Joe Benigno cautiously optimistic about Jets: 'This team has a lot of talent'


Could the Jets fool around and find out that they’re in the playoffs come mid-January? Still a long way away, but in his weekly appearance with Tiki & Tierney Monday, Joe Benigno was cautiously optimistic about Gang Green’s future.

“I don’t want to say definitively off one game, but I’ll say this: the Jets have a lot of talent on this team,” Joe said. “For the first time since I can’t remember, this team has two offensive weapons: two stud running backs, then you have (Garrett) Wilson, Elijah Moore, and Corey Davis, who I’ve been down on, had his best game ever as a Jet yesterday; he had some big catches, including the biggest play of the game.”

The biggest stars on Sunday, though? An offensive line that had backups at two spots and Alijah Vera-Tucker switching out to left tackle to cover the Jets’ dearth of actual bookends.

“The offensive line is in shambles, and Zach was only sacked one time,” Joe said. “Listen, he made some bad throws, but he was running for his life for three quarters – if Joe Flacco played this game, they had no shot!”

Ah, yes, that reminded BT that Joe had said he was all in on Flacco after the Cleveland win, but Mr. Benigno revised that statement, and his feeling on the Jets’ first win.

“All I said was whoever is going to win games for me is who I want, and Wilson, what he did, this was more impressive than the Cleveland win,” Joe said. “Even though they made the plays, Cleveland basically gave them that game – but they took this one from the Steelers, with the kid leading two touchdown drives in the fourth quarter, and overcoming all those penalties.
This is stuff the team never does, and the line protected him so well in the fourth. I think you have to be excited.”

Joe was also high on what the defense did, especially the secondary, and said there was “no pain” with the Jets…although he’s a little worried that the Jets will revert back to their former selves on Sunday and lose a third straight home game.

“To me, it’s the mistakes – they have to stop making stupid mistakes, penalties, and turnovers,” Joe said. “Look at Sunday: they’re up 10-3 with a guaranteed field goal near the end of the half, and I was yelling to run the ball and take the field goal - but they had to be cute, Wilson throws the pick, Carl Lawson takes a penalty, and it leads to a Pittsburgh field goal. That’s the kind of stuff they have to stop.”

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