New York Jets Week 17: PFF Grades

By Alan Schechter

Dec 8, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith (7) celebrates with center Nick Mangold (74) after scoring on an 8-yard touchdown run against the Oakland Raiders at MetLife Stadium. The Jets defeated the Raiders 37-27 Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Tonight, as we get ready for our various New Year’s celebrations, I wanted to bring you the final grades from Sunday’s game against the Dolphins, courtesy of our friends at Pro Football Focus.

First the offense:

Santonio Holmes: 0.2

Jeff Cumberland: -1.3

D’Brickashaw Ferguson: -0.1

Brian Winters: 2.4

Nick Mangold: 3.2

Willie Colon: 2.6

Austin Howard: -3.1

Jeremy Kerley: 0.9

David Nelson: 1.7

Geno Smith: 3.8

Chris Ivory: 0.2

It’s great to see Geno Smith post his top grade of the year.  It’s a good way to end off the regular season.  And what do I always say about the offensive line?  When the line plays well, everything else goes well.  Four out of five guys on the offensive line posted decent numbers, and the offense was moving.

Now, for the defense:

Sheldon Richardson: -0.1

Damon Harrison: 2.2

Muhammad Wilkerson: -1.7

Calvin Pace: -2.3

David Harris: 0.5

Demario Davis: -2.4

Quinton Coples: 1.9

Dee Milliner: 5.2

Antonio Allen: -0.4

Dawan Landry: -0.9

Antonio Cromartie: -2.3

Great job by Milliner, posting by far, his best grade of the year.  Prior to week 17, he hadn’t graded out higher than a two.  However, the rest of the grades for the secondary are a microcosm of the Jets’ problems on defense.  They weren’t up front, they were in back.  Three out of four defensive starters in the secondary posted negative grades.

For the team to take the next step, the secondary must play better in 2014.