Grading Out Jets/Bills

TOJ grades out the New York Jets beatdown of the Buffalo Bills

Quarterbacks (B) – Mark Sanchez was a bonehead red-zone interception and a fumbled snap away from having a terrific game…unfortunately those type of plays count in a big way. Outside of those plays, he was accurate (20/28) and did a good job pressing the football down the field. The ball was also spread around well to his receivers and tight ends. I don’t think Sanchez is much of a threat as a blocker these days.

Running Backs (A-) – Shonn Greene was solid for the third straight game. He had a huge run wiped out by a holding penalty on Matthew Mulligan. LaDainian Tomlinson was good in a limited role and got into the end-zone. John Conner scored his first touchdown of the season.

Wide Receivers (A) – Plaxico Burress looks to be heating up just in time for the second half of the season. Santonio Holmes scored a touchdown and drew two huge pass interference penalties that set up other touchdowns. Jeremy Kerley is developing into a very good slot receiver.

Tight Ends (D) – The grade is low because of Matthew Mulligan’s penalties and Dustin Keller’s stupidity in trying to jump over defenders.

Offensive Line (A) – Completely physically dominated the Buffalo Bills. It is pretty amazing how far this line has come since the Baltimore game.

Defensive Line (A) – They played an excellent all-around game, despite not having Mike DeVito and Kenrick Ellis in the rotation. Kudos to Marcus Dixon, Ropati Pitoitua, and Martin Tevaseu for stepping up in the rotation. Muhammad Wilkerson also had one of his better games.

Linebackers (A) – Calvin Pace and David Harris both came up with interceptions and were a big part of slowing down Fred Jackson. Bart Scott had a big hit on 4th and 1 and overall had one of his best games of the season.

Secondary (A) – They completely smothered the Bills receivers all day, outside of Darrelle Revis getting beat on one play…no that wasn’t a typo. Antonio Cromartie has settled down and Kyle Wilson continues to have a very good year.

Special Teams (A) – Nick Folk made two long field goals. Joe McKnight ripped off a huge return. Brad Smith did absolutely nothing on returns thanks to the Jets kick coverage. Just another day at the office for Mike Westhoff’s unit.

Coaching (A) – Rex Ryan pushed all the right buttons and game up with a terrific game plan on defense. Also, how about some credit for Brian Schottenheimer who called maybe his best game of the season?

Grading Out Jets/Chargers

TOJ grades out the Jets week 7 win over the San Diego Chargers, who are still sobbing about the referees as we speak

Quarterback (B+) – Mark Sanchez overcame a first half red-zone interception to put together an all-around solid performance. Beyond his 173 yards passing and 3 touchdowns, he also broke off a 25 yard run and ran for a key first down late in the game. After a rough outing in Baltimore, Sanchez has steadily improved the past three weeks.

Running Backs (A) – Shonn Greene finally put together the type of game we have been waiting for. If he can run the football like that on a consistent basis, the Jets offense is going to be difficult to stop. LaDainian Tomlinson struggled with the flu but should be fresh for the second half the season due to his minimal amount of usage early in the year.

Wide Receivers (A) – Plaxico Burress did what he was brought here to do, score red-zone touchdowns. Jeremy Kerley did what he was brought here to do, convert third-downs. Santonio Holmes had a quieter day, but he should be back to making plays by the Buffalo game.

Tight Ends (B-) – The Dustin Keller fumble was disappointing to see, however he did make a few plays down the field. Matthew Mulligan played nearly the whole game and seems to be providing a good push in the running game.

Offensive Line (B+) – The penalties were obviously disappointing. However, the pass protection has came miles since the Baltimore game and the run block is improving. Wayne Hunter is staring to settle down into a decent right tackle and Matt Slauson keeps getting better.

Defensive Line (A-) – A very good all-around performance, especially considering Mike DeVito was out and Kenrick Ellis left early in the game. Muhammad Wilkerson had one of his better games, finishing with 5 tackles and 1 for a loss.

Linebackers (C+) – It was an inconsistent first half, as the linebackers continue to struggle in coverage and with missed tackles. Yet, they settled down in the second half. We saw a good amount of Josh Mauga, who looks like he will be platooning with Jamaal Westerman at outside linebacker moving forward. Aaron Maybin racked up another sack and a few more quarterback pressures. I would expect to see his role continue to grow, as he is quickly becoming the team’s best pass rusher.

Secondary (A) – Darrelle Revis is the Defensive Player of the Year through the first 7 weeks. Antonio Cromartie had one of his better games and Kyle Wilson continued his strong season, pulling in his first interception. Eric Smith and Jim Leonhard still give up plays, but this is what they have to work with the rest of the year.

Special Teams (A) – Very good as usual. How about Nick Folk 10/10 on field goals?

Coaching (A) – The “A” comes from the half-time adjustments, which shut down the San Diego offense in the second half and kept their own offense rolling.

Grading Out Jets/Dolphins

TOJ grades out the Jets 24-6 win over the Miami Dolphins

Quarterback (B-) 14/25, 201 yards, a rushing touchdown, and a passing touchdown. It wasn’t a great performance from Mark Sanchez but he improved as the game went on. The slow start falls on him and Brian Schottenheimer as he needs to come out in better rhythm. The lapses of accuracy remain concerning but Sanchez still has a way of making big plays when everything breaks down around him.

Running Backs (C) – Shonn Greene remains thoroughly average. LaDainian Tomlinson had a little giddy-up in his step, as you know he is licking his chops thinking about this week’s game against San Diego. I do think the Jets need to consider shifting more carries to Tomlinson and Joe McKnight, who made a few nice receptions split out at wide receiver.

Wide Receivers (C) – Santonio Holmes was electric when he was able to get the football in his hands. Plaxico Burress looked sluggish and disinterested, which should be a cause for concern moving forward. Jeremy Kerley had a nice third down conversion but also had a dropped pass.

Tight Ends (B) – A pair of big plays from Dustin Keller, who still needs to be more involved in the passing game. Matthew Mulligan had good contributions in the running game.

Offensive Line (B+) – Very good pass protection but the push in the running game is still lacking. It is nice to see improvement from Wayne Hunter, who had his best game of the season.

Defensive Line (B-) – The run defense could have been better but it looks like Kenrick Ellis has the potential to be a very good player alongside Muhammad Wilkerson moving forward.

Linebackers (B+) – 2 sacks from Calvin Pace, 2 forced fumbles from Aaron Maybin and a huge hit on Matt Moore from David Harris that forced an interception…an overdue night of playmaking from the Jets linebackers.

Secondary (A) – The “A” is all for Darrelle Revis, who put on a show last night. He came up with a 100 yard interception return for a touchdown when it looked the Jets season may be on the brink. Kyle Wilson also had a hell of a night in the slot covering Davone Bess.

Special Teams (D) – I am dropping them all the way down because of the muffed kick return…that is two this year, c’mon man. Nick Folk and TJ Conley are both quietly having very good years.

Coaching (C) – A win is a win but let’s beat San Diego before saying things are turned around. Also what was that play call with LaDainian Tomlinson attempting a pass to Mark Sanchez? Really?

Grading Out Jets/Patriots

TOJ grades out the Jets 30-21 loss to the New England Patriots

Quarterbacks (B) – Mark Sanchez played well within in the game-plan, which was built to pull him back from his erratic ways the previous weeks. There were at least 4 or 5 dropped passes and Sanchez did a good job avoiding a handful of sacks. I don’t see how you get on him for his performance on Sunday. He was far from the reason the Jets lost.

Running Backs (B+) – Shonn Greene did well in an expanded role, averaging 4 yards per carry and getting into the end-zone for his second touchdown of the season. The Jets did a poor job of involving LaDainian Tomlinson however. Just because Greene is getting used properly doesn’t mean Tomlinson should be getting less than 5 touches. We still didn’t see enough Joe McKnight on offense. John Conner had a third down drop.

Wide Receivers (C) – It was disappointing to see Plaxico Burress leave a handful of plays out on the field with his drops. Santonio Holmes also dropped a pass but had a strong second half, catching his second touchdown of the year. Jeremy Kerley likely Wally Pipp’d Derrick Mason, who might have talked himself off the team.

Tight Ends (C) – A quiet day from Dustin Keller at a bad time. He had a bad third down drop. Matthew Mulligan helped get a good push in the running game with Keller.

Offensive Line (B+) – Nick Mangold obviously made a huge difference and the offense took a step in the right direction running the football. Yet, the pass protection was average and it is sad how we are now celebrating a 80 yard performance from Greene, when as Damien Woody said on Twitter “they’d be disappointed if they ran for less than two bills” a few years back.

Defensive Line (D) – Ben Jarvus Green-Ellis, come on man. Mike DeVito was missing tackles all over the field and Muhammad Wilkerson was invisible. It probably wouldn’t have hurt to have Shaun Ellis out there.

Linebackers (C) – They are responsible in the running game as well. Bart Scott has been awfully quiet the past three games after a strong start. It was good to see Jamaal Westerman finally make an impact, as he broke through with two sacks.

Secondary (B) – I thought the whole secondary played pretty well outside of Eric Smith, who continues to get beat like a drum. They were victim to a few phantom illegal contact and pass interference penalties out there.

Special Teams (B+) – Joe McKnight is becoming a serious weapon out there. The only misstep was the low line drive on the punt to Wes Welker which led to a New England field goal.

Coaching (D) – Just not good enough right now. I am starting to wonder if Brian Schottenheimer will make it through the season. Let’s see how Rex Ryan can handle this crisis. Keep in mind the Jets had two separate three game losing streaks in 2009 and actually lost 6 out of 7 that year…for the record that team finished 9-7 and was within a half of the Super Bowl.

Grading Out Jets/Raiders

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Quarterback (B-) – One of the best statistical days of Mark Sanchez’s career (27/43, 369 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT, 1 rushing TD) wasn’t one of his best overall games. He had a killer turnover and missed a few big throws, most notably a 4th and 2 slant to Plaxico Burress. He is also taking a beating behind his offensive line which continues to struggle which appears to be rattling him a little bit.

Running Backs (A) – LaDainian Tomlinson with 154 total yards and a touchdown gave one of his best performances in a Jets uniform. Shonn Greene also showed signs of life with 106 total yards. The Jets seemed to find something by running the football to the outside.

Wide Receivers (B) – Derrick Mason had his best game as a Jet with 6 receptions for 45 yards. Plaxico Burress made plays when given the chance and the offense did a poor job of getting Santonio Holmes involved as he finished with only 1 reception. Jeremy Kerley lost yardage on his first Wildcat snap of the season and Patrick Turner had a drop.

Tight Ends (D) – Jeff Cumberland and Matthew Mulligan both dropped touchdown passes. Cumberland is also now out for the year with a torn Achilles, taking away a promising part of the Jets passing attack. Dustin Keller had another solid day with 87 yards receiving.

Offensive Line (D) – Do they realize if Mark Sanchez gets hurt who the backup is? The only positive I can take away is that rookie center Colin Baxter held his own. Wayne Hunter looks clueless. Brandon Moore could still be feeling the effects of off-season hip surgery. It isn’t pretty right now.

Defensive Line (C) – A quiet day and they didn’t do enough to stop the run.

Linebackers (D) – No pressure and way too many missed tackles. Honestly, they looked slow out there and by the way Jamaal Westerman is not an adequate answer as a pass rusher.

Secondary (D) – The Cromartie curve ruins the grade for the whole unit. I know some of those penalties were awful calls but on the whole it was a terrible day for him. Darrelle Revis was himself. The safeties didn’t make an impact except in the missed tackle category.

Special Teams (D) – Cromartie curve. Considering his lung injury look for more Joe McKnight on kick return. Jeremy Kerley was terrific on punt returns.

Coaching (D) – No sufficient second half adjustments from the defense and a lack of preparation on the final drive both contributed to the loss. The Jets should have been kicking a field goal and then attempting an onside kick on the final drive, not going for it on 4th down.

Jets vs. Jaguars: Grade Report

Quarterbacks (C) – It wasn’t Mark Sanchez’s finest effort (17/24, 182, 2 TDs, 2 INTs) but it was more than enough. He must do a better job of protecting the football and not forcing passes into traffic. Sanchez and this offense are capable of being one of the AFC’s best as we saw on their two scoring drives, but they must find more consistency.

Running Backs (C) – Tough sledding for Shonn Greene with 16 carries for 49 yards. He had a little more punch than last week but the running game still has a ways to go. LaDainian Tomlinson was quiet with 15 total yards.

Wide Receivers (B) – A quiet day after the Santonio Holmes touchdown on the first drive. Plaxico Burress didn’t record a reception and the Jets must do a better job of getting him involved early. Derrick Mason had only one catch for 7 yards and still doesn’t appear to be on the same page as Mark Sanchez.

Tight Ends (A) – Another big game for Dustin Keller who finished with 101 yards receiving and a touchdown. Matthew Mulligan and Jeff Cumberland also played extensively, with Mulligan even chipping in 2 receptions.

Offensive Line (D) – Nick Mangold’s high ankle sprain is obviously bad news for this unit, who was struggling anyway. Hopefully he can be back before the New England game, if not Brandon Moore and Matt Slauson will have to help Colin Baxter hold his own. Wayne Hunter had his second straight rough outing. Where you at Damien Woody?

Defensive Line (A) – Very exciting to see rookie first round pick Muhammad Wilkerson break through for his first sack and turn it into a safety. Mike DeVito led the Jets with 5 tackles.

Linebackers (A) – Bart Scott had another sack and Calvin Pace was in the face of Luke McCown all day. Josh Mauga recorded his fist career interception.

Secondary (A) – Two interceptions from Antonio Cromartie, along with blanket coverage from him and Darrelle Revis. Kyle Wilson is looking better each week in the nickel role. Eric Smith grabbed an interception and should have had at least two more.

Special Teams (A) – 3/3 on field goals from Nick Folk and a pair of big returns from Cromartie.

Coaching (A) – Hard to give them anything else after a 32-3 win, although I do think Sanchez should have been pulled a little earlier.

Grading Out Jets/Bears

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Quarterback (A) – If you have seen every snap Mark Sanchez has taken in the NFL, you know how encouraging yesterday’s performance was. He looked like the quarterback who nearly took them to the Super Bowl last year and if he can continue his confident, poised play, the Jets will be competitive against any team they face in January.

Running Back (B+) – Another player who looks ready for the playoffs is Shonn Greene, who needs to be given the reigns as the Jets lead back immediately. It is inexcusable how little action he received in the fourth quarter. LaDainian Tomlinson still has value to the offense, particularly as a pass catcher but Greene should be getting the bulk of carries from now on.

Wide Receivers (B+) – Another very good game from Braylon Edwards, who continues to have a great season. Santonio Holmes was productive but lost a fumble. Jerricho Cotchery is slowly being phased out of the offense. Brad Smith looked good in the Wildcat and threw a nice ball down the sideline.

Tight Ends (B+) – Good to see Dustin Keller back involved in the offense but he has to make that catch in the end-zone.

Defensive Line (D) – The lack of pass rush was more acceptable when they were doing a better job stopping the run. Shaun Ellis was banged up and will likely rest next week for the playoffs.

Linebackers (D) – Another missing in action performance from both Jason Taylor and Calvin Pace, who has been a major disappointment this season. Bart Scott didn’t too much either, which has happened all too often since he joined the team. Bryan Thomas had his team leading 6th sack.

Secondary (D) – This would be a F if it wasn’t for Darrelle Revis and Dwight Lowery’s pick six. However, the blueprint to beating the Jets remains to throw away from Revis and to pick on players like Lowery, Drew Coleman, and even Antonio Cromartie.

Special Teams (C) – Nick Folk seems to be back on track and Steve Weatherford has been terrific all year. I hated the fake punt call, it was terrible timing and worse execution.

Coaching (C) – Rex Ryan seems to have a problem finding a good “Plan B” after the offense figures out what the Jets defense is doing. Brian Schottenheimer called a strong game for the second week in a row but must use Shonn Greene more.

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