New York Jets Report Card: Week 17
Jets @ Dolphins
Sanchez: 21/32, 207 yards, 2 TD, 3 INT
Sanchez’ 3 interceptions all came on passes that barely left the line of scrimmage. There was a timid look on his face all day, as he checked down to running backs even when he wasn’t feeling the pressure. Though I maintain that Sanchez has progressed this season, this kind of decision making has me thinking twice.
Running Backs: B
Tomlinson: 11/56/0, 4 receptions, 23 yards
Greene had a nice day on the ground, and should have gotten more touches. Tomlinson looked inspired at times, perhaps realizing that this might be his last game in the NFL. With more opportunities, the Jets really could have done some damage on the ground – against a defense that knows how to shut down the run.
Wide Receivers/Tight Ends: D
Kerley: 4/71/0, 1/1 passing, 41 yards
Jeremey Kerley is excluded from this conversation, as he posted an excellent game. Holmes was targeted once and went without a single reception on the game, ending it on the bench after an an argument with Sanchez inside the huddle. Burress was practically absent for 3 quarters of the game as well. Turner grabbed a touchdown. Mulligan committed his fair share of penalties yet again.
Offensive Line: F
Hunter is done for on this team, and we should all be thankful about that. Ferguson got beaten once around the edge, and that resulted in a turnover. There were too many false start penalties to count.
Defensive Line: C
There were some positives and some negatives to take away from the defensive line play on the day. Pouha was active in the backfield, this may have been his best game on the year. Still, the pressure is simply not there on the quarterback. The Jets need to get a rush out of their front 3.
Scott was inspired; he had one of his most active games as a Jet. Mauga made a couple nice plays filling in for the temporarily injured David Harris, though he did allow a touchdown pass, you have to give credit to Dolphins QB Moore for his spectacular effort on that play.
Though they allowed far too many 3rd down conversions on a 90+ yard drive in the 3rd/4th quater, the secondary held Dolphins QB Moore down most of the day. Cromartie and Pool each grabbed a pick.
Special Teams: C
The definition of ‘average.’ There’s just not too much to talk about here today, though I will say that I’m unimpressed with T.J. Conley’s punting.
What do you really want to blame the coaching staff for in this game? Poor execution all around, same as it has been in the last three games.
Schottenheimer is everyone’s favorite whipping boy these days, and deservedly so, but he did dig deep to pull out a few very creative plays (almost all of which involved Jeremy Kerley in some form or another – passing, rushing, receiving… all of it.)
That said, how do you remove Burress and Holmes from the gameplan? They’re playmakers, plain and simple. You have to get them the ball more often. The staff should also be knocked for the excessive amount of penalties, the refusal to bench Mulligan, and calling 2 timeouts within a minute when total clock time was not an issue.