Nov 11, 2012; Seattle, WA, USA; New York Jets tackle Vladimir Ducasse (62) stretches prior to the game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field. Seattle defeated New York 28-7. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

The New Vladimir Ducasse?

The Jet Press is nothing if not fair, ladies and gentlemen.

For all of the criticism we have heaped Vladimir’s way, for all of the time that we have begged for Vlad to be cut, it’s time to give credit where credit is due. After Thursday night, credit is due to be sent Vladimir Ducasse’s way.

Guess who had the best Pro Football Focus along the Jets’ offensive line, by far?  Vladimir Ducasse, that’s who. Pick your jaws up off the floor now, because it’s true. Vladimir graded out with a 3.0 overall, with the next best grading received by Nick Mangold(1.3).

Where he really excelled was in the run game, where Vlad graded a 2.6. He was only at a 0.1 in the passing game, allowing one sack and one quarterback hurry. This is still where people get scared when they watch Vladimir Ducasse play, as he does still put his quarterback in danger in the passing game. However, this is clear evidence of his improvement, as this was his best grade since a 3.2 during his rookie season.

The most important point on his game from Thursday, is who Ducasse took out in the process. Vince Wilfork is one name that we heard very little of on Thursday night, and Vladimir Ducasse had a lot to do with that, and that showed in the grades as well.

When was the last time Vince Wilfork graded out at a -4.1? Hard to remember as it doesn’t happen very often. He was -3.0 in run defense, and -1.3 in pass rush. Wilfork was, for the most part, a non factor in the football game. Vladimir Ducasse had a great deal to do with that, and he did it in one on one battles.

Don’t get me wrong, there is still much room for improvement here. The offensive line is not doing a good job at keeping Geno Smith upright. No quarterback is going to succeed consistently when he is running for his life.

However, this group will get better. They will gel, and Vladimir will gel with them. He is already far better than he was, and he deserves credit for it. Keep it up big Vlad.

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  • RONBO19

    Allen, you do a nice job so its hard to find fault with you but in this case I think you missed an excellent point. Yes,statistically speaking the O-line was not exactly stellar, however, much of the blame could easily fall on young QB Geno Smith because he has not yet developed that internal clock in a good QB needs. Geno is simply holding on to the ball too long and asking his O-line to keep NFL pass rushers off him for 5 to 8 seconds is just not gonna happen. (unless your name is Payton or Tom Brady)

    • Bennny K

      Geno does hold the ball to long and that’s a big rookie trait but the receivers are getting no separation so Geno has to wait for the coverage to breakdown before he tosses the ball.

      • Alan Schechter

        Agreed Benny. It’s kind of surprising the lack of separation, although there were plays that receivers were open as well, that Geno didn’t see the guy. It’s a mixture of everything.

      • RONBO19

        Benny, clearly you are correct about the receivers not getting separation.That is an obvious issue with this group but in addition, they did not do a good job of coming back to the ball.basically there were 3 jump balls(two to Gates & one to Hill) where they allowed themselves to drift away from contact which allowed the defender the opportunity to deflect or intercept the ball.That’s coaching and these guys need to be coached up and do what they are coached to do!

        • matr dontelli iii

          all through training camp we read about the great strides these guys were making. unfortunately these wonderous tales were written by the same morons that call the jets clowns. it is apparent after two games that this team is not the joke the idiots make them out to be and it is equally apparent that we should pay no mind to the things they write about training camp or anything else. the clown media is so clueless i really wonder how these guys keep their jobs. maybe the pay is really poor and there’s no competition. gates was written up like was on the doorstep to stardom this year. i wouldn’t be surprised if he’s cut before the next game unless he’s the best kick return option we have. and i agree they need to be coached up better or replaced, one or the other.

          • RONBO19

            It just seems to me the same guys are making the same mistakes.A lot of that has to fall on coaching? If you teach proper technique it should manifest itself over the course of the game. When the Jets hired this guy WR coach Sanjay Lal I had no idea who the heck he was.After a little research i learned he came to us from the Raiders where he failed to develop some young talented kids like Darious Haywood-Bay and Louis Murphy.Both of whom have moved on to new teams and done better with different coaches? Hill and Gates just dont seem to be getting better from what I have seen?

    • Alan Schechter

      Oh definitely…if you take a look at my article on Geno from earlier I talk about that interal clock.. I wanted to focus on Vlad in this one.

  • Paul Newbold

    Vlad and Wolfork battled all night! As you said, Wolfork was stymied, having little impact. I was as surprised as any of us, he seemed to get off the ball quicker and his “hand work” matched Wolfork’s. He still needs to work on his foot work in the passing game, but he did a great job and many times it was one on one. Quite the accomplishment, good game for Vlad, lets hope he can continue!

    • Alan Schechter

      agreed with all of that sir!