Grading Out Jets/Patriots

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Quarterbacks (B) – Mark Sanchez played well within in the game-plan, which was built to pull him back from his erratic ways the previous weeks. There were at least 4 or 5 dropped passes and Sanchez did a good job avoiding a handful of sacks. I don’t see how you get on him for his performance on Sunday. He was far from the reason the Jets lost.

Running Backs (B+) – Shonn Greene did well in an expanded role, averaging 4 yards per carry and getting into the end-zone for his second touchdown of the season. The Jets did a poor job of involving LaDainian Tomlinson however. Just because Greene is getting used properly doesn’t mean Tomlinson should be getting less than 5 touches. We still didn’t see enough Joe McKnight on offense. John Conner had a third down drop.

Wide Receivers (C) – It was disappointing to see Plaxico Burress leave a handful of plays out on the field with his drops. Santonio Holmes also dropped a pass but had a strong second half, catching his second touchdown of the year. Jeremy Kerley likely Wally Pipp’d Derrick Mason, who might have talked himself off the team.

Tight Ends (C) – A quiet day from Dustin Keller at a bad time. He had a bad third down drop. Matthew Mulligan helped get a good push in the running game with Keller.

Offensive Line (B+) – Nick Mangold obviously made a huge difference and the offense took a step in the right direction running the football. Yet, the pass protection was average and it is sad how we are now celebrating a 80 yard performance from Greene, when as Damien Woody said on Twitter “they’d be disappointed if they ran for less than two bills” a few years back.

Defensive Line (D) – Ben Jarvus Green-Ellis, come on man. Mike DeVito was missing tackles all over the field and Muhammad Wilkerson was invisible. It probably wouldn’t have hurt to have Shaun Ellis out there.

Linebackers (C) – They are responsible in the running game as well. Bart Scott has been awfully quiet the past three games after a strong start. It was good to see Jamaal Westerman finally make an impact, as he broke through with two sacks.

Secondary (B) – I thought the whole secondary played pretty well outside of Eric Smith, who continues to get beat like a drum. They were victim to a few phantom illegal contact and pass interference penalties out there.

Special Teams (B+) – Joe McKnight is becoming a serious weapon out there. The only misstep was the low line drive on the punt to Wes Welker which led to a New England field goal.

Coaching (D) – Just not good enough right now. I am starting to wonder if Brian Schottenheimer will make it through the season. Let’s see how Rex Ryan can handle this crisis. Keep in mind the Jets had two separate three game losing streaks in 2009 and actually lost 6 out of 7 that year…for the record that team finished 9-7 and was within a half of the Super Bowl.

  • Coach

    Joe,
    First post of the year, sorry very busy. One comment, very generous grades for an offense that had about 250 total yds playing against the leagues worst defense! Schottie may not make it until the end but then who can Jets fans blame? Callahan will be better? I don’t recall Oakland being a power offense when he was their Head guy. Good luck with Miami this week. I am predicting a 13-10 game which could go either way. I was looking forward to seeing you at dinner last night, sorry I missed you.