The Jets play calling on the goal line

September 23, 2008 at 2:07 pm Leave a comment

It’s been a while since I posted. A lot has been going on. The Cubs clinch the Central Division, the Bears on 1-2, and the fall TV season is underway. If the NFL played on 3 quarters of football, the Bears would 3-0, but that rant is for another post.

Mark Twain once said, “History doesn’t repeat himself, but it does rhyme.” How true this was for the Jets.

Last week, against New England, the Jets had the ball on what I think was the 1 or 2 yard line and a first down. They called 3 straight run-up-the-gut plays and were forced to settle for a field goal. The media and fans slammed the play calling. They didn’t understand why, with “the great” Brett Favre, they didn’t just throw it in. Well, Jets fans, you got your answer on Monday night.

With 3:41 remaining the game, the Jets just scored on a Favre pass to bring the score to 29-45. Down by 16, the Jets need to go for 2, (although this game is pretty much over).

Attempt #1 from the 2 – Pass, incomplete. Pass interference try again.

Attempt #2 from the 1 – Pass, incomplete. Pass interference try again.

Attempt #3 from the 1/2 yd line – offsides.

Attempt #3 (again) from the 1/4 yd line – Pass, incomplete.

So in 3 tries, the Jets couldn’t throw it in either. “The great” Brett Favre couldn’t get the ball into the end zone either. The real question should be, “Why can’t the offensive line get the 2 yards in 3 tries?”

Perhaps the Mangini staff wanted to throw it in to work on short yardage pass plays since the game was likely over. However, from the 1/4 yd line, you should be able to punch that through on the ground.

To paraphrase a joke I read last year; How did the Jets keep the team away from the practice facility? They painted a goal line in front of the door. 🙂


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