Coming out of the Jets 27-17 loss to the San Diego Chargers, the grades are in. Let’s get right to them:
QUARTERBACK:C McElroy didn’t do anything “wrong” yesterday. He had a decent game, but spent too much time on his back for the grade to be anything higher. His final stats line was 14-24 for 185 yards and 1 interception. When he had time to throw, he generally delivered the ball pretty well. He was able to scramble and get some positive plays done, running 4 times for 25 yards. As mentioned earlier this morning, he was fired up as he led the team down the field early in the game. For this one? He was OK. He will get better.
RUNNING BACKS:D When the running backs average 3 yards per carry, it’s not a good day. 14 carries for 38 yards for Shonn Greene is no day to write home about. After some stellar performances previously, the running game regressed yesterday afternoon. 69 yards of net rushing, to a team ranked in the bottom portion of the league, is inexcusable.
WIDE RECEIVERS AND TIGHT ENDS:C There weren’t any dropped passes, but the receivers spent another day having trouble getting open. Some of the sacks were because McElroy held the ball too long, but then again, if the receivers had been open, he wouldn’t have had to hold the ball so much. This group as a whole, can’t get off press coverage, and cannot get separation from defensive backs. Braylon Edwards is back, and his experience will lend some much needed mentoring to the younger players, but that will come with time. Gates made a nice play coming back to the football on the pass from Jeremy Kerley, but by and large, it didn’t go well. However, we do have congratulations to give out, as Hayden Smith recorded his first reception in the NFL, catching a 16 yard pass from Greg McElroy. He has come a long way for a guy that never played a down of American football before 2012.
OFFENSIVE LINE:F It’s been a long time since our offensive line deserved an F, but yesterday, I would have given them a “Q” if I could. I think they forgot to come. 11 quarterback sacks, countless hurries, countless knock downs, it was ugly. He spent more time on his back than Kelly Bundy did on “Married with Children”. Nobody can effectively play quarterback under that type of duress. As far as the running game? 3 yards per carry? Terrible. Enough said.