Week 12 Jets Report Card
By Alan Schechter
Nov. 22, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez (6) takes the snap from center Nick Mangold (74) during the first half against the New England Patriots on Thanksgiving at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE
No need to really lead into this. Jets lose 49-19, here are the grades:
QUARTERBACK:C- As far as pure numbers, Mark had an OK day if you started him on your fantasy team, as he did go 26-36 passing for 301 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT. But the one INT was another that made us scratch our heads, because it was deep in Patriots territory, just outside of the redzone. He still makes horrible decisions with the football, especially down deep. It’s mind boggling how these things continue. And then, the fumble was just ridiculous. Whomever was at fault, it was a broken play. FALL DOWN ON THE FOOTBALL! Don’t try to make something out if it. Who are you, Randall Cunningham? Stop it. Don’t fall into a big offensive lineman’s behind, and drop the football. Dumb!
RUNNING BACKS:B- The running game was actually pretty good, while it was still viable. Shonn Greene actually ran for over 5 yards per carry, with 14 carries for 71 yards on the night. As a team, the Jets actually ran for over 4 yards per carry, but they couldn’t continue running the ball once they fell too far behind. Shonn did fumble once, but that really was as good as a punt, and the play call was terrible. Earth to Tony Sparano, Vince Wilfork is in the middle of that defensive line. Run right to him a few more times, maybe it will work. But all in all, the RB’s played well, they just weren’t a viable option for very long.
WIDE RECEIVERS AND TIGHT ENDS:C An average game was had by this group. Despite being a game-time decision, Jeremy Kerley led the way with 7 reception out of 10 targets for 86 yards. Keller got into the act late, and ended the game with 5 catches for 64 yards and a late, garbage time TD. They didn’t have any drops to speak of, but there were no dominant, “take over the game” performances, so they earn the C.
OFFENSIVE LINE:B- The offensive line was decent. The running game did a decent job like we said before, and some of that credit has to go to the offensive line. Mark Sanchez was sacked twice, and took some decent shots. However, he did have time to make other throws, and had decent “numbers” to show for it. The offensive line played a decent game last night.
Turn the page for defense and special teams.
Nov 22, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) is sacked by New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (96) during the game on Thanksgiving at Metlife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: William Perlman/THE STAR-LEDGER via US PRESSWIRE
DEFENSIVE LINE:D Other than on the play early in the game, when Wilkerson got to Brady, forcing the intentional grounding, the Jets got no pressure on him. You have to pressure Brady to force him into mistakes, and they did not. They recorded no sacks. Tom Brady has all day to throw, and pick them apart he did. Aside from that, the line couldn’t stop the run either. The Jets defensive line really did nothing last night.
LINEBACKERS:D- Did anyone hear Calvin Pace’s name called last night? I didn’t. The most prominent time we heard Bart Scott’s name was when he was desperately chasing Shane Vereen down the field on his 83 yard touchdown. The linebackers did very little, with the exception of David Harris. Harris recorded one QB hit, as well as 10 total tackles, 8 solo. But, there was never a point when the linebackers were making any kind of impact on defense either. There was no noticeable pass rush, other than the hit by Harris, and the Patriots ran the football whenever they needed to. It was not a banner evening for the linebackers to say the least.
DEFENSIVE BACKS:C- Any time an opposing quarterback finishes a game with 323 yards, 3 TDs, zero INTs, and a passer rating of 139.4, it’s no where near a good enough day for the defensive backfield. Tom Brady had receivers to throw to all game long. We all thought that the loss of Rob Gronkowski was going to be huge, it wasn’t. Brady has his pick, like he always does. The only thing that kept the grade from being a D, was the hit that Landry but on Edelman causing the fumble. Landry laying down the wood saved the grade from being lower, but it was not a good night by any means.
SPECIAL TEAMS:D OK, has Mike Westhoff already quit and left a hologram in his place? How can this group continue to play so badly? Remember when we used to hold onto special teams as a strength of the Jets? Well, it’s mighty far from that now, isn’t it? It’s as big of a liability as anything else on the squad. Another turnover on special teams, and this one led DIRECTLY to a score. This is just pathetic.
As was the entire evening. Pathetic!