Quarterbacks (D) – Mark Sanchez picked up his play in the 4th quarter and overtime, leading two key drives that helped get the Jets a victory. Throughout those drives he repeatedly made big time throws, which is the only reason this grade is not a F. Sanchez must improve his accuracy and decision making. Sub 50% passing days are unacceptable at this stage of his career, regardless of how poor his supporting cast is…and they are poor. The interceptions in the end-zones simply can’t happen. He needs to play how he played in the 4th quarter and overtime throughout the entire game for the Jets to be a competitive team this season.
Running Backs (D) – Bilal Powell’s encouraging 10 carry, 45 yard performance is the only reason this isn’t a F. Shonn Greene is the worst starting running back in the NFL and does not deserve to keep his job or be anything else other than a backup/role player at this point. There is nobody who makes less people miss and leaves more yards on the field in the NFL right now than him.
Wide Receivers/Tight Ends (B) – Santonio Holmes had arguably his best game in a New York Jets uniform. He took over in the second half, finishing with 9 catches for 147 yards. Jeremy Kerley continued to be big play weapon, hauling in a 66 yard catch and run and the go ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter. Stephen Hill looked completely lost out there. It is time for him to start splitting reps with Chaz Schilens. Konrad Reuland filled in admirably at fullback, H-Back and tight end and is a decent role player. Jeff Cumberland should be on some team’s practice squad, not a starting player in the NFL.
Offensive Line (B) – Particularly in the second half, the pass protection was very good against a strong front seven. People continue to complain about the blocking in the running game but the holes are there for Powell to average 4.5 yards per carry. The problem is Greene, not the offensive line.
Defensive Line (D) – Zero impact plays. Zero sacks. Zero tackles for a loss. Muhammad Wilkerson was solid against the run with nine tackles but when is somebody going to make a play? If Quinton Coples can’t get reps, why bother taking him in the first round?
Linebackers (D) – Disappointing effort against the run and they were exposed in coverage again. Calvin Pace is sluggish coming off the edge and this is still a unit that lacks in speed. It is time to give Demario Davis more reps, along with potentially Josh Mauga. This current unit is not getting the job done.
Secondary (B) – LaRon Landry made a game changing interception which he took back to the house. Darrelle Revis was Darrelle Revis when he was out there. Beyond that, it was a disappointing effort from Antonio Cromartie and Kyle Wilson. Both of them need to improve their play in Revis’ absence. Yeremiah Bell has been fairly quiet over the first three games.
Special Teams (A) – Anybody notice how good Jets punter Bob Malone has been? Nick Folk has been very good this season as well. Jeremy Kerley, when he catches the ball, is one of the league’s top punt returners.
Coaching (C) – We are still waiting for that “great” defense to show up from Rex Ryan and Mike Pettine. Tony Sparano needs to make a decision on how to use Tim Tebow or not use him at all and then stick to it.
The Miami turf turned the donkey wheel and the Jets island is gone…good luck to a speedy recovery #24!