New York Jets Coaching Report Card – Week Six

Clayton Smarslok with his weekly New York Jets coaching report card

Coming off a big win against the Broncos last week, the Jets were looking to get back to .500 on Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts in week six. Usually these games end up in disappointment but after a 42-34 win, things may be looking up for the New York Jets.

Head Coach, Todd Bowles

Since the beginning of 2016, the Jets are 3-7 in the week following a win. Obviously there wasn’t a ton of optimism for this week after being let down so often but Bowles put together his second consecutive solid performance. Once again having control of the defense with Kacy Rodgers still out, he may not have had as good of a game as last week in that perspective but there were a couple plays that stood out. The defense did a good job disguising their coverage on Darron Lee’s interception as well as the Parry Nickerson dropped pick six. The defense couldn’t get to

Andrew Luck even with blitzing but the opportunistic turnovers they were able to cause are what make it look better. The biggest surprise from Bowles was his willingness to be aggressive at the end of the first half. With 42 seconds left and the ball on their own 28 yard line, we’ve come expect the offense to sit on it to get to halftime. But he decided to allow Darnold to try to move down the field, executed perfectly to get a field goal. Great decision that all of the fans appreciated.

Grade: A-

Offensive Coordinator, Jeremy Bates

Bates like Bowles, needed a string of good performances to get into the good graces of the fans and he did just that. He didn’t have the benefit of running for 300+ yards this time around but still managed to put up 35 offensive points, including eight straight scoring drives. It was a healthy mixture of runs and passes, at a 53/47 split. Bates did a great job opening up the playbook for Darnold, practically getting all of the targets involved on all three levels. As the boss man, Joe Caporoso tweeted out on Tuesday, Bates called a lousy bubble screen on second and short, only to call a play with a similar package but with an entirely outcome resulting in the first touchdown between Darnold and fellow rookie Chris Herndon.

The red zone offense will need to get better as they only scored one touchdown in six trips, but considering the amount of points they put up, it’s hard to complain.

Grade: A-

Defensive Coordinator, Kacy Rodgers

Coach Rodgers is unfortunately going through serious medical issues causing him to miss his second consecutive game. Wishing him a quick recovery!

Grade: N/A

Special Teams Coordinator, Brant Boyer

The outstanding special teams play continued this past Sunday. There weren’t too many punts in this game from either side, so Andre Roberts and Lac Edwards didn’t have all that much to do outside of Edwards holding the snap for Jason Myers’ 10 attempts. Myers nailed all 10 (seven field goals, three extra points), as well as kicking touchbacks on all but two of the kickoffs. Myers has definitely proved to be the right choice out of camp. I don’t know what Boyer is doing but don’t change a thing.

Grade: A