For the final time in 2012 the grades are in, so let’s get right to it:
QUARTERBACK:D Another bad day in the 2012 season for one Mark Sanchez. 17-35 for 205 yards and 1 INT (pick 6). He never got a real rhythm going with the offense, missing guys, putting players in awkward positions, and generally being his inconsistent self. Is it his final game in a New York Jets uniform? Hard to say at this point. But SOMETHING has to change.
RUNNING BACK:B- The running game actually did a decent job, especially early in the game. Shonn Greene rushed 19 times for 74 yards, for a little over 4 yards per carry. He seemed to have some burst in his step, and looked pretty good in getting to his second straight 1,000 yard season. Bilal Powell did an excellent job in a secondary role, with carries for 56 yards. It would have been higher had the running game looked as good in the second half. But early in the game, there were some great signs in the running game.
WIDE RECEIVERS AND TIGHT ENDS:C The receivers were OK. Nothing horrible to bring them down to a “D” or an “F”, but nothing great to make it a “B” or an “A”. Jeremy Kerley had an excellent game, with 3 catches for 88 yards. Mark Sanchez, for what it’s worth, has brought a lot of talent out in Kerley. Braylon Edwards had one particularly excellent catch, going over the top of his defender, and finished the day with 4 catches for 42 yards. Jeff Cumberland added 3 catches for 36 yards. No terrible plays, but nobody did anything to act as a game-changer. Hopefully, the Jets will bring back Braylon Edwards next year, as he could be a vital cog as an influence over the younger receivers.
OFFENSIVE LINE:C The line did a decent job, only allowing Sanchez to be sacked one time, in what might be his final game as a New York Jet. The two running backs did average over 4 yards per carry, although for the game they were slightly under 4 yards as a team. The line was good, just not spectacular, as the running game did fall off the map a bit in the second half.