Jets grades: Not so good

Bilal Powell of the New York Jets is Bilal Powell of the New York Jets is stopped on a run by Jerod Mayo of the New England Patriots at MetLife Stadium. (Nov. 22, 2012) Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac

advertisement | advertise on newsday

OFFENSE -- F.

Rex Ryan may have thought Mark Sanchez (301 passing yards) "threw the ball well," but the quarterback's decision-making was beyond questionable. Sanchez not only threw an interception to derail momentum on the Jets' second drive but gave the Patriots a touchdown when he fumbled the ball while sliding face-first into Brandon Moore's butt. Shonn Greene, Jeremy Kerley and Chaz Schilens accounted for three of the Jets' five fumbles.

 

DEFENSE -- D.

advertisement | advertise on newsday

The Jets' defense was gassed way before the third quarter began. Tom Brady threw for 323 yards and three touchdowns, including an 83-yarder to Shane Vereen. Even without tight end Rob Gronkowski, Brady was able to carve up the Jets en route to a 139.4 passer rating.

 

SPECIAL TEAMS -- D.

Joe McKnight churned out 168 yards on seven kickoff returns, but he coughed up the ball immediately after Sanchez's second-quarter fumble, both of which were returned for TDs. The special-teams unit also allowed Julian Edelman to return a 54-yard Rob Malone punt 30 yards. Fortunately for the Jets, the Patriots weren't able to capitalize on that coverage breakdown.

 

COACHING -- F.

So to recap: Ryan knew Tim Tebow's rib injury was severe enough that the backup quarterback could be used only in an "emergency." So why would he go into a must-win game against the rival Patriots without a healthy backup quarterback? Also, why is Tony Sparano calling a Shonn Greene run up the middle when the Jets are trailing 35-3 and Vince Wilkfork and Brandon Spikes are clogging up lanes?

Subscribe to Newsday’s sports newsletter for stories, photos and videos about your favorite New York teams plus national sports news and events.

Comments

Newsday.com now uses Facebook for our comment boards. Please read our guidelines and connect your Facebook account to comment.

You also may be interested in: