2012 New York Jets: Final Grades

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Dec. 23, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan stands on the sidelines with quarterback Mark Sanchez (6) during the second half against the San Diego Chargers at MetLife Stadium. Chargers won 27-17. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

The 6-10 finish is nearly a week in the past now. The dust has settled, we have had the dispute with the media that is over and done with, and now we look back. Let’s take a look at the final report card grades for the season gone by. Here we go:

QUARTERBACK:D There is not a lot we need to say about the quarterback situation. They couldn’t figure out how to include Tim Tebow, Greg McElroy only played a game and a half, so we look at the ever-popular Mark Sanchez. 54.3% completion, 13 TDs, and 18 INTs is not the statline that we are looking for. Partly because of coaching, partly because of injuries, partly because of a lack of confidence, Mark Sanchez when careening straight down the hill without any brakes. It just got worse and worse, culminating in the “butt-fumble” game, and the performance against the Titans. It still remains to be seen whether Sanchez will be on the roster next year, but if he is back, there will be competition. We hope so. Not a good year from the position to say the least.

RUNNING BACKS:B- The running game started out quite slowly, but actually got un-tracked by the end of the year, as the team finished 12th in the NFL in rushing with 118.5 yards per game. As much as we hate him, Shonn Greene quietly had a career year with 1,063 yards and 8 TDs. Was he dominant? Of course not. But he is certainly a 1B type of back, that teamed well with Bilal Powell, who came on the scene with 437 yards and 4 TDs. Joe McKnight also carried the ball at a 6 yard per carry clip, even though that was only over 30 carries all year. For what it’s worth, the running game came around.

WIDE RECEIVERS AND TIGHT ENDS:C Injuries hurt this group, but the fact is they just weren’t very good. Other than Jeremy Kerley, who recorded 56 catches for 827 yards, no other receiver on the Jets recorded 30 catches or more. Heck, Megatron out-received the entire Jets roster. Sanchez wasn’t good, but these guys had a lot of dropped passes, and didn’t do too much to help him either.

OFFENSIVE LINE:C+ This to me was a tale of two halves of the season for the offensive line. The first half of the season, the line was brutal. There were no openings for the running game, and they didn’t pass block well either. Well, in the second half, they seemed to grasp the “gap” scheme and the running game took off. It just got going a little too late to save the 2012 season.

                                                                          OFFENSIVE MVP:JEREMY KERLEY

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