While some may have you believe the sky is falling for the New York Jets franchise right now, that’s more narrative than it is truth.
Of course, I was frustrated watching the Week 2 defeat from the seats of MetLife, but I also couldn’t help but notice that the Jets did a ton of things right in this game. The offensive line improved in pass protection, the run game had some burst behind Michael Carter and Ty Johnson, rookies and second-year prospects were making plays all over the field, and the defense was stout behind a formidable pass rush.
It was a total reversal of what we saw in Week 1 when Zach Wilson and Corey Davis carried the team. This time, they might have had the two worst performances for the Green & White, but that’s okay.
When the problem is simple — like a 22-year old quarterback forcing throws — it’s a lot easier to solve. When there are a million different issues that need correcting, that’s much more concerning.
Weirdly, I feel better after Week 2 than Week 1 despite the scorelines because I’m confident that Wilson will rebound. I also feel better because of how sturdy the defense looked, and one of the key contributors on the defensive side was John Franklin-Myers.
At least so far, Franklin-Myers is proving that 2020 wasn’t a fluke. During our regular season Heavy on Jets roundtable preview, we selected 2021 breakout stars and ‘JFM’ was my pick for the honor.