The grades are in from yesterday’s 17-10 win over the Jaguars, so let’s get right to them:
QUARTERBACK:C+ The quarterback gets an average grade because he was just that, average. He didn’t do anything to kill the Jets, which is a nice start, but he wasn’t a major factor in the game either. He finished the day 12-19 through the air for 111 yards, no TDs or INTs. He did fumble the ball away once, adding to his turnover troubles. He made a couple of huge throws, including a late 37 yard hookup to Jeff Cumberland. He just wasn’t enough of a factor to garner a higher grade.
RUNNING BACKS:B+ The running game wore the Jaguars down yesterday. It wasn’t looking great in the first half, but to the Jets credit, they stayed with it. They didn’t have a vast change of plans and start throwing the football all over the field the way Schotty might have. Instead, they stayed with the philosophy, and it paid off, as the Jets started breaking off big chunks of yardage in the second half. Shonn Greene had 77 yards and a TD, Bilal Powell added 78 and a TD. The Jets controlled the game on the ground. Excellent job.
WIDE RECEIVERS AND TIGHT ENDS:C+ As with Sanchez, this group didn’t play particularly badly, they just weren’t asked to do very much, leaving the game primarily to the guys on the ground. They were without Dustin Keller and Clyde Gates, and Stephen Hill left the game early with a knee injury. Guys like Chaz Schilens stepped up, as well as Jeff Cumberland with a huge 37 yard reception late. They too, were just not asked to do enough to generate a higher grade than a C+.
OFFENSIVE LINE:B The fattys up front did a nice job in the running attack. They pounded and pounded, and it finally broke loose in the second half, as these guys were opening up huge holes for the backs. For the game, the Jets averaged 4 yards per carry on the ground, and credit goes to the offensive line. It only comes back to a “B” because of 3 sacks being allowed. Otherwise, nice job out of the offensive line.
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