Sep 22, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan on the sideline during the third quarter against the Chicago Bears at MetLife Stadium. Chicago Bears won 27-19. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
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Without much introduction, let’s get right to the grades from last night for the Jets against the Bears:
QUARTERBACK: C Geno did throw for an over 50% completion percentage, but made some big mistakes. Two interceptions within the red zone just are not going to cut it. Sacks deep in the red zone cannot happen either. These type of plays are why this kid was brought in, to get the big catch made, That is why Geno earns the “C” for the Jets.
RUNNING BACKS: C+ Part of this was not the running backs’ fault, but it goes in due to circumstances anyway. The coaches went away from the running game, but we have to grade it in a bubble. Chris Johnson didn’t look good at all. He seemed a step slow on the ground, and was dropping passes out of the backfield. Bilal Powell ran the ball for over five yards per carry, but that was on two carries very late in the game.
Chris Ivory looked excellent, but only carried the football 10 times. Ivory also caught the ball four times for 54 yards. On his ten carries, Ivory ran for 44 yards, at 4.4 yard per carry clip. The Jets went away from the run too quickly, and it ultimately cost them.
WIDE RECEIVERS AND TIGHT ENDS: B- Jeremy Kerley posted an excellent game, leading the Jets with seven catches for 81 yards and one touchdown. Greg Salas added a 51 yard catch on the last drive on a big one that set the Jets up deep in the Bears’ end. Jace Amaro did post a 40 yard catch, and a clutch fourth down conversion. Other than that, Amaro did have a huge drop. David Nelson forgot to hang onto the football. Geno did hold the ball too much, but there were plays that weren’t even remotely often.
OFFENSIVE LINE: C: The offensive line, played well at times, not so well at others. Chris Ivory had huge holes to run through, but Chris Johnson had to not. Bilal Powell came into the game and two carries were all he was able to muster. The Jets need to be able to run the ball consistently, to scare the defense into respecting the pass and not crowing the box..
DEFENSIVE LINE: B- The Jets performed well enough to keep one ready to go, allowing the offense to stay in the ballgame. Despite all of the mistakes, the Jets were in the game until the very end, and the great front of the Jets was a big reason. The average of 2.9 yards per carry allowed on the ground is about as good as it gets. They didn’t do enough, however, in the passing game to get an A. Mo Wilkerson picked up 1.5 sacks. But not good enough.
LINEBACKER: B David Harris posted one quarterback sack and one forced fumble. Demario David posted .5 sacks and a whole pile of tackles. The group has to get a bunch of credit for the Bears running attack being so bad. But, the Jets had their hands full in the passing attack. Bennett, Jeffery and the Bears’ offense was too touch through the air, dropping the grade to a”B”.
DEFENSIVE BACKS: C Why the heck was Phillip Adams in this game? He blew a coverage so badly that he should have been cut on the spot. Antonio Allen did a good job on Brandon Marshall, but having to defend two top wide receivers was too much. Alshon Jeffery is too big and built. There was miscommunication back there, and overall, it wasn’t great.
SPECIAL TEAMS: C- The Jalen Saunders muffed punt was inexcusable. All he has to do is make a fair catch, and he couldn’t do that, and it set the Bears up for a TD. Nick Fok was great on his field goals, as usual, and Ryan Quigley didn’t kill us. Saunders brings the grade down.
What do you guys think of the grades?