First a few updates:
1. There is no Jets updates for the rest of the week because we are on the bye week, so I am going to have to use the updates section for other topics.
2. I am confident about the Yankees taking care of business tonight. It will be a high scoring battle, but I think they wrap up the World Series tonight. Even though we would have an insane pitching advantage in game 7, I don’t want it to get to that because the team would be tight after losing the past two games.
3. Recent movies I have seen: Couples Retreat, which was not worth the ten dollars I spent on the ticket, Capitalism: A Love Story which I liked alot. I still want to see Law Abiding Citizen, which I have heard good things about but I haven’t had the time yet. In television, this season of Curb Your Enthusiasm has been very good, especially last week’s episode when Larry killed the swan. I have also been getting into Parks and Recreation on NBC and I am still working my way through the past five seasons of Lost to prep for the final season, which starts in January. There is your monthly entertainment report from Turn on The Jets.
4. I am going to do week 9 NFL picks either today or tomorrow to accompany my article but some quick NFL observations: Has anybody had a worse first eight games coaching for a team than Eric Mangini for the Browns? I know they won a Super Bowl two years ago which gives them a “5 year grace period” as coined by Bill Simmons of ESPN and supported by my friends who are fans of the team, but the Giants have been embarrassingly awful the past three weeks on defense and Eli Manning is clearly hurt or is just not that good this year. He also isn’t being helped by the dropped passes from his receivers every week. With 9 INT’s in 7 games, is it fair to say Matt Ryan is in some type of sophomore slump? DeSean Jackson is a big play machine and has to be close to breaking some type of record for 50+ yard touchdowns in a single season.
New York Jets Mid-Term Grades: TOJ Style
- Darrelle Revis: (A) Revis is the definition of a lock down corner. He shut down Andre Johnson, Randy Moss, Marques Colston, and Terrell Owens (even though he isn’t good anymore). On the season he has 29 tackles, 11 passes defensed, and 2 INT’s.
- Nick Mangold: (A) He hasn’t allowed a sack and hasn’t recorded a penalty and is the leader of the one the league’s top offensive lines. Arguably the best center in football.
- Thomas Jones: (A) On pace for over 1400 yards and 14 rushing touchdowns. Jones is showing no signs of aging, with his impressive 4.7 yards per carry.
- David Harris: (A) It would be a shame if he doesn’t earn his first pro-bowl appearance this season. Harris is the Jets most consistent linebacker and has racked up a team high 65 tackles, a team high 3.5 sacks, a forced fumble, and an interception.
- D’Brickashaw Ferguson (A-) He has allowed only 2.5 sacks through eight games and has made leaps and bounds of progress from his rookie season.
- Brandon Moore (A-) Most underrated player on the Jets offense. Moore is putting together another strong season.
- Bart Scott (B+) He is earning his fat contract by providing a solid partner in crime for Harris at inside linebacker. Scott is second on the team in tackles with 51 and has racked up an impressive 7 tackles for a loss, which leads the team.
- Jay Feely (B+) He has been reliable on field goals and provides a surprising amount of tackling on kickoffs but I couldn’t give him an A because of that line drive kick to Ted Ginn Jr.
- Tony Richardson (B+) He isn’t given enough credit for the Jets success running the football.
- Damien Woody (B) He has struggled with some penalties and a foot injury but on the whole has been very good and played to the value of the contract the Jets gave him two years ago.
- Marques Douglas (B) He has quietly been a big addition to the Jets defense and been a nice upgrade over Kenyon Coleman. Douglas has 32 tackles, 1.5 sacks, and 2 tackles for a loss.
- Shaun Ellis (B) He was a beast in the Miami game, which will hopefully be a good sign moving forward.
- Sione Pouha (B) He has developed into a very good rotational player on the defensive line and stepped up his game since big 77 went down.
- Jim Leonhard (B) A steady, consistent player on defense and don’t underestimate the importance of a punt returner who catches the ball every time.
- Braylon Edwards (B) He has been everything the Jets hoped for when they traded for him.
- David Clowney (B) He has developed into a reliable down field threat and a guy who demands playing time.
- Dwight Lowery (B) Lowery has stepped in for Lito Sheppard and been a consistent starter at corner opposite Revis.
- Shonn Greene (B) One fumble doesn’t remove the fact he is averaging 5.6 yards per carry and has shown immense potential.
- Wayne Hunter (B) He does his job well, as an extra tight end and backup tackle.
- Robert Turner (B) He does his job well, as an extra tight end backup guard.
- Jerricho Cotchery (B-) He has been a B+ or A- when he has been on the field but missing two full games and being a non-factor because of an injury in one has to count in his grade.
- Dustin Keller (B-) Some of the blame goes on Mark Sanchez and Brian Schottenheimer but the Jets need for him to play well on a consistent basis in the second half of the season.
- Mark Sanchez (B-) If you take away the New Orleans and Buffalo game, Sanchez has been exceptional for a rookie but unfortunately those games count since he is primarily responsible for two losses.
- Bryan Thomas (B-) He has been pretty good week in and week out, although you would like to see an improvement in sack numbers.
- Wallace Wright (B-) He is still a great special teams player and caught both balls thrown his way against Oakland.
- Eric Smith (B-) He was the talk of the defense in the first three weeks but has been MIA since then.
- Donald Strickland (B-) Every game that he has played in he has been good, but missed four weeks because of an ankle injury.
- Drew Coleman (B-) He has been OK in the nickel role when called upon.
- Jamaal Westerman (B-) I think he will become a bigger factor on defense in the second half of the season.
- Mike DeVito (B-) He has developed into a good rotational player on the defensive line.
- Steve Weatherford (B-) Provides some consistency to the punter position.
- Brad Smith (B-) A great special teams player and decent contributor on offense before his injury.
- Calvin Pace (C+) He was a monster in the Oakland game but you have to factor his poor judgement that led to a four game suspension in his grade. Also, he was quiet in the first Miami game and the Buffalo game.
- Marques Murrell (C) He is a good special teams player but his most memorable play of the season is throwing a punch against Buffalo and getting suspended for a game.
- James Ihedigbo (C) Similar to Murrell and he also hasn’t done much on defense when given a chance.
- Larry Izzo (C) He has to make that tackle against Ted Ginn Jr last week, because he is on this team only for special teams purposes.
- Ryan Fowler (C-) Just an average special teams player.
- Ahmad Carroll (C-) He has was better last year on special teams.
- Marquice Cole (C-) Decent special teams player.
- Howard Green (C-) He struggled early in the season but has shown signs of improvement since coming back.
- Ropati Pitoitua (C-) Slowly becoming a bigger part of the defensive line rotation.
- Kerry Rhodes (C-) Alot of hype…not alot of production. Zero interceptions. Zero Sacks. Zero Forced Fumbles. One Tackle For a Loss.
- Vernon Gholston (F) The most invisible defensive player in the NFL. He has started 4 games this year and played in all 8…the stats: 11 tackles, 0 sacks.
- Ben Hartsock (F) The penalty is on #84 of the offense.
- Lito Sheppard (F) He has missed 5 games and was terrible in the Buffalo game.
- Leon Washington (Inc) He was a little quieter than usual before his injury. We are rooting for him to get healthy and a get new contract here at TOJ.
- Kris Jenkins (Inc) Get better big fella.
- Danny Woodhead (Inc) Stay outside on kick coverage.
- Justin Miller (Inc) He looked a step slow last week.