Monday, November 7, 2011
Good, bad and very little ugly
By Rich Cimini
Positives and negatives from Sunday's win:
• Rex Ryan. He did some of his best coaching of the season, getting the Jets through their bye week without allowing them to lose their physical and mental edge. Clearly, Ryan and his staff used the two weeks to their advantage, because they were ready for everything.
• WR Plaxico Burress. He made more headline with his three-TD game against the Chargers, but this was actually a better overall performance -- five catches for 79 yards. Not bad, considering he almost didn't play because of a stiff back.
• NT Sione Pouha. He played perhaps his best game of the season, leading an injury-depleted defensive line. He forced a fumble and led the team in tackles.
• TE Matthew Mulligan. His holding penalty wiped out Shonn Greene's longest run of the season, 41 yards. Mulligan received an earful from teammate Brandon Moore and O.C. Brian Schottenheimer, and he deserved it.
• TE Dustin Keller. What was he thinking? Someone needs to tell him he's not Superman; he can't leap over tall buildings in a single bound -- or even tall defensive backs.
• QB Mark Sanchez. He committed two turnovers -- a red-zone interception and a fumbled shotgun snap. To his credit, Sanchez rallied, but he can't make those big mistakes now that the stakes are getting higher. He also needs to work on his blocking technique.