Biletnikoff, Rice, Largent, Swann, Fitzgerald – Wide Receivers were first known and touted for their “great hands” and route running. If a ball was thrown their way, anywhere near them, they used their hands to snatch the ball. They did not catch it with their body. Today it’s all about speed, speed, speed.
Last night in the Jets-Patriot game I was longing for the good ole days. Both teams dropped 5 passes that the above mentioned receivers would have caught, and the game would have had a totally different outcome.
Former NY Jet and Super Bowl lll winning coach Weeb Ewbank used to say “the receiver makes the passer” and what he was saying was any QB needs WRs to make clutch catches to help win the game. It was a night of futility for both QB’s.
The Jets defense played a great game after the first easy drive by the Patriots. Rex is doing a great job with them. Demario Davis stood out again. I know Dee Milliner ran a 4.31 at the combine, but I sure haven’t seen that speed translate to the field yet. Rex did have to bench him and Darrin Walls was outstanding, just as he was in camp. I also though safety Jaiquawn Jarrett did a good job at safety when he got some playing time.
Our starting field position was tougher as Malone really needs to step up the way I know he can. I don’t know why his punts were poor last night. Has 10 days to get back to himself.
So we won one we shouldn’t have and lost one we should have won. Geno is going to continue to grow and the offensive line really improved last night, both in pass and run blocking. Vlad Ducasse really handled the Beast Vince Wilfork. Bilal Powell and Chris Ivory ran hard.
I hope the WR’s are using the jugs machine all week. “Look the ball into your hands”. So basic.