Jets-Raiders Notebook from Las Vegas

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Las Vegas – How huge from the Greg Zuerlein signing considering how many field goals the Jets kick, and he’s almost automatic?

In the last five games, he is 17-17 on field goals.

An amazing signing by the Jets personnel department on March 26, 2022 . . .

While Zach Wilson has amazing arm talent, and can throw from different arm angles, when he resorts to his sidearm action, it’s leading to a lot of tipped passes. . . .

Interesting alignment note – saw this on several plays – when the Jets lined up a tight end on one side, Maxx Crosby and the other end would switch sides, at the last second, so Crosby would move over the side of the single blocker . . .

The Jets’ defensive line was absolutely dominant on Sunday night, and the first Raiders’ possession of the second half was a perfect example:

On the Raiders’ first play of the second half, Quinnen Williams torched the center Andre James stopping the runner for a loss of five. Then Jermaine Johnson beat James for a sack. Then Johnson beat garud Dylan Parham up the middle and he pressured the QB to throw it away to end the series . . .

Some players were asked after the game if they needed to have a player’s only meeting.

Absolutely not!

That isn’t going to fix anything.

They need people in their upper brass, to have a meeting, and make some personal changes.

Players can’t make personnel changes, so a player’s only meeting isn’t going to help the Jets’ problems, only upper management, eschewing confirmation bias, and not worrying about hurting feelings, leading to the requisite changes, is going to help . . .

It’s not a lack of effort.

Zach Wilson is giving it his best shot.

And he has some magical moments.

However, the problem is he’s too inconsistent.

One special play is often followed by two bad ones.

That is why I’ve compared him to former Mets slugger Dave Kingman.

Yes there are home runs, but there are too many strikeouts.

A perfect example was a Jets series early in the fourth quarter. The possession starts with a swing pass left to Breece Hall that goes for 35 yards. This is followed by a 12-yard strike to Garrett Wilson on the left side, But then incompletions to Allen Lazard and Dalvin Cook, and then a one-yard scramble on third-and-10, and they have to kick a field goal.

And while his mechanics have improved a little from last season, they still aren’t where they need to be on certain plays, and that incompletion to Cook is a perfect example. An easy throw to the right flat was way off target. You can’t have that in the NFL if you are hoping to sustain drives.

This is why so many drives stall – inconsistency at the QB position.

Yes, it’s not all his fault, but the QB position can be like a rising tide that can lift all boats, even when things aren’t perfect around them.

And Wilson, who is giving it his best shot, too often needs perfect first-read throws from Nathaniel Hackett to have success.

But sometimes, even when they are there, inconsistent accuracy can get in the was, like on that Cook throw.

November 12, 2023

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Dan Leberfeld
Dan Leberfeld
Publisher of Jets Confidential Magazine. Call 1-800-932-4557 (M-F, 12-4) to subscribe. Co-host of Press Coverage every Saturday on SiriusXM NFL Radio from 11-2.

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