New York Jets: The Disappointments, Part 1

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Earlier in the off-season, we looked at the New York Jets players who exceeded expectations this past season. Today, we look at the players who fell short of expectations on the offensive side of the football. Tomorrow we will look at the defense and special teams.

Mark Sanchez – He did make statistical improvements in some key areas this season, notably touchdown passes, total touchdowns, and completion percentage. However, he struggled heavily down the stretch and didn’t play well in the biggest moments of the season. Instead of solidifying himself as the quarterback of the future, Sanchez is now facing a make or break year as the Jets quarterback. He needs to improve his play on the field, fix a broken relationship with Santonio Holmes, and work towards assuming more of a true leadership position in the locker room.

Shonn Greene – After watching Greene’s body of work for three years and him spend this whole past season as the Jets lead back, it is hard to come to any assumption other than that he is a fairly average player. He isn’t explosive, doesn’t create big plays, and hasn’t broken enough tackles. In a run heavy system that I anticipate the Jets to have, they need another back to pair alongside him. It will be interesting to see how they approach free agency and the draft in regards the running back position.

Hard to read this now, considering the failings of Sanchez and Greene in year three.

Santonio Holmes – You want a frustrating stat? On Victor Cruz’s 99 yard touchdown catch against the Jets, he had more receiving yards than Santonio Holmes has had in any game this season. You can blame some of that on coaching and quarterbacking but sometimes you need to break a tackle and take one to the house, especially if you are supposed to be a number one receiver. Nevermind the whole thing about the everybody hating him in the locker room and him quitting on the team.

Plaxico Burress – He was productive in the end-zone but couldn’t get open between the 20s and faded down the stretch. Burress will be one and done with the Jets.

D’Brickashaw Ferguson – For whatever reason, this was an off year for the Jets left tackle. Ferguson was shaky in pass protection from the beginning of the year and never was able to get into a rhythm.

Wayne Hunter – A revolving door at right tackle and arguably one of the worst starters in the NFL. At least he stood up to Santonio Holmes in the huddle though.

Matthew Mulligan – Holding. Offense. Number 82. 10 yard penalty. Repeat first down.

  • http://mattheinigeronsports@gmail.com Matt Heiniger

    Great column. One problem…Holmes had two 100+ yard games in 2010. Keep up the good work

  • Joe Caporoso

    You are absolutely right, I corrected the typo. Thanks!

  • http://blogsurface.com/ Blog Surface

    Nice job Joe. Mark Sanchez has one more year. Sanchez definitely regressed on his third year and it’ll be interesting to see who the Jets get in the offseason as his backup. Sanchez needs to be challenged and Wayne Hunter needs to go immediately!

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  • Craig

    The comment on Mulligan was perfect, LOL! Josh Baker has looked decent and though smaller but faster, I’d like to see him get a shot at cleaning up some of Matt’s old chores.

    I disagree on Shonn Greene. His YPC avg was slight improvement over last year (on par with Gore and Lynch and better than Benson, Johnson and M. Bush) and showed he can actually catch some balls, just 12 less than LT did. His YPC and receptions were actually better than 2 of the 3 Thomas Jones seasons.

  • Craig

    I would have to add Bilal Powell too. It’s harsh to be disappointed with a 4th stringer, but given the ball on the 1 yard line to score your 1st NFL touchdown and you fumble!

    Speaking of which, Matt Slauson had a great statistical year for an O-lineman. He had a TD and a reception and not even on the same play.