Even with victory, everything must be analyzed, including petty mistakes. Such is the case with the New York Jets and their 25-17 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 2 preseason action. While most will be happy the Jets pulled off the victory, many weaknesses and issues came to light, especially penalties.
Head coach Rex Ryan must use this as a turning point and instill some disciple across the team to minimize such mistakes in the future.
The Jets committed 12 penalties against the Bengals, resulting in 133 yards given away, which is embarrassing to say the least. Seven of those penalties were personal fouls, which is eyes-opening. It’s one thing to go offside or get a pass interference penalty, but it’s an entirely different story when you get yellow flags thrown your way because you can’t keep your composure.
Perhaps the Jets should take a page out of the Geno Smith playbook and stay calm. The Jets could have been playing mad because the last time they played the Bengals, they got rocked 49-9. Then again, they really should have realized it’s preseason football and that the game means absolutely nothing in the grand scheme of things.
What it did show is that the Jets played sloppy and should pay for it in team meetings and practice. Ryan should not tolerate any of this nonsense and nip it in the bud immediately. Otherwise, the behaviors won’t get corrected and the Jets’ season could be riddled with sloppy football resulting in losses.
It’s time for Ryan to drop the hammer and lay down the law. Hopefully next time around, players will think twice before committing a stupid penalty because they know what’s coming next. Accountability is what separates the pretenders from contenders.
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