Last week, Ryan Tannehill said the ball slipped out of his hand when he threw that terrible endzone interception to the Titans’ Malcolm Butler. Yesterday, the ball slipped from his hand and the Jets recovered. I don’t know how you correct sweaty hands, but it needs to be addressed. These were both big turnovers near the goal lines, and the ball slipped while Tannehill wasn’t even hit. Have you ever seen another QB with such slippery hands two weeks in a row?
The fumble yesterday was caused by Tannehill’s panic on a broken play. That is something else to be addressed immediately. We’ve run those QB bootlegs about 6 times this year, and it’s worked great 4 times. The two other times, Tannehill didn’t adjust. He fumbled yesterday and he threw a bad, late pass on the same play last week. Practice practice practice. You need to have a Plan B in place for times when the DE bursts through and disrupts your play. Passing the ball backwards before he even hits you is not a wise option. Panic comes from lack of preparation.
All that being said, our QB played a solid game. His best pass was the TD to AJ Derby. I’ll again give Derby credit for a nice route and catch. After 2 years my saying that he has never contributed, he came through with a dagger to the Jets.
CBS analyzed how the Jets were double-teaming BOTH of our DEs yesterday in a max protection scheme. But we were still able to bother Darnold throughout the day. I didn’t see a lot of blitzes either. That shows us that our D-line minus Suh isn’t as bad as we thought.
Finally (for now), let’s not get too excited. We had some very lucky plays go our way yesterday. Darnold overthrew a wide open WR in the endzone. Their TE dropped an easy 30-yard gainer with no Dolphin near him. We got the benefit of two defensive holding calls that were both iffy. We got the call on Xavien’s interception. He was probably in bounds, but we never get those calls our way! And let’s never forget the boneheaed Jets call with 10 seconds left an no time outs. Reshad Jones made a brilliant play on that, but the Jets handed it to us on a silver platter.
Oh, and thank goodness we signed frank Gore, eh?