Grading Out Jets/Ravens: U-G-L-Y


First a few updates:

1. For the second straight year, Kris Jenkins will have season ending ACL surgery. You have to feel terrible for the big guy, who is one of the Jets most likable players and worked himself back into great shape for 2010. Despite how well Sione Pouha and Mike DeVito played last night, the Jets have a serious depth issue on the defensive line. Forget the Albert Haynesworth talk…it is much more likely Marques Douglas will be brought back.

2. Adalius Thomas visted with the Jets today, so there is obviously a good chance he could sign within the next 24 hours. There is also talk about a Laveranues Coles return, which certainly couldn’t hurt the offense.

Grading Out Jets/Ravens: U-G-L-Y

Quarterback: (D) – The only positive from Mark Sanchez is that he didn’t turn the ball over. Beyond that, he looked like he was lacking confidence and appeared anxious in the pocket. He certainly wasn’t helped by the Jets decision to use an unnecessarily high amount of motions and shifts, along with Brian Schottenheimer’s play calling. Regardless, 10/21 for 74 yards is a joke.

Running Backs: (C) – LaDainian Tomlinsonwas the Jets best player on offense last night, finishing with 62 yards on 11 carries and 16 more receiving yards. Shonn Greene was simply put, awful. He fumbled once and had a bad drop, along with a whopping 18 yards on 5 carries. Tony Richardson seemed to struggle more than usual with his run blocking.

Wide Receiver: (F) – All I can remember from them is a killer drop from Jerricho Cotchery and a killer penalty from Braylon Edwards. Brad Smith was the Jets second best player on offense but he did from the quarterback position, not from the receiver spot.

Tight End: (F) – 4th and 10…that is 10 yards, Dustin.

Offensive Line: (C-) – Too many penalties and shoddy pass protection in big spots. I wonder when the Jets will start considering putting Rob Turner in as the starting guard over Matt Slauson.

Defensive Line: (A) – Shaun Ellis was playing like a man possessed with 7 tackles, .5 sack and a FF. The Ravens did absolutely nothing running the ball, thanks in large part to Sione Pouha and Mike DeVito who both had 7 tackles. Matt Kroul gave some quality reps and Vernon Gholston was actually very active.

Linebackers: (A) – What got into Bryan Thomas? He was a beast last night with 9 tackles and 1.5 sacks. Jason Taylor was better than expected in run support. Bart Scott had 9 tackles. A quiet night for David Harris.

Secondary: (D) – The penalties were absolutely brutal. Antonio Cromartie and Kyle Wilson have to learn how to play the football in the air. Darrelle Revis looked like his old self. Jim Leonhard and Eric Smith played well but are liabilities in pass coverage.

Special Teams: (A) – Great night from Nick Folk, Steve Weatherford, and Jim Leonhard.

Coaching: (F) – The Jets were completely undisciplined but the reason this is so low is because of the pathetic game plan constructed by Brian Schottenheimer. Enough with the motion and shifts and give your quarterback a chance to get in rhythm at some point. Why do we even have wide receivers?

Author: Joe Caporoso

Joe Caporoso is the Owner and EIC of Turn On The Jets. His writing has been featured in the New York Times, Huffington Post, MMQB and AdWeek. Caporoso played football his entire life, including four years at Muhlenberg as a wide receiver, where he was arguably the slowest receiver to ever start in school history. He is the VP of Social Media at Whistle Sports

  • bruceharper

    If for nothing else, Schottenheimer should have been fired for the last drive of the game. It is a little hard to figure if it would have helped or hurt the Jets if Sanchez had completed those short passes in the middle of the field, thereby killing the clock. We went into the game knowing that we had one major advantage over the Ravens-how our WRs matched up against their secondary. And we did nothing to take advantage of that match-up.

    I kind of disagree with something you said Joe, that it was good Sanchez did not throw any interceptions, Yes I know that turnovers are bad. But you can’t make not throwing interceptions into a holy grail. You have to take risks and throw the ball down field. How can you have a defense that take amazing risk repeatedly, and an offense that is so conservative? Even on the last drive of the game? I am disgusted.

    And bummed about Jenkins who will never play ball again. A great career…

  • the best passes were at practice to that Azteca reporter.

  • Fellow Basement Jet

    The offense was disgraceful and the coaching was pathetic….still don’t understand why a rookie was covering Boldin so much….isn’t that what we are paying Revis for to shut down the other teams best reciever? Nah keep him on Mason who turns 53 next tuesday

  • Mike

    The O was an embarrassment last night and it starts w/ Schotty who should be fired. Enuf already, what a terrible game plan and Sanchez looks lost.

    They try to win every game 13-10 and you just cant do that.

  • Joe Caporoso

    All fair points…BK glad to hear you got season tickets.

    Let’s see if #6 can crack 100 yards passing next week

  • dmd13

    21 attempts for 71 yards… not bad…. for a rb

  • dmd13

    sorry 74… my mistake

  • notjustQBs

    Listen, this defense — with all those penalties — held those guys to 10 points.

    The DBs (including Derrelle) must bear down and get these hand fighting techniques fixed. Mr. Anderson and his officiating team may be back before you know it.

    The offensive line NEVER established the run — the Ravens went about their business like the killers that they are.

    Sanchize cannot pass until we can run. Face up to it. Callahan needs to get his charges on the field and working like a machine, and be quick about it.

    Ya’ll don’t need to worry about Schotty — there’s not a thing to be done until the Big Uglies start working right.

  • Man Listen

    Revis was on mason so much because Rex played him on the left side and he didn’t just play one guy like he usually does. Rex said he did this because he didn’t know if 24 was in good enough football shape. He also said revis will def. cover moss the whole game. Moss said he is motivated.

  • Man Listen

    “It was my decision to keep him on the defensive left side because I thought we could save some running for him going back and forth,” Ryan said. “I wanted to take that away from him because he only had the week of practice. … Hindsight being what it is, we probably should’ve matched him on Boldin.”

  • ApprxAm

    Why is it that Schottenheimer acquires a sense of urgency only after the fans get after him. He’s done this since the Edwards years. I blame Ryan, period. They looked like best of friends during camp and on HBO, but it’s time to kick B-Shot out. Callahan has to be better than this!

  • victor

    The penalties and Schottenheimers play calling were bad. But they started the game with 3 WR’s so maybe he was afraid of tiring the 3 guys they had with running go routes.

    The last 2 drives of that game, he chose not to run LT who was running effectively and instead throw the ball on consecutive drives and did nothing.

    The last drive alone LT had a 21 yard run, and followed it with a 6 yard run. Schottenheimer called passes the rest of the way? REDICULOUS. Stick with what works.