TOJ – New York Jets Running Back Grade Sheet (Week 9)

TOJ Staff Writer Dalbin Osorio grades the New York Jets running backs after their Week 9 victory against the New Orleans Saints.

Grading Scale

I grade each play on a 1 to 5 scale. Loss of yardage is rated a 0, no gain is rated a 1, a gain of 1-3 yards is rated a 2, gains of 4-6 are rated a 3, gains of 7-9 yards or are rated a 4, and gains of 10+ yards are rated a 5. TDs increase your overall grade by 10 points, and fumbles decrease your score by -5. I do it like this to factor in receptions, reward positive plays accordingly, and penalize negative plays accordingly. The total from the grades of each individual play are then converted to letter grades, with As representing (50 or higher), Bs (39-49), Cs (29-39), Ds (19-29), and Fs (0-18) being given out for total performance). Performance of the offensive line and available running space is also factored in.

Running Backs: Bilal Powell, Tommy Bohanon, Chris Ivory
Total Carries: 27
Rushing Yards: 168
Yards Per Carry: 6.2
Total Touches: 28
Total Yards: 179
Yards Per Touch: 6.3
Touchdowns: 1

1. Bilal Powell, D

Best Play: 1st and 10 at NO 46, Bilal Powell took a straight hand off out of a single back, two tight end formation, and ran the ball off left tackle. D’Brickashaw Ferguson delivered a good seal block, and Powell was able to bounce the run outside for a 6 yard gain before he was tackled by Curtis Lofton.

Worst Play: 2nd and 12 at NYJ 19, Bilal Powell took a handoff from Geno Smith out of the i-formation and tried to run behind left guard Brian Winters, but Curtis Lofton was able to use a swim move on Winters and wrap up Bilal after a two yard gain.

Analysis: Bilal bounced back somewhat in this game, as he showed more burst and seemed like a fresher running back. The Jets offensive line made holes for him as well, but where as Ivory was able to hit holes for 10+ yards repeatedly, Powell would gain 3-5. Still, compared to how sluggish Powell looked during the last 4-5 games, it was good to see him with some of the bounce we saw during the first quarter of the season.

2. Chris Ivory, A

Best Play: 2nd and 12 at NYJ 2, Chris Ivory took a handoff from Geno Smith right tackle a, hit the hole created by an ever improving Austin Howard (seriously, just read last week’s TOJ Big Man Report), and showed off the speed that we have been discussing at TOJ ever since the Kraken was acquired for a 4th round pick. Ivory used a straight arm against Jonathan Vilma to gain separation from the Saints linebacker, before really turning on the Jets. Saints rookie safety Kenny Vaccaro, showing off really good hustle, was able to chase down Ivory and push him out of bounds.

Worst Play: 1st and 10 at NYJ 33, Marty Morningwheg calls Ivory’s number. Ivory takes a handoff and tries to run it off right tackle, but Hicks and Lofton blew the run up and wrapped up the former Tiffin Dragon for a two yard loss.

Here’s Chris Ivory’s carries over the last four games of the season: 4, 34, 6, and 18. The Jets record the last 4 games? Loss, Win, Loss, and Win. This was Chris Ivory’s best game of the season. He ran decisively, with force, and speed, and he ran through arm tackles repeatedly. On the 52 yard run, Rob Ryan put 9 in the box and Ivory was able to bust out for a huge gain. Kudos has to go to the Jets offensive line, namely Willie Colon and Austin Howard, who created holes that my 67 year old grandmother could run through. Ivory, also, was excellent in pass protection as he stood up a couple of blitzing Saints. Very good all around game by the Kraken.

3. Tommy Bohanon, C

Analysis: Bohanon received no carries but did have one catch for 11 yards. Bohanon had a great day blocking for Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell, but Marty continues to limit the carries he gives the rookie.

Team Grade: A
The New York Jets, as a team, had one of their better games running the ground. 168 yards on the ground is going to be a good day at the office as is, but to average 6.2 yards per carry is impressive to say the least. The Saints were allowing 4.8 yards per carry, but the Jets were able to gash them for more than 1.4 yards a carry in comparison to their season average. Yesterday’s victory will be remembered as the Chris ivory show, and rightfully so, but Bilal Powell showed good burst as well and appeared fresh. Bohanon continues to show good hands and great situational awareness; on his catch, he knew exactly where to go to get the first down. In a game where your QB completes 8 passes, you have to make each reception count and Bohanon did that on his one catch. This day belonged to Chris Ivory though.

Like we pointed out when the New York Jets acquired Chris Ivory in the offseason, and during the TOJ film study that broke down his career in New Orleans, Ivory is exactly what Rex said he is: a “punch-you-in-the-mouth kind of runner.” The Kraken is a beast, and its no surprise that in Jets wins Ivory has 70 carries, but in Jets losses he has 22. During the “Murderer’s Row” part of the Jets schedule, Ivory is averaging 19.3 carries for 84.6 yards.

During Bilal’s hot start, he was averaging 17.6 carries for 84.3 yards. The Jets had 2-1 records during both periods. There is a HUGE difference in Chris Ivory runs though; much like a Blake Griffin dunk being different than a Andrea Bargnani dunk, Ivory’s runs break a team’s spirit. Bilal doesn’t do that. This isn’t a knock on Bilal at all. The former Louisville Cardinal is a solid and serviceable running back, but Chris ivory is a game changer. The 7.2 yards per carry is one thing, but 5.5 yards after contact and 6 missed tackles is what demoralizes a defense. Jets right Guard Willie Colon noted how the Saints were arguing with each other after many of Ivory’s runs. That’s what the Kraken does. Chris Ivory presents the New York Jets best chance at turning this season into more than just a rebuild. Until next time Jets fans.

Author: Dalbin Osorio

Dalbin Osorio is a Case Planner for Graham-Windham, New York's oldest child welfare agency. He is, also, a student at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. Dalbin graduated from Monroe College with a degree in Business Administration. A 3 sport utility man in high school (think a mix of Jerome WIlliams, Brad Smith, and Jayson Nix), he joined TOJ in 2013.