Second heartbreaking loss in two weeks. The Jets should’ve won this one and would’ve if they had a decent quarterback. Or if they had anyone to replace Buster Skrine (which they couldn’t because Buster Skrine’s backup Xavier Coleman was injured).
This loss is a bit of a reality check for a team that has performed better than expected to date. They almost certainly won’t contend for the playoffs this year. They won’t finish with a record better than 8-8. They just got lit up by Matt Moore for Pete’s sake!
I think the coaches had a good game plan, especially in the first half. I gotta give all the credit in the world to Todd Bowles for making this team competitive. But…
Josh McCown should never have had the option to throw that game losing interception, the running game had been pretty successful, especially with the screens. That should’ve been the play call.
Secondly, I think that Forté needs to have less touches. He looked good this game, but I think that Bilal Powell might have even done better if he was given the same opportunity as Forté. I also want to see more Elijah McGuire, who’s reps were seemingly limited this week for some reason.
Josh McCown lost this game. Sure, he was decent in the first three quarters, but throughout this season he’s struggled in the fourth and this game was no exception.
He’s taking horrible sacks and missing wide open wide receivers on a consistent basis. That game breaking interception was also one of the worst ones I’ve seen thrown this season.
I can’t help but wonder how this team would be doing if they had an even slightly above average quarterback.
Wide Receivers: B
They got open, which is want you should expect from wide receivers. You really can’t blame them if their quarterback can’t find them.
Running Backs: A-
Matt Forté looked great for the most part, as did Bilal Powell. I wish there were more screens called in the second half and that McGuire got more touches.
Offensive Line: C-
They were able to open up some nice holes for the running backs at times, but for the most part they were bullied by Cameron Wake and Ndamukong Suh in pass protection. They also got some costly holding calls and false starts.
Tight Ends: B
Defensive Line: B+
The line played well today, shutting down Jay Ajayi. They also were able to bring the pressure for most of the game. Muhammad Wilkerson looked the best he has all season and got a nice interception. Kony Ealy batted a pass. I hope this performance carries over to the rest of the season.
Buster Skrine was so bad. Everyone else played fine, which is why this isn’t an F. But the coaching staff needs to find a replacement for Skrine soon; he’s the obvious weak link in this unit.
Jamal Adams had some coverage issues on Julius Thomas early in the game which resulted in a Dolphins touchdown. He recovered nicely, however, later notching a sack and batting a pass that wound up being intercepted. Marcus Maye had another pick. These two are great!
There were some mistakes in coverage, but other than that, a pretty solid day. Darron Lee in particular played his butt off. Despite getting two penalties, he looked better than solid, utilizing his speed to run all over the field and make tackles.
Special Teams: C
I laughed out loud when one of the announcers referred to Jeremy Kerley as a dangerous punt returner. Also, ArDarius Stewart as kick returner isn’t working out. At least we can trust in Lachlan Edwards!
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