I know that we still get anxious when we have a small lead and the momentum starts to turn, but don't you always feel that our offense, if they get the ball, can always move it and get into scoring position? And, our defense can hold or get a turnover. That's a big difference from last year. Now, the Jets D was awseome, I mean in the top 3-4 in the NFL, maybe even the best defense on any given day. But, I always thought our offense, if it needed to open things up, could get the job done. When you always have the lead and you are going against a rookie QB who is error prone, it's better to stay conservative on offense and protect the ball- even if it's a little boring and it's tempting to go for it more. But, the Jets defense deserves huge credit.
Speaking of defenses, ours deserves even more credit. What a game!!! While I realize that our defensive personnel is better this year than last, if we had the same defensive coordinator this year as last, I am SURE that:
1) Sharper doesn't have as many picks and TDs
2) The defense doesn't get 14 pts yesterday
3) We don't win the turnover battle every week.
GW has risen to the occasion every week and from my perspective, he kept it vanilla on purpose for the first 2 weeks and every week we see more packages and more pressure. Kudos to him. I'm looking foirward to the future. I am very happy he has two weeks to prepare for the Giants.
I think we have to do better on short yardage, especially at the goal line. But that brings me to my one criticism of Payton- the play calling could be better at the goal line. I think once we start doing better there it will snowball. But, maybe we should make it look like pass when we are going to run it. Let Reggie be a wideout on one side or go into motion and then run it up the gut. And, we need to throw sometimes on short yardage at the goal line. WE have so many weapons. We need to score and do some short 3rd downs with "disguised" power plays, not pure power. We aren't quite that kind of team yet. Some teams can tell you where they are going to run the ball for one yard and still get it, but that's not us. But, we can still get the short yardage.