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: Chris Ivory, Bilal Powell, Tommy Bohanon
Total Carries: 26
Rushing Yards: 90
Yards Per Carry: 3.4
Total Touches: 28
Total Yards: 120
Yards Per Touch: 4.2
1. Bilal Powell, D
Best Play: 2nd and 3 at NYJ 27, the New York Jets bring out the Wildcat with Bilal in the shotgun. Powell took the direct snap up the middle to the NYJ 31 for 4 yards before being tackled by Walker. Mangold had a good block up front and Bilal was able to gain a first down.
Worst Play: 1st and 10 at the NYJ 41, Bilal took a handoff and tried to run right guard behind Willie Colon. However, the Raiders front seven sniffed out the run and stopped Bilal for 1 yard gain.
Analysis: Bilal’s best play of the day was actually a 24 yard reception on a designed screen play (thought Marty would never call those again!?), but he wasn’t able to gain much yardage running. He is being used to spell Ivory and keep Ivory fresh for the stretch run, but his 24 yard reception on the screen was a very good play. Bilal broke some arm tackles and got upfield after a really good block by Willie Colon and a whiff by Brian Winters.
2. Chris Ivory, A
Best Play: 1st and 5 at OAK 15, Chris Ivory took a handoff up the middle while Geno faked a reverse handoff to David Nelson. Chris Ivory broke 5 tackles (Charles Woodson was the initial tackle broken), kept his legs moving and bounced off of other Raiders before scoring a touchdown. Mike OC (@OConnor_Jets) had tweeted that the refs are going to have to show some restraint on Ivory runs when blowing a play dead because it’s very hard to know when a play is over with the Kraken carrying the ball. This run showed power and determination on a team that continues to fight for Rex Ryan.
Worst Play: 1st and 10 at NYJ 38, Chris Ivory took a handoff left tackle to for 2 yards. There was a small hole created by Ferguson, but Walker was able to get a hand on Ivory before the rest of the Raiders front seven wrapped him up.
Chris Ivory put together a nice game, punctuated by this touchdown run:
Ivory, after battling injuries during the early part of the season, seems to be healthy now. This game was more evidence that the fourth round draft pick the Jets traded for Ivory was a good deal by John Idzik. He broke numerous tackles, displayed great cutback ability and power running. Another good game for the Kraken. His grade would’ve been higher had he been able to gain more positive yardage on more carries, but he was stopped for negative yardage a couple of times. His blocking was solid once again, as he was able to blast a blitzing Sio Moore to the sideline with a possible concussion.
3. Tommy Bohanon, N/A
Analysis: Bohanon received 0 carries but did have a nice reception on a designed roll out for Geno Smith for 8 yards. Bohanon bounced back (blocking wise) from a subpar month of run and pass blocking to post his first positive grade since October.
Team Grade: C
The New York Jets running backs as a unit did not play particularly well on Sunday. 3.4 yards per carry to a team that allowed 150 yards on the ground the week before is unacceptable. The Jets offensive line didn’t get as much traction in run blocking as they did against the Dolphins. A different running back might’ve struggled with mustering a quality game due to the offensive line’s deficiencies, particularly at guard. Make sure to check out Part two of Cole Patterson’s offseason preview to see how the Jets can address the deficiencies of the offensive line, namely at guard.
The reason the Jets even received a C this week was because of Chris Ivory. Chris Ivory received 18 carries and this marked the fourth game in five matchups that Ivory received 10+ carries. Clearly, Ivory has supplanted Bilal as the lead running back in Marty’s offense. Bilal has been used to keep Ivory fresh in games, but this was the fourth game in the last six that Bilal averaged under four yards per carry. Ivory’s averaged at least four yards per carry in four out of six games in that same span. Chris Ivory is 77 yards away from a career high in yards, and a 120.3 yards per game average during the remaining three games will net Ivory his first 1,000 yard season. He faces a team on Sunday that he shredded for 127 yards in 2011, and averaged 5.5 yards per carry against last season.
With a more broad view (regardless of what happens during the last three games) the Jets may look back on this season with Mike Goodson going down, as a missed opportunity. Ivory and Goodson compliment each other very well; much better, in fact, than Powell and Ivory. It would have been great to see Marty utilize them both going. Until next time, Jets fans.