Yep, they had ZERO ball control. I feel like I come in here and beat my head against the wall every week because the Jets still haven't figured out they are better off centering the offense around the running game and not Favre. They have a great 1-2 punch with TJ and Washington but they keep trying to force a square peg into a round hole.
Here is an interesting article from PFT. Coles speaks about Favre, but mostly complains about his role in the offense. I think this is pretty indicative of what I have been saying the last few weeks, this team has no identity whatsoever.
COLES ON FAVRE: THE JUGS MACHINE THROWS HARDER
Posted by Josh Alper on December 7, 2008, 8:32 p.m. EST
As if the Jets woeful play over the last two weeks wasn’t enough for them to worry about, they may have a little problem in the locker room when Brett Favre hears what Laveranues Coles had to say about him.
John Crumpacker of the San Francisco Chronicle (via Fanhouse) shared some comments that Coles made before today’s 24-14 loss to the 49ers. Coles thinks that Favre’s reputation as a good quarterback with a strong arm isn’t justified.
“I catch balls from the Jugs machine. The ball probably comes out harder from there than it does from anywhere else … Of course he’s the big name, he’s the Hall of Famer, he’s going to get the majority of the credit but most of the guys who deserve the credit don’t really get it.”
Coles, who bemoaned the loss of Chad Pennington after the Favre trade, is also unhappy with his role in the offense.
“We’re in a quarterback-driven offense where he pretty much has control of everything, where before the offense was pretty much driven through me. … I just kind of become a role player instead of a guy that teams had to prepare for … This is his offense. When we do throw the ball, there’s really no level of importance, where at one point it used to be where I was the guy … in position to get the ball most of the time.”
Coles is second on the team with 56 catches for 620 yards. Jerricho Cotchery, with 59 and 702, leads in both categories. Coles has scored six times, however, which is best on the Jets and one shy of his career best in that category.