New York Jets: Lack of Discipline Looms Large Over the Team

Double G SportsCorrespondent ISeptember 22, 2010

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 19:  Braylon Edwards #17 of the New York Jets looks on during warmups prior to the game against the New England Patriots on September 19, 2010 at the New Meadowlands Stadium  in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Big win for Gang Green this week.   The Jets hit all the right buttons in a game that held serious repercussions for the rest of the season.   Now we can answer all the questions that loomed over the Jets in the early going: Yes, Mark Sanchez can throw the ball downfield; yes, Brian Schottenheimer has a brian in his head; yes, the secondary can handle a prolific passing attack.  In short, the Jets have the horses to be the serious contenders we thought they would be.  At least, they have that potential.

Whether the Jets can actually get things done every week is still very much up in the air.  We know they have talent.  But the NFL in recent years is replete with examples of teams bursting with talent with baffle experts and fans alike year after year – most notably Tony Romo and the Cowboys, who are picked to go to the Super Bowl every year and have not yet come anywhere close.  Why is this?

Because talent is a small part of a very large equation.  You need execution.  You need that old phrase that color commentators mercilessly hammer every week: mistake-free football.  The Jets didn’t play it in Week 1 and it killed them.  They overcame a few serious gaffes on Sunday to pull out a huge win, but teams that contend seriously always rise above the mistakes when it matters.   As for the season unfolds, it’s becoming clear that this is going to be a serious issue for the Jets  -  one that could cost them dearly.  But the killer is that the Jets’ mistakes aren’t really football mistakes.  Fumbles, interceptions, missed blocks — these things happen.  The Jets seem intent on making their difficulties as difficult as possible with a spate of bonehead, ego-driven errors.

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