Know Your Foe Preview – Scouting the Miami Dolphins’ Offseason
Michael Nania breaks down the Miami Dolphins 2018 offseason in this week’s Know Your Foe…
Coming this regular season, I will be hosting a weekly podcast centered around the dissection of the New York Jets’ opponent each week; featuring guests from the opposing perspective, in-depth looks into opposing teams’ strengths and weaknesses on film, compelling statistical nuggets, matchups to watch out for, and plenty more! To preview the show, each week leading up to the season I’ll recap the offseason of one of the Jets’ opponents; this week, we look at the rival Miami Dolphins.
You can follow me on Twitter @Michael_Nania. I'll be hosting the weekly Jets opponent preview podcast, Know Your Foe, starting with the 2018 regular season. I've been writing for Turn On The Jets since January 2018, and you can also check out more of my work on the Jets over at Gang Green Nation.
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NFL Draft 2018 – AFC East Draft Grades & Analysis
The 2018 NFL Draft has come to an end. The Jets found their franchise quarterback; but how did the rest of the AFC East fare? Daniel Mosher breaks down the division.
With the 2018 NFL Draft in the books, Daniel Mosher breaks down how the weekend’s selections will impact the AFC East.
Mike Nolan grades and discusses the New York Jets’ offensive line. Here is his Week 17 look at their performance.
Each week I will be reviewing the coaches’ tape from the previous week’s game and grading out the performance of the New York Jets Offensive Line. This grading process is the same one I use to grade the offensive linemen I have coached at the college and high school levels. To see how I grade click here. To see previous Big Man Reports, click here. Let’s see how the big guys performed in week 17. I will post a full season recap BMR in the next few weeks. Continue reading “The New York Jets Big Man Report – Week 17 – TOJ”
The New York Jets reached another level of awful today against the Miami Dolphins
Where do you even start after something like that? The New York Jets were awful in every facet of the game today. They were out-coached and out-classed by a division rival in a hugely important game in their own building. To not even be competitive on a day like today is a damning indictment on Rex Ryan and his coaching staff.
Rex didn’t have his team prepared to play. Tony Sparano, his hand picked offensive coordinator, doesn’t have his unit together yet. They are sloppy and cannot consistently establish any type of rhythm. There were too many questionable play calls to even begin singling them out. Every time the Jets line up Tim Tebow at wide receiver, they are playing 10 on 11 and it still continues to happen. You want to shower praise on Mike Westhoff when the Jets special teams shows up? Blame him when they were an absolute disaster like they were today. A blocked punt. A blocked field goal. Allowing an onside kick recovery and a huge kick return…all in the same game? Embarrassing.
Mark Sanchez didn’t play well today. He had two brutal turnovers that were the fault of his and nobody else. On the whole, it was another inconsistent performance that will lead to two weeks of endless Tim Tebow speculation. He didn’t receive any help from his supporting cast. The offensive line had poor protection. There was no running game in the first half. Stephen Hill dropped another touchdown pass.
You can scream TEBOW as loud as you want. He isn’t the answer because he isn’t a better quarterback than Sanchez. Yes, the Jets should use him in some way, like a needed supplement to the rushing game. As a full time quarterback? You aren’t winning with the option every down in the 2012 NFL or moving forward. Spare me the citations from last year, Tebow went 8-8 in the worst division in football with a borderline elite defense and special teams. The Jets have neither.
Sanchez is a problem among many problems, that starts with a owner who forced a Tebow transaction on to his front office to sell tickets, then moves to a general manager who has been mediocre the past two years and to a head coach who hasn’t been able to find the pulse of his team the past year. It trickles down to a so far subpar offensive coordinator, an offensive line with holes, a running game that lacks explosion and a defense with zero pass rush or big play ability. The Jets are 3-5 through half of their season. Look at their roster right now and tell me they deserve to have a better record.
Chris Gross – Jets 24, Dolphins 10 – Contrary to popular belief, the Jets have been playing some of the most consistent football that they have in about a year over the course of the past three games. The defense is beginning to get back form, despite lacking their best player, as well as an extremely inconsistent pass rush. Offensively, we are beginning to see a cohesion develop amongst the players that we have not seen in years past. Youngsters like Jeremy Kerley have stepped up to become significant players in this offense, while veterans like Dustin Keller have come back to instill strong play and leadership. Over the past two games, Shonn Greene seems to have found whatever it is he may have been missing in the first few weeks of the season, while Joe McKnight has put any questions about his toughness and commitment level to rest. The key with this group, as always, will be with Mark Sanchez. Sanchez played, what I believe was, his best half of football in New England last week. If Sanchez can build off of that strong second half performance, he should have no problem picking apart a very suspect Dolphins secondary. Look for Rex Ryan to throw the kitchen sink at Ryan Tannehill (5 INTs on the road this season) and Miami’s offense after being criticized for a conservative defensive approach last week. Expect Tannehill to turn the ball over at least twice, with Reggie Bush, who hasn’t had a 100 yard rushing effort since week 2, to be contained for the better part of the game. The Jets will look to pass to open up the run against the leagues 4th best rushing defense, and Sanchez will likely succeed, finishing with 275 yards and 2 touchdowns. The nature of these games are always interesting, so it will likely stay close for 3 quarters, with New York pulling away late, winning by two scores.
Rob Celletti – Jets/Dolphins games are almost always dogfights. The past few years, they haven’t exactly been displays of quality pro football. Mark Sanchez and Chad Henne seemed to be in races to the bottom in terms of quarterback play. So do I expect this trend to continue? Sort of. The Dolphins are coming off of a bye and will be healthy, fresh, and prepared. The Jets are playing very decent football, and have been for the last few weeks. Still, this matchup favors the home team. Ryan Tannehill has been solid, but is he ready to take down a good defense, in a divisional game on the road? I don’t believe so. Will Reggie Bush run rampant through the Jets’ front seven? He’ll be productive, sure, but I don’t think he dominates. On the flip side, Mark Sanchez has started to develop chemistry with Jeremy Kerley and his game has also been augmented by the return of Dustin Keller. The Miami secondary is porous – only slightly less so than New England’s statistically. Look for another good day from Sanchez (250 yards, 2 touchdowns). The game will be close, because AFC East games tend to be, but the Jets win and cover what I think is a low spread: Jets 24, Dolphins 16
Mike Donnelly – People like to get on Rex Ryan for talking too much and being outlandish, but there truly is a method to his madness. Take this week for example. He knew his team was coming off a crushing loss in New England and could be facing a let down, so he spoke out about Reggie Bush and his comments from week 3. And wouldn’t ya know it, it didn’t take long for his players to immediately become focused and ready to dominate this Sunday. It won’t be an easy game, but I expect the defense to be a their best and hold Miami in check all game. The offense will continue to throw the ball well and do just enough to pull out a 20-10 victory.
Chris Celletti – I picked the Jets to cover the two point spread in my Best Bets piece, but I’m a little bit more worried about this game now than I initially was, because of the possibility of the weather impacting the game. If its rainy and windy, that will even out the advantage I expected the Jets to have in the passing game against Miami’s secondary. But rain or shine, I still expect a big performance from the Jets’ defense. They have extra motivation now to shut down Reggie Bush, and they’ve always fared well against rookie quarterbacks at home under Rex Ryan. If the weather were to holds off, I think the Jets would put up a lot of points. Either way I like the Jets in this one; I’ll go 20-13.
1. The Jets are going to hold Reggie Bush under 80 yards total rushing. This might seem like a stretch considering how Bush was gashing them back in week 3 before leaving with an injury. However, he hasn’t been the same player since that hit LaRon Landry put on him. Also back in week 3, an injured Sione Pouha hurt the Jets defense by getting pushed all over the field. Mike DeVito isn’t a great nose tackle but him at 100 percent is better than the 50% it looked like Pouha was playing at in week 3. Demario Davis will also be replacing Bart Scott at inside linebacker, bringing more speed to the position.
2. Shonn Greene isn’t going to crack 60 yards rushing. Miami’s front seven is too stout and he has never found success against the Dolphins. Look for something like 15 carries and 50 yards from Greene. However, I do think he scores his 6th touchdown of the year.
3. Joe McKnight and Jonathan Grimes will combine for at least 8 carries. Credit McKnight for playing through the pain of his high ankle injury. He seems to have really grown up this season and is showing a new level of toughness.
4. Tim Tebow will have a minimal impact on the game again. He won’t crack 35 total offensive yards and will finish the first half of the year without a touchdown.
5. Brian Hartline will have less than 50 yards receiving and will not score a touchdown. Look for Antonio Cromartie to spend most of the day on him. Keep an eye on Jabar Gaffney in the slot, he is a savvy receiver who could hurt the Jets if he sees extended reps.
6. Mark Sanchez is going to outperform Ryan Tannehill in every major statistical category.
7. Nick Folk will continue his perfect season, knocking through two more field goals. Could the Jets have a kicker and punter (Mayday Malone?) in the Pro-Bowl this year?
8. Jermey Kerley will have another 75 yards receiving. Dustin Keller will catch his 2nd touchdown of the season. Stephen Hill will bounce back from last week’s drop to put together a solid all-around game.
9. The Jets haven’t ran a true trick play on offense since week 1 when they broke out a flea flicker. We will see another trick play this week that goes for a big gain.
10. Anthony Fasano will have a solid day against the Jets defense…he always seems to.
11. Dan Carpenter is going to shank another kick. Rex Ryan and Tony Sparano’s fist pumps are in his head.
12. The Jets are going to play their most complete football game of the season. I like the way this team has been trending since the Houston game, slowing improving every week particularly on offense. This is the week it comes together against a pretty good Miami team. The defense is going to be keyed up to slow down Reggie Bush and I think they answer the bell. Originally, I was going to pick a tight one but I think the Jets pull away in the second half and win 27-14.
The TOJ staff discusses what match-up is most crucial in the Jets/Dolphins week 8 match-up
Joe Caporoso – LaRon Landry and the Jets Run D versus Reggie “Hot Sauce” Bush – There has been plenty of chirping from Reggie Bush about the New York Jets and LaRon Landry didn’t back down reminding that Bush “will remember his hit from week 3, every time he sees him on the field.” Should be a scrappy one on Sunday, no? In all seriousness, if the Jets slow down Reggie Bush and the Dolphins running game they will be in great position to win. Ryan Tannehill isn’t ready to put an offense on his shoulders on the road and win a division game. As for Bush? A suggested meal for him –
Chris Gross – LaRon Landry vs. Reggie Bush: For the first time since we can remember, we are beginning to see the New York Jets display the ultimate camaraderie by proving to have each other’s backs. Following the Jets’ week 3 victory in Miami, Dolphins RB Reggie Bush blamed Darrelle Revis’s season ending ACL injury on karma, due to the fact that he thought the Jets were intentionally trying to injure him. Well, today, newly acquired safety LaRon Landry (who is quickly becoming a fan favorite on this defense) spoke up for his secondary brethren. When asked about Bush and his attitude toward the Jets and Revis, Landry responded:
“Every time he sees me, he’ll remember the hit. If I’m in the box or coming downhill, he will remember the hit.”
Could Landry have answered Bush’s comments any better? Number 30 has made a name for himself in this league as an extremely ferocious hitter, but rarely do we hear him come out and target one specific player. Bush has been very solid for Miami this season, and certainly is not one to back down from a challenge. Everyone should keep a close eye on these two this Sunday. Make no mistake about it, Landry will try to decapitate Bush the first chance he gets, while the former USC Trojan will likely try to make him look foolish in the open field. Who will reign victorious in this matchup? Something tells me Landry will not sleep until he has proven his point to Bush.
TJ Rosenthal – Reggie Bush vs Jets Run Defense. Reggie Bush had alot to say about bounties and karma following the Jets and Dolphins prior meeting. One that saw a season ender occur for Darrelle Revis. An injury to Gang Greene’s best defender that sparked Bush’s “that’s what you get” views for having been targeted by the Jets. This after Calvin Pace alluded to such bounty-like behavior after the Jets OT win. Who has more to prove now? Bush or a Jets team that if Rex Ryan’s words today in asking for an apology from Bush are any indication, want some retribution? Bush is the Dolphins main cog on O even though rookie QB Ryan Tannehill has begun to settle in. If the Jets can rally around this storyline, it will help them find a new target of focus while separating from the potential hangover from yet another tough loss to the Pats. Rex is using the opportunity to motivate. Let’s see his Jet run stoppers follow their head coach’s lead with Reggie and crank things up Sunday.
Chris Celletti – Forget The Run – I’m not saying the Jets should throw 50 times on Sunday against the Dolphins, but I’m also not saying they shouldn’t. Basically, I don’t think they Jets will have much success running the ball. Miami has a very good run defense, and despite a bit of a turnaround in New York’s run game as of late, I certainly can’t expect Shonn Greene to go off like he did against Indianapolis. Thus, I’m putting the onus on Tony Sparano to open the game up, take shots downfield, and how’s this: trust Mark Sanchez. However you want to slice it, Sanchez has played a lot better over the last three weeks; he’s played good enough for the Jets to win games, no question. Miami’s secondary is their weakness on defense, Jeremy Kerley has developed into a legitimate threat, and Dustin Keller is back and appears to be a hundred percent. Don’t let this game get into a defensive slugfest by being conservative on offense. The Jets’ defense has also been a lot better of late, so I expect a good outing at home against a rookie quarterback. I want to see the offense go for the kill early. If they indeed try to, I think Sanchez and the offense has a big day in a blowout win.
Mike Donnelly – Jets Receivers vs. Dolphins Secondary is the matchup I’m most looking forward to this weekend as the Jets host the Fish. As we know, the Dolphins have one of the best run defenses statistically in the NFL so far this season, and it doesn’t appear to be a fluke. Yards are going to be hard to come by on the ground, especially with zero healthy running backs (McKnight’s ankle is clearly not right, and I’d be shocked if Greene was not still off in la-la land after that kill shot he sustained last week), and a Tebow that doesn’t get used. Fortunately, the Jets passing game has shown some serious signs of life the past few weeks, and don’t think the Dolphins didn’t spend their bye week preparing for the emerging Jeremy Kerley, and rookie Stephen Hill, who despite that killer drop last week, is getting healthy and improving each week. Throw in the return of Dustin Keller, and the Jets suddenly have a formidable trio going up against the Dolphins less than stellar secondary. I expect Mark Sanchez to continue his solid play and for the Jets offense to ride high into their bye week.
Rob Celletti – SHOCKER: I’m really interested in seeing how Mark Sanchez fares in this game, and I think this will be crucial to the Jets’ chances of winning. As we’ve tweeted and written about endlessly here at TOJ, Sanchez’s game has started to come around since the second half of the Monday Night loss to the Texans. The issue with him has really always been consistency. Anyone who doubts Sanchez’s ability to play at a high level is guilty of selective memory and has already decided that they’d rather he not quarterback this team. But back to Sunday: if Sanchez can do what he did to New England (Miami’s dismal statistics against the pass – 28th in the league in yards allowed – suggests he will be able to), the Jets will win the game.
Turn On The Jets offensive film breakdown from the Jets week 3 win against the Miami Dolphins
A collection of observations after watching the New York Jets offensive game film against the Miami Dolphins. We will focus on a handful of plays before breaking down key individual position group’s performance. Make sure to check back later in the day for Chris Gross defensive film breakdown –
Operation Clusterf*** – The second interception thrown on the day by Mark Sanchez which came in the end-zone during the third quarter was a complete disaster from start to finish, beginning with the play call and ending with a horrid throw. With the ball on the 7 yard line, Tony Sparano called for a smash/fan combination to the right side of the formation. Jeff Cumberland was lined up at split end and Stephen Hill was in the slot.
A smash/fan is one of the most basic route combinations in football and one of the easiest reads for a quarterback. Basically the outside receiver will run 5-7 yards and hitch back to the quarterback. The slot receiver runs a post-corner route. If the outside corner squats on the hitch route, the quarterback throws to the post corner, if the cornerback bails at all, the quarterback throws to the hitch route.
The problem with the play call on the 7 yard line is that it limits the space between the two routes, making it easier for the outside corner to play both routes at once. What is also a problem is that they had Cumberland, who isn’t accustomed to lining up at receiver, running the outside route. His inexperience would shine through on this play by pushing his route way too far into the end-zone. Basically he ran a 9 yard route instead of a 5-7 yard route, which made the outside corner’s job that much easier. In the slot, Stephen Hill rounded off his route and didn’t make a sharp plant and cut to shake his coverage. In a tight space, making a hard sell to the inside is that much more important. Hill could get away with routes like this at Georgia Tech but not in the NFL.
On to Sanchez, who showed no patience and put way too much air under his pass. Basically Sanchez pre-determined in the huddle he was throwing to Hill at the back pylon. He takes three steps and releases the ball immediately, despite having excellent protection. If he would have waited an extra half second, he would have seen how deep Cumberland pushed his route at which point he could have either threw it on a line to Hill instead of floating it or could have put more air under it and got the ball to the back pylon, where it would have been caught by Hill or went out of bounds. Finally, he also could have saw how poor the route combination broke and turned back side to a wide open Santonio Holmes, who probably catches the ball at the 2 yard line and walks into the end-zone.
Sanchez – Overall it wasn’t a pretty day for Sanchez. The positives? He showed good pocket presence, repeatedly stepping up and delivering the ball down the field. He heated up late in the game and showed terrific chemistry with Santonio Holmes…finally. What is so frustrating is that throughout this game Sanchez made every throw necessary in a NFL playbook. He hit the deep dig route, he hit the comeback route outside the numbers, he hit the deep ball in stride down the numbers. However, there is no consistency. He repeatedly missed open receivers down the field and showed a lack of patience. On his first interception of the game, he needs to recognize how poor of a route Clyde Gates ran and how Richard Marshall is ready to jump it. Beyond that, if he is going to throw it, it must be more up the field. He will make throws like this and then make textbook throws like he did on Jeremy Kerley’s 66 yard catch (we’ll get to that later). The inconsistency is incredibly frustrating.
The Wide Receivers – Santonio Holmes did a complete 180 from last week. He ran sharp, aggressive routes and did a good job working back to the football when it came to him. Richard Marshall was unable to handle Holmes from the opening snap. He has the skill set to beat up on weaker corners like him. Holmes also handled rolled coverage very well, showing patience and finding the necessary windows.
Stephen Hill was a disaster out there. He had his leg rolled up early in the game and wasn’t the same after. Hill ran tentative routes and was shoved all over the field by Sean Smith. In the end-zone, he dropped a perfectly thrown fade ball and also had a long pass down the middle of the field bounce off his hands. It is doubtful Hill will play this week because of a hamstring injury but when he returns, he should be splitting reps with Chaz Schilens. Seeing his most extended work of the season, Schilens put together an impressive game. He ran crisp routes and should have a 69 yard touchdown if Mark Sanchez didn’t throw overthrow him on a beautifully executed double move. Schilens carries himself like a confident NFL receiver. Hill gets his confidence shaken too easily.
Jeremy Kerley deserves more playing time. He continued to demonstrate his big play ability, most notably on his 66 yard catch and run which was a thing of beauty from start to finish. The play was designed to clear out the middle of the field for Kerley, who drove his route hard up the field, snapped it back and then broke to the outside on a perfectly thrown ball from Sanchez who threw it away from the corner breaking to Kerley’s inside shoulder.
Kerley then shook both the corner and safety and was off to the races. When you see plays like this, it makes the inconsistency of the Jets offense that much more frustrating. The other receiver to play major reps was Clyde Gates, who simply put doesn’t merit any playing time. He rounds off every route and has no answer for physical coverage.
Offensive Line/Tight Ends – The protection in the passing game was very impressive, particularly in the second half. Austin Howard has very quietly put together a strong start to the season. Sanchez had a well formed pocket to throw from during most of the game. The run blocking wasn’t awful but has room for improvement. There are too many instances when Matt Slauson or Brandon Moore are knocked off the ball, clogging up running lanes. There were enough lanes to average more than 2 yards per carry as Shonn Greene did but that doesn’t mean the offensive line can’t perform at a higher level.
The fact that Jeff Cumberland is starting games at tight end is an embarrassment and a direct reflection on the poor job Mike Tannenbaum did this off-season building depth. He can’t block. He shows a lack of understanding of the offense and runs generally poor routes. Konrad Reuland is a better all around player than him by a sizable margin. Reuland shows a willingness to block and clearly understands his assignment on every play.
Running Backs – I won’t beat a dead horse. When a play is blocked like this, it needs to be more than a 2 yard gain –
Mike Donnelly’s weekly Stock Watch is buying and selling after the Jets week 3 win against Miami
Before we jump into the negatives when it comes to this Jets team right now, I’d like to start this week off with a few positives because believe it or not, there actually were a few after re-watching the game. There weren’t many after the narrow win over the crappy Dolphins, but there are a few that are worth mentioning…
BUY: Robert Malone – That’s right, the list of positives begins with the punter! A lot of people were confused when TJ Conley was punted off the roster (Get it?!?), but as usual, Mike Westhoff was completely right. Robert Malone has been excellent this season, and he helped the Jets in the field position battle all afternoon on Sunday. He’s got a really strong leg, and he’s dropped several punts down near the goalline this year. There are no two ways about it: He’s been a major upgrade at the position.
BUY: Santonio Holmes and Jeremy Kerley – As Mark Sanchez said, Santonio played his absolute ass off on Sunday and he deserves all the credit in the world for that performance. It can’t be easy when you’re double teamed on every play and the defense knows you are the only reliable receiver on the team, but he handled it well, played hard the entire game, and was the single biggest reason the Jets won the game (other than Dan Carptenter). If he can play like that every week, the offense won’t be too bad. As for Kerley, quite simply, he needs to get the ball more. For an offense that struggles making big plays, there’s no reason he shouldn’t be out there more often while guys like Stephen Hill and Clyde Gates watch from the sidelines.
BUY: Laron Landry – Man oh man, it sure was nice to see a safety wearing green make a play on the field for a change, wasn’t it? I had forgotten what that was like after watching Jim Leonhard and Eric Smith appear as though they were moving in slow motion on my television screen the past two years.
BUY: Shonn Greene and the Run Game – I’ve backed Greene all year, and that won’t change now! I thought he looked absolutely great out there on Sunday, making cuts, forcing missed tackles with nifty spin moves and– ahhhh ok, none of that happened at all. I can’t do it anymore. I can’t keep this charade up. Shonn Greene shouldn’t be relied upon as the “bell cow” running back any longer. I’m not saying he shouldn’t get 12 or so carries a game, because he definitely should, but we need to mix it up.
Bilal Powell looked much better against Miami and deserves to at least split touches at this point. Joe McKnight absolutely needs to be incorporated more into the offense, as does Tim Tebow. Yes, Tim Tebow 100% should be taking more snaps and running the ball to provide some kind of spark to this flat run game. Greene has always been better as a 1B type back who comes in to pound tired defenses, and that is what he should be back to doing now. Use a committee approach and let Greene seal the game at the end. And when we get to short yardage or goal line situations, for the love of God, can we please see Tebow in there to run it right up the middle behind Mangold? Please? Just once? Speaking of which…
SELL: The Tebow Plan – It’s been three weeks and I’m starting to think the Jets didn’t actually have a plan for Tebow after all. Unless of course the plan was to make him a slot receiver who can’t actually catch, because if that was it, I take back everything I just wrote. They’re executing that one brilliantly. If Tebow isn’t in on 1st and goal from the 1 or other short yardage situations, what is the point of having him on this team? That’s a spot that he is tailor made for! And can we see him throw one pass maybe? I know they’re “saving it”, but it’s to the point now that everyone knows that’s what they’re doing anyway and it won’t even be a surprise. Ugh.
SELL: Ellis Lankster – As soon as Lankster came on the field for extended action following the Revis injury… hold on, I have to slam my head into the desk a few times thinking about that. Ok, so yeah, when Lankster came in the game, the Dolphins IMMEDIATELY targeted him. And not just once, either. I’m pretty sure if Ryan Tannehill were mic’d up for that game, we would hear him at the line just yelling out “Lankster is over there covering you! I’m throwing to you, man!” I’m serious about that too. Lankster is awful. He’s a worse version of Drew Coleman, who is perhaps my most hated Jet in recent memory. If Lankster is seriously the nickel back the rest of the way, I expect him to challenge for that title. (EDITOR’S NOTE – I love Drew Coleman. He’d be the best pass rusher on the Jets right now).
SELL: The Linebackers – Lankster was far from the only bad defender on the field on Sunday. All of the linebackers played terribly, even David Harris, who is normally terrific. I love Bart Scott, but at this point I’m starting to think he went missing sometime last year and his slower, less athletic, weaker twin brother just showed up to the facility one day, started yelling and picking fights just like Bart would do, put on the 57 jersey and nobody seemed to notice. If the fake Bart can’t blow plays up in the backfield and stuff the run like the real one used to, then there’s really no use for him on the field anymore.
As for the outside linebackers, Garrett McIntyre came off his two sack performance in Pittsburgh and once again looked like Garrett McIntyre. You know, the guy who can’t set the edge on run plays, can’t cover tight ends or running backs, and who gets no pass rush. Or more simply, he looked just like a white Calvin Pace. Thankfully, Pace is in his last season with the team, and in 2013 we won’t have to see him Frankenstein-walk his way into the backfield in another ill-fated attempt to sack a quarterback. I’m starting to really wish this team still had Aaron Maybin on the roster so he could play more and we MIGHT have a chance at a sack. Oh, what’s that? Aaron Maybin is still on the team? Could have fooled me…
Thinking about the linebackers made me think about just how many completely and totally useless players are on this roster, which 100% lays at the feet of Mike Tannenbaum, who apparently never read my letter to him and just figured he already built a roster deep enough and strong enough to compete as a defense-oriented, ground and pound unit. He was wrong. Just take a look:
2012 Useless Jets Players List
WR- Clyde Gates
WR- Chaz Schilens
TE- Jeff Cumberland
G- Vlad Ducasse
OLB- Calvin Pace
OLB- Bryan Thomas
OLB- Garrett McIntyre
S- Eric Smith
2012 Almost-Useless Jets Players List
MLB- Bart Scott
FB- John Conner
TE- Konrad Reuland
QB- Tim Tebow
And that doesn’t even get into our rookie class that we are getting NOTHING out of, or backup players who weren’t expected to contribute in the first place. This team has NO depth, and it’s becoming painfully clear. Mike Tannenbaum did a terrible job building this team, giving Mark Sanchez no receivers to throw to (amongst other terrible development strategies), the running game no blocking tight ends to open holes for them, and the defense no speed to actually tackle ball carries. I’m pretty sure that’s not the way to build a contender.
And speaking of useless people, I present the last sell of the week. In this case, I did not save the best for last.
SELL: Evan Silva – The fantasy football and NFL super-duper guru/expert/analyst had himself quite a week. Some of you may have thought I was joking two weeks ago when I unveiled my new 3-part betting strategy, but I was not. What was that strategy you ask? Here you go:
Find Evan Silva’s picks and score predictions.
Bet the opposite of them all.
After a solid 12-4 week this week for me against the spread, the results speak for themselves. I invite you all to join me on the money train in coming weeks. The season may look bleak for the Jets and us fans with Revis’s torn ACL, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still have a little fun along the way.
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!