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5 questions with the enemy: "The quarterback is the greatest deficiency"

We sat down with Scott Salmon of Gang Green Nation to get a better idea about the Jaguars' next opponent in the Jets.

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1. How do Jets fans feel about the way the Ryan Fitzpatrick-Geno Smith situation went down this year? Do fans still even want Geno on the team, or has Fitzpatrick shown himself to be capable enough?

I would say about 75% of fans are done with Geno Smith. Before he was knocked out by IK Enemkpali, it would have been closer to 50-50, but he lost a lot of supporters with how that happened. Fitzpatrick has been… okay, but that’s far better than the Jets have seen in recent years, so naturally many fans think he’s the greatest thing since Joe Namath. He’s by far the weak link on the offense, but his efficiency has been enough that the team mostly isn’t losing games as a result of him.

2. Is Ted Bowles the answer at head coach? I know we're only midway through his first season, but do you think he has any future in New York?

So far, I would say yes. Unlike Rex Ryan, he actually looks and sounds like a head coach. The team is playing mostly pretty well (outside of this past game) under him, in all aspects of the game. The past two weeks, he’s had some questionable clock management issues, like many coaches. It’s a bit troubling, so we’ll see if he gets better. One of my favorite aspects that he’s brought so far is that he’s been great at halftime adjustments, which is the exact opposite of Ryan. So that’s nice.

3. What's the greatest deficiency on the Jets offense? How should an opposing defensive coordinator game plan against it?

The quarterback is, like always, the greatest deficiency. The tight end position is quite literally non-existent, but the Jets haven’t really needed that so I’m not sure it’s worth game planning against. If I had to pick one place for the Jaguars to plan against, it’s Chris Ivory. If they can stifle the running game, the Jets are going to struggle, period.

4. Is there a Jaguars player on either side of the ball that you say, "If the Jets don't stop him, we're in trouble"?

Hmm, that’s a good question. I might go with T.J. Yeldon. The Jets defense has, at random times, struggled with tackling. I am possible the world’s biggest Yeldon fan, aside from Momma Yeldon, so I know exactly how much damage he can do if the Jaguars can get him going.

5. What's your prediction for Sunday? Who's coming out of this one the winner?

I think the Jets are going to come out pissed and looking to make a statement. They got suckered into trap games against the Philadelphia Eagles and Oakland Raiders and came out flat. I don’t think that happens again. At the very least, I hope it doesn’t happen again. So I’ll go with 31-14, Jets.