1) Where has the defensive line gone? – Maybe they are worn down from a year worth of overuse, maybe nagging injuries have slowed them down or other teams have figured out how to counter them but the Jets defensive line and linebackers haven’t been producing. They got no sacks and only 3 quarterback hits on Ryan Tannehill who has been sacked over 50 times this year. The only person to get pressure was Quinton Coples and it wasn’t that often. The linebackers, Davis and Harris, have gotten worse in coverage as they year has gone on. The Dolphins were able to run with Lamar Miller as the game moved along as well. Miller had 73 yards on 17 carries and was getting his yardage in the 2nd half. Other than a terrific stop by Harrison and Richardson to thwart a 4th and short by the Dolphins there wasn’t much to cheer about from a defensive line standpoint. On the whole this year they were the strength of the team and their youth will let them improve each year and most importantly stay together. They need to lock up their coach Karl Dunbar first and then attack the offseason to improve on their weaknesses.
2) Other than Ryan Quigley a bad day for the special teams unit – Ryan Quigley landed three punts inside the 10 with two forcing Miami to start inside their own 11. He had a 3rd punt inside the 20 later in the game. The three returns were for 27 yards with a 15 yard return being added by a bad missed tackle. The only kick return that Nick Folk allowed went for 38 yards and featured more missed tackles. The Jets got a total of 23 return yards with Kerley having 7 yards on a punt return and 16 on an Antonio Cromartie return. Getting a game breaking returner and having a deeper team with better special teamers will help immensely next year.