Monday, September 24, 2012
Stock Watch: Risers and fallers
By Rich Cimini
A look back at a wacky and sloppy win for the Jets, a game that took exactly four hours:
1. Santonio Holmes. Returning to the scene of his infamous benching, Holmes rescued the Jets from what would’ve been a crushing defeat. He tied a career high with nine receptions, and recorded his first 100-yard receiving day (149) in 28 games. He came up big in overtime, one of his trademarks. Finally, he played “Santonio football,” as he called it. Let’s call it Atone Time.
2. Nick Folk. With an assist from Dolphins coach Joe Philbin, whose ice-the-kicker timeout backfired, Folk drilled the game-winning field goal from 33 yards away in overtime. Folk doesn’t get enough credit for being a clutch kicker, but he’s made some big kicks over the years.
3. LaRon Landry. He’s known for big hits, not pass coverage, but Landry showed he can make plays on the ball. He made the biggest defensive play of the game, intercepting a pass and returning it for a touchdown to start the third quarter. He dropped into zone coverage, read Ryan Tannehill’s eyes and displayed nice closing speed, jumping in front of TE Anthony Fasano just as the ball arrived. He gives the Jets a playmaking presence at safety, something they lacked.
1. Mark Sanchez. Another poor performance. He threw two interceptions (neither one entirely his fault), uncorked a couple of near-interceptions, missed open receivers and fumbled a shotgun snap. Even some of his completions were thrown behind the receivers. The only thing he did well was throw to Holmes; he hit him on nine of 14 targets. With the rest of the receivers, Sanchez was 12-for-30, eerily similar to last week’s 10-for-27 stinker.
2. The Tim Tebow package. The Jets unveiled Tebow in a new role -- pass catcher. It didn’t exactly shake up the Dolphins. Of his 12 plays on offense, Tebow lined up nine times as an H-back. He was used in the backfield, in the slot, on the wing and split out wide. On those plays, Sanchez was 2-for-7 for 25 yards (two drops). Tebow was targeted once, but he didn’t turn in time, allowing a deflected pass to hit him in the back. It was that kind of day.
3. Stephen Hill. He pulled a hamstring and probably will miss the next game. Truth be told, he could use a timeout. The rookie appears lost, as he was shut out for the second straight week -- seven targets, no catches. He should’ve scored, but he dropped a ball in the end zone -- killer mistake. He’s not a hopeless cause -- the kid has talent -- but the game is too big for him right now.