Jets Week 2 Review

Do what you say and say what you do

Two weeks down, and two solid New York Jets victories.  The Jets are off to a 2-0 start, and yes there are many things to still improve, but at the end of the day you are judged by wins and losses.  As a Jet fan you are almost trained to not get too excited, because of all the years past, but this new regime has to have even the most pessimistic Jets fan at least excited for the next few weeks and the prospect of meaningful games in November and December.  (Fingers Crossed)  Now lets hope they keep it up.

Todd Bowles at his very first press conference with the New York media said, “The number one thing we will try to do is to have a defense that creates turnovers, because that changes the momentum of the game.”  After two games the Jets have forced 10 turnovers.  That’s TEN.  In the past two years, under Rex Ryan, the Jets had forced a grand total of 28 turnovers, that is in 32 games.  Maybe the first big difference between the prior staff and the current staff is the motto, “do what you say and say what you do.”  After two games, the talk does not just sound like talk, it has translated into on field results.  They did not dominate the day this time against any old average Joe at Quarterback.  This defensive display was against, Andrew Luck, what many people consider to be one of the top 3 quarterbacks in the NFL.  Luck, considered to be the future face of the NFL, for one day was baffled and confused by what the Jets were doing.   The one aspect I really love about Todd Bowles mindset on Monday night was his play to win attitude.  Up 10-7 with just over 5 minutes left the Jets took over possession.  Many teams in that spot look to lock up a couple first downs and run the clock down.  Instead, Bowles decided we are going to go for the throat.  This led to the game sealing touchdown drive that only consisted of two running plays.  This attitude is very refreshing to see, in a league where most coaches take the safe route to protect their jobs and be able to answer the media after games.  This Jet fan is very excited, in the cautiously optimistic way that only a lifelong Jet fan can understand.

 

The Todd Bowles Watch:

Positives:

  1. Came up with blitz package combos that the Colts had no could not answer
  2. Created 5 turnovers
  3. Trusted the secondary to man up on receivers, while the rest of the team blitzed.

Negatives:

  1. Another poor decision to challenge in the third quarter. He is 0 for 2 on those now.
  2. Too much forcing the ball to Brandon Marshall late in the first half, almost led to two turnovers, luckily it was only one.

 

Overall, two wins to start a long-awaited and well-earned head coaching career is great.  For Todd Bowles, I hope he enjoyed the flight home, he deserves to feel great.  As Jon Gruden said with 3 minutes left in the game on last night’s ESPN telecast, “Todd Bowles 2-0, Boom.”

– Rob DiToma