New York Jets Coaching Report Card – Week 4

Clayton Smarslok with his weekly New York Jets coaching report card…

Going into the season I didn’t expect all that much from this Jets team. I thought in a good year they would get 8 or 9 wins but more likely ending with 6 or 7. With expectations not quite that high, this has managed to be even more disappointing than I thought it could be. In the midst of a three game losing streak, there are still too many mistakes all around the team. Again, the loss to the Jaguars was pretty much expected but it was how they got that loss that hurts.

Head Coach, Todd Bowles

Another game, another slow start. The team came out of the gate with uninspiring play from every aspect. There seemed to be no changes to the game plan even though they fell behind quite early on. The miscommunication and poor execution on defense was astounding as the crossing routes throughout the day gave Blake Bortles, yes.. THE BLAKE BORTLES close to 400 yards alone.

The ultimate Todd Bowles moments came in the fourth quarter. Down by 22 with 12:53 left, he decides to narrow it down to 19 with a field goal instead of going for it. Two drives later, with 9 minutes left, down by 13 and no signs of life on offense or defense, he punts it. Luckily, the defense was able to recover a fumble and then with 4:33 left, still down by 13, he decides to punt it, AGAIN! The only chance the Jets had was to make every area of the field , four down territory throughout the fourth quarter but he did not see it the same way. He is on his way out sometime in the next 3 months, just a matter of time now.

Grade: F

Offensive Coordinator, Jeremy Bates

I really want to give Bates some slack but I can’t. This was a better performance than the last but still poor nevertheless. The main gripe I have with the game plan was the lack of running. There were only four attempts in the first half and two of them came from the first drive of the game, from either team. When your young quarterback is struggling you need to find ways to get the ball into your playmaker’s hands, Bilal Powell and Quincy Enunwa.

I have not wanted Eric Tomlinson on the field in quite a while, but this game was the last straw for me. As a blocker he is so overrated in my opinion. He isn’t truly a difference maker, especially when you only run the ball 4 times. Then when the offense finally had a big play down the field on an acrobatic catch by Chris Herndon, it gets brought back thanks to a Tomlinson hold. It’s been very aggravating watching the offense the last three games whether it’s by execution or playcalling. Hopefully Bates can get it somewhat turned around before fans go crazier than they already are.

Grade: D

Defensive Coordinator, Kacy Rodgers

This report card does not get any easier to write the further I get into ti. Yet another poor game by Kacy Rodgers. Having already mentioned how Blake Bortles put up his yardage, this is on Rodgers more than anyone. When you see a couple shallow crossing routes beat you, you plan to fix that right away, but the fact that they allowed it all game long was an embarrassment. Surely it wasn’t all on him as there was a lack of communication and poor execution but the fact that there were no adjustments throughout the game is just crazy, especially when everyone and their mother’s know that has been a huge problem with this coaching staff. This upcoming week they face Case Keenum who has the worst passer rating inside the pocket, maybe he can do a little something to use that to his advantage.

Grade: F

Special Teams Coordinator, Brant Boyer

The unit continues to do what they’re supposed to. Jason Myers has been quietly been very good to start the year going 2 for 2 on field goals on Sunday and Lac Edwards averaged nearly 50 yards per punt while making sure the coverage team gets down there only allowing 2.8 yards per return. After a strong debut on the national stage, Andre Roberts could stand to do a little better in returns but the opposing punter often doesn’t give him much room to work with. This was the second week in a row where this particular unit has the brightest spot.

Grade: B