NY Jets studs, duds following the loss to the Seahawks in Week 17

NY Jets, Mike White
NY Jets, Mike White / Steph Chambers/GettyImages

The NY Jets playoff hopes are officially dead. After coming out flat last week against the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Jets got all of the help they could to keep their playoff hopes alive.

However, with the season on the line in a week where they had extra preparation, disappointingly, the Jets came out even flatter this week. Let’s take a look at some of the studs and duds from this week’s game.

Sauce Gardner, CB, NY Jets - STUD

The last month of Jets football has not been fun to watch. Sauce Gardner, however, has been very fun to watch. In 36 coverage snaps this week, Gardner was targeted eight times, only allowing three catches for 17 yards. Gardner now has a league-leading 17 pass breakups.

Gardner was awarded a very impressive 87.9 coverage grade from Pro Football Focus.

Mike White, QB, NY Jets - DUD

Expectations were high for the Jets' offense with Mike White returning, but they did not live up to those expectations. White finished the day completing 23-of-46 passes for 240 yards and two interceptions. It is safe to say he is still recovering from his rib injury because he did not look healthy.

White was the lowest-graded Jets player from PFF with a woeful 34.2 grade. He'll be the starter for the final game of the season against the Dolphins and then will be a restricted free agent this offseason.

The Jets would be wise to bring him back as a backup, but I think one question was answered. White cannot be the starter going into next season.

Offensive Line, NY Jets - DUD

The Jets' offensive line allowed 24 pressures, 17 hurries, five quarterback hits, and two sacks. It was another game where bad quarterback play was made even worse because of the offensive line.

Filling in for Nate Herbig, Laurent Duvernay-Tardif struggled at right guard and allowed nine pressures, two quarterback hits, and a sack. Duvernay-Tardif finished with very poor a 37.8 PFF grade.

Besides quarterback, improving the offensive line has to be the biggest priority for the Jets this offseason.

Coaching, NY Jets - DUD

The Jets seemingly got a second chance at the playoffs and came out flat for the second week in a row. Every team deals with injuries, which is no reason to be in a position to lose their last six games of the season.

A few weeks ago, I did not think there was a chance that Joe Douglas' or Robert Saleh’s jobs would be in jeopardy. I still don’t think either of them will be fired, but I think there is at least a small chance that Woody Johnson decides to clean house after this late-season collapse.

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