day at the Office:
Can’t Blame This on Tim Tebow: The Jets scripted direct snaps on two plays on their first series. After a 4-yard run by
John Idzik’s Best Work of the Offseason, Snap Judgment Dept.: Kellen Winslow Jr. caught seven of the eight passes thrown to him for 79 yards and a touchdown.
Most Apropos Sentiment by Rex Ryan: “We’ll Take It.” Not only did a premature snap because of a miscommunication result in a Jets safety and an out-of-bounds hit by the Bucs’ Lavonte David save Landry from infamy, but the Jets were about to go 3-and-out in the fourth quarter when Leonard Johnson was called for defensive holding. The Jets methodically drove from there to
Potential Season-Saving Moment: Mangold returning to the game.
Most Encouraging Sighting:
Play of the Game:
Least Stalwart Moment: The next play after the Smith fumble, Doug Martin ran for a touchdown through a hole even bigger than the one in the logic that Ryan is a beaten man just because he doesn’t incessantly brag anymore.
Best Reason to Believe that Even with Seven New Starters, It Still Can Be Business as Usual for a Ryan Defense: Otherwise, the Jets held Martin to 65 yards, the sum total of the Bucs’ running game. They had only two first downs rushing.
Best Call: The blitz on second-and-14 from the Tampa Bay 16 that resulted in the Richardson-Pace shared sack of Josh Freeman. Unless it was the fake blitz on the next play, when the Jets only rushed four and forced Freeman to throw incomplete into coverage. Unless it was the blitz that resulted in Freeman’s gross overthrow on Landry’s interception.
Best Play: If you missed
Next Best Play: Malone put one out of bounds on the 5, setting up the Bucs’ snap-to-nobody that resulted in a safety.
Worst Play: Malone outkicked his coverage with a line drive that Eric Page returned 28 yards.
Best Reflection of a Job Well Done in Coverage: Except for Smith’s fumble, the Bucs started in Jets territory only one other time — on that Page runback.