New York Jets 2013 First Half: A "The Jet Press" Roundtable

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Oct 13, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets center Nick Mangold (74) gets set against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first half at MetLife Stadium. The Steelers won the game 19-6. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports


OFFENSIVE LINE: 79.3 (by Vincent Hall)

The offensive line, much like the rest of the team is a work in progress. Hard to determine if the level of play is improving as the unit gels with new guards playing because of the up and down nature of the team in every game so far. If the penalties on false starts and holding can get under control to a reasonable rate, the O-line will improve to a B or B+, and the points per game will also improve without the drive killing penalties stopping them.

DEFENSIVE LINE: 94.5 (by Mikey Nash)

The defensive line is by far the best unit on the entire team, and arguably this bunch is the best in the entire NFL. So far this season, these guys have been nothing short of dominant. The anchor on the line is Wilkerson. In only his 3rd year out of Temple, Wilkerson is already one of the best defensive lineman in the league. Through the first 9 games of the season, Wilkerson has recorded 8 sacks, which puts him on track to become the first Jets player to record double-digit sacks since John Abraham. With the 13th pick of the 2013 NFL Draft, the Jets selected Sheldon Richardson out of Missouri. The rookie has had a great start to his career, being a true force in stopping the run, and being able to get to the quarterback. Damon Harrison is the ultimate underdog story who has found great success. The former undrafted defensive tackle from William Penn. has been dominant in clogging the middle all year, and ” Snacks” has also been able to get pressure on the QB ( his first sack was against Tom Brady!). Even though Quinton Coples is listed as an OLB, he is still a part of the defensive line, and least in my opinion. Coples primarily blitzes, and plays both standing up, and in the three-point stance. Coples had a slow start to the season while recovering from an injury, but against the Saints Coples showed his potential while stuffing the run, and constantly pressuring Drew Brees. Kenrick Ellis and Legar Douzable are valuable players for the Jets who play limited snaps, but provide great depth to the already strong defensive line. Credit to Coach Karl Dunbar for making this bunch so strong!

LINEBACKERS: 84.1 (by Tyler Moore)

The Jets made an effort to make a quicker and younger linebacker crew this year. They got rid of Bart Scott, who was dragging the crew down, and started going to Demario Davis. He is coupled with David Harris, who has played quicker this year that I have noticed. For the outside linebackers, Calvin Pace returns, and the Jets have used lineman Quinton Coples as well. With the exclusion of the last game against the Saints, Coples has been silent in games this year. However, the linebacker crew has stepped up in the coverage game and have done better than in the past.

DEFENSIVE BACKS: 68.6 (by Sean Durham)

I think as you start to go towards a more aggressive offense you start to give up the pass more in today’s NFL they have no help of pass rush as well as double team opportunities from all the blitzing. Basically I don’t think they have been quite AS bad as the numbers, but they haven’t been good either.

SPECIAL TEAMS: 84.3 (by Debbie Schechter)

What else can be said about kicker Nick Folk; he’s been Mr. Automatic and been the most reliable weapon on the whole Jets squad. 23 of 23 on field goals is amazing. As someone said to me at the beginning of the season, Folk maybe the best weapon and the Jets have and he’s turning out to be correct. The signing of Josh Cribbs to takeover the return duties so far as been lukewarm but it’s only been three games since he was signed. I still think there’s room to grow there. The punting to me as been a bit suspect up until the Saints game. Robert Quigley did a good job there since the saints had no return yardage. My main issue with special teams is that the kick and punt coverage has been not great. Have they let up a touchdown, no but there are still to many long runs for my liking and they have to keep the field position in the opposing end since the defense has been great.

What do you all think?  How did we do?

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