TOJ Film Room: Grading the 2012 Offensive Line – Austin Howard

Mike Nolan steps into the film room to grade the 2012 Jets’ Offensive Line. Next up is starting Right Tackle Austin Howard.

Before we get to the regular season, I wanted to take a look at some 2012 film of the Jets’ Offensive Line to see what is returning this year and to see what the Jets may have lost from 2012. During the regular season, I will be running a weekly column where I will grade out the offensive line’s individual performances. Unlike Pro Football Focus, I am going to grade the line from as much of a coach’s perspective as I can. This means that I will base my grades on technique and assignment in addition to play result. For the second part of the film study, let’s see what we found out about starting Right Tackle Austin Howard. To see how players are graded check out the first part of the series on D’Brickashaw Ferguson.

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TOJ Film Room: Grading the 2012 Offensive Line – D’Brickashaw Ferguson

Mike Nolan steps into the Film Room to grade out the 2012 Jets’ Offensive Line. First up is starting Left Tackle D’Brickashaw Ferguson.

Before we get to the regular season, I wanted to take a look at 2012 film of the Jets’ Offensive Line to see what is returning this year and to see what the Jets have lost from 2012. During the regular season, I will be running a weekly column where I will grade out the offensive line’s individual performances. Unlike Pro Football Focus, I am going to grade the line from as much of a coach’s perspective as I can. By this, I mean I am going to take technique and assignment into account in addition to play result. For each play I give grades ranging from -2 to 2:

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New York Jets Week 6 Grade Report – High Marks

The grade report for the New York Jets week 6 trouncing of the New England Patriots

Quarterbacks (A) – Easy to laugh at a (A) for a 82 yard passing day for Mark Sanchez. However, he didn’t need to do anymore. He completed 60 percent of his passes, moved the chains when he needed to and hit two touchdown passes into tight windows. Most importantly, there were no turnovers. New England’s secondary is awful, particularly down the middle against the deep ball so the game-plan will be more aggressive next week and Sanchez needs to respond. That Tebow guy had a nice conversion on a 3rd and short.

Running Backs (A+) – Shonn Greene played his best game since the 2009 playoffs, racking up over 160 yards and 3 touchdowns. Most importantly, he broke tackles and made a few people miss. He ran decisively and showed better vision than in previous weeks. Joe McKnight also ripped off a 61 yard run. It sounds like despite an ankle injury, he will be able to play this week. Bilal Powell saw limited action and dislocated his shoulder. He will likely be out a few games.

Wide Receivers/Tight Ends (A) – The entire group made contributions. Stephen Hill caught all three of the passes thrown to him, including one for a touchdown and two for first downs. Jeremy Kerley had three more catches. Chaz Schilens converted a pair of third downs and even Jason Hill pulled in a short touchdown catch. Dustin Keller had a nice game blocking of all things while Jeff Cumberland continued to struggle in that role and also dropped a pass.

Offensive Line (A+) – A long overdue dominating performance from the Jets frequently maligned offensive line. They pushed the Colts all over the field and imposed their will in the running game. Sanchez was also given a clean pocket and only sacked once on the day.

Defensive Line (A) – Signs of life from the pass rush. Muhammad Wilkerson was all over the field, finishing with 7 tackles, a sack, a forced fumble, a tackle for a loss and a pass defensed. Quinton Coples recorded 1.5 sacks, making him already that much better than Vernon Gholson (as Mike Tannenbaum breathes a sigh of relief). Mike DeVito deserves praise for holding down the fort at nose tackle with Sione Pouha and Kenrick Ellis out.

Linebackers (B) – A quiet day overall from this unit but they performed in the running game. Demario Davis is starting to see extended playing time and looks active rushing the passer. Bart Scott and David Harris only combined for 5 tackles, a rarity.

Secondary (A) – Antonio Cromartie continued his All-Pro caliber season pulling in another interception and slowing down Reggie Wayne. Rookie Antonio Allen recorded his first career sack. LaRon Landry and Yeremiah Bell were active in the running game and combined for an impressive 17 tackles. A quiet day for Kyle Wilson, which is a good thing.

Special Teams (A) – Another week, another converted fake punt. Well-designed by Mike Westhoff and well executed by Tim Tebow and Nick Bellore.

Coaching (A) – Rex Ryan deserves credit for building this team back up after they were embarrassed a few weeks ago by San Francisco. They are headed in the right direction and appear ready to be a factor in the increasingly wide open AFC. Tony Sparano executed the type of game plan he talked about all summer on offense and Mike Pettine’s defense had their best game of the year.

 

New York Jets Week 5 Report Card – Good Effort?

Turn On The Jets hands out grades for the Jets week 5 game against Houston

(Hey Shonn, how many carries is it really going to take you to crack 1,000 yards this year?…Maybe 500, coach…maybe 500). 

A quick report on the New York Jets performance last night. Check back tomorrow for our offensive and defensive film breakdown, along with a preliminary look at the week 6 match-up against the upstart Indianapolis Colts.

Quarterbacks (D+) Yes, Mark Sanchez’s supporting cast leaves something to be desired and yes they dropped passes on him. However, it is simply inexcusable to complete less than 50% of your passes this consistently. Tim Tebow isn’t the answer because he doesn’t make the throws down the field that Sanchez did last night. Sanchez gets another week as the starter, this time against a softer defense, he is in desperate need of a big performance.

Running Backs (F) The running game is abysmal at this point. Part of that is on the run blocking. Part of that is on the Jets backs being completely unable to make people miss. What purpose does it serve to keep giving Shonn Greene carries at this point? Just give them to Bilal Powell, Joe McKnight and recently signed Jonathan Grimes.

Wide Receivers/Tight Ends (C+) They made a few plays but also left too many on the field. Jeremy Kerley is a having a very good year and never deserves to be lumped in to negative statements about the Jets lack of talent at these positions. He is a legitimate playmaker who should be a huge part of the Jets offense in the coming years. Chaz Schilens is a capable possession receiver for the most part. Jeff Cumberland made a beautiful touchdown catch but still can’t block and had a killer drop late. Jason Hill also had a big drop.

Offensive Line (C) All things considered, the pass protection was not that awful. Obviously, they aren’t getting enough of a push in the running game. Credit Nick Mangold for gutting it out through an ankle injury. The Jets can’t afford to lose him.

Defensive Line (D) No sacks. No pressure. Not good enough in the running game. This unit is going to struggle in the coming weeks with Kenrick Ellis nursing a knee injury. Mike DeVito led the way with 8 tackles. Muhammad Wilkerson had a tackle for a loss. Through five games – zero sacks for Wilkerson or Quinton Coples.

Linebackers (D) No sacks. No pressure. Still too many missed tackles and missed assignments. Look for Demario Davis to start seeing more playing time because of Josh Mauga’s season ending injury. Mauga was taking a chunk of Bart Scott’s reps already. Through five games – zero sacks for Aaron Maybin.

Secondary (A) Antonio Cromartie played arguably his most impressive game as a Jet, shutting down Andre Johnson and pulling in an interception. He has elevated his play since Darrelle Revis went down with injury and proven himself to be a true number one cornerback. The rest of the secondary held their own…yes even including Kyle Wilson.

Special Teams (A) Joe McKnight had a momentum swinging 100 yard kickoff return for a touchdown that was beautifully blocked up. They executed a fake punt for a first down and perfectly executed a surprise onside kick but the ball went through Chaz Schilens hands. The Jets must continue to steal points and yards through their special teams.

Coaching (C) Rex Ryan had his team properly motivated and made excellent adjustments at halftime to slow down the Texans offense. Unfortunately that doesn’t erase how they were gashed in the first half. Tony Sparano’s playcalling also needs to come under question. He had a few truly awful ones down the stretch.

New York Jets Week 3 Report Card – A Lost Island

The week 3 report card for the New York Jets

Quarterbacks (D) – Mark Sanchez picked up his play in the 4th quarter and overtime, leading two key drives that helped get the Jets a victory. Throughout those drives he repeatedly made big time throws, which is the only reason this grade is not a F. Sanchez must improve his accuracy and decision making. Sub 50% passing days are unacceptable at this stage of his career, regardless of how poor his supporting cast is…and they are poor. The interceptions in the end-zones simply can’t happen. He needs to play how he played in the 4th quarter and overtime throughout the entire game for the Jets to be a competitive team this season.

Running Backs (D) – Bilal Powell’s encouraging 10 carry, 45 yard performance is the only reason this isn’t a F. Shonn Greene is the worst starting running back in the NFL and does not deserve to keep his job or be anything else other than a backup/role player at this point. There is nobody who makes less people miss and leaves more yards on the field in the NFL right now than him.

Wide Receivers/Tight Ends (B) – Santonio Holmes had arguably his best game in a New York Jets uniform. He took over in the second half, finishing with 9 catches for 147 yards. Jeremy Kerley continued to be big play weapon, hauling in a 66 yard catch and run and the go ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter. Stephen Hill looked completely lost out there. It is time for him to start splitting reps with Chaz Schilens. Konrad Reuland filled in admirably at fullback, H-Back and tight end and is a decent role player. Jeff Cumberland should be on some team’s practice squad, not a starting player in the NFL.

Offensive Line (B) – Particularly in the second half, the pass protection was very good against a strong front seven. People continue to complain about the blocking in the running game but the holes are there for Powell to average 4.5 yards per carry. The problem is Greene, not the offensive line.

Defensive Line (D) – Zero impact plays. Zero sacks. Zero tackles for a loss. Muhammad Wilkerson was solid against the run with nine tackles but when is somebody going to make a play? If Quinton Coples can’t get reps, why bother taking him in the first round?

Linebackers (D) – Disappointing effort against the run and they were exposed in coverage again. Calvin Pace is sluggish coming off the edge and this is still a unit that lacks in speed. It is time to give Demario Davis more reps, along with potentially Josh Mauga. This current unit is not getting the job done.

Secondary (B) – LaRon Landry made a game changing interception which he took back to the house. Darrelle Revis was Darrelle Revis when he was out there. Beyond that, it was a disappointing effort from Antonio Cromartie and Kyle Wilson. Both of them need to improve their play in Revis’ absence. Yeremiah Bell has been fairly quiet over the first three games.

Special Teams (A) – Anybody notice how good Jets punter Bob Malone has been? Nick Folk has been very good this season as well. Jeremy Kerley, when he catches the ball, is one of the league’s top punt returners.

Coaching (C) – We are still waiting for that “great” defense to show up from Rex Ryan and Mike Pettine. Tony Sparano needs to make a decision on how to use Tim Tebow or not use him at all and then stick to it.

The Miami turf turned the donkey wheel and the Jets island is gone…good luck to a speedy recovery #24! 

New York Jets Week 2 Report Card – Failing Effort

The grade report for the New York Jets week 2 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers

Quarterbacks (C) – Mark Sanchez came out of the gates on fire, completing 4 of his 5 first passes for 80 yards and a touchdown. After that, the passing offense went into the tank as he finished an ugly 10/27 for 138 yards. He misfired on a few passes down the field and didn’t seem to be on the same page as his receivers. He wasn’t helped by dropped passes, poor route running and a nonexistent running game but overall this was a disappointing effort.

Tim Tebow had an impressive 22 yard run and sadly might be the best running back this team has right now. I’d rather watch 20 Wildcat runs than 20 2 yard Shonn Greene runs at this point.

Running Backs (D) – Shonn Greene finished up with 11 carries for 23 yards. If you take away his one 9 yard run. He had 10 carries for 14 yards. He also added in a holding penalty and a whiffed block in pass protection for good measure. We are two games into the season and Greene has 38 carries for 117 yards with 1 run for over 10 yards…not even close to good enough. The blame doesn’t fall on the offensive line, Greene doesn’t have the speed to get to the edge and can’t break through to the second level when holes are actually there.

The only reason this isn’t an F is because Bilal Powell showed some elusiveness on a 10 yard run and finished with 3.7 yards per carry which looks great next to Greene’s 3.0 on the season. Joe McKnight also had a nice 12 yard run where be broke a few tackles and made a defender miss…perhaps it is time to give him and Powell a longer look.

Wide Receivers/Tight Ends (F) – I will go into this in more detail during our film breakdown but Santonio Holmes was awful yesterday. He spent the entire game whining at the officials, dropping passes and running lazy routes that lacked any measure of the needed preciseness from a number one receiver. Stephen Hill struggled with the Steelers physical coverage. Jeremy Kerley provided a big play with a 45 yard reception but was absent besides it.

Jeff Cumberland missed a hot read that could have converted a first down and didn’t provide anything in the passing game. The Jets really missed Dustin Keller in this one.

Defensive Line (C) – The run defense was terrific as expected, led by Muhammad Wilkerson and Sione Pouha. Yet, the lack of a pass rush was frustrating to see. Quinton Coples is barely on the field and when he has been looks completely lost. Outside of a sack when Ben Roethlisnberger slid behind the line of scrimmage, the defensive line didn’t touch him once.

Linebackers (C) – Way too many missed tackles. David Harris missed two opportunities for a sack. Calvin Pace was nowhere near the quarterback. Garret McIntyre of all people had the game of his life, finishing with 2 sacks, 4 tackles for a loss and 7 tackles. He should become a regular part of the defense moving forward, which means less Bryan Thomas and Aaron Maybin…who has been invisible so far this year.

Secondary (F) – They get a “F” just because of how putrid Antonio Cromartie was on Mike Wallace’s touchdown. What a lazy play that completely lacked any football awareness. LaRon Landry picked up two personal fouls and Kyle Wilson was average at best. Let’s hope Revis is back next week.

Special Teams (D) – Jeremy Kerley’s muffed punt was a killer in the second half. Isaiah Trufant should have downed a punt at the 1 yard line but inexplicably let himself land in the end-zone with the ball. Nick Folk hit his only field goal attempt.

Coaching (D) – Tony Sparano had no counter move when Dick LeBeau adjusted after the Jets first couple of drives. Rex was too conservative at the end of the half and admitted the team had a sloppy/sluggish week of practice. They better be ready to turn it up this week because if they slip up against Miami, 1-2 heading into back to back games against San Francisco and Houston isn’t going to be pretty.

New York Jets Week 1 Report Card – Dean’s List

A grade report for the New York Jets opening season win over the Buffalo Bills

Quarterbacks (A) – If Mark Sanchez is completing 70% of his passes and throwing 3 touchdowns on a regular basis, the Jets are going to be one of the toughest teams to beat in the NFL. Sanchez showed accuracy, poise and a short memory after a first quarter interception. He pushed the football down the field and spread it around to seven different receivers, consistently finding the proper read based on what the coverage was dictating. Yesterday’s performance confirms something we have been saying about Sanchez for a long time here, if he is protected properly he has the skills to be a very good NFL quarterback who can lead a winning team.

Tim Tebow didn’t do much with his limited reps, finishing with 11 yards on 5 carries and handing off for a few short runs. There has to be some ongoing concern about disrupting Sanchez’s rhythm by replacing him with Tebow but it wasn’t an issue yesterday. Eventually, he will be need to throw the ball out of the Wildcat to keep defenses honest. It will be interesting to see how long it takes Tony Sparano to dial one up.

Running Backs (C) – Shonn Greene ran hard for 94 yards but let’s keep perspective, it took him 27 carries to reach that total. His longest run of the day was 14 yards and he fumbled twice (losing neither). He continues to look like nothing more than a slightly above average back who lacks the ability to consistently break tackles or make people miss. Bilal Powell showed a little giddy up on a 16 yard reception and you have to wonder when the Jets will bump his carry total up. They can’t give Greene 27 carries on a weekly basis, so maybe Powell will start getting 7-10 carries a game.

Wide Receivers/Tight Ends (A) – Stephen Hill had a spectacular debut, scoring 2 touchdowns including one where he smoked fellow rookie Stephon Gilmore on a double move. We knew Hill would be a vertical threat but what was really impressive was how he moved the chains on a few third downs with precise routes and tough catches in traffic. Hill has a chance to be a better version of what Braylon Edwards was for Mark Sanchez in 2009 and 2010. Santonio Holmes was productive and just missed having a ridiculous touchdown catch at the end of the half. Jeremy Kerley came up huge in the slot with a 27 yard catch and a 12 yard touchdown…hell even Chaz Schilens caught a pass for 8 yards.

Dustin Keller was quiet in the passing game but Jeff Cumberland pulled in three nice catches for 33 yards. Newcomer Konrad Reuland deserves credit for logging 17 plays after being signed just a week before the season starter.

Offensive Line (A) – Austin Howard completely shut out Mario Williams. I feel as if that needs to be typed again…Austin Howard completely shut out Mario Williams…just an unbelievable job by the Jets first year starter. The rest of the unit was excellent as well, keeping Sanchez clean all game and giving him to go through his progressions.

Defensive Line (C) – Without Sione Pouha, the Jets rushing defense struggled at times, particularly in letting CJ Spiller rip off a few monster runs. However, despite not logging any sacks they received a good push up front when the game was still in question. Muhammad Wilkerson did have a quarterback hit and Mike DeVito had 2 tackles.

Linebackers (B) – David Harris led the way with 7 tackles, Bart Scott wasn’t far behind with 5 including one for a loss. Calvin Pace hit Fitzpatrick twice  and also had 5 tackles. Bryan Thomas tweaked a hamstring and will be questionable for next week. Quiet game for Aaron Maybin.

Secondary (A) – An interception for each of the Jets top three corners. Antonio Cromartie’s was gift wrapped for him, both Darrelle Revis and Kyle Wilson made nice breaks on their respective picks. LaRon Landry seemed to be in on every tackle, finishing with 7 and a pair of quarterback hits, along with forcing a fumble on CJ Spiller. This secondary has the potential to be one of the league’s best, particularly if they keep forcing game changing turnovers.

Special Teams (A) – A beautiful punt return touchdown by Jeremy Kerley, two made field goals from Nick Folk and great distance on kickoffs…not much for Mike Westhoff to complain about. New punter Bob Malone looked very good as well.

Coaching (A) – Rex Ryan pushed all the right buttons this week by keying his team up from all the “circus” talk. His decision to publicly call out Jeremy Kerley also seems to be paying early dividends. Tony Sparano’s game plan was a refreshing break from Brian Schottenheimer ball the past 6 years.

Grading Out Jets/Chiefs

TOJ grades out the New York Jets 37-10 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs

A quick grade report for the New York Jets 37-10 drubbing of the Kansas City Chiefs

Quarterback (A) – Mark Sanchez did everything you could have asked for yesterday, producing four touchdowns (two on the ground and two through the air) and protecting the football. The running game was rolling so Sanchez was able to thrive off play action and work the short to intermediate passing game.

Running Backs (A) – Shonn Greene is getting better with each passing week, finishing with a career high in total yards produced from scrimmage (187). He has improved substantially as a receiving back and is running aggressively north and south. LaDainian Tomlinson looked ready to become a major impact player in the offense again with 2 receptions for 50 yards and a touchdown.

Wide Receivers (C) – They didn’t play much of a role in this game. Santonio Holmes did grab his 7th touchdown of the year.

Tight Ends (A) – Dustin Keller was a big factor in the first half when the game was still in question. Josh Baker had a nice grab over the middle on a well designed play. Matthew Mulligan didn’t have any penalties so that is always a win.

Offensive Line (B) – Very good push in the running game, questionable protection in the passing game at times. They will need to be more consistent in this area moving forward with much better pass rushes on the horizon.

Defensive Line (A) – Dominant. Marcus Dixon did a very nice job filling in for Mike DeVito, finishing with 4 tackles and .5 sacks. Sione Pouha had a sack as well. Muhammad Wilkerson finished with 5 tackles.

Linebackers (A) – Bart Scott sack. David Harris sack. Calvin Pace half sack. They were all over the field yesterday. Scott and Pace have been much better as of late.

Secondary (A) – Jim Leonhard’s injury put a grey cloud over this win. It will be up to Brodney Pool and Eric Smith to pick up the slack.

Special Teams (A) – No turnovers was a nice thing to see. Jeremy Kerley will be the primary punt returner moving forward and showed his explosiveness yesterday. But, can he be trusted to catch the ball in a big spot?

Coaching (A-) – I can’t give them an “A” because of the time out before the first play of the game. Yet, Brian Schottenheimer (with Tom Moore’s assistance I’m sure) put together one of his best game plans of the year. Give Rex Ryan credit for having his team ready to go and bury an inferior opponent quickly out of the gates.

Grading Out Jets/Redskins

TOJ grades out the Jets week 13 win over the Washington Redskins

TOJ’s grade report for the New York Jets week 13 win over the Washington Redskins

Quarterback (B) – Mark Sanchez had the kind of performance that would have the national media lavishing praise on him if he was a religious quarterback playing in Denver. It wasn’t a pretty 3 quarters but when the Jets needed a touchdown with under five minutes to play, Sanchez made two huge plays. He converted a third down to Shonn Greene over the middle and then right after hit Santonio Holmes on a beautiful slant and go for the go ahead touchdown. Right now the Jets need wins, no matter how ugly they look, and Sanchez is delivering them.

Running Back (B+) – One of Shonn Greene’s better games in the past couple of years, as he finished with 88 yards rushing, 26 yards receiving, and 3 touchdowns. LaDainian Tomlinson and Joe McKnight are both banged up now, so the Jets need Greene down the stretch more than ever.

Wide Receivers (B) – Santonio Holmes did it again, continuing to build on his reputation as one of the most clutch players in the game with another huge fourth quarter touchdown. Outside of that play, it was a fairly quiet day for the Jets receivers.

Tight Ends (D) – The only impact Dustin Keller and Matthew Mulligan had in this game were on penalties.

Offensive Line (A) – Zero sacks on Mark Sanchez for the second straight week and a strong push in the running game. They need to keep getting better each week because every team they are playing the rest of the year has a strong defense or pass rush.

Defensive Line (C+) – Recovered from a terrible start to put together a pretty good all around effort. Sione Pouha led the way with 4 tackles.

Linebackers (A) – I have ripped them all year but Bart Scott and Calvin Pace put together very good games, particularly Scott who had a key pass defensed and 2 tackles for a loss. Jamaal Westerman took back his starting outside linebacker spot with a sack and two tackles for a loss. Aaron Maybin continued his unbelievable season with another sack and forced fumble.

Secondary (C) – The wide receivers were taken out of the game by the cornerbacks but Fred Davis ate up the Jets safeties and nickel backs.

Special Teams (H) – H…for “how the hell did this team muff another punt?” There shouldn’t be another person all season returning a punt outside of Jim Leonhard.

Coaching (B) – I wasn’t crazy about the Wildcat and the clock management was a problem yet again. But Rex Ryan made nice adjustments at halftime as the Jets completely shut down the Redskins offense in the third and fourth quarter. Brian Schottenheimer made a timely call with the slant and go…now let’s see it more often.

Grading Out Jets/Bills

TOJ grades out the Jets last minute win over the Buffalo Bills

Quarterback (C) – Yes, a “C” for a 4 touchdown performance and a last minute comeback victory. The inaccuracy and inconsistency shown by Mark Sanchez was too much to ignore. Why does he continue to throw the dig route into triple coverage? Why isn’t he on the same page as the receivers? He is capable of playing much better than he did yesterday, as he showed glimpses of late in the fourth quarter.

Running Back (B+) – Shonn Greene averaged 6 yards per carry but still looks a little banged up. Joe McKnight did very well with limited touches and needs more work down the stretch, particularly in the screen game.

Wide Receiver (A) – Plaxico Burress and Santonio Holmes were the heroes yesterday, especially Burress who might have saved the team’s season with a ridiculous one-handed grab on the final drive. Holmes reminded us of how clutch he could be, with yet another game winning grab. Patrick Turner made a big catch on the final drive for a key first down.

Dustin Keller (A) – Dustin Keller can score touchdowns when given the opportunity…and no penalties on Matthew Mulligan, wow.

Offensive Line (A) – Zero sacks on Mark Sanchez and a good push in the running game. However, let’s keep in mind how weak Buffalo’s defensive front is. Washington will provide a much stiffer test.

Defensive Line (A) – Solid against the run as usual. Muhammad Wilkerson played one of his better games and Marcus Dixon did a nice job picking up the slack for an injured Mike DeVito.

Linebackers (C) – Zero defensive stats for Bart Scott and another lackluster performance from Calvin Pace. Fortunately, Aaron Maybin picked up the slack with two sacks. David Harris continued to add on to his great season, with 8 tackles and a sack.

Secondary (D) – The worst game of Darrelle Revis career, was allowing 75 yards and a touchdown, which is a testament to how good he has been. Antonio Cromartie continued to have a subpar season. Eric Smith, Jim Leonhard, and Brodney Pool were average at best.

Special Teams (C) – Another turnover…

Coaching (C) – The playcalling remains inconsistent and the team didn’t really play with the desperation of their season being on the line.