Jets Week 15 report card, presented by Long Island University

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

On Sunday, the Jets fell to the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte. Here, we grade the team’s offense, defense and special teams:

Offense: C

The Jets offense actually played decently against a very good Panthers defense.  The Jets were able to run the ball against one of the league’s best run-stoppers, but weren’t able to generate the yards on the ground required when the Jets got in a hole.  

Geno Smith didn’t have the best day, but his interception didn’t come until the fourth quarter when he was pressing to get back in the game from a 3rd and 11.  For the talking that Santonio Holmes did, he didn’t show much on the field, only catching two of the eight passes in which he was targeted.  Twice, Holmes dropped catchable passes.


Defense: C

Don’t look at the points totals.  One touchdown came off the pick six.  The other as a result of the punt block.  Yes the defense was on the field for the short drive after the block, but 14 points came as a result of circumstances out of control of the defense.

The Panthers had too many options available for a dynamic talent in Cam Newton.  The Jets did their best to slow down the Panthers and did well for most of the game.  Still, the Jets didn’t have many answers for the Panthers offense in the first half and it put the Jets in a tough situation to dig out of.  Even so, the Jets held Newton in the pocket much of the game and Muhammad Wilkerson had another dominant game.


Special Teams: D

The Jets special teams didn’t have a great day, but they avoid the F because of Nick Folk’s career long 54 yarder.

The Panthers did their homework and caught the Jets napping in their three-flyer formation and were able to block a punt — something that has not happened for the Jets since 2007.  

Also, the poorly executed on-side kick was a head scratcher.  Rather than kick the ball into the turf for the bounce, the Jets tried rolling it on the ground after laying it sideways on the turf.  The ball didn’t even travel the full ten yards anyway, even though it was awarded to the Panthers.  


LIU




11 comments
greggreen
greggreen

Just saw on ganggreennation. sbn mock draft has us taking a olb. While i have been asking for  a pass rush OLB for years , if we go defense with mike evans still on the board im gonna lose it lol

Fartrell Cluggins
Fartrell Cluggins

I'd give the defense a lot higher than the C. They made some key stops to keep the Jets in the game and really only had one lapse (the Williams screen TD) the entire game. Also, Nick Folk's career long FG is 56 yards, Bassett.

NYCPEinGermany
NYCPEinGermany

"Also, the poorly executed on-side kick was a head scratcher."


oh, that was an on-side kick? ah, well then, OK, yeah. 

a57se
a57se

Coaching Grade B:

MM gets an A+ for a great plan on offense that had the Panthers top ranked D exposed on several plays that our QB was unable to capitalize on.

Rex/DT get a B- for too many risky calls on D that invariably cost the team.

Kotwica gets a B+ for the special teams plans despite the blocked kick.

HC Rex gets a C- for not making sure the ST's had better blocking personnel to use since the personal protector was being replaced bu a gunner.

a57se
a57se

@greggreen 

   Mike Evans is NOT THAT GOOD. The guy is slow and couldn't get open against decent college CB's. Gimme Watkins or Lee in the first round or take the OLB like the mock.

t__k
t__k

@a57se special teams gets a B+ despite blocked kick but Rex takes the hit with a C- for not double checking with the guy who got a B+?

Fartrell Cluggins
Fartrell Cluggins

@a57se @greggreen He's not slow. No, he doesn't run a 40 like Stephen Hill (see where falling in love with speed got us there), but he's got enough gas to get open downfield, and when you're that physical with great hands, you don't have to be the fastest guy in the league to be immensely successful. Ask Brandon Marshall. Evans is an animal.

greggreen
greggreen

@a57se @greggreen wont make my informed opinion until after the season when i start doing my "research". But for now ill take your word that hes overrated. id like to get a WR and a TE plus a OLB in the first 3 rounds. ( these new comment format is terrible right? i had to actually look back in this article and look for my own comment to see if anyone replyed. i mean come on) 

t__k
t__k

@a57se This is almost as good as your argument the other day about Cousins getting a 2nd and how you don't trust what the media says specifically mentioning NFL.com and then proceeding to link an article from Nfl.com to "prove" your point about Cousins not being able to fetch a 2nd.