Week 1 New York Jets Report Card

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Sep 8, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano (left) and New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan shake hands after the second half at MetLife Stadium. The Jets won 18-17. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

With the return of the regular season, it’s the return of our weekly report card. Here’s what we have as far as grades for yesterday’s game:

QUARTERBACK:B- It wasn’t always pretty, so I am in no way disappointed into giving this grade. However, I call it as I see it, and there is no grade “curve” like we had when we were in school. Geno Smith gets graded like everybody else.

Geno had his moments. 24-38 for 256 yards and 1 TD is no failure, that’s for sure. He got better as the game went along, and he did put the team in position, where the Lavonte David penalty gave them a chance to win. He had the poise to stand in there and take a hit, and for the most part, either ran with the ball or threw it away when he had nothing.

The grade would have been higher, had he been able to lead them to just one more score. Had the game not come down to that final drive, because the Jets had already put it away, it would have led to a B+. The game did not have to come down to that last drive. It wasn’t only his fault, but Geno Smith takes some of the blame, but all in all, a good starting place for him.

RUNNING BACKS:C- Not a great day was had by the running backs. The offensive line was really no help, but they just didn’t get much done. When the quarterback leads the way in rushing, it’s not a goo day for your running attack. Starting back Bilal Powell averaged just over 2.5 yards per carry, and Chris Ivory was far worse. It comes out from being a D because Powell and Bohanon executed well as receivers out of the backfield, including a couple of screen passes, believe it or not.

Sep 8, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets tight end Kellen Winslow (81) makes a catch against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

RECEIVERS AND TIGHT ENDS:B+ The receivers, on the other hand, did an excellent job helping out Geno Smith. They got open, and they didn’t drop the football. Stephen Hill recorded six catches, and didn’t drop one. Kellen Winslow is rapidly become an excellent safety valve for Geno, catching seven passes for 79 yards and one TD.

Although he only recorded one catch, Clyde Gates’ catch was an excellent one. Why? Because he worked his way back to the quarterback while he was scrambling. Excellent job by all. I would have handed out an A if someone had eclipsed 100 yards.

OFFENSIVE LINE:C The offensive line got it done when they had to, but it wasn’t good enough for me. They are going to need to get better quickly. First of all, there were too many unblocked Bucs in the backfield. It was unclear to me at game speed, who missed their assignments, but someone did. Geno had to run for his life too much.

The run blocking was non existent. Powell and Ivory really had nowhere to run, other than on a few plays and screen passes. Much work is needed here.

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  • Bennny K

    Really great points Alan.
    Stephen Hill’s game was a pleasant surprise, he showed off his blocking skills and proved his hands aren’t made of stone. Another point on the dominate D-line play was even when they couldn’t get to the QB they did a good job of getting their hands up and making it more difficult for Freeman, that didn’t happen last year. Also there was no quit in this team yesterday, everyone played the full 60 and that is what it takes to win in the NFL. It wasn’t the most beautiful game but all us Jet fans can be proud of our team!

    • Alan Schechter

      Thanks Ben. Great point about the D-line. Even when they weren’t laying a hit on Freeman, they had hands in his face. A win is a win, we will certainly take it.

  • Frank Antonelli

    Geno should be graded twice. After starting off 7-for-15 he completed 17 of 23 passes to finish the game. His decision making was pretty solid. His touch, timing and placement on short passes is way beyond that of Mark Sanchez already. So if you see the progress he made during that 17 of 23 stretch his rating would be higher. His progression is upward and should give us all hope for a bright future. His final QBR of 80.6 is fantastic for his first start.

    • Alan Schechter

      He looked good, and far better as the game went along, totally agree.

  • Andrew Kahn

    Just not enough help surrounding the quarterback, whoever he is, right now.

    • Frank Antonelli

      You must be listening to Cimini, Manish and the rest of the media clowns. Holmes, Winslow, Kerley, Hill and Gates provide Geno with plenty of weapons. Marty calls a great game. The offensive line will gel and be one of the best lines in the league once it gels. Stop listening to the media clowns.

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