Matt Forte was blindsided by an odd coaching audible that helped the Jets crumble for a third consecutive week. You don't need to have an advanced degree in offensive play-calling to understand the best two-part strategy in inclement weather: 1) Run the damn ball, and 2) Run it some more. The veteran running back (politely) unloaded on offensive coordinator John Morton's curious choice to eschew the running back amid a torrential downpour in the Jets' 25-20 loss to the Falcons Sunday. Forte obviously was frustrated, flummoxed and confused why the Jets abandoned their week-long game-plan en route to their third consecutive defeat. "I only had four carries this game, so I don't really think we ran the ball enough with the weather being the way it was," said Forte, who picked up seven yards on those handful of runs. "I think that kind of hurt us." "I'm definitely surprised by that, because we knew the weather was going to be like that," Forte continued about why Morton didn't dial up more runs for anyone wearing green-and-white. "It continued to rain the entire game. I think we only ran the ball 20 times. (There) should have been at least one person getting 20 carries -- something like that -- with the way the weather was. I thought we were going to grind them out on the ground like that, but it ended up not turning out that way." It was a confounding choice by Morton, who ultimately dialed up 37 passes and only 21 runs (including an end-around to wide receiver Robby Anderson). In other words, the Jets had a 64-36 pass-run play-call split on a day when it the rain was coming down in sheets.
Matt Forte unloads on Jets offensive coordinator John Morton for abandoning the run in loss to Falcons
New York Daily News | Oct 29