Week 10 Jets Report Card


Nov 11, 2012; Seattle, WA, USA; New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan stands on the sidelines during the fourth quarter against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-US PRESSWIRE

It’s Monday afternoon, so time for the weekly report card. Let’s just say that one side of the football is going to need summer school after these grade. OK, one guy especially. Let’s just get to it:


Anyone who reads this blog knows how I feel about this quarterback, but I cannot find any redeeming qualities in the performance of Mark Sanchez yesterday, as I said earlier in the Monday Morning Quarterback. The stats are one thing: 9-22 124 yards, 1 INT, 0 TDs. But it goes even further, when you have this game the “eye” test. By that I mean just look at what you see. Mark is still making rookie mistakes far too often. The interception in the red zone was inexcusable. And the fumble? That was all too familiar, as well as being inexcusable. Just a terrible day for the Jets quarterback.


Shonn Greene was the only running back that made an impact, with 15 carries for 58 yards. It wasn’t a great performance, but it wasn’t bad. 3.8 yards per carry is not an awful day, but the Jets did have to get away from the running attack as they fell behind. It was an OK day on the ground, from when it was used, so henceforth, the C+.

Nov 11, 2012; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman (25) jumps up and intercepts the pass intended for New York Jets tight end Dustin Keller (81) during the 1st half at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-US PRESSWIRE


You know who brought this grade down a lot? A favorite player of mine, Dustin Keller. Yes, he did have 3 catches for 47 yards. He had some untimely penalties though, especially deep in the red zone. The false start on third and goal from the one was a KILLER. Jeremy Kerley had a decent game, with 5 catches for 57 yards. Nobody else had more than one catch, but the receivers didn’t lose this one. It again, was an average day, so they earn a C+.


To their credit, the offensive line stepped up and played better yesterday. They did have their penalties, I am not going to say that they didn’t. But, they did open the holes for the running game, averaging 3.8 yards per carry. They gave up 3 sacks as well, but for a good part of the game, kept Mark Sanchez on his feet. They were definitely not the reason that the Jets lost this game, but I cannot give out any A’s after a performance like that.

Turn the page for defense and special teams grades.

Nov 11, 2012; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch (24) fights off the tackle by New York Jets defensive end Mike DeVito (70) during the 2nd half at CenturyLink Field. Seattle defeated New York 28-7. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-US PRESSWIRE


The line actually stepped up and played well for most of this game. For three quarters, Marshawn Lynch was not a factor. As well, there was the encouraging sight of them getting some pressure on the quarterback as well, confusing Russell Wilson with the different looks he was seeing. Mike DeVito was great, recording 4 tackles, 3 of them solo, one sack and a forced fumble. Mo Wilkerson added 5.5 tackles, 4 solo, and the fumble recovery for a TD. This only falls below an A because of the fourth quarter, where they got worn out. Otherwise, good job out of the Jets defensive line in this game.


The linebackers also came to play, and played well. Wasn’t it a rewarding sight to see Bart Scott get after the quarterback for once, recording a sack? I know I had to wipe my glasses off and make sure I was still watching the same football game. Bryan Thomas also played well, with 5.5 tackles and .5 sack. David Harris added 4.5 tackles and .5 sack as well. Again, this grade falls below an A because of the fourth quarter, when they began to have difficulty tackling due to getting tired. But this group played well.


This wasn’t a great day for the Jets defensive backfield. Russell Wilson was given the opportunity to be far too efficient, as Wilson was 12-19 for 188 yards and 2 TDs. Not only did they give up 2 TDs, but they gave up 2 TDs of 30 yards or more, and the option play for a TD was over 20 yards, with Sidney Rick wide open. Too many wide open guys, very un-Jets like. The bright spot back there was Ellis Lankster, with 3.5 tackles, a sack and a forced fumble.


No, they didn’t lose the game because of this play, but the grade came down because of the muffed punt by Jeremy Kerley. The Jets were going to have decent field position in a 7-7 game, and that happened. It can’t happen. The Seahawks went right down the field and scored, and never looked back. Again, not blaming the loss on this play, but it was a huge play. Maybe they get a chance to stay in it if it doesn’t happen.