As we talked about earlier, these guys had their moments. They did make stops against the run when they had to. Give the Jets defense credit, they gave the ball back to the offense at crucial times in the football game. But, the run defense is overall still very bad. They allowed 4.8 yards per carry, and Arian Foster ran for 152 yards.
The young players need to step up. Has anyone heard Quinton Coples name? I didn’t, other than when Jon Gruden was talking about who needs to play better. What about a pass rush? Nothing. This line needs to start making an impact as the season moves on.
This group is not making an impact on anyone. When the opponent’s top receivers for the game are the tight end and fullback, that is a bad game for the linebackers. These guys have looked slow, and continued to look slow last night. They did make a couple of plays in big spots, but it is not enough to raise the grade. They have to make more of an impact on the football game now.
Aaron Maybin, is he still on the team? We haven’t heard his name called yet this season. Can Bart Scott step up and make some big plays before I lose all my hair? It would be nice. This linebacker group is just not good.
This group deserves credit, as they stepped it up. Other than the TD pass to Owen Daniels, a game ball definitely goes to Antonio Cromartie. Cromartie took Andre Johnson out of the football game, giving him the Darrelle Revis treatment, holding him to 1 catch for 15 yards.
Matt Schaub was held to a 14-28 performance, and a big credit for that goes to the Jets’ secondary. They effectively stepped up their game last night.
The special teams crew had a good outing last night. The fake punt was a great call, and my favorite role for Tim Tebow. You can expect a kick return for a TD every year with the Jets, and last night proved no different.
The onside kick was not a great call, but I can’t hold that against the special teams unit, as it was Rex’s call, and it was a kick that was well executed.
There are your week 5 grades.