11/02/2010 3:00 PM ET
Are the Jets too good for their own good?
Extra time off may help some teams, but not the Jets
By Dan Graziano / SNY.tv
Quarterback Mark Sanchez and the Jets could benefit from better playcalling -- and less overthinking. (AP)

I'm not going to sit here and say it's a good thing to lose 9-0 at home to a team with a so-so defense after a bye week. That'd be foolish, and while I don't always succeed, I do like to avoid being foolish.

I will say, however, that I don't think the Jets are in any real trouble. Every time the offense lays a stinker, it's going to be easy to panic, because the offense was what everybody was worried about heading into the season and it's easy to panic when your worst fears peek up through their underground holes.

But Jets fans shouldn't let one game scribble all over the way they felt about the five that went before. Nor should anybody be worried about this week's game against the Lions. After all, the Jets will only have had six days off before this one. And unlike a lot of teams, for whom the bye week is a welcome respite and a chance to recharge, the Jets I don't think are the kind of team that responds well to time off.

The Jets are better the less time they have to think. They had all summer to think and sweat and worry about the Ravens, and then they came out and looked rigid and worried and unimpressive in the season opener. They had two weeks to game plan for the Packers, and they came out and looked disjointed and too cute for their own good.

There's no excuse for calling more pass plays than run plays on a windy day against a team that struggles to stop the run. Not when you have the running backs the Jets have. There's no excuse for calling a Brad Smith direct-snap play and then following it right up with a Jerricho Cotchery run out of the backfield. Brian Schottenheimer and Rex Ryan did too much thinking Sunday when keeping it simple probably would have been the recipe to get the 10 points they needed to beat Green Bay.

The "problem," if you want to call it that, is that the Jets are too good. Their roster is loaded and they're run by smart and talented people. Those people spend two weeks thinking stuff up, pondering ways to use all of the talent they have on the roster, and it's easy to get too complicated. It's easy to forget how successful you can be just by leaning on LaDainian Tomlinson and Shonn Greene and assuming correctly that it'll eventually work. It's easy to forget that Braylon Edwards is having a huge year and shouldn't have his targets cut just because Santonio Holmes is back and you remembered Cotchery was still on the team.

The Jets will be fine, because this week will be a more standard week of practice that leads to a more standard game plan. And when the Jets go back to basics, there's nobody in the NFL who's better. They have the right kind of roster and the right kind of players to be the best team in the league. They just have to stop thinking so much and let those guys play.

Dan Graziano is a senior NFL writer for AOL FanHouse and a regular contributor to SNY.tv.
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