New York Jets Week Five Report Card

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Oct 7, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan shown on the field prior to the game against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Let’s get right to the grades for Rex Ryan and company, on the back of last night’s 30-28 road win:

QUARTERBACK:A Anyone who reads this knows that I am not quick to give out A’s, but Geno Smith deserves one for last night. He was mature, he was smart, he was accurate with the football, and he took care of the football. Furthermore, he showed excellent poise, far beyond his years. There were times last night when veteran quarterbacks would have folded up, but Geno didn’t, making plays when they had to be made, including that game winning drive. His final tally, 16-20 for 199 yards and three touchdowns.

RUNNING BACKS:B Nobody made a huge statement on their own, but make no mistake, the running backs helped out a great deal. Having the three-headed monster of Powell, Ivory, and Goodson was huge, and each of them contributed a bit. As a group they averaged over five yards per carry, and Mike Goodson posted a 26 yard run en-route to three carries for 32 yards. Chris Ivory was clearly healthy as well with over six yards per carry on his own. This group has a lot of potential moving forward.

WIDE RECEIVERS AND TIGHT ENDS:A- Geno Smith spread the ball around, and all eight guys that were called upon responded with catches. Clyde Gates even made a catch without a drop, although he would have scored a touchdown if he had not tripped over his own feet. Well, he’s still Clyde Gates. Nobody is mistaking him for Megatron.

Jeff Cumberland was the breakout star with his three catches. Kellen Winslow made a beautiful touchdown cash along the sideline, and Jeremy Kerley made a an excellent play at the pylon for his touchdown. Great job all around.

OFFENSIVE LINE:B+ The offensive line had a good performance, with Brian Winters taking over for Vladimir Ducasse. Winters had one sack directly attributable to him that I saw, but other than that he played pretty well. The group gave Geno Smith time to make his throws for most of the night, and helped the running backs get to five plus yards per carry.

Geno wasn’t kept clean all game with four sacks, otherwise the grade would have been an “A”.

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  • RONBO19

    Alan, conspicuously absent from your critique is the play of Quenten Coples? Oh, bye the way, did he play?Hey, after a really nice victory I hate to nit pick but this guy is a former #1 pick and I don’t believe he made the stat sheet? Now while we realize he missed a lot of time with his injury but he’s been back enough time to start making a difference.Mo-Wilk and this years top pick Sheldon Richardson are creating havoc in opposing backfields and if Q can step up we can be a modern day “steel curtain!”

    • Frank Antonelli

      You’re way off base. He’s been moved to a new position and I watched his play closely yesterday and he played well. He broke up the play at the goal line and was a key factor in that goal line stand. Get a clue buddy.

      • RONBO19

        Frank, yeah, o.k buddy, keep drinking that cool-aid my man.I don’t know what game you watched, but even the Jets staunches supporters questioned his play thus far. Now granted, he is still not 100% healthy and frankly I am surprised he is even out there considering how recently he had the surgery.But if your gonna go out there you have to hold up your end and thus far that’s not happening. With the amount of heat Moe,Shell and Big Snacks on putting on opponents Copel’s should be making his presents felt and that’s simply not happening to date.can you imagine how much better this D will be when he starts playing up to his ability?

        • Patrick

          I’m so sick of fake fans like yourself. You know absolutely nothing about football. He played the role that he was given. You have no idea what his role on the defense was or the plays that were or were not called for him. I’m so sick of so called Jet fans getting critical after such a great win.

          • RONBO19

            Patrick, sorry bro, but your barking up the wrong tree if you think i don’t know football.Please don’t lump me with the “fair weather” fans, because that’s not who I am.As a 35 year old season ticket holder,a former division one college football player and high school coach I do have a clue of what I’m talking about.Attacking people for having a different opinion shows very little class so you may want to think before doing that in the future.Here’s a quote from today’s jets blog off the SNY site:”It was a disappointing performance by Quinton Coples in terms of impact plays,leading some to question how far along he is from his ankle injury in August” Look, nobody is saying the kid is a bust.But there is no question he is not yet playing up to his ability.Yes,he is learning a new position.Yes,he’s still getting his legs under him.But no, he is not a force like Moe & Sheldon and as they are all first rd picks the comparisons are gonna be there whether you like it or not.Dude, were both jet fans, why the hostility?

          • Frank Antonelli

            Getting on Q’s case shows that you don’t know what you’re talking about. Rex said on his presser today that he was fine with Q’s performance. If Rex thinks he’s doing fine given the circumstances that’s good enough for me.

  • Frank Antonelli

    Come on Alan. Geno deserves a A+ for that performance. What else does he have to do????? 147 QBR is about as good as it gets.

    • Alan Schechter

      Maybe Frank….I just don’t give out perfect grades…I’m a little harsh.