Playing In Oakland Sucks: Jets Weekly Mailbag

Back with another Jets mailbag. Thank you for sending the questions in over Twitter and checking out our site. If you think I’ve been sulking about Brandon Marshall’s fourth quarter dropped touchdown pass in New England since Sunday…you are CORRECT! Anyway, there is nothing worse than flying cross country to play in Oakland. The Jets recent history there includes Brett Favre’s arm dying, Darren McFadden running for 2,000 yards in a single game, Mark Sanchez eating hot dogs on the bench and playoff losses in 2001 and 2002. On to the questions…

Through six games Coples has amassed this mystifyingly awful stat line: 0 sacks, 7 tackles and 4 penalties. I’d guess he starts losing playing time to Trevor Reilly and Lorenzo Mauldin down the stretch, leaves this off-season and gets a nice fat contract from Rex to join their underachieving defense in 2016. Enjoy him, Bills!

Fitzpatrick has basically been the best version of himself possible through six games, which in the 2015 NFL is good enough to be a playoff team. This is a league that is starting Brian Hoyer, Josh McCown, Nick Foles, Sam Bradford, Landry Jones, EJ Manuel and Colin Kaepernick post going full Chuck Knoblauch right now. Considering the Jets still play Oakland, Jacksonville, Houston, Tennessee and Buffalo twice, I think he can be good enough for the Jets to win 10 games.

 

A bigger impact than initially expected since Chris Ivory is banged up, Zac Stacy is a poor man’s Shonn Greene and Bilal Powell has also been hurt. The Jets need Ridley activated and to slot in as Ivory’s top backup. He will bring more explosiveness than Stacy and Powell, who hasn’t looked right since week 1 and is only averaging 3.4 yards per carry. The Jets are going to need Ridley’s legs down the stretch, so he’ll get plenty of opportunities.

 

Tom Brady gets rid of the football insanely quick and the Jets lack of speed off the edge began to show up. New England was able to concentrate their protection to the interior because Quinton Coples and Calvin Pace were doing nothing from their outside rush. Richardson had an active game (sack, forced fumble) but it was also still only his second game back after missing the first four.

 

Pryor has been really good this season, basically a completely different player in Todd Bowles’ system. He was on the way to another strong outing before an injury knocked him out in the second half. Guess who was victimized on that “make you want to fire your remote through the TV” 3rd and 17 conversion to Julian Edelman? Pryor’s replacement: Dion Bailey so yes this Jets defense needs a healthy Calvin Pryor.

 

Considering the Jets don’t play Dallas until week 15 that may be a little ambitious. Shit happens in the NFL so despite being better than many of the upcoming teams they are playing, they will probably lose another couple of games before their final stretch of three games (at Dallas, vs. New England, at Buffalo). Overall, this still feels like a 10 win team with 11 not being out of the question if they can handle business against Oakland and Jacksonville the next two weeks. 

They had an intriguing player entering his second year in Jace Amaro but he is out for the year with an injury. Quincy Enunwa began to show some flashes but then got suspended for four games. Jeff Cumberland isn’t good and hasn’t been good ever. Kellen Davis is a glorified tackle…so basically the answer is no? They may bring Wes Saxton back up from the practice squad but I wouldn’t plan on ever seeing much from this position on the Jets offense in 2015.