New York Jets beat Cleveland Browns: Week 5 Coaching grades
By Michael Pallas
The New York Jets eeked out a win in Cleveland over the Browns 17-14 on Sunday, but some coaches have some explaining to do.
When it comes to the New York Jets defensive and special teams coaches, they have nothing to be ashamed about. Their units played well. However, from John Morton down, the Jets coaches on the offensive side of the ball need to explain themselves.
Whether it was poor execution, a lack of talent, or poor adjustments, the coaches on offense did a horrible job. The offense was almost a no-show in Cleveland on Sunday.
The offensive line committed two more penalties, bringing their false start/offensive holding tally on the season to 11. They also allowed three sacks, and only led the team to 2.5 yards per carry on the ground (not including Josh McCown‘s three kneel downs).
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The wide receivers couldn’t create separation, and there was no imaginative play calling to help the receivers out. As a result, McCown only threw for 194 yards against what was the league’s 23rd ranked pass defense coming into the day. If not for the play of Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Jermaine Kearse, this team would’ve lost to the lowly Browns.
The Jets offensive coaches are going to have to get back to the drawing board to fix their issues. These are not acceptable outcomes against the Browns. The offensive line needs to be more disciplined, and the receivers need to get open against the like of the secondary of the Browns.
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It wasn’t exactly anything to write home about for these offensive coaches. The only good thing that came out of this game was that the Jets emerged victorious because if not, Todd Bowles would have to endure a lot of tough questions all week long heading into their biggest game of the season against the New England Patriots. Luckily, they did just enough to earn their third straight win to build some nice momentum for the defending Super Bowl champs.