Grading Out the Jets/Dolphins Debacle & NFL Week 5 Recap

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First a few updates:

1. Jerricho Cotchery admitted that he was nowhere near 100 percent and probably re-aggravated his injury trying to play in a limited role last night. The smartest thing for the Jets to do would be rest Cotchery for this week and allow him to get back to 100 percent or else he will be dealing with this hamstring injury all year.

2. David Clowney only had leg cramps last night and will be fine moving forward. Brad Smith had a foot injury in the first half but was out in there second half, regardless it is still something to keep an eye on this week. Who knows when Lito Sheppard and Donald Strickland will be back at this point.

3. Calvin Pace refused to respect Miami’s Wildcat offense and had some pretty stupid stuff to say after the game, which can be read here http://www.thejetsblog.com/2009/10/13/calvin-pace-clearly-not-fond-of-wildcat/. He should probably spend more time worrying about setting the edge so the Dolphins can’t run high school Wing-T Jet Sweep around him every time for 15 yards and maybe getting within 5 yards of the quarterback.

Grading Out the Jets/Dolphins Debacle & NFL Week 5 Recap

Quarterbacks: (B) Mark Sanchez did more than enough for the Jets to get a win and twice in the fourth quarter drove them down the field for go ahead touchdowns. His numbers weren’t all that impressive (12/24, 172 yards, 1 TD) but he didn’t turn the ball over and made beautiful down field throws to David Clowney (53 yard gain) and Braylon Edwards twice (34 yard gain and drawn pass interference penalty). It is good to see him bounce back from a bad performance and hopefully he can keep it going this week against Buffalo.

Running Backs: (B-) Thomas Jones is slowly turning into nothing more than a very good goal-line back. He only finished with 42 yards and a 3.2 yards per carry average and is making the Jets look smart for not extending his contract. Leon added a little juice to the running game with 10 carries for 44 yards but still doesn’t have an offensive play that has went longer than 20 yards this season. Shonn Greene didn’t get much of a chance with only 3 carries, but don’t be surprised to see him get more carries in upcoming weeks.

Wide Receivers: (A) Braylon Edwards sure looked like a legit number one receiver last night despite being in the Jets offense for only 5 days and not having a healthy Jerricho Cotchery opposite him. The one major positive from this game is the how clearly the Jets improved their offense with the Edwards trade. Cotchery played mostly as a decoy despite a hamstring injury but will be better served by resting this week and getting back to 100 percent. David Clowney stepped up in a big way with 4 catches for 72 yards, including a 53 yard bomb…expect to see alot more of “The Clown” in coming weeks. Brad Smith had a nice catch and run for 19 yards and a huge play on a fake punt, where he shook about 3 tackles.

Tight Ends: (F) Paging Dustin Keller….are you still there…paging Dustin Keller…are you still a member of this Jets offense? Obviously some of the blame falls on the playcalling but Keller also did a poor job of blocking last night.

Offensive Line: (B) A better performance by this group but they still aren’t performing at the level they did last season. We haven’t had a 100 yard rusher since week one and Sanchez was still sacked once and hit three times, including being forced into an intentional grounding penalty.

Defensive Line: (D) I thought Howard Green played pretty well off the bench and Kris Jenkins had his moments but beyond that this unit was pushed around all night and applied absolutely no pressure to the quarterback. Marques Douglas and Sione Pouha might have been pancaked about 10 times.

Linebackers: (D) Don’t be fooled by tackling stats, Bart Scott, David Harris, Bryan Thomas, and Calvin Pace were all invisible in this game when it counted. They all missed countless tackles and they all failed to apply pressure to the quarterback…wait why did I give them a D? How about a F.

Secondary: (D) Torched by Ted Ginn Jr…really, Darrelle Revis? You can cover Andre Johnson, Randy Moss, and Marques Colston but not Ted Ginn Jr? C’mon now. Dwight Lowery and Drew Coleman were both exposed in big spots. Will Lito Sheppard ever recover from his quad injury? Kerry Rhodes hasn’t made a big play in seemingly 25 games. Seriously, is it so much to ask for this guy to have a sack, forced fumble, or interception?

Special Teams: (A) Steve Weatherford might soon be taking Thomas Jones job, by showing more elusiveness than Jones has did all season. Brad Smith was clutch on the other fake punt. Jay Feely is money in the bank. Leon Washington needs to improve on kick returns.

Coaching: (D) The Jets weren’t prepared to stop Miami’s offense and Rex Ryan did a poor job by not using his timeouts at the end of the game. Ryan was served a heaping dish of humble pie last night, so let’s see how his defense responds in the coming weeks.

NFL Week 5 Quick Recap

TOJ Top Five

  1. New York Giants – They finally play a NFL caliber team this weekend.
  2. Minnesota Vikings – Good test for them against the Ravens this week.
  3. Denver Broncos – When did Kyle Orton turn into one of the better QB’s in the league?
  4. New Orleans Saints – Huge game against the Giants coming up.
  5. Indianapolis Peyton Mannings – They will clinch the division in about 4 weeks.

AFC East Observations

New England Patriots – The Pats lost the type of the game they usually don’t lose in Denver. Fortunately for them, they get the hapless Titans at home this week. Their defense is more vulnerable than it has been in years and Brady still isn’t all the way back.

Miami Dolphins – Say what you want about their gimmick offense, they can run the football. I was wrong for burying them at 0-3 but we’ll see how legit they are after these next 3 games against New Orleans, New England, and the Jets in the Meadowlands.

Buffalo Bills – I am shutting the site down if they beat the Jets this week.

Jets/Dolphins Highlights

7 thoughts on “Grading Out the Jets/Dolphins Debacle & NFL Week 5 Recap

  1. Thanks for sharing a great recap. Can’t wait for the next exciting game. Good luck. By the way, being a great NFL fan is rewarding too! Here’s one from Premio Foods, the producer of delicious and quality sausage products in the U.S. They’re giving away free buy one get one coupon whenever your favorite team wins. Be a Premio Facebook Fan and check out the details. Thanks and have a great day!

  2. Joe,
    Do you write the re-cap? Putting the Broncos,Vikings and Saints ahead of the Colts I feel is a direct shot at me! I thought we were friends! The Giants are the only team, my other team as you know, who are worthy to be in that “elite” category as the season stands now. Just an opinion.

  3. The Colts have been great…however, who have they beaten? Seattle, Arizona, and the 0-5 Titans. Yes, they did beat the 2-3 Dolphins but were a Ted Ginn drop away from losing and they only beat the mighty Jaguars by 2 at home…the same Jaguars team that just lost by 41 to Seattle. Looking at the Colts schedule, they will probably be 8-0 before dealing with a pretty difficult 2nd half, even though they should have the division clinched by then

  4. 27-10 OUCHHH!!!

    You also need to stop focusing on one season and one season only to support your arguments…

    Edwards had 1 terrific season other than that he has been a very average receiever during his 5 years in the league…

    Since you attacked Ginn so heinously… I would like to ask you who had more td’s last year?
    Mr. Ginn had 4, Braylon 3. :-(

    He only had 10 less offensive yards as well…as a second year player not fourth…

    He also burned the “second coming of deion sander” Revis which helped his team to victory.

  5. Dan…Dan…Dan

    if you think you could ever convince me to say Ted Ginn Jr is better than Braylon Edwards, you have gone delusional from sitting home all week and staring at your computer. Edwards made 3 catches Monday night that Ginn could never make. Yes, young Lockdown AKA Revis got torched by Ginn, cause that guy can run and hey…nobody is perfect, even I dropped passes sometimes in my day.

    The Jets defense played 1 bad game…but guess what we get the giants girl scout scheudle the next 2 weeks against Buffalo and Oakland..so i think we’ll be aiighhttt.

  6. Joe and the Basement Crew,
    I love this! I take 5 minutes for lunch everyday and you guys have made it better each time. Joe keep-up the great work and as for the rest of the B-crew see by the fire, cold weekends coming.

  7. I look forward to watching Jets/Colts playoff game down in the basement…the real question is, who is Uncle Joe going to be rooting for? And will Mrs. S remember the blue cheese dip for the wings?

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