Brock-tober has spilled over to November thanks to Ryan Tannehill’s mysterious shoulder injury. The Jets need to be careful not to provide bulletin-board material to their division rivals, but I have no such concerns. So, I’ll say what everyone thinks: Brock Osweiler stinks.
Oh, sure. The typical stench emanating from the 6-7 signal caller hasn’t been as pungent in his three starts this season, but we’re talking about Brock Freakin’ Osweiler here.
The Texans traded away this guy AND draft picks to the Browns last year just to get rid of his salary. (He had behind-the-scenes confrontations with Houston coaches in addition to his poor work ethic and on-field production).
The Jets cannot afford to lose to this quarterback, who doesn’t have Tannehill’s mobility. Osweiler is 1-2 as a starter this season with 6 TDs, 3 INTs and a 63.4 completion rate in his starts. So, not that bad at all.
“Whatever someone’s preconceived perceptions of a guy are… I throw all that crap out the window,” outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins said. “I don’t know anybody’s back story. Everybody’s darn near the same to me.”
That being said, it would be embarrassing if the Jets, trying to snap out of their two-game funk, lose to this dude.
Todd Bowles’ defense must be mindful of Miami’s screen game. They have gouged teams with it this season.
Gang Green should have opportunities at creating turnovers against Osweiler & Co., too. The Jets rank sixth with 15 takeaways but haven’t had any in the past two weeks.
“We got to stress takeaways throughout the whole game,” Jenkins said. “We got to keep reiterating that… on the field… on the sideline. It’s little reminders like that to get it where it’s almost instinctive again.”
STOP THE PRE-SNAP PENALTIES
Gang Green committed seven pre-snap penalties, including five false starts from five different players, in last week’s loss to the Bears that prompted fair criticism. It’s simply unacceptable. Make no mistake: This is on the players. Those kinds of concentration and focus issues will bury a team.
Consider this: There are only three teams (Browns, Cardinals and Bills) with a worse average starting field position than the Jets, who start drives on their own 24-yard line. Now, tack on a pre-snap penalty on first or second down and you’re fighting a battle that most teams can’t overcome. (The Rams and Chiefs have the top two average starting drives at the 43 and 42 respectively).
“It just comes down to focus,” veteran wide receiver Jermaine Kearse said. “You got to put that on yourself. If we’re going on a hard count, you got to have the discipline to be able to hold your water when we go through it. That’s all of us. That’s not just one position.…. At the end of the day, it comes down to mental toughness and focus and being disciplined.”
RUN THE BALL… A LOT
The Jets rushing attack has been M.I.A. since a 318-yard eruption against the Broncos in Week 5, but Sunday could be a get-well game for Gang Green’s ground game. The Dolphins, who rank 29th in run defense (143 ypg), allowed an eye-opening 436 rushing yards on 6.2 yards per carry in their back-to-back losses.
The Jets would be wise to alter their Week 2 blueprint against the Dolphins in which they spread out an aggressive up-the-field 4-3 defense with edge nuisances that can get home without blitzing. Jeremy Bates dialed up three times more passes than runs in the first half of that game.
Expect that to change this time around despite his unit’s recent struggles (2.8 yards per carry for running backs in the past three weeks). Eli McGuire will make his season debut and form a new 1-2 punch with Isaiah Crowell, who has averaged 2.6 yards per carry since his record-setting 219-yard performance in Week 5.
Jets running backs gained only 35 yards with a long of seven last week in Chicago.
“We’re going to stay committed to the run,” Bates said. “Sometimes those three and four-yard runs break out like they did in Denver and they go for 60 and 70. You see guys stay committed to it. If you don’t, then those 16-yard runs in the third and fourth quarter don’t happen. They haven’t popped open for us.”