Week 8 Jets Report Card
By Alan Schechter
Oct 28, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez (6) hands the ball to running back Shonn Greene (23) during the first half of their game against the Miami Dolphins at MetLIfe Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-US PRESSWIRE
We don’t need much lead in here, so here are your grades from yesterday’s 30-9 loss to the Dolphins:
QUARTERBACK:D- Mark Sanchez was awful, plain and simple. He couldn’t get anything going on offense all day long. His 283 yards were during garbage time, means nothing. He was 28-54, and threw a red zone interception. The performance was just bad. It only is not an F because there is a lot of blame to go around, it is far from just on Mark Sanchez’s shoulders.
RUNNING BACKS:D-Shonn Greene put up 77 yards, but 36 of them came on one run. The running game was invisible. Nothing got done, there is nothing more to be said.
WIDE RECEIVERS AND TIGHT ENDS:C- This grade comes up to a C- only because of the play of Clyde Gates. Gates came off of his injury to record 7 catches for 82 yards. He seems to have a budding chemistry with Mark Sanchez. Other than that, the wide receivers were not a major factor. Dustin Keller added 7 catches as well, but Keller was a non-factor.
OFFENSIVE LINE:D The running game was ugly, and Mark Sanchez was sacked four times. They made the Dolphins front four appear to be all world. Not a day to write home about for the offensive line.
DEFENSIVE LINE:D These guys were also a non-factor. The Dolphins did only rush for 2.9 yards per carry, but Reggie Bush rushed well, with 59 yards on 14 carries. They also didn’t get much pressure on Mark Sanchez either. A non factor.
LINEBACKERS:D It’s a broken record here, folks. Other than the sack by Calvin Pace, we really heard nothing out of the linebacking corp. The Dolphins made the Jets linebackers look as bad as they have looked under Rex Ryan. Not good.
DEFENSIVE BACKS:D- The Dolphins passing attack was actually quite efficient, despite losing their starting quarterback to injury. Matt Moore went 11-19, and did not throw an INT. Part of that goes on the front 7 for not providing a consistent pass rush, but blame has to fall in the secondary as well.
SPECIAL TEAMS:F If I could, I would give this group lower than an F. The mistakes on special teams were mind blowing, especially for a Mike Westhoff-led special teams unit. A blocked punt and a blocked field goal in the same game? That never happens with his teams. Just awful.
There you have it, for what it’s worth.