Reaching into the mailbag for a New York Jets question that has become a hot-button issue:
How are the Jets going to correct all these "chunk play" errors that they have been making? #jetsmail— Larry DeMasi (@ljdfour) September 16, 2016
@RichCimini: Before I answer the question, allow me to share this rather mind-boggling statistic, courtesy of the good folks at ESPN Stats & Information. The Jets already have allowed two touchdown passes that have traveled at least 50 yards in the air (see: A.J. Green and Marquise Goodwin), giving them four such plays since 2006 -- tied for the league lead. Here's another way to look at it: They allowed as many in a five-day span as they did in the previous 10 years.
Not good. It's especially not good when you consider their best cover guy, Darrelle Revis, was involved in both of them.
The Jets have allowed 663 passing yards, including completions of 54, 54, 49, 32, 84 and 71 yards. They let Greg Salas, of all people, score on a 71-yard pass. How does that happen? At first glance, Rontez Miles, who replaced Calvin Pryor for one play, appeared like the guilty party, but Todd Bowles absolved Miles of any blame. He wouldn't identify the culprit, but after reviewing the tape, it had to be Buster Skrine or Marcus Gilchrist.
I'm sure Bowles is losing some sleep over these breakdowns because, after all, he's a former safety who made his bones by coaching the secondary. There's nothing more demoralizing for a defense -- an entire team, for that matter -- than giving up huge plays. It doesn't matter if the defensive line makes five sacks a game; it means nothing if the ball keeps flying over their heads.
Some of the problems stem from miscommunication -- or, as Bowles said, "It's day-one, training-camp stuff." The Salas touchdown came when the Bills ran a "bunch" formation, confusing the Jets. In Week 1, the Cincinnati Bengals hurt them with bunch formations.
News flash: They'll keep seeing them until they correct the breakdowns. Their next opponent is the Kansas City Chiefs. Coach Andy Reid is a clever offensive mind who knows how to attack defenses with route combinations and formations. The Jets need to clean it up or else opponents will continue to ring up huge passing numbers.
Also keep an eye on Revis and how he's deployed. On Friday, Bowles acknowledged the plan was to use Revis on the Buffalo Bills' No. 2 receiver, allowing them to double Sammy Watkins with two others. That, folks, is the first sign that Revis, once the best of the best, no longer is seen the same way by the organization.