New York Jets vs. Cincinnati Bengals: NY Won, But All is Not Well in Jetland

January 10, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

I'm a die-hard Jets fan, and I'm ecstatic about today's 24-14 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals, but there were a handful of things I didn't like about our performance.
Most of my issues were with the coaching.
With 2:18 remaining in the first half, the Jets were leading 14-7 and had the ball on their own 41-yard line. After an encouraging defensive stop of the Bengals' offense, the Jets ran Shonn Greene to the right on first down for no gain.
After the two-minute warning, Offensive Coordinator Brian Schottenheimer went right with Greene, again...this time for three yards.
A couple of things to consider about the situation: (1) The Bengals had only one timeout remaining after dumping two on blown challenges, and (2) Mark Sanchez had looked poised and controlled to that juncture in the game.
The point? If the Jets were playing to win, they shouldn't have been afraid to put the ball in the air on 3rd-and-7.
But they were afraid, apparently.

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