With this wonderfully talented Jets roster finally out of the playoff hunt, I thought it fitting to use the picture to the right to begin our report card grades for week 15. Let’s get to it:
QUARTERBACK:F Despite having Braylon Edwards back, Mark Sanchez looked awful once again. 13-28 for 131 yards, 1 TD and 4 INTs was never acceptable, is not acceptable now, and never will be acceptable. It’s year four for this young man, and he still tries to force passes into spots they don’t belong, and makes bad decisions. I am one of the biggest Mark Sanchez defenders going, but his play is just indefensible.
RUNNING BACKS:B+ Very quietly, the running game was actually excellent last night. Overall, the Jets ran the ball at a clip of 4.9 yards per carry. Shonn Greene led the way with 13 carries for 68 yards, but none of them averaged under four yards per carry. The offensive line deserves credit as we’ll talk about in a few minutes, but credit has to go to the guys carrying the rock when they do it at a 4.9 YPC clip. The problem was the fact that Tony Sparano would not stay with it. The game was close, and the Jets were running well, but yet they stopped running. It makes no sense.
WIDE RECEIVERS AND TIGHT ENDS:C+ Braylon Edwards had a decent game in his return, with 3 catches for 47 yards. Jeff Cumberland did record 53 yards and 1 TD, but the early TD that Jeff couldn’t hold onto was huge. No receiver stepped up as a target that took over the football game. They played OK, but nobody became a go-to guy on the night. The receivers were middle of the road.
OFFENSIVE LINE:B The guys up front dominated in the running game. Even though Sparano got away from it too fast, when he WAS using it, it was going well. We have talked in previous posts about how important the offensive line is to the Jets running game, and that showed last night. 4.9 yards per carry is a huge number. Heck, it’s not a huge number, it’s a DOMINANT number. It really makes you wonder why they stopped running. The only reason it’s not an “A” is because Mark Sanchez was sacked four times. Otherwise, the line actually looked really good.