Mike Nolan is back with his weekly breakdown of the New York Jets offensive line. Here is the week 1 edition, if you missed it. The Jets have only allowed one sack through two games and are averaging 4.0 yards per carry.
D’Brickashaw Ferguson: C-
Brick did not have a great game against the Colts in week 2. He got back to his old ways of giving up too much penetration in pass protection. His biggest weakness in pass protection is that he doesn’t have a great anchor, often letting defenders push him back into the QB’s lap. This happened way too often on Monday night. He did a bad job on the interception play where luckily Tommy Bohanon stepped up and flipped the defender, however all this happened right in Fitzpatrick’s face and may have played a part in the turnover.He also got beat a couple times on some runs that led to TFLs as Dalbin Osorio pointed out on the TOJ podcast, however, James Carpenter needs to shoulder some of the blame as he didn’t help out enough on combo blocks. You could see Brick telling Carp that he should have been there on the TFL he gave up in the 2nd quarter. Brick did do a decent job on linebackers and even showed some physicality, putting some guys on the ground.
James Carpenter: B-
Carpenter came back down to Earth a little bit in week 2. He was pretty solid again in pass protection, which is his strength. He did almost get beat badly on one particular pass play that was blown dead because of a penalty. Hopefully Carp just heard the whistle and stopped or else Fitzpatrick would have gotten killed. As mentioned above, Carpenter did not execute the zone blocking scheme very well when the Colts linemen were slanting into his gap. He was leaving to get to the 2nd level way too soon and hung D’Brickashaw Ferguson out to try a few times. As these two continue to play together, this is something that should be corrected.
Nick Mangold: B-
Nick started off slow in this game struggling to generate movement on noseguard David Parry, but he got better as the game went on. He had a couple knockdowns and one pancake on a draw play where he turned Parry into a pretzel. Nick also did a really nice job setting protections as well as the Colts showed a lot of tough pre snap reads.
Willie Colon B
Big Willie has a solid game against the Colts. Nowhere near his Week 1 performance, but solid nonetheless. He was against very good in pass protection, I didn’t really notice him getting beat in this game. He was similar, however, to the rest of the Jets OL in that he didn’t generate much movement in the run game. Colon did have one awful play where Henry Anderson beat him on a draw play.
Breno Giacomini: C
Last week Giac went under the radar as there was nothing that really jumped off the tape. This week was different as there were some plays that stood out; and not in a good way. He did a decent job run blocking throughout the game, but struggled in pass protection. He got beat a couple times especially on inside moves from pass rushers. Like Brick he gave up way too much penetration in pass protection, getting pushed back into Ryan Fitzpatrick’s face. He also had a horrible unnecessary roughness penalty on a long run form Chris Ivory.
As a group the Jets offensive line came back to Earth in week 2. They were not great, but decent. They still haven’t allowed much pressure, but this is partly thanks to Ryan Fitzpatrick’s ability to get rid of the football quickly in Chan Gailey’s system. It was more disheartening, however, that they could not generate much movement inside to give Ivory and Powell running lanes. David Parry played extremely well and Henry Anderson looked like JJ Watt for stretches of this game. The Colts gave this group fits by slanting and angling on run downs. It’s also apparent, that Jeff Cumberland and Kellen Davis are much better blocking from the backfield than as inline tight ends. The good news is that it is week 2 and these things are correctable. The tape should help Carpenter and Brick work together better on combination blocks and pick up these slanting linemen.
We thought this group would have a tough matchup this week with an underrated Eagles front seven, but the injury bug may help out a little bit. The Eagles could be without Cedric Thornton, Kiko Alonso, and Mychal Kendricks. Even so, this group is pretty good against the run especially with Fletcher Cox, one of the best in the league, and Bennie Logan, an ascending player. Look for the Jets to go to the short passing game to try and set up the run in this one as the Eagles secondary and linebackers have struggled in coverage.