Jets grades: Offense is holding back rest of team
When kicker Nick Folk gives you the best chance of scoring, you have issues. The Jets mustered just 220 yards of total offense while the Ravens netted 312. Geno Smith had another awful performance, completing 9 of 22 passes for 127 yards. In the last six games, the rookie quarterback has thrown one touchdown pass and 10 interceptions. He leads the NFL with 23 turnovers. But coach Rex Ryan seemed more miffed about the unit's inconsistent pass protection and the dropped passes by his receivers. Santonio Holmes caught one pass for 12 yards and Stephen Hill failed to catch a ball for the third straight game.
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Muhammad Wilkerson has 10 sacks, the most by any Jet since John Abraham recorded 10.5 in 2005. Calvin Pace's seven sacks are the most he's had since 2009. And the Jets' front seven is allowing an average of 2.9 yards per carry. Still, their struggles continue. The back end continues to be the unit's biggest issue. Antonio Cromartie was beaten on a 60-yard reception by Torrey Smith, and Dee Milliner and Ed Reed were collectively outplayed on Jacoby Jones' 66-yard score. "We can't let other teams have explosive plays," said Wilkerson, who recorded two sacks. "We can't have the same mistakes beat us."
SPECIAL TEAMS: B
Without Folk, the Jets never would have gotten on the board. The kicker nailed a 27-yard field goal to give the Jets an early 3-0 lead and he is 24-for-25 on the season. Ryan Quigley punted a career-high 67-yarder to start the second quarter. Though he averaged 51.4 yards on eight punts, his net was 37.9. Josh Cribbs averaged 13 yards on two punt returns and 23 yards on four kickoffs (including a 28-yarder). The Jets, however, gave up a 37-yard punt return to Jones.
At some point, the coaching staff has to consider changes at quarterback and in the secondary. Ryan's refusal to commit to Smith or bench him is a head-scratcher. After last week's blowout at Buffalo, the Jets coach promised he and his staff would take "a hard look" at what they're asking players to do and play-calling. Well, how's that working?