Marcus Maye on Raiders game-winning TD: Has to be a better play call

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Many Jets fans likely breathed a sigh of relief when Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs reeled in a 46-yard touchdown pass from Derek Carr in the final seconds of Sunday’s game.

The score made the Raiders 31-28 winners and moved the Jets a step closer to landing the first overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. The play did not sit as well with safety Marcus Maye.

Jets defensive coordinator Gregg Williams brought the house against Raiders quarterback Derek Carr, which left cornerback Lamar Jackson (no, not that Lamar Jackson) with no help against Ruggs over the top. Ruggs blew past Jackson with a double move that left Maye upset about what the team dialed up in that spot.

“I think we could have been in a better call in that situation. . . . We have to execute, but you have to help us out at the same time,” Maye said, via Connor Hughes of TheAthletic.com.

According to NFL’s Next Gen Stats, the Jets were the first team to send eight pass rushers on a play in the final 30 seconds of a game this season. It turned out to be the wrong call for anyone who hoped to see a win rather than an increased chance of landing Trevor Lawrence.

13 responses to “Marcus Maye on Raiders game-winning TD: Has to be a better play call

  1. According to NFL’s Next Gen Stats, the Jets were the first team to send eight pass rushers on a play in the final 30 seconds of a game this season.

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    There’s a reason for that. Even if you thought it was a good idea on 3rd down. Realizing you didn’t throw away the game on 3rd down because Carr couldn’t hit a wide open receiver in the endzone should’ve prompted you to take the hail mary approach. No time outs and under 20 seconds it had to be endzone or bust.

    You can’t tell the players to tank the game but coaching decisions can have the same effect. Trevor Lawrence to the Jets is still alive.

  2. He did it back to back plays and I’ve seen him do it before halftime as well. It’s forces the QB to get rid of the ball early. When it worked the announcers were calling him a genius. It makes no sense to do it when the other team has, at worst, one of the top 3 players in football.

  3. “You can’t tell the players to tank the game but coaching decisions can have the same effect. Trevor Lawrence to the Jets is still alive.”

    While that’s true, it doesn’t apply here. Williams did not dial up a play to get closer to a draft pick that he isn’t going to be around to coach because Gase and the whole crew are definitely gone after this season, if they make it that far.

  4. The Jets were getting pressure and hits on Carr on these exact plays. Ruggs was, well terrible in the game. A dropped pass that turns into an INT, and a careless fumble on a 4th quarter drive. The Jets attention was rightly in the face of Carr and on Waller and Renfrow (Ruggs was persona non grata. The DB bit on Ruggs’ slow disappearing act (that he’d run several plays before where he is more of decoy. This time Ruggs faked it and took off.

  5. Gregg Williams was involved in bountygate, so I don’t want to hear how he wouldn’t intentionally throw a game.

  6. On the play before he had called 3 deep and the WR (Agholor, I think) still inexplicably beat the deep men by five yards and would have ahad an easy TD if Carr had not completely overthrown him.I think he said, “Hell, I’m getting beat on a 3 deep zone where my guys know not to let anyone get by them, I may as well send the house and try to get to him.” With this secondary, he’s damend if he does and damned if he doesn’t. Still, a terrible job of having noone deep and rookie starting CBs that were undrafted and I think a 4th?

  7. Fire Gase and Williams. Give Jim Bob Cooter chance to run the circus. Gase and Williams will not be coaching anywhere in the NFL next year.
    #givecooterachance

  8. Have fun in team meetings this week Gregg. You might as well just resign, I can’t imagine players taking your coaching seriously from this point on.

  9. Trevor Lawrence could be the highest rated QB to ever come out of college. He doesn’t have to sign with the Jets if he doesn’t want to.

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