New York Jets Week 5 Report Card – Good Effort?

Turn On The Jets hands out grades for the Jets week 5 game against Houston

(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.

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