2012 New York Jets: Final Grades

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Dec 23, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets defensive end Quinton Coples (98) rushes San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) during the second half at MetLIfe Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

DEFENSIVE LINE:B The Jets defense, despite the 6-10 record, finished 7th in the league overall. As the year went along, this defensive line became a unit that opponents had to gameplan against. Quinton Coples and Muhammad Wilkerson combined for 10.5 sacks, and look to be an intimidating tandem for years to come. Fan favorite Mike DeVito added 52 tackles, one sack and a forced fumble. The defense was 7th overall against the run, and this group of linemen is a big part of the reason.

LINEBACKERS:C David Harris turned in another terrific season at the inside linebacker spot, leading the team with 123 total tackles, 3 sacks, and a forced fumble. The rest of this motley crew, Bart Scott and all the rest, looked old and slow, and probably won’t be around anymore. We didn’t see much of the younger linebackers, and Bart and the dinosaur gang have seen their last days as members of the New York Jets. Time to move on from this group.

DEFENSIVE BACKS:A- If I had told you before the season started that Darrelle Revis would be lost for the season, but the Jets pass defense would still rank second in the league, would you have believed me? Of course not. I would have looked for my brains leaking all over the floor. But, that is exactly what happened. Antonio Cromartie stepped up with his play on the field, and his ability to lead his teammates. He made the Jets and Jets fans forget any reason they looked into Nhamdi in the past. And that’s why…………… (PS Don’t forget about Pro Bowl Safety LaRon Landry)


SPECIAL TEAMS:C- It wasn’t a great final season for Mike Westhoff and his crew.  We saw the break downs.  Too many times, there were returns, turnovers, blocked kicks……the list went on.  A group that was known to be a weapon for this team for many years became a liability.  Robert Malone had a good year punting the football, a heck of an upgrade from TJ Conley, that’s for sure.  After many wanted him out, Nick Folk had a good year with field goals as well, going 21-27.  Joe McKnight’s injury to his ankle hurt him with the kickoff returns, and Jeremy Kerley got into a habit of fair catches.  All in all, a bad year for the special teams.

A bad year that we can start to forget about.  The sooner, the better.

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