New York Jets: Week 17 Report Card

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Dec 8, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Matt McGloin (14) throws a pass while under pressure from New York Jets defensive lineman Damon Harrison (94) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

DEFENSIVE LINE: B The line was stout against the run, allowing the Dolphins a net of 92 yards on the ground. The average gain per rush was 4.2 yards, but still, allowing a mere 92 yards is nothing to shake your heads at. It’s a terrific performance. Damon Harrison led that group with 4.5 tackles.

The grade comes down to a “B” because there was no pass rush. The dominant, in your face group of the early season wasn’t so much here towards the end. Ryan Tannehill played a clean game, despite only completing 50% of his passes (20-40).

LINEBACKERS: B It is difficult to give any unit on the defense a bad grade on the back of yesterday’s performance. In the NFL, if you have allowed your opponent seven points, you have done something right, no doubt about it. However, again, there was no pass rush. Tannehill did have a great deal of time to do most anything he wanted to do, so I can’t give them higher than a “B”.

DEFENSIVE BACKS: A But, we can give the defensive backs an excellent grade, and they were led by the much maligned Dee Milliner. We all saw his development over the last couple of weeks, and yesterday was no different. Dee picked off two passes yesterday, including one where he jumped a route perfectly to make the play. Ed Reed added a pick of his own, and Dawan Landry with six tackles, five solo.

SPECIAL TEAMS: B Nick Folk did miss a short field goal, but honestly, I thought it was good. Ryan Quigley dropped three punts inside the twenty yard line, helping the Jets win the battle of the field position.

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