Jets grades: Another bad week
FAbsolutely abysmal. Mark Sanchez, who turned 26 Sunday, didn't throw a touchdown pass and finished the first half with a quarterback rating of 22. Compared with Seattle's Russell Wilson, the Jets signal-caller looked like a rookie, completing just 9 of 22 passes for 124 yards. Sanchez was sacked three times and threw a costly interception in the red zone. Jeremy Kerley led the offense with 57 receiving yards on five catches -- and that simply won't do.
B+For 3 1/2 quarters, the defense backed up its big talk but fell apart late. Breakout games by Mike DeVito (a sack, five tackles, and a forced fumble) and Muhammad Wilkerson (seven tackles, and a forced fumble) were offset by the late-game lapses and poor tackling. Save for a touchdown pass to Golden Tate three plays into the Seahawks' first drive, the Jets defense pressured Wilson early. The unit recorded four sacks but the rookie quarterback eluded the defense when it mattered most. The Jets held Marshawn Lynch to 39 first-half yards but the Seahawks' running back finished with 124 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries.
C-Mike Westhoff's unit continues to be a hindrance rather than a help. With the score tied at 7, Jeremy Kerley muffed a punt that the Seahawks turned into a touchdown a few plays later. After Wilkerson's fumble recovery and touchdown, Nick Folk choked momentum by sailing the kickoff out of bounds, giving Seattle a first-and-10 from their own 40.
DRex Ryan and his staff are just as much at fault for their 3-6 record as the players. Ryan continues to guarantee his players will give it their all, but the coach has yet to figure out how to translate their efforts in practice onto the field. The offensive play-calling is borderline boring at this point -- no creativity when it comes to when and how to use Tim Tebow or get the best out of Sanchez for that matter.