Matt Forte was blindsided by an odd teaching audible that helped the Jets crumble for a 3rd consecutive week.
You need not have a complicated diploma in offensive play-calling to know the most effective two-half technique in inclement climate: 1) Run the rattling ball, and a couple of) Run it some extra.
The veteran operating again (politely) unloaded on offensive coordinator John Morton’s curious option to eschew the operating again amid a torrential downpour within the Jets’ 25-20 loss to the Falcons Sunday. Forte clearly was annoyed, flummoxed and confused why the Jets deserted their week-lengthy recreation-plan en path to their third consecutive defeat.
“I solely had 4 carries this recreation, so I do not actually assume we ran the ball sufficient with the climate being the best way it was,” stated Forte, who picked up seven yards on these handful of runs. “I feel that type of harm us.”
“I am undoubtedly stunned by that, as a result of we knew the climate was going to be like that,” Forte continued about why Morton did not dial up extra runs for anybody sporting inexperienced-and-white. “It continued to rain the whole recreation. I feel we solely ran the ball 20 occasions. (There) ought to have been a minimum of one individual getting 20 carries — one thing like that — with the best way the climate was. I assumed we have been going to grind them out on the bottom like that, however it ended up not turning out that means.”
It was a confounding selection by Morton, who finally dialed up 37 passes and solely 21 runs (together with an finish-round to extensive receiver Robby Anderson). In different phrases, the Jets had a sixty four-36 move-run play-name cut up on a day when it the rain was coming down in sheets.
Though Forte stated that Morton is “fairly open-minded,” he did not fairly perceive why Morton strayed from the plan in a decent recreation.
“Everyone is aware of that that was the sport plan and that was what we needed to do,” Forte stated about operating the ball towards Atlanta, which snapped its three-recreation dropping streak. “I am not going to get on the top set and inform someone tips on how to do their job.”
Second-guessing is part of the life of each offensive coordinator, however Forte was proper given the climate circumstances and recreation script. The Jets had a 17-thirteen halftime lead and 17-sixteen edge getting into the fourth quarter.
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