Jets' third-down conversions story of their loss


Jets' third-down conversions story of their loss

By A. Sherrod Blakely Celtics Insider
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FOXBORO New York Jets coach and resident loud mouth Rex Ryan is not all that different than most NFL coaches.

When the game is over and he's back in the locker room with his team, he takes a good look at the game's final statistics. Sometimes coaches will sense during the game that a certain part of their team's play was really bad, only to find the statistics tell a different story.

Ryan was not so fortunate.

During the game, he knew his team wasn't doing well on third downs and the final tally proved him correct. For all that didn't go the Jets way in New England's 30-21 win, New York's woeful play on third downs really stood out.

"You gotta convert on third down," a clearly dejected Ryan said afterward. "They Patriots were 50 percent on third downs."

His Jets?

A pitiful 3-for-11, or 27 percent.

"We have to convert on third downs," he said.

Making matters worse for the Jets was that many of the third-downs they faced were short-yardage situations.

In the first half, New York failed to convert on four of their five third-down situations. Of those four failed opportunities, three of them required New York picking up two yards or less.

Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez wasn't surprised that third-down play was such an important part of Sunday's game.

"I knew we were going to need some big plays on third down, and that's where we lost the game," he said. "What were we, 3-for-10? You can't win like that; not against these guys. You gotta keep them off the field and make it easier on your defense."

New York's struggles on third down Sunday were indicative of how what they have been doing on third downs all season, having come into Sunday's game converting just 33 percent of their third-down attempts which ranked No. 23 (out of 32 teams).

And while there were plenty of reasons and places for the Jets to place the blame for Sunday's loss - their third in a row, mind you - without question the inability to convert third-downs sticks out.

"That's the only stat I judge from this game," said Sanchez.

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Darrelle Revis has court date Thursday on fight claims

Darrelle Revis has court date Thursday on fight claims

New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis has a court date next week on criminal charges stemming from a fight after he turned himself in to police and was later released on a non-monetary bond.

Revis faces aggravated assault and other charges alleging he was in a fight with two men last weekend in Pittsburgh. He answered no questions from the media as he turned himself in Friday. He later made an initial court appearance, and his next court date was scheduled for Thursday.

Revis' attorney has said Revis was physically assaulted by a group of at least five people. He said Revis "feared for his safety" and sought medical attention, but he didn't offer details about the severity of Revis' injuries.

Police say the fight started when a man began recording a video of Revis and Revis grabbed his phone and tried to delete it. Two men say they were punched and knocked out.

The New York Jets said through a spokesman they would have no further comment on Revis' situation other than their initial statement that they were aware of the matter and had spoken with Revis. NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said in an email to The Associated Press that the league was looking into the matter.

Attorney Blaine Jones said Saturday in a text message that while he was hired for the pre-indictment phase of the case, he would not be representing the Jets cornerback going forward.

Revis is due $15 million next season, including a $2 million roster bonus due on the second day of the new league year, March 10.

The $13 million in base salary includes $6 million in guaranteed money, which the Jets would owe him even if they decided to cut him before the deadline.

Revis had a bitter breakup with his agents last year and has no formal representation going forward.

Revis, who is from Aliquippa, was a star at the University of Pittsburgh and was drafted No. 14 overall by the Jets in 2007. He quickly established himself as one of the top players at his position - and in franchise history - while also earning the nickname, "Revis Island" for his penchant for routinely shutting down opposing teams' top receivers. He is in his second stint with the Jets.


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Cyrus Jones: 'I'll never take credit for something I don't feel I contributed to'

Cyrus Jones: 'I'll never take credit for something I don't feel I contributed to'

It was a tough rookie season for Cyrus Jones after being selected by the New England Patriots in the second round of the the 2016 NFL Draft.

Despite struggling in the return game all season and being inactive for the playoffs, Jones will forever the labeled as a "Super Bowl Champion" after his team's victory over the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI.

But you won't hear Jones bragging about the victory.

"I'll never take credit for something I don't feel I contributed to," Jones told Childs Walker of the The Baltimore Sun. "I was part of the team, but I didn't feel a part of it."

The 23-year-old rookie played in 10 games for the Patriots, seeing 147 snaps on defense. But his struggles in the return game were a talking point for most of the season after he came in with such high expectations as a returner out of Alabama. 

"Honestly, it was hell for me," he explained. "That's the only way I can describe it. I didn't feel I deserved to be part of anything that was happening with the team. I felt embarrassed that these people probably thought they wasted a pick on me."

Jones has already turned the page on his rookie season saying, there's "no such thing as an offseason" because he "didn't earn it."