Grading Out Jets/Dolphins Round 1

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Quarterback (A) – Who is this guy throwing for three touchdowns every week and never turning the ball over? Mark Sanchez has now put together two straight performances, where it certainly looks like he gets “it.” He is attacking all levels of the field and fully taking advantage of all the weapons around him. This offense has the potential to be one of the better units in the league if Sanchez keeps playing like this. Don’t forget he is getting that Santonio guy back in week five.

Running Back (B+) – LaDainian Tomlinson just keeps getting the job done, with another 70 yards on 15 carries along with 3 more receptions. He is hitting the second gear and looks great on the Jets outside runs. Shonn Greene doesn’t appear to be running with any confidence right now. The Jets are going to need him to get going sooner rather than later.

Wide Receiver (A) – Braylon Edwards only had two catches but they were both game changing plays. Brad Smith continues to be extremely valuable, finishing with 52 total yards on offense. Jerricho Cotchery had a quiet night and even David Clowney pulled in a reception.

Tight End (A) – Dustin Keller and Mark Sanchez are very much on the same page and that is a scary thing  for any opposing defense. He is developing into the Jets most consistent big play threat and is playing at a Pro-Bowl level.

Offensive Line (C) – The penalties continue to plague this unit. However, there were a few questionable calls. Matt Slauson is still struggling at times, yet the Jets didn’t allow any sacks last night and I am pretty sure Mark Sanchez only got hit once.

Defensive Line (B) – The run defense continues to be very, very good. The pass rush remains a little inconsistent. Shaun Ellis grabbed his second sack of the season. Sione Pouha, Mike DeVito, and Vernon Gholston had quiet nights.

Linebackers (B) – David Harris lit up Ronnie Brown on a screen pass and led the team tackles. There were some struggles in pass coverage, but Jason Taylor did get another sack. It was a quiet night for Bart Scott and Bryan Thomas. Calvin Pace should be back next week.

Secondary (D) – Kyle Wilson…turn around, man. It feels like there has been about 15 plays this season where he is in perfect position but can’t make a play on the ball in the air. Antonio Cromartie had a few nice plays but for the most part was beat up by Brandon Marshall. How about Drew Coleman making a big play on the game’s final two plays? Kudos to Brodney Pool for breaking up the pass on fourth down to seal the game.

Special Teams (A) – Nick Folk remains reliable. Eric Smith remains a special teams beast. Brad Smith had a very strong night on kick returns.

Coaching (A) – What distraction? Darrelle who? The Jets found a way to win, despite being short handed and dealing with the Braylon Edwards arrest. Brian Schottenheimer called his second strong game in a row.

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  • Tony C

    I love what Sanchez has done in these last two games, but at times he scares me in a bad way. With the Pats, he got intercepted but it was called incomplete, he got it again this week with Miami and then God must love the Jets or hate the Dolphins for the nearly gift wrapped almost interception in the 4th. I expect that to be growing pains proving he still has a lot to learn, but he’s making leaps and bounds to being a better QB.

    Secondary, definitely deserves the bad marks sloppy sloppy sloppy. Cro did his best I know, I wasn’t expecting a lock down, really I know he’s good but not that good, not yet. When he’s got Revis with him full steam I’m sure Cro will be getting better having to step up to rival his starting partner. Wilson, got lit up like a Rookie should, I know he’s badass and everyone thinks he’ll be great but he needs to reach it first. The only promising thing is one of these cheesy sayings about the strongest steel has to go through the hottest fires. Wilson is getting the fires, and he’ll be better later on because of it but for now he’s learning under the weight of a Superbowl Dreaming team.

  • matt

    @ tony c. those Sanchez plays really would have been bad luck if intd,good luck if caught. the one vs ne with Keller….ya it was almost picked but he threw it to the right guy,Keller just couldn’t come down with it. same thing again this week,good read,cotchery couldn’t make a play. the only scary one was when he threw it into the DEs hands…