Wow, who would’ve thought that this team was capable of a dominant performance like that against a decent Miami Dolphins team, especially after such a forgettable effort against the Oakland Raiders? Props to you if you are one of the three people in the world who predicted the Jets to win on Sunday, but nobody thought that it’d be a 20-6 blowout.
The offense was on point and the defense played like it was supposed to. The Jets are going to be getting some good grades this week.
Ok, so I think both Todd Bowles and OC Josh Morton coached a pretty good game, especially on offense where the Jets were able to dial up some trick plays, varying the playbook. Also, the players came prepared and energetic and seemed to improve in specific places that were bad last week.
I also liked the decision to play less of the struggling Juston Burris and see what was to be had from players like Darryl Roberts and Terrance Brooks, both had good games.
The only reason this is an A- was because the coaches still insist on playing Matt Forté too often. I’d like to see more Bilal Powell and Elijah McGuire.
I know, not a great reason to nitpick after such a great game, but starting Forté over Powell has become a pet peeve of mine. And I’m the one giving the grades so…
Josh McCown played pretty well on Sunday, but he wasn’t A-worthy. On one hand, he didn’t make any bad decisions and he managed the offense well. He also made one amazing throw to Robby Anderson, which is why I’m giving him a B+ instead of a B.
On the other hand, many of Josh McCown’s throws were a bit off target and he was bailed out by great catches by his wide receivers a few times. He also didn’t make any really eye-popping plays other than the throw to Anderson. So he doesn’t get an A.
Running Backs: B+
All of the running backs looked pretty good. All of them have pretty good yards after catch ability as well as the strength to take a hit and keep going. If it wasn’t for Elijah McGuire’s bad fumble, this would be an A (other than the fumble, McGuire is looking pretty good for a rookie, I’m intrigued to see how good he can be).
Offensive Line: A-
The line gave McCown decent protection and did a good job run blocking. Brandon Shell didn’t look as good as he did last week although I think Khalil Mack is better than Cameron Wake. Either way, the unit did a good job as a whole, especially considering how bad they looked in the preseason.
Tight Ends: A-
Austin Seferian-Jenkins seems to be the answer at tight end. He looked pretty good catching passes from Josh McCown and the unit did a pretty good job blocking for the running game.
Wide Receivers: A
This was the group I was most impressed with on the offense. The entire unit made great catches on slightly off-target passes throughout the game. Not only did Jermaine Kearse and Jeremy Kerley look good, some of the younger players seem to be improving as well.
ArDarius Stewart had an amazing one handed catch in the first half and Robby Anderson had his first touchdown of the season. I hope the Jets continue to utilize his speed.
Defensive Line: A
The unit finally lived up to how they were supposed to be in this game. Jay Cutler was under pressure for most of the day and Jay Ajayi was unable to get anything going.
Before the game, I thought Ajayi would be the X factor in this game, and by shutting him down, the Jets would put themselves in the position to make it close. Not only did they make it close, they almost shut out the Dolphins. Considering that the Dolphins have an above average offensive line (at least on paper), I don’t know how I can’t give this line an A.
This group also looked good with Juston Burris off the field. Terrence Brooks had an interception. Mo Claiborne had a beautiful pass defense on a would-be touchdown.
The would be an A if there weren’t a few miscommunications at times that left a few receivers open, only to have Jay Cutler ultimately miss them.
Wow, does Jamal Adams look good or what? The safeties didn’t give up a big play the entire game. Adams got his first NFL sack and made multiple big plays. I would give them an A+, but Adams also had a silly taunting penalty.
The inside linebackers are the weakest part of the Jets defense, and even they played relatively well. Darron Lee got himself taken out of the game by the coaches and had to be consoled by Josh McCown, but Demario Davis looked much better than normal, at least. I find it interesting that players we just took off waivers, like Bass (#47), look so good. I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or a bad thing.
Special Teams: A
Punts are great, as is usual with Laclan Edwards. Kerley had some decent punt returns. The unit was able to diagnose early and then intercept a fake punt. Today was a good day.
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