Halfway through the season we are, and the mid-term grades are in. Be ready, because they aren’t very good. Let me put it this way, I don’t think you will want many of these grades on your transcripts. In any event, here they are:
QUARTERBACK:C-I know that some of you will think I am being too kind with a C-, but that is where I stay. The reason, is that Mark Sanchez has had his moments. The Buffalo game went well, as did moments of the first Dolphins game, and the Colts game. However, those moments have been few and far between, and overall, he has shown a regression in his development. It is not all his fault, but a big portion of it is.
RUNNING BACKS:DThe running game has been awful. Shonn Greene has shown some signs, with a 3.66 yards per carry average, but if you take out his 161 yard output against the Colts, the number is quite a bit lower. Bilal Powell has shown a little, as has McKnight. Lex Hilliard has shown a couple of glimpses in the carries he has gotten, but he is more of a fullback. The running game has not been good, and that is about all there is to say.
WIDE RECEIVERS AND TIGHT ENDS:C+This group as well has not been great, but they are also a very young and inexperienced group. The grade comes up to a C+ because at times, they have performed better than you would expect. Jeremy Kerley is an emerging star, leading the team in receiving with 478 yards. Stephen Hill has shown flashes with his 3 TD receptions, but has also had his share of drops. This is not unexpected from a rookie, but it has still happened. Same for the whole group at times, and they haven’t had Santonio to lean on. Dustin Keller has been good when healthy, the other tight ends have been spotty.
OFFENSIVE LINE:D+I cannot justify a higher grade for the offensive line than a D+ for one reason, the running game. Yes, they have done a decent job giving Mark Sanchez a pocket to throw from, at times. Mark has faced his share of duress as well. But, the Jets are supposed to be a Ground and Pound team. When you are intent on playing that style, the offensive line has to open up holes, and the Jets line has not done that anywhere near consistently enough.
Turn the page for the defense and special teams.