DEFENSIVE LINE:D Other than on the play early in the game, when Wilkerson got to Brady, forcing the intentional grounding, the Jets got no pressure on him. You have to pressure Brady to force him into mistakes, and they did not. They recorded no sacks. Tom Brady has all day to throw, and pick them apart he did. Aside from that, the line couldn’t stop the run either. The Jets defensive line really did nothing last night.
LINEBACKERS:D- Did anyone hear Calvin Pace’s name called last night? I didn’t. The most prominent time we heard Bart Scott’s name was when he was desperately chasing Shane Vereen down the field on his 83 yard touchdown. The linebackers did very little, with the exception of David Harris. Harris recorded one QB hit, as well as 10 total tackles, 8 solo. But, there was never a point when the linebackers were making any kind of impact on defense either. There was no noticeable pass rush, other than the hit by Harris, and the Patriots ran the football whenever they needed to. It was not a banner evening for the linebackers to say the least.
DEFENSIVE BACKS:C- Any time an opposing quarterback finishes a game with 323 yards, 3 TDs, zero INTs, and a passer rating of 139.4, it’s no where near a good enough day for the defensive backfield. Tom Brady had receivers to throw to all game long. We all thought that the loss of Rob Gronkowski was going to be huge, it wasn’t. Brady has his pick, like he always does. The only thing that kept the grade from being a D, was the hit that Landry but on Edelman causing the fumble. Landry laying down the wood saved the grade from being lower, but it was not a good night by any means.
SPECIAL TEAMS:D OK, has Mike Westhoff already quit and left a hologram in his place? How can this group continue to play so badly? Remember when we used to hold onto special teams as a strength of the Jets? Well, it’s mighty far from that now, isn’t it? It’s as big of a liability as anything else on the squad. Another turnover on special teams, and this one led DIRECTLY to a score. This is just pathetic.
As was the entire evening. Pathetic!