The Jets fell to the Carolina Panthers yesterday by a score of 30-20, dropping their record to 6-8, all but eliminating them from playoff contention. Let’s get right to the grades from yesterday’s performance:
QUARTERBACK: C Don’t get me wrong, Geno was not terrible. When he had time to throw, he made some excellent throws. He had some zip on the ball, and was accurate, for the most part. He also made some plays with his legs, running with the ball six times for 44 yards. The grade comes down because of the continued staring down of wide receivers. He does this, forces the ball into coverage, and throws a pick six. If he is ever going to make the jump in this league, this stuff has to stop.
RUNNING BACKS: B- When the running backs were given the opportunity, they performed quite well. Despite going against the number one rushing defense, the Jets averaged over five yards per carry as a team. Chris Ivory led the way with 11 carries for 66 yards. Bilal Powell added eight carries for 37 yards of his own.
WIDE RECEIVERS AND TIGHT ENDS: C- Nobody in this group provided more than three receptions, so it was not a good day for this group. Jeff Cumberland did post one touchdown, on three catches for 50 yards. We haven’t seen a lot out of Cumby as of late, so that was an encouraging sign.
The most disturbing was the lack of anything from Santonio Holmes. It’s dumb enough to give a team bulletin board material, but you look even more foolish when you don’t back it up with a good performance. Holmes had to tell the word that the weak link in the defense was the secondary, and then goes and posts two catches for a whopping 14 yards. Some bad drops by “Tone” were involved as well.
OFFENSIVE LINE: C It was an up and down performance for this group, which seemed quite indicative of the Jets’ season, as I watched it unfold. They did a good job in the ground game, as we mentioned earlier, the Jets did average over five yards per carry on the ground. Kudos to them on that. No matter who is behind center, the Jets will not ever be successful if they can’t run the football.
In the passing game, it was a different story entirely. Geno Smith was sacked four times, and he was hurried the entire game. He did a lot of running for his life, which again, will never allow any quarterback to be successful. You have to keep your quarterback clean, and the line was not able to do that yesterday.