Mid Year Jets Report Card

Well, not quite mid-year, as the team has only played seven games.  But, the week off is a natural time to take a look at where the team has been, and where they need to go.  So here are some mid-year grades for the New York Jets:

Quarterback: B-
Although Mark Sanchez has not met his goal of a 60% completion percentage
yet, he has not been bad.  129-231 1,545 yards, 12 TD 6 INTs and an 83.0 passer
rating is not bad.  He has made some bad decisions in the first half of the
year, but not all his fault.  His offensive line has not been great so far, so
Mark has been under duress a lot.  He has been sacked 16 times so far, which
adds to happy feet in the pocket.  The inaccuracy, the untimely interceptions,
and still all too frequent bad decision making keeps the grade down.
Running Backs: C
The running game, although improving, has been a disappointment.  LaDainian
Tomlinson is there, but he is no longer an every down back.  He has taken to his
3rd down role, and taken to it well.  But it is still limiting.  Shonn Greene,
primed for a breakout season in 2011, has been anything but.  An average of 3.8
yards per carry is not going to cut it.  He is showing signs of life, with his
first 100 yard game of the year against the Chargers.  The offensive line hasn’t
been much help, and the running game is going to have to get better for the Jets
to make a run in the second half.
Receivers and Tight Ends: C+
The corp has shown signs of brilliance, but not enough to take the grade
above a C+.  Until this week, Plaxico Burress has been a disappointment, clearly
not on the same page as Mark Sanchez.  3 TDs this week is a start, but I need to
see more.  They traded their 3rd receiver, Derrick Mason, and Jeremy Kerley has
done some nice things.  Santonio Holmes has been off as well, some moments, but
off the page with his quarterback as well.  Dustin Keller leads the team with 25
receptions for 372 yards, and become a nice security blanket for Mark Sanchez.
But overall, as a group, they have been average, and they need to get
better.
Offensive Line: C
The return of Nick Mangold brought this grade up from being lower.  It’s a
tale of two grades, D- without Nick Mangold, B with Nick Mangold.  The
protection of Sanchez has improved, and the running game is improving each
week.  The progression is there, keep Nick Mangold and the rest of the group
healthy, and this grade will improve in the second half.
Defensive Line: D+
Have to give the defensive line a bad grade here, because the run defense
has been awful, and it starts up front.  Even in the wins, teams are having
success running on the Jets.  Sione Pouha and Mike Devito have not been the
factors that they need to be yet.  With 21 and 19 tackles respectively, they
need to step up.  If the Jets don’t stop the run, they won’t go anywhere.
Linebackers: C+
Key with this group has been inconsistency.  The run defense being as bad
as it has been, keeps the grade below a B.  The pass rush is improving, with the
surge of Aaron “Mayhem” Maybin, and his three sacks.  Bart Scott, David Harris,
and Calvin Pace have 7.5 sacks between them, so the pass rush is coming along.
Jamaal Westerman and his 2.5 sacks have been a nice surprise as well.  But with
the rush defense being so bad, we have to keep it at a C+.
Defensive Backs: A
Revis Island, enough said?  Revis and Antonio Cromartie have 7 INTs between
them.  Safety Eric Smith has led the team with 44 tackles, although that’s not a
good sign for the rush defense.  Have to give the defensive backfield credit for
the job they have done.
Special Teams: A-
With Mike Westhoff as your coach, you are set up to peform well.  As a Nick
Folk hater, I have to give him credit for not missing a kick yet.  Joe McKnight
has been all-world as a kickoff returner, have to give him a lot of credit as
well.  Average punting from TJ Conley keeps the grade from being a full fledged
A
Coaching: B-
The coaching has been inconsistent, but brought up to a B by the great job
out of Mike Westhoff.  It comes down from an A because the team hasn’t been
consistent yet, and some of that has to fall on the coaching staff.  Brian
Schottenheimer’s play calling has been inconsistent, and the defense’s up and
down play has to come back on Rex a little bit.
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