The New York Jets failed to carry a fourth-quarter lead for the third straight week. In driving rain Sunday towards the Atlanta Falcons, operating Matt Forte believes the Jets ought to have run the ball extra to protect that lead.
The Jets known as 37 go performs to 21 operating performs in Sunday’s 25-20 loss. Forte noticed simply 4 carries for seven yards whereas Bilal Powell took 14 totes for 33 yards.
“I solely had 4 carries this recreation, so I do not actually suppose we ran the ball sufficient with the climate being the way in which it was,” Forte mentioned, through Manish Mehta of the New York Every day Information. “I believe that form of damage us.”
Forte added: “I am undoubtedly stunned by that, as a result of we knew the climate was going to be like that. It continued to rain the complete recreation. I believe we solely ran the ball 20 instances. (There) ought to have been at the least one particular person getting 20 carries — one thing like that — with the way in which the climate was. I believed we have been going to grind them out on the bottom like that, however it ended up not turning out that means.”
Whereas holding the lead within the second half, offensive coordinator John Morton dialed up seven runs to eight go makes an attempt on 15 performs over three drives. It was solely after that lead evaporated did the pbad-run ratio tilt to 13-2 (not together with spikes), with the ultimate drive of the sport consisting of six pbades as Josh McCown tried to rally the Jets with simply over a minute remaining.
A annoyed Forte believes operating the ball extra within the rain would have been the proper name.
“You bought a moist ball on the market,” Forte mentioned. “It is wet. It wasn’t like a light-weight drizzle. It was actually actually raining. If I used to be a coordinator… (and) I am clearly biased as a result of I am a operating again — raining like that, yeah, you’d suppose that we’d run it greater than we did. However like I mentioned, each recreation is totally different. He is calling the performs. He has to name what he sees on the market.”
Whereas operating the ball retains the clock shifting, receivers have a bonus within the rain the place defensive backs counting on a fast change of path to stick with wideouts — who know the place their routes are headed — are extra apt to slipping on the slick floor. Plus, it wasn’t the play-calling that brought on two missed subject targets or a muffed punt that led to 3 factors.
The criticism from Forte seems like a annoyed veteran who seems like he is being underutilized. Maybe a annoyed veteran who may wish to be traded earlier than Tuesday’s deadline?