New York Jets Week 5 Report Card – Good Effort?

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(Hey Shonn, how many carries is it really going to take you to crack 1,000 yards this year?…Maybe 500, coach…maybe 500). 

A quick report on the New York Jets performance last night. Check back tomorrow for our offensive and defensive film breakdown, along with a preliminary look at the week 6 match-up against the upstart Indianapolis Colts.

Quarterbacks (D+) Yes, Mark Sanchez’s supporting cast leaves something to be desired and yes they dropped passes on him. However, it is simply inexcusable to complete less than 50% of your passes this consistently. Tim Tebow isn’t the answer because he doesn’t make the throws down the field that Sanchez did last night. Sanchez gets another week as the starter, this time against a softer defense, he is in desperate need of a big performance.

Running Backs (F) The running game is abysmal at this point. Part of that is on the run blocking. Part of that is on the Jets backs being completely unable to make people miss. What purpose does it serve to keep giving Shonn Greene carries at this point? Just give them to Bilal Powell, Joe McKnight and recently signed Jonathan Grimes.

Wide Receivers/Tight Ends (C+) They made a few plays but also left too many on the field. Jeremy Kerley is a having a very good year and never deserves to be lumped in to negative statements about the Jets lack of talent at these positions. He is a legitimate playmaker who should be a huge part of the Jets offense in the coming years. Chaz Schilens is a capable possession receiver for the most part. Jeff Cumberland made a beautiful touchdown catch but still can’t block and had a killer drop late. Jason Hill also had a big drop.

Offensive Line (C) All things considered, the pass protection was not that awful. Obviously, they aren’t getting enough of a push in the running game. Credit Nick Mangold for gutting it out through an ankle injury. The Jets can’t afford to lose him.

Defensive Line (D) No sacks. No pressure. Not good enough in the running game. This unit is going to struggle in the coming weeks with Kenrick Ellis nursing a knee injury. Mike DeVito led the way with 8 tackles. Muhammad Wilkerson had a tackle for a loss. Through five games – zero sacks for Wilkerson or Quinton Coples.

Linebackers (D) No sacks. No pressure. Still too many missed tackles and missed assignments. Look for Demario Davis to start seeing more playing time because of Josh Mauga’s season ending injury. Mauga was taking a chunk of Bart Scott’s reps already. Through five games – zero sacks for Aaron Maybin.

Secondary (A) Antonio Cromartie played arguably his most impressive game as a Jet, shutting down Andre Johnson and pulling in an interception. He has elevated his play since Darrelle Revis went down with injury and proven himself to be a true number one cornerback. The rest of the secondary held their own…yes even including Kyle Wilson.

Special Teams (A) Joe McKnight had a momentum swinging 100 yard kickoff return for a touchdown that was beautifully blocked up. They executed a fake punt for a first down and perfectly executed a surprise onside kick but the ball went through Chaz Schilens hands. The Jets must continue to steal points and yards through their special teams.

Coaching (C) Rex Ryan had his team properly motivated and made excellent adjustments at halftime to slow down the Texans offense. Unfortunately that doesn’t erase how they were gashed in the first half. Tony Sparano’s playcalling also needs to come under question. He had a few truly awful ones down the stretch.

  • http://turnonthejets.com Jersey Joe

    Agree with all of the grades – if the Rex and TBaum could only climb into the “Back to the Future” Delorean go back to that 2009 draft and tell their 09 selves “Don’t trade up for Sanchez, use those picks on this kid Clay Matthews and one of these other guys Brian Cushing or Connor Barth” then whisper “Greene is OK but wait around till the 6th round and take Arian Foster, we’ve just got a feeling this guy might be pretty good”

  • http://ng4 Jets Ville

    The Colts are a better team than the Texans… Ther WRs are faster, And they have a Fast RB as well as a good secondary. They will be a tougher test than the slow offense of the Texans… Its a must win for the Jets. Also I thing we as Jets fans have accepted mediocrity at QB. what Sanchez is doing… we ran out Pennington and Testiverdy for. He has 6 tds… (3 against the BILLS) and 6 ints and even more fumbles. Why did we kick Pennington out for being way better than this but want to keep Sanchez? I dont like Geno smith but we need someone to come in and compete next year!

  • Mark Phelan

    About Sanchez: Notice how many 3d down passes were completed a yard or less short of the marker? Receivers fault or Sanchez too timid to hold ball for that extra split second?

    About Greene & Saprano: Could not believe 1st down handoffs to Greene. It was like Deja Vu.

    About DL & coaching: Is this for real?

  • Joe Caporoso

    Jersey Joe – haha that back to the future machine would be nice. I think they’d think twice about the 2010 draft as well (Wilson, Ducasse, Conner, McKnight). Draft quality has dropped off substantially in recent years and is a big cause for Jets problems.

    Jets Vliee – I have to strongly disagree with you here. The Texans are MUCH better than the Colts, who have no running back and a shaky defense. They are a dangerous team in their building and Luck/Wayne are explosive. Beyond that, they are very beatable. They are likely a 6-7 win team while the Texans will probably win 11-13 games this year.

    Mark – It is a mix of both Sanchez and WRs fault. The WRs need to run the routes to the marker, Sanchez needs to lead them better so they can turn up field and run with the ball….Greene simply isn’t good enough to merit carries anymore….DL performance has been one of biggest disappointments of season

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