New York Jets Week 14 Report Card
Dolphins @ Jets
Sanchez: 17/44, 216 yards, 0/1, 1 fumble lost
Sanchez was dreadful again in week 14. His timing with receivers is off. As evidenced by a string of picks, his decision making is poor at the moment. For the 2nd straight game, he failed to lead the team to a single touchdown drive. Then there’s the two turnovers: one on the ground, one through the air. Some have already begun to doubt his future as a franchise QB but while it’s hard to see the bright side right now, look at it this way: this year’s highs are higher and the lows aren’t quite as low.
Wide Receivers/Tight Ends: F
There was consistent failure to create separation, though there were a few times when the play broke down that Mark just didn’t see his receivers. Holmes had a costly drop while he was wide open in the end zone (cost us 4 pts. to be precise), and Edwards and Cotchery had drops of their own. They do not look to be on the same page with their quarterback.
Running Backs: D
Another lackluster showing by the running backs. Here was a game where they really needed to establish something, and despite being given numerous opportunities they once again failed to do so. When was the last time one of our running backs got a touchdown on the ground?
Offensive Line: F
The offensive line looked just brutal in the absence of right tackle Damien Woody, the pocket was collapsing on Sanchez almost immediately and the running game never got going. F.
Defensive Line: A
Sione Pouha had a Kris Jenkins-like performance in week 14, definitely making his presence known. The d-line shut down the Miami running game.
The linebackers had a great game as well, and it’s really hard to fault any level of this defense for the loss. For once, opposing tight ends did not create mismatches on the linebacking corps.
An excellent bounce back performance by the secondary in the absence of both Jim Leonhard and James Ighedibo. One passing touchdown surrendered, but it came off a turnover deep in Jets territory. The rest of the game, Henne could not do anything against this unit.
Special Teams: C
A couple good returns, but lots of mediocre ones. It’s hard to fault the special teams, though, since Miami’s punter didn’t give them many opportunities. Does that guy have a foot of steel or what? His punts netted in the vicinity of 60 yards, which is downright legendary. Hey, at least Nick Folk didn’t miss a field goal.
We needed to see a bounce back performance by this team tonight. We did — from the defense. Not so much with the offense, who haven’t scored a touchdown in 9 quarters of football. Looking at the depth chart, it is impossible to believe that this superbly talented team couldn’t muster a “6” in all that time. Coach Schottenheimer is on the hot seat.