Grading Out Jets/Dolphins Round 1

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Quarterback (A) – Who is this guy throwing for three touchdowns every week and never turning the ball over? Mark Sanchez has now put together two straight performances, where it certainly looks like he gets “it.” He is attacking all levels of the field and fully taking advantage of all the weapons around him. This offense has the potential to be one of the better units in the league if Sanchez keeps playing like this. Don’t forget he is getting that Santonio guy back in week five.

Running Back (B+) – LaDainian Tomlinson just keeps getting the job done, with another 70 yards on 15 carries along with 3 more receptions. He is hitting the second gear and looks great on the Jets outside runs. Shonn Greene doesn’t appear to be running with any confidence right now. The Jets are going to need him to get going sooner rather than later.

Wide Receiver (A) – Braylon Edwards only had two catches but they were both game changing plays. Brad Smith continues to be extremely valuable, finishing with 52 total yards on offense. Jerricho Cotchery had a quiet night and even David Clowney pulled in a reception.

Tight End (A) – Dustin Keller and Mark Sanchez are very much on the same page and that is a scary thing  for any opposing defense. He is developing into the Jets most consistent big play threat and is playing at a Pro-Bowl level.

Offensive Line (C) – The penalties continue to plague this unit. However, there were a few questionable calls. Matt Slauson is still struggling at times, yet the Jets didn’t allow any sacks last night and I am pretty sure Mark Sanchez only got hit once.

Defensive Line (B) – The run defense continues to be very, very good. The pass rush remains a little inconsistent. Shaun Ellis grabbed his second sack of the season. Sione Pouha, Mike DeVito, and Vernon Gholston had quiet nights.

Linebackers (B) – David Harris lit up Ronnie Brown on a screen pass and led the team tackles. There were some struggles in pass coverage, but Jason Taylor did get another sack. It was a quiet night for Bart Scott and Bryan Thomas. Calvin Pace should be back next week.

Secondary (D) – Kyle Wilson…turn around, man. It feels like there has been about 15 plays this season where he is in perfect position but can’t make a play on the ball in the air. Antonio Cromartie had a few nice plays but for the most part was beat up by Brandon Marshall. How about Drew Coleman making a big play on the game’s final two plays? Kudos to Brodney Pool for breaking up the pass on fourth down to seal the game.

Special Teams (A) – Nick Folk remains reliable. Eric Smith remains a special teams beast. Brad Smith had a very strong night on kick returns.

Coaching (A) – What distraction? Darrelle who? The Jets found a way to win, despite being short handed and dealing with the Braylon Edwards arrest. Brian Schottenheimer called his second strong game in a row.

Grading Out Jets/Patriots Round 1

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 First a few updates:

1. Stay posted on the TOJ Facebook and Twitter page for reaction to Rex Ryan’s press conference today and any updates on Darrelle Revis’ hamstring, Jason Taylor’s elbow and any other injury issues the Jets currently have (Nick Mangold, Eric Smith, Brad Smith). If the Jets are smart they will rest Revis now, he should not return until he is absolutely 100 percent or his hamstring will be an issue all season. I would prefer to see him sit the next two weeks and then hopefully he can be back for Minnesota. They will have to cut Taylor’s arm off for him to miss the Miami game this week and I wouldn’t expect Calvin Pace back until the Buffalo game in week four.

2. Early line has the Jets as 1.5 underdogs to the 2-0 Dolphins.

Grading Out Jets/Patriots Round 1

Quarterbacks (A) – Probably the most complete, well-played game of Mark Sanchez’s young career. He was everything the Jets drafted him to be yesterday: confident, poised, and showing the ability to make any throw on the football field. The Jets have a ton of talent around Sanchez and if he can play like that on a consistent basis, the Jets are going to be a very, very tough team to beat.

Running Backs (A-) – LaDainian Tomlinson looks completely rejuvenated and provides a ton of energy every time he touches the football. He averaged 6.9 yards yesterday on 11 carries, along with adding 4 receptions for 26 yards. The Jets are giving him the perfect amount of touches as of right now. I just hope Tomlinson can keep it up all season long. Shonn Greene took a step in the right direction after week one, with no turnovers and 52 yards on 15 carries.

Wide Receivers (B+) – Braylon Edwards stepped up in a big way when the Jets desperately needed it in the 2nd quarter. It is about time the Jets used his height around the red zone. Jerricho Cotchery just missed on a few big plays from Sanchez but still had a nice touchdown grab, 4 receptions, and 2 carries. Brad Smith was banged up early and David Clowney stepped in to play a ton of reps, mostly as a decoy.

Tight Ends (A) – Dustin Keller played the best game of his career with 7 receptions, 115 yards, and a touchdown. He ripped the Patriots cover 2 apart and was a constant threat in the middle of the field.

Offensive Line (B-) – We are still waiting for our first 100 yard rusher of the season and New England did record 3 sacks, but overall they got the job done, particularly in the second half.

Defensive Line (B+) – The pass rush was a little sluggish at times but they were excellent against the run. Sione Pouha led the team in tackles with 6 and Mike DeVito chipped in 5 himself. Vernon Gholston added a tackle for a loss and Shaun Ellis had a big third down pressure.

Linebackers (B+) – They had occasional struggles in pass coverage but made their share of big plays, none bigger than Jason Taylor strip sacking Tom Brady out of a three-point stance in the fourth quarter. David Harris had 6 tackles and Bart Scott had a nice pass defense.

Secondary (A) – They get the “A” for stepping up in the absence of Darrelle Revis, especially Antonio Cromartie who was terrific in the second half. Brodney Pool made an impact in his first game in a Jets uniform with an INT. Kyle Wilson improved from his week one performance.

Special Teams (A) – Our kicker and punter are playing at a pro-bowl level through two weeks, who would have thought? The return game was only average.

Coaching (A) – Good bounce back game for Brian Schottenheimer and Rex Ryan made the necessary adjustments at half time to shut down New England’s offense.

Grading Out Jets/Ravens: U-G-L-Y

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First a few updates:

1. For the second straight year, Kris Jenkins will have season ending ACL surgery. You have to feel terrible for the big guy, who is one of the Jets most likable players and worked himself back into great shape for 2010. Despite how well Sione Pouha and Mike DeVito played last night, the Jets have a serious depth issue on the defensive line. Forget the Albert Haynesworth talk…it is much more likely Marques Douglas will be brought back.

2. Adalius Thomas visted with the Jets today, so there is obviously a good chance he could sign within the next 24 hours. There is also talk about a Laveranues Coles return, which certainly couldn’t hurt the offense.

Grading Out Jets/Ravens: U-G-L-Y

Quarterback: (D) – The only positive from Mark Sanchez is that he didn’t turn the ball over. Beyond that, he looked like he was lacking confidence and appeared anxious in the pocket. He certainly wasn’t helped by the Jets decision to use an unnecessarily high amount of motions and shifts, along with Brian Schottenheimer’s play calling. Regardless, 10/21 for 74 yards is a joke.

Running Backs: (C) – LaDainian Tomlinsonwas the Jets best player on offense last night, finishing with 62 yards on 11 carries and 16 more receiving yards. Shonn Greene was simply put, awful. He fumbled once and had a bad drop, along with a whopping 18 yards on 5 carries. Tony Richardson seemed to struggle more than usual with his run blocking.

Wide Receiver: (F) – All I can remember from them is a killer drop from Jerricho Cotchery and a killer penalty from Braylon Edwards. Brad Smith was the Jets second best player on offense but he did from the quarterback position, not from the receiver spot.

Tight End: (F) – 4th and 10…that is 10 yards, Dustin.

Offensive Line: (C-) – Too many penalties and shoddy pass protection in big spots. I wonder when the Jets will start considering putting Rob Turner in as the starting guard over Matt Slauson.

Defensive Line: (A) – Shaun Ellis was playing like a man possessed with 7 tackles, .5 sack and a FF. The Ravens did absolutely nothing running the ball, thanks in large part to Sione Pouha and Mike DeVito who both had 7 tackles. Matt Kroul gave some quality reps and Vernon Gholston was actually very active.

Linebackers: (A) – What got into Bryan Thomas? He was a beast last night with 9 tackles and 1.5 sacks. Jason Taylor was better than expected in run support. Bart Scott had 9 tackles. A quiet night for David Harris.

Secondary: (D) – The penalties were absolutely brutal. Antonio Cromartie and Kyle Wilson have to learn how to play the football in the air. Darrelle Revis looked like his old self. Jim Leonhard and Eric Smith played well but are liabilities in pass coverage.

Special Teams: (A) – Great night from Nick Folk, Steve Weatherford, and Jim Leonhard.

Coaching: (F) – The Jets were completely undisciplined but the reason this is so low is because of the pathetic game plan constructed by Brian Schottenheimer. Enough with the motion and shifts and give your quarterback a chance to get in rhythm at some point. Why do we even have wide receivers?