New York Jets: Week Nine Report Card
Nov 2, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; New York Jets quarterback Michael Vick (1) escapes the grasp of Kansas City Chiefs outside linebacker Tamba Hali (91) in the second half at Arrowhead Stadium. Kansas City won the game 24-10. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports
Let’s get to the grades for another New York Jets loss, this time at the hands of the Kansas City Chiefs.
QUARTERBACK: C Michael Vick did not put in a terrible performance yesterday for the Jets. 21-28 passing and no interceptions isn’t anything to sneeze at, at least statistically speaking. His passer rating was a 105.7, as good as we ever get from a Jets quarterback.
The problem is that once again, the Jets couldn’t finish drives. One drive with a touchdown is never going to win much at any level, and certainly not at the NFL level. This defense isn’t good enough to win a game 13-10 very often, so the Jets have to score points. They don’t. They lose. Pretty simple, and it starts from the top at the quarterback position.
Nov 2, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; New York Jets running back Chris Johnson (21) goes past Kansas City Chiefs strong safety Ron Parker (38) in the second half at Arrowhead Stadium. Kansas City won the game 24-10. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports
RUNNING BACKS: C+ The grade goes up over the previous page due to Chris Johnson. For the first time in a Jets uniform, “CJ2K” found the fountain of youth, rushing for 69 yards on just 11 carries. He showed signs of the Johnson of old, with a spring in his step and speed under his feet.
Nobody else got it going for the Jets, and then the game got away from them, so the running game went away.
Nov 2, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Percy Harvin (16) is tackled by Kansas City Chiefs free safety Husain Abdullah (39) in the second half at Arrowhead Stadium. Kansas City won the game 24-10. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports
WIDE RECEIVERS AND TIGHT ENDS: B- Percy Harvin had a breakout game for the Jets, catching 11 passes for 129 yards, his first 100 yard game since 2012 with the Vikings. Eric Decker added nine catches for 63 yards and the Jets’ lone touchdown.
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However, we saw nothing out of Jace Amaro. I don’t even recall his name being called. He wasn’t targeted much, if at all. None of this group took over the game and made huge plays at any point to give the Jets offense a shot.
Nov 2, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; New York Jets running back Chris Ivory (33) is tackled by Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Jaye Howard (96) during the second half at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs won 24-10. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
OFFENSIVE LINE: D The Jets line did pave the way for Chris Johnson to run like the Johnson of old. We have to give them that, but there wasn’t much else to give them. Michael Vick ran for his life, and nobody else looked good in the running game. Next!
Nov 2, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs nose tackle Dontari Poe (92) talks to New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (96) after the game at Arrowhead Stadium. Kansas City won the game 24-10. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports
DEFENSIVE LINE: F This was the worst this group has looked, by far. Not only did they let Jamaal Charles and the Chiefs run on them all day. Not only did Alex Smith have all day to throw. They played like a beaten group of football players. The Jets best unit on their team played like a group that didn’t want to be out there. It was as bad as the Jets have ever looked on that side of the ball.
Oct 5, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Jets inside linebacker Demario Davis (56) on the sideline during the second quarter against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
LINEBACKERS:F See the previous page. There isn’t much different to say here. This was another group on the Jets defense that was a total non-factor in this game.
Nov 2, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe (82) catches a pass and is tackled by New York Jets defensive back Josh Thomas (41) during the second half at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs won 24-10. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
DEFENSIVE BACKS: F The Jets had no-names out there, and the group can’t cover anybody. If you are reading this article, you can beat a Jets defensive back one on one, at least it seems that way. Antonio Allen, who was showing some promise coming into the season, has become the worst of the bunch.. Clearly the Jets have stunted his grown.
Oct 16, 2014; Foxborough, MA, USA; New York Jets kicker Nick Folk (2) reacts after missing a field goal at the end of the game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. The New England Patriots defeated the New York Jets 27-25. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports
SPECIAL TEAMS: B- Nick Folk kicked another field goal. Percy Harvin ran it back two times at a 44 yard clip per run back. This part of the Jets team has always been solid. Ryan Quigley only averaged 31 yards per punt. Even the solid play from the Eagles wasn’t flashy. They got just the job done.