Muhammad Wilkerson is a beast. There is nothing else that needs to be said. He added another quarterback sack yesterday, along with 3 tackles and 3 QB hits. He is very quietly becoming a top defensive lineman in this league. To get the amount of pressure that he gets from the 3 technique is something that you don’t see too often. Henne had pressure in his face all day long. Rookie Quinton Coples added a sack as well. The grade isn’t an “A” because of the success that Jacksonville had on the ground. And the fact that the defense let the game get close.
The linebackers got the pressure on yesterday as well, with David Harris adding a sack to go along with 8 tackles, 6 of them solo. The first turnover of the game was caused and completed by linebackers, Garrett McIntyre and Bart Scott. The linebackers were moving, and were active all over the field today. These guys also are only kept to a “B” because they couldn’t close out the game, instead letting it get to 17-10.
These guys played well, but their grade is not as high because Henne did find success early in the game. The Jaguars’ receivers were finding holes in the Jets’ zone, and guys were open. The Jags actually had two guys with 5 or more catches on the day, so the day wasn’t perfect. But, they ultimately performed well, never giving up the big play. The Jets’ defensive backs played a bit of “bend not break” style, and it worked out in the end. Ellis Lankster also added an INT late. This grade might have been a B or a B+ if they had closed the game better.
This group didn’t do anything spectacular, but NO “F” TODAY! They finally didn’t screw anything up. It’s about time, isn’t it? No fumbles, and no blocked kicks, although the Jaguars did get close a couple of times. But they did well enough. Finally.