Gailey’s Conservative Play Calls Sink Jets

AP / Bill Kostroun

Jets fans have had their hearts broken by the their favorite football team time and time again, and the loss to the Bills was no different. This game was important not only because of Rex Ryan’s return to MetLife Stadium, but due to the fact that the Jets could have separated themselves from the Bills in the playoff picture.

The Jets’ defense will receive no criticism as they played one of their best games of the year and gave the team an opportunity to win this game. They did not create any turnovers but did sack Tyrod Taylor four times and forced three and outs on four occasions.

After the Jets trailed 19-3, Christopher Ivory fumbled the football deep inside the Jets territory. It appeared that Buffalo was going to score add another 7 points to their score and run away with the game early in the third quarter. New York held them to a field goal which left hope for a comeback.

Gang Green’s offense came to life after that field goal, scoring two touchdowns and closing the gap to 22-17. However, they couldn’t find a way to come up with another big play despite having multiple opportunities to take the lead. The Jets’ offense appeared to be out of rhythm and the play calling by Chan Gailey was often too conservative.

The conservative plays ended up costing the Jets when, midway in the fourth quarter, the Bills punter botched the snap which gave the Jets the ball at the Bills 12-yard line. On a crucial third and four, the Jets threw a screen pass to Eric Decker, who was tackled immediately after catching the ball. On fourth down, Ryan Fitzpatrick was under pressure and threw it up to Kellen Davis (who was open but was not expecting the ball because he has been targeted only 12 times in the past three years) watched the ball sail over his head.

Why the Jets did not attack the end-zone on that third down play is beyond me and was ultimately a deflating moment in this game. The Bills were pinned back at the Jets’ four-yard line but managed to pick up a few first downs that chewed up the clock and the fans at MetLife had to watch Rex Ryan celebrate on the sidelines as if he had just won the Super Bowl.

Fans often get mad at the media for frequently being pessimistic about the Jets but let’s not beat around the bush here and call it the way it is: the Jets were the Jets of old Thursday and came out flat in a big game.

Their defense kept them in this game and the offense fell flat on their face. Committing four turnovers is a recipe for disaster, but is this loss the end of the world for the Jets? The answer is no as there is still plenty of football to be played, but the loss in this game certainly stings because of the wasted opportunity to separate themselves from Buffalo.

Despite the loss there is some positive news for the Jets, they now have 11 days to rest their injured players to get ready for their next game. Ryan Fitzpatrick underwent surgery on his left thumb and is expected back for their next game. Another positive note is that the Jets have favorable matchups the next few weeks, taking on the Houston Texans in Week 11 and the struggling Miami Dolphins in Week 12.