You don’t have to wait until Monday morning to get Boomer Esiason’s reaction to the Jets’ literal last-second loss to the Raiders, courtesy of a 46-yard Derek Carr touchdown pass to Henry Ruggs III with just five seconds on the clock.
“I have a headache thinking about this…the fact that Gregg Williams would play that coverage in that situation? It’s almost like the Jets drew that up to lose the game,” an exasperated and befuddled Booms said on CBS just after the loss.
Indeed, the Jets sent a blitz at Carr on what was a 3rd-and-10 from the Jets’ 46, leaving man coverage all around in a Cover 0 scheme (meaning no deep safety). CBS analyst Adam Archuleta had noted that Darren Waller – who had 13 catches for 200 yards and two touchdowns – might be the target, but it was Ruggs who made the play of the game.
Ruggs, the rookie from Alabama who runs a 4.26 40-yard dash, simply beat corner Lamar Jackson, and Carr stepped up to avoid the rush and floated one in for the last 46 of his 381 yards.
“If I’m at the line of scrimmage, and I look out there and see man coverage, I’d be shocked,” Boomer said. “Why?”
“That’s why they haven’t won a game – bad coaching decisions,” Phil Simms chimed in.
“Amazing. The Raiders’ MVP is (Jets defensive coordinator) Gregg Williams,” Boomer replied.
Former NFL linebacker Emmanuel Acho echoed Boomer’s sentiment on Twitter:
The Jets had gone ahead 28-24 with 5:38 left, and then got the Raiders to turn the ball over on downs – the final play an incompletion in the end zone – with less than two minutes left. Las Vegas forced a three-and-out (using their final two timeouts to stop the clock twice) and regained possession with 35 seconds left.
One 15-yard completion to Waller, a spike, an incompletion, and a Hail Mary later, they were winners.
A heartbreaker…well, maybe for everyone not on the #TankForTrevor train, especially given what happened in Minnesota about 20 minutes later: Jacksonville succumbed to the Vikings in overtime, losing a game they once led by double-digits, came back to tie, and had a chance to win with a field goal attempt at the end of regulation.
Of course, a Jacksonville win would’ve kept Gang Green atop the 2021 draft board no matter what, but had the Jets won and Jags lost, Jacksonville would have taken over the No. 1 spot in the 2021 NFL Draft, given that their lone win would have been against an NFC team (conference record is the No. 1 tiebreaker between two teams that did not play head-to-head).
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