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New York Jets Week Two Report Card

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Sep 12, 2013; Foxborough, MA, USA; New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan reacts during the second half of a game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

Week two is in the books for the Jets, let’s look at the grade from last night:

QUARTERBACK: D+

This was definitely the outing of a rookie quarterback. Geno Smith is a rookie, and it clearly showed last night.

Well, the good news is that Geno was never intimidated by the situation. He kept calm no matter how the game was going. He stood in their and took a few pretty good pops, and made his throws. Good job out of him for that. He also was not helped by his wide receivers at all. There were drops and fumbles at far too many crucial times. Geno is not going to excel if guys aren’t going to catch the football.

However, three interceptions in the final quarter is something that has to change. He knows that, and it will. But for now we have to grade honestly, and it was bad. He gave away points, and he cost his team the game. The game was ripe for the taking, heck the Patriots were begging to lose this one. But Geno Smith gave it right back to them, and in pretty poor fashion. His pocket presence was inconsistent as well, too many times he had a problem feeling the rush approaching. His internal clock needs to get stronger, and get the ball out faster.

RUNNING BACKS: C

Chris Ivory did get things going with nearly 4.5 yards per carry on the ground, and Bilal Powell did record a couple of nice runs including a touchdown. However, the game was inconsistent. They needed to take more pressure off of Geno Smith, and they didn’t do it. 52 yards from the leading rusher on the day is not enough to save the quarterback.

WIDE RECEIVERS AND TIGHT ENDS: D-

We have said a lot about this group already, it doesn’t need repeating. Far too many drops. The quarterback wasn’t perfect by any stretch, but when he does put it on your hands, you have to catch it. Period, there is nothing left to be said about it. And the Jets didn’t do that.

OFFENSIVE LINE: C+

This was tough to judge because the line did some better things, but left a lot to be desired as well.

On the plus side, there was improvement in the running game. It was inconsistent, but it was there. As opposed to running for two yards per carry, the Jets’ top running back ran for four yards per carry, which is obviously a step up.

However, Geno Smith was running for his life again. He was sacked four times, and hurried several other times. They have to keep their quarterback upright, and that is not being done. Help the rookie quarterback, give him time to throw, please.

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  • Larry Tabata

    100% agree with you on your evaluations. Al lot of positives & some things to work on. There was no quit by anyone & the only thing they probably need to work hard on is timing & with GENO leading the receivers. The season is early enough to fix this problem. Go jets !

    • Alan Schechter

      Thanks Larry, I totally agree. Thanks for reading, come back and read more.

  • Jetsluva

    The Jets WR’s really didn’t help the situation for Geno. If they catch a few more balls then he doesn’t have to force the ball late in the game. Geno and the WR’s do need to work on their timing and chemistry. When the game slows down for Geno he’ll get rid of the ball quicker and that will really start to pay off.

    • Alan Schechter

      Very fair assessment. Yes, Geno had some difficulty, but it was influenced by the problems the WR’s were having. Once they get better together, some of that will go away.

  • Paul Newbold

    I agree with you on all the grades except the B+ for the defensive backs. C- at best. They were covering back up receivers and were beaten consistently. If Dobson could catch, this game would have been a blow out. Cromartie’s hip seemed to have bothered him, he struggled to turn and find the ball early on. Miller while a rookie played poorly, eventually being benched by Rex. Wilson played inconsistently as well, being beat out of the slot and at the corner as well. The safeties were poor all around, they were out of position and beat deep several times, thankfully the Pats receivers had rocks for hands. The highlight for the D back had to be Walls, he provided blanket coverage when he was on the field. Communication was poor, they missed assignments, even struggled to line up properly when the Pats changed personnel. Sadly no one could cover the slot, and if the Pats had a tight end, it would have been worse. Sorry but this was a weakness with our secondary last season, and it will continue to be exploited unless they tighten things up.

    • Alan Schechter

      Fair enough Paul…maybe I lumped them in too much with the rest of the defense.

    • RONBO19

      Paul, spot on dude! Great post! Milliner is getting all the heat in the press but Cro has looked even worse. Considering he is a 6 year vet he was made look more like a rookie by Vincent Jaskson the previous week and again by julian Edelman this week. Cro needs to step it up or its gonna be a long season.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.willie.509 Joe Willie

    All I can say is this season is going to be a process with a rookie QB–however, this group of Jet WRs is pretty putrid. Gate’s td drop was a game changer. Things can change as the season goes on as Holmes gets healthy and other wrs gain experience–Jets missed Kerley . Defense looked great for the most part and the running game is starting to warm up—10 days to regroup —lets beat Buffalo! Ill take 2-1 to start the season.