Originally posted by no1marauder
Still think the Jets are the "better team", Rex?
That dig aside, it was a strange game filled with some questionable calls. Is the "tuck" rule still in force? I thought they reformed if after the Brady farce, but here was a call of an incomplete pass when the ball was about 3 inches from Mark Sanchez's knee and headed into his body when Ju t was the Godlike Jason Pierre-Paul who swatted the ball out on the "tuck rule" play.
I've seen the tuck rule called several times since the Brady game.
In the grasp is no longer a rule like it was in the late 80s when they'd call it a sack if you breathed in the direction of a QB, but the refs still have the discretion to whistle a play dead if progress has been stopped. I have no complaints about that play. The Jets didn't deserve to win the game and they don't deserve to make the playoffs.
There was really only once this year that I thought the Jets were good: when they went up to Buffalo and blew the Bills' doors off in October. Other than that, they've looked like an average team all year. I don't think it's Ryan's fault. I think they are just an average team. They lost several key players in the last 2 years (Shawn Ellis, Kris Jenkins, Alan Faneca, Thomas Jones, Damien Woody, etc.) and haven't really replaced them. They have a great secondary, decent linebackers, no pass rush, an o-line with 2 great players and three lousy ones, talented but inconsistent WRs, an average tight end, a good running back but no backup at that position and a below average QB.
Add all of that up and you have an average team, which is what the Jets are.
And it's not like they're one or two pieces away. They need 6 or 7 pieces (a right tackle, a deep threat, a backup running back, 2 good pass rushers and a quick linebacker) AND they need Sanchez to improve dramatically (or a new QB) before they can contend for a title.
I still think Ryan is an excellent coach (really, take away the bluster, and his record over his first 3 seasons as a coach is quite good), but they just don't have the personnel.