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Jets grades: Two C's and two C minuses

Jets head coach Rex Ryan throws the red

Jets head coach Rex Ryan throws the red flag in the first quarter of a game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on Sept. 14, 2014 in Green Bay, Wis. Credit: Getty Images / Christian Petersen

OFFENSE: C

Geno Smith started off great, completing 10 of 14 passes for 103 yards in the first half. He hit nine different receivers in the half, including Eric Decker, who caught his first Jets TD (a 29-yarder) in the first quarter. But their fast start was blunted by Smith's interception late in the half (Brian Winters was beaten on the play and Zach Sudfeld didn't fight for the ball) and conservative play-calling. Chris Johnson (21 yards on 12 carries) wasn't a factor.

 

DEFENSE: C-

The unit did its job early but completely lost its way after the first quarter. Rex Ryan credited his team for its effort, but his defense kept the door open for the Packers, who rallied from a 21-3 second-quarter deficit. Jordy Nelson (nine catches, 209 yards) had his way against the Jets' secondary and Aaron Rodgers (25-for-42, 346 yards) threw three touchdown passes. Kyle Wilson was beaten for a score, as was Dee Milliner, who still isn't 100 percent because of an ankle injury.

 

SPECIAL TEAMS: C

Nick Folk connected on a 52-yard field goal to tie the score at 24, but Ryan Quigley had a bad 35-yard punt and Saalim Hakim botched a kickoff to start the second half and finished with a 10.5-yard average on two returns.

 

COACHING: C-

The play-calling was brilliant early, but Marty Mornhinweg keeps killing the offense's momentum with gadget plays designed for Michael Vick. Worse, Mornhinweg's decision to call a timeout late in the fourth quarter -- nullifying an apparent tying 36-yard touchdown reception by Jeremy Kerley on fourth down -- was baffling. The Jets, however, didn't make him available after the game, so one can only speculate as to what he saw on the field. As he should, Ryan took the onus for the loss.

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