Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comThe Jets fell to the rival Dolphins last Sunday, pushing their losing streak to three games. Here, we grade the team’s offense, defense and special teams:
The Jets were only able to score three points against one of the league’s worst run defenses, not that the Jets running game has been much better of late. Even so, there was a clear way to best this Dolphins defense and limit their exposure in the passing game and yet the Jets only ran the ball five times in the first half after trying to catch the Dolphins defense off-guard with some early throws. It didn’t work and Geno was benched at the half. This marked the third time this season that the Jets removed Geno from the lineup in favor of their backup. Statistically, Simms had just about the same performance as Geno with the two combining for a passer rating of 27.1.
The receivers were underwhelming and the head-scratching activation of Santonio Holmes to use him on three plays was bizarre. Brian Winters is a detriment to the line and yet the team stubbornly keeps playing him even if that means putting the quarterback in harm’s way.
This pushmepullyou of an offense is the result of the unholy union of a coaching staff not on the same page combined with no talent at the skill position.
This grade is is the aggregated efforts of the defensive line playing well and a ragged secondary falling to pieces. To be fair to the group, the defense was on the field for 25 minutes in the first half and running out of gas in the second. The unit only tallied one sack and allowed 125 rushing yards and but it was still a good performance for the Jets front. No running back averaged more than 3.5 yards per carry and the Dolphins did their best to protect their quarterback to buy him time exploiting what seems a mortally wounded secondary. The secondary is dissolving around use. Antonio Cromartie is obviously injured, the team continues their unwise accommodation of Ed Reed, they benched their rookie corner again who is obviously drowning and they tried out a new Cover-Two look that didn’t seem to work.
Special Teams: D
Nick Folk hit his one field goal attempt and Ryan Quigley had a busy day and looked adequate, but it was the coverage and protection that really suffered for the Jets. Marcus Thigpen had two long returns, one a punt and another a kick. The punt was almost blocked twice and the coaches are reaching now when it comes to personnel.
The talent the special teams unit started this year was suspect, but it has gotten worse over the season. David Harris actually saw time on specials and the erosion of core guys to injured reserve is making the team’s special teams results slip quickly. In addition, it is not out of the realm of possibility that the man groomed for years to take over Mike Westhoff’s job, Ben Kotwica won’t be dismissed in any coaching purges that might take place this off-season.