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Jets grades: Offense, coaching get F's after falling flat against Dolphins

Jets head coach Rex Ryan looks on during

Jets head coach Rex Ryan looks on during the game against the Miami Dolphins. (Dec. 1, 2013) Credit: Getty Images


For the second straight week, the Jets' only points were courtesy of their kicker. Geno Smith (8.3 passer rating) was terrible and backup Matt Simms never gave the team the "spark" Rex Ryan was looking for. The offensive line allowed four sacks, David Nelson led all receivers with three catches for 37 yards. The Jets were 2-for-12 on third downs. Their 177 yards of total offense were the fewest allowed by the Dolphins this season.


Their quarterbacking issues continue to put the unit in difficult spots. The defense was on the field for 24:12 in the first half, compared to 5:48 for their offense. But good defenses know how to tackle -- especially by Week 13. Despite occasional flashes of decent play, Dee Milliner again was exposed on the deep ball and was benched for the third time this season after whiffing on a tackle of Mike Wallace on a 28-yard score. The 453 yards given up are the third-most allowed under Ryan and the Dolphins' highest output this season. Bright spots: Antonio Cromartie had an interception and Quinton Coples recorded his second sack.


Nick Folk remains one of the few steady sources of scoring for the Jets. The kicker nailed a 20-yard field goal in the third quarter and is 25-for-26 this season. In place of the injured Josh Cribbs, Cromartie broke a 41-yard kickoff return that set up Folk's field goal. Cromartie finished with a 31.5 average on four attempts. Ryan Quigley had a 39.6-yard net average on punts.


Whatever Ryan and Marty Mornhinweg are doing isn't working. Smith continues to take steps backward and receivers can't get open or hold on to the ball. The Jets have two inexperienced quarterbacks, but Ryan continues to make David Garrard inactive. Just about every unit (aside from the defensive line) has been subpar over the past month.

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