We know it was a rough day yesterday from MetLife. No need to dwell on the final score, let’s just get right to the grades.
QUARTERBACK: C+ Yesterday was a step back for Geno Smith. 19-34 for 201 yards, no touchdowns, and two interceptions. Not only did he have two interceptions, but they were the worst kind, red zone interceptions. They weren’t the long bomb interceptions that work out like punts. The team didn’t move the ball consistently, and they gave the ball up in the red zone. I’m not calling for Simms, but we have to call it as we see it with Geno’s play.
RUNNING BACKS: C+ The Jets worked hard to establish the run early in this one. Rex Ryan admitted that the playbook was a bit more “conservative” this week. The group never really took control, early in the game, when they had a chance. Bilal Powell led the way with 30 yards, Mike Goodson with 29, and Chris Ivory with sixteen. They didn’t establish well early in the game, and by the time the second half came around, the lead expanded and the Jets had to leave the running game alone a bit.
WIDE RECEIVERS AND TIGHT ENDS: B This group suffered greatly without Santonio Holmes and Kellen Winslow. Geno Smith was lacking weapons that were getting open for him consistently. But, when they were open, they did catch the football. Clyde Gates actually led the team in receptions! I never thought that sentence would be uttered in the history of mankind. Jeff Cumberland is also becoming quite the weapon from the tight end position. Although he didn’t catch a touchdown, he did four receptions for 59 yards.
For what they had, they performed pretty well.
OFFENSIVE LINE: B+ The offensive line did not perform that badly. The running game did average over four yards per carry. Geno Smith did have time, for the most part, to make his throws. The Jets’ offensive line is improving each and every week. Brian Winters played much better than he did last week as well, proving he will be a welcome addition, as opposed to our ex, Mr. Ducasse.