This group was invisible, both against the run, and getting to the quarterback. Specificially, they didn’t get to the quarterback. The Jets recorded zero sacks, against a rookie quarterback. You have to get pressure on a young quarterback, and the Jets just did not do that. And the Jets vaunted run defense, allowed 4.3 yards per rush. They had no answer for Reggie Bush, and the rest of the Dolphins running attack gave them a hard time as well. The grade would have been an F if not for Mo Wilkerson’s 7.5 tackles. Not a good day for them.
Here’s another group that made no impact on the football game at all. Yes, they made their tackles, David Harris leading the way with 8.5. But, most of the tackles they made were because the Miami running backs were getting to the second level, not because they were coming up and making huge plays. Did anyone hear the linebackers’ names called at all? If they were called, it wasn’t all that often. Calvin Pace is paid a lot, and he is nowhere near the quarterback. Maybin has yet to cause any “Mayhem” at all so far. The linebackers were not good yesterday.
These guys did not shut the passing game down entirely, but they did a pretty good job, holding Tannehill to under 200 yards passing. They also did create two turnovers, one with the LaRon Landry pick six, and the fumble that Darrelle Revis recovered. Davon Bess did make some clutch catches, bringing in 5 for 86 yards. Not good enough for an A, but the big plays are more than good enough to earn this group a B+.
This group was solid. Robert Malone dropped 4 out of 6 punts inside the twenty, clearly showing he is a step up from TJ Conley. Nick Folk was 3-3 on field goals, including the game winner, albeit with help from the Philbin timeout. The returners didn’t turn the ball over on punts or kicks. No big returns, but a solid day all around from this group.