Through the great amount of adversity from these past few weeks, head coach Rex Ryan’s New York Jets failed to waver on Sunday.
On day one as coach, Ryan committed to hard-hitting defense and timely passing. Rookie quarterback Geno Smith regained this cool demeanor that helped in lead several comebacks earlier this season. A strong defensive front seven pressures opposing signal callers, which make life easier for their own secondary.
Oakland Raiders rookie Matt McGloin had success at times among splitting time with Terrelle Pryor. It was actual the struggling secondary that came through. Veteran Ed Reed recorded a pick-six which helped silence critics of his recent signing. When Oakland started to score Gang Green’s much maligned passing game bailed them out. Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell ran with power and speed. This took pressure off Smith. Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg did a good job of providing him with high-percentage passes. Designed runs allowed for Smith to use his considerable mobility.
Jeremy Kerley’s return provided Smith with an electric option that had been badly missed. They are 6-3 with him in their lineup. Santonio Holmes looked inspired by his contributions and once again looked dangerous. Kellen Winslow even added some impact plays. With a healthy receiving corps, this joke of a passing game actually seemed respectable. Those in attendance all had a reason to cheer. Today just went to show that if all phases come together, this team could make these last few weeks pretty interesting.