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Sunday, October 14, 2018

Jets Win Ugly!

“This is a game the Jets usually blow. They didn’t today because Sam Darnold was the quarterback.”
-Ray Lucas, Jets Post Game Show, SNY

Amen to Ray Lucas! In a game that was highlighted by big plays with back and forth scoring the Jets came out on top 42-34. Kicker Jason Myers was 7-7 in field goals setting a new scoring record for the Jets. This is the second week in a row a new Jet record was broken. Last week it was the single game rushing yardage by Isaiah Crowell. Watching the game the defensive stats were not good but it was their bend but not break ability that really was a big part of saving the day for the Jets as they celebrated at half time their Super Bowl 3 victory over the then Baltimore Colts. Besides the defense not breaking, on the second play of the game Morris Claiborne had a pick six that was tipped by a Colt Marlon Mack and then by Jamal Adams. The biggest play by the defense may have been another pass interception by linebacker Darron Lee (6 tackles, 2 assists) later in the game. He was in great position and snared his 3rd INT of the season to stop the Colts from driving yet again. Sam Darnold (24-30, 280 yds. 2-TDs, 1-INT) was in control the whole game and he looked great. Two mistakes, a first half interception and a near second half one on a roll out were the only blemishes on an a great day for the 21-year old rookie quarterback. His two touchdown passes were impressive especially his pass to Terrell Pryor (5 Rec., 57 yds., 1-TD) that was a laser of a pass in between a tight window. Darnold is improving game by game and people should not be concerned about his interceptions. Rookie quarterbacks throw interceptions. It is part of the growing process.

Offense
After last week the Colts were not going to let the Jets put up gaudy numbers on the ground. The ground game was nowhere close to the Denver game but besides some predictable 1st and 2nd down runs, I thought Jeremy Bates did a great job calling the plays. Case in point was the bubble screen that Jet fans have seen too much of this season only to have Darnold fake it and find rookie tight end Chris Herndon (2 rec. 56 yds. 1 TD) open long for a 32-yard touchdown. In fact on this play both Herndon and Jordan Leggett were open. Sam Darnold spread the ball around like he has been doing every week. He had 7 different receivers catch passes. Unfortunately on Quincy Enunwa’s lone reception he fumbled the ball to the Colts and injured his ankle and never returned. There has been no update on him yet. Robby Anderson dropped a nicely thrown ball in the left corner of the end zone. Anderson usually makes these catches. I said last year and I’ll say it again. Robby Anderson (3 Rec. 39 yds.) has a chance to be a special football player. If he works hard on his short routes he can become a star in this league. Neal Sterling was back and made 2 catches. All of a sudden the Jets have 4 tight ends that play and can catch the ball though Eric Tomlinson keeps getting untimely penalties. Moving forward Sterling and Herndon should get the majority of the snaps for the tight ends. With the offense moving the ball one of the negatives was the number of bad snaps by center Spencer Long. On one of them, it was 3rd down and it killed a drive. Long was also called for being an ineligible receiver down field. Real bad penalty. Besides kicker Jason Myers having a career day and Sam Darnold throwing at an 80% clip, WR Jermaine Kearse was terrific! He caught 9 passes for 94 yards and some were clutch on 3rd down. I have been saying that Pryor should be getting more repetitions than Kearse but Kearse has been as solid as they come since becoming a Jet. He is reliable, clutch and is an excellent locker room presence. His 2017 numbers:
Games started 14, 65 Receptions , 810 Yards, 5 touchdowns. And this with Josh McCown throwing. At 28 years old you cannot put a value on his leadership qualities and this after putting up with Mo Wilkerson, Sheldon Richardson and Branden Marshall. I was against bringing him back but give Mike Maccagnan credit. Kearse remains a great find and is an integral part of a very underrated receiver corp.

Defense
The Jets defense came up big on a few plays. They have done great on take aways this year and of all the positions, I have been impressed the most by the Jets linebackers.  Avery Williamson, Brandon Copeland and Darron Lee have looked great. Jordan Jenkins is playing well but not up to the level of the three mentioned. All have played better than anyone would have expected in pass coverage. The most impressive thing about the linebackers in the first six games has been their ability to wrap up running backs and receivers denying them from getting extra yardage. And besides the Lee INT, Williamson had an impressive interception that he almost returned for a TD. The Jets need more help from the defensive line. In the first quarter they had a decent pass rush but it disappeared as the game went on. In the secondary Parry Nickerson did not have a good game. However, I’d take his play every week over Trumaine "overrated" Johnson who was out today and Darryl “cushion” Roberts who loves to play 12 yards off the receiver. Nickerson was out of position too much but at least he is giving a 100% effort. He is a rookie and very quick so let’s see if can grasp the defense. On one touchdown pass by Luck, he leaped and missed it by only about 2 inches. Speaking of defensive backs, I’d like to know what happened to the pre-season wonder Derrick Jones. All we heard during pre-season was how great he was playing.

Special Teams
Hey, pinch me! The New York Jets have pretty good special teams this year. With Myers kicking, Edwards punting and Andre Roberts returning, the ST look solid. Give special teams coach Brant Boyer credit, he has the right personnel in there. Let’s see how long they can keep it up.

Green Tidbits
…..Jeremy Bates should have less shotguns and Darnold over center more often….3rd quarter the Jets defense seemed gassed…..One play that got me was when Colts had a 1st and 20 and got the first down on the first play…..Still don’t like Bowles burning time outs early…..Even without the tipped pick 6 by Morris Claiborne, he is having a great season thus far. Reminds me of the great quote by the Orioles manager Earl Weaver. “Give me 25 guys with a 1-year contract and I’ll win the pennant every year…..Two minute drive by Darnold at the end of the first half that resulted in a field goal was the most impressive drive by Sam so far this year…..Jamal Adams made a great play causing a fumble…..Terrelle Pryor is an incredible athlete. His leaping catch on 3rd down was very impressive…..In the 2nd half Colts RB Marlon Mack looked like Saquon Barkley……Marcus Maye hurt his thumb but I’m not sure he is better than Doug Middleton….Good job by Sam not getting any passes tipped.....Shout out to Jet fan and Green Rewind reader Joly M. who helps me when I butcher the English language getting these articles out…..

What The Jet Scribes Are Saying
Rich Cimini, ESPN
Jets CB Mo Claiborne scored on a pick-6 with 14:48 left in the first quarter — the fastest defensive TD in team history. He felt he was due after no interceptions last week despite getting his hands on a few balls. "‘I told ya'all.' That's what I was thinking," he said, referring to teammates who razzed him throughout the week.

Manish Mehta, NY Daily News
They don’t have the look of a champion yet, but they’ve seemingly found a balance between confidence and delusion. The path to prosperity is paved with annoyance, failure and frustration. White noise can drive you crazy if you’re not careful.The Jets hardly looked like world beaters in a 42-34 win against the Colts Sunday, but there was tangible proof beyond the scoreboard that makes you believe that something good is coming. Their young quarterback played with an unflappable coolness that is fast becoming his trademark. Their young, energetic, fast defense made opportunistic plays on a day when their leader admitted that their performance wasn’t exactly aesthetically pleasing. Every last one of them exhibited a resilience that will be necessary if this whole thing is truly going to work. Darnold & Co. weren’t perfect, settling for seven field goals, but they kept scoring, which is hard to complain about, right? All told, Gang Green scored on their final eight possessions (6 FGs, 2 TDs) excluding kneel downs to end the game. Bowles’ defense might have allowed 428 yards, but they made enough plays – including holding the Colts to a pair of field goals after Jets turnovers on back-to-back drives – to win. “It was very ugly,” Jamal Adams said of the defensive performance. But a team that struggled with finishing games last season learned a valuable lesson as easy as A.B.C.: Always. Be. Closing. 

Brian Costello, NY Post
Offense: Grade: B+
The Jets did a lot of good things offensively, but they only reached the end zone twice, settling for seven field goals. Rookie QB Sam Darnold (24-of-30, 280 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT, 113.9 rating) did a nice job of taking what the Colts gave him. His only forced throw was the interception. The running game did not get going like last week as the offensive line struggled with the Colts’ movement on the defensive line. WR Jermaine Kearse (9 catches, 94 yards) had his best game of the year.

Defense: Grade: C
This was a weird game for the Jets defense. The unit gave up 428 yards and looked helpless at times against Andrew Luck, but it did force four turnovers and managed to come up with some big stops at crucial moments. Holding the Colts to field goals after two turnovers in the first half might have been the defense’s best sequence of the game.

Special teams: Grade: A-
Jason Myers gets the game ball. The kicker accounted for 24 points, kicking a franchise-record seven field goals and adding three extra points. He also had eight touchbacks. It was an otherwise uneventful day on special teams with only one punt for Lachlan Edwards and one punt return for Andre Roberts. A holding penalty on a kick return is the only negative.

Coaching: Grade: B-
The coaches deserve some credit for finding a way to win ugly in this game, but there is a lot to correct from this game. Defensively, the Jets benefitted more from Colts mistakes than from their own game plan. On offense, Jeremy Bates struggled to get the running game going. Todd Bowles got consecutive wins for the first time in over a year, so give him some credit.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Jets Run To Daylight!

"Run To Daylight"
            -Vince Lombardi

In a game that started out as a typical “Here we go again” for Jet fans, turned out to be a complete 34-16 victory that was highlighted by big plays. Overcoming an early fumble by Bilal Powell that the Broncos turned into a touchdown, along with a missed chip shot field goal by Jason Myers, running back Isaiah Crowell did a fine impersonation of Barry Sanders rushing for 219 yards which is a new Jet record. Bilal Powell added 99 rushing yards himself. Rookie Sam Darnold (10-22, 198 yds. 3TDs, 1 INT) showed why he has a chance to become something special in this league. His three TD passes were all terrific and he showed a ton of pocket presence as the game moved on. The Jets had 512 yards in total offense. The Jets offensive line was opening up holes big enough for my Ford Edge to fit through. On defense Leonard Williams was a force. Avery Williamson continues to defy why we never heard of this guy before? All he did was fill holes and make tackles. I thought the Jets secondary did an excellent job. With Trumaine Johnson out for the game and Buster Skrine leaving, the patchwork secondary was surprisingly competitive. The stats will show Denver had 378 yards passing yards but a ton of those came in garbage time in the 4th quarter when the Jets were giving up the underneath passes. The Jets have to take everything from today and do the same thing against the Colts next Sunday. 

Offense
Maybe Robby Anderson had his off season arrests on his mind the first four games of the year. This week the NFL said he would not be suspended and he celebrated in a big way. His two touchdown passes were a thing of beauty and he finished with 3 receptions for 123 yards. What I also liked about Anderson was on Isaiah Crowell’s 77 yard touchdown run, both Anderson and Terrelle Pryor were way down field trying to block for him. Pryor’s touchdown catch was a spectacular 20 yard one hand reception. For some reason he has not been utilized as much as I’d like. He will run lazy patterns at times but he is an incredible athlete. If somehow Jeremy Bates could ever motivate him, I would give him more repetitions than Jermaine Kearse. To date Pryor’s stats are: 
8 receptions, 158 yards, 19.8 yards per reception, 1 TD. Sam Darnold spread the ball around today hitting 7 different receivers with only 1 reception going to a running back (Crowell). Unfortunately Darnold missed Quincy Enunwa wide open early in the game. The usual sure handed Enunwa dropped a couple of passes and ended up without a catch. But on one particular play, Darnold missed Enunwa in the end zone who would have caught the pass for a TD if the defender didn’t slow him up by holding his jersey. It was an obvious pass interference call that was missed. The ref also missed another questionable pass interference call on Jermaine Kearse who was knocked down. The Jets offensive line needs to continue what they did today. The only concerning items were the high snaps by center Spencer Long and maybe a couple of Sam Darnold’s passes that got tipped. But today it was the Isaiah Crowell show. On his 77 yard run two of his cuts left a couple of Broncos on their tushies. Whenever the Jet line gave him some daylight, he made the best of it. As Green Rewind reader Rob August texted me during the game, “Who are those guys wearing Jet uniforms today?”

Defense
Throw out the stats. The defense played well today. Early in the game they lacked a pass rush but that came on stronger and stronger as the game went on. Leonard Williams and Avery Williamson led the way. The secondary played outstanding with kudos going to Morris Claiborne who should have had an interception. Jamal Adams got caught on a couple of plays but he was very active. Parry Nickerson was picked on for a bit and after being somewhat abused for series, he held his own. Nickerson is incredibly quick and I’d give him more and more playing time. He needs to play with more discipline but I didn’t miss Trumaine Johnson at all. Claiborne, Adams, Nickerson, Marcus Maye and Williamson all had at least 5 solo tackles. Marcus Maye had a 104 yard interception return but never made it into the end zone. This one has got to be up there with New York Jet historical lore.

Green Tidbits
…..Marcus Maye just caught his breadth and is heading into the Jets locker room…..Claiborne drops a sure INT. It seems every week our secondary has butter fingers. Time for extra reps with the Jugs machine and the tip drill……Josh McCown seems like he is having fun on the sidelines. Hope he is game ready if Jets need him…..The good news is the Colts injury report is long. Very long. The bad news is they have 10 days to prepare for the Jets….Wish I knew when TE Neal Sterling will be cleared to play. Blocking tight end Eric Tomlinson is being thrown to more and more. And I like it!…..My rookie favorite LB Frankie Luvu is back and he made 2 solo tackles today. Luvu and DE Henry Anderson may become 2 of GM Mike Maacagnan’s best moves…..Sam's QB sneaks worked.....We can all relax, Marcus Maye just made it to the Jets locker room…..

Special Teams
Whatever the Jets are feeding Andre Roberts keep doing it. He is becoming a legitimate threat returning punts every time he touches the ball. What a breath of fresh air having someone who doesn’t call for a fair catch on every punt. He kept his feet moving and had some great moves on his 51 yard return. Lachlan Edwards continues to punt well and despite missing an early field goal, Jason Myers did a good job. At this point I would not let Trenton Cannon near the field on punts. He is a disaster waiting to happen.

What The Jet Scribes Are Saying
Manish Mehta, NY Daily News
The Jets pulled off a marvelous magic act Sunday that surely left some armchair quarterbacks befuddled, bewildered and bemused: Maybe this team isn’t led by a bunch of clueless guys after all. The Jets punctuated a week filled with a mountain of doubt and criticism with an offensive eruption in a 34-16 rout of the Broncos.Snapping a three-game losing streak must have been a miracle. After all, the charlatans already concluded that Todd Bowles and offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates weren’t fit to coach Pop Warner, let alone a professional outfit.The truth, of course, is that Bowles, Bates and the rest of the guys paid to coach these players are plenty good enough to lead the Jets in the right direction. Gang Green’s second win of the season was further evidence of what this team could become… given time…..Bowles’ defense atoned for its embarrassing display last week in Jacksonville by flummoxing Case Keenum until garbage time. On a day when the Jets were without defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers due to illness, Bowles had a brilliant plan to neutralize Denver…..“(It was) the same type of preparation that we had for this week is what we had for Detroit,” linebacker Darron Lee said. “We had a little bit of adversity during that three-game stretch. It was a good learning experience. I’m glad it happened early for us. But now we have… a solid foundation of how this is supposed to look. We’re looking to build on it.”How could that be? Weren’t the Jets supposed to be led by a bunch of bums? “We’re capable of winning a lot of games,” Darnold said.
It’s not always going to be this easy, but know this: The Jets have some smart people leading the way.

Brian Costello, NY Post
The Jets’ defensive players took the field Sunday with defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers on their minds.
Rodgers is dealing with an illness that coach Todd Bowles described as “serious” and it caused Rodgers to miss Sunday’s 34-16 win over the Broncos. Many Jets players said they were playing for Rodgers and several of them had texted with him before the game. “When we found out, it definitely hit home,” linebacker Darron Lee said. “At the end of the day, for all of our young careers, he’s always believed in us. We always want him here. You obviously want to make your teammates proud and your coaches proud. He’s here in spirit. We know he’s going to fight through. We definitely got this win for him.” The Jets’ defense played well as it honored Rodgers. The unit sacked Case Keenum four times and did not let the Broncos get into a rhythm until the fourth quarter, when the game was over. Bowles called the defensive plays, saying, “It was hard.”…..It was the first time in franchise history the Jets had a rushing touchdown of 75 yards or more and a touchdown pass of 75 yards or more. It was the sixth time since the merger it has happened in the NFL and the first since the Seahawks did it in 2014.

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Jets Bowles Is An Embarrassment To The Coaching Profession

I spent the weekend in Washington DC and followed the game play by play on the way up to New York via the internet and just finished watching the replay. Jet fans are fortunate to have some excellent beat writers who cover the team for the local newspapers. They write better than I ever will but they are not really in a position to hold Todd Bowles accountable for some of the moves he makes as coach and how he prepares his team for their opponents. On the other hand, I am going to call it like it is. Todd Bowles should never coach another New York Jet football game. Today was an embarrassment from the opening kickoff right up to stupid Jacksonville coach Doug Marrone going for two meaningless points at the end of the game after the Jags scored a late touchdown. More on him later. First off the Jets who are coached by what was thought to be a great defensive mind let up 503 yards which was the highest total let up by the Jets in 10 years. Okay, now right to the point. How in the wide wide world of sports can Todd Bowles ever consider punting the football with 4:33 left in the game losing 25-12. Does he understand the concept of trying to win football games? It doesn’t matter where the ball is on the field. The Jets needed 2 scores and as a head coach he has to understand the risk/reward concept. By going for a first down you have a very minuscule chance of getting close to winning the game. By punting, you have zero chance of winning the game. Wasn’t Todd Bowles watching what was going on in front of him? The Jets made Blake Bortles (29-38, 388 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT) look like Norm Van Brocklin today. This is his 4th year as head coach and he has done something like this every year. Punting the football at midfield on a 4th and 1. Going for 1 point after going up by 12 points against the Buffalo Bills late in the 4th quarter a couple of years ago. Despite Sam Darnold not having a good game, trust me on this. If the Jets don’t change head coaches sooner rather than later, they will ruin this kid.

The Good
There was not a lot of positives but Avery Williams (a great FA pick-up) had an active day forcing a fumble and tipping a pass that was intercepted. Number 54 seems to be where the action is. He has been very consistent in the first 4 games and I mentioned before he looks like an upgrade over Demario Davis. We finally had a Leonard Williams sighting. He had 5 tackles along with a sack and played like he really cared.  Quincy Enunwa looks like the best player on offense every week and if the Jets had 22 who played with the same desire and passion, they would be in every game. Kudos has to also go out to DE Henry Anderson who recorded a sack and tipped a few passes. Punter Lachlan Edwards is having a great year and thank god he is because he will be doing a lot of punting this year. 

The Bad
Truman Johnson is all talk and very little action. This high priced free agent signing looks like a dog out there. Every game he is getting beat for a long gainer. Today it was by Donte Moncrief who I never heard of before. Also I am a big Jamal Adams fan but his act is beginning to run thin with me. The Jets defense was so proud of themselves for only giving up 1 touchdown in the 4 exhibition games they were trying to come up with a nickname. They came up with New Jack City but they look more like Mr. Magoo. Until further notice the New York Jets defense will be known as the Mr. Magoo defense. Sam Darnold (17-34, 167 yards, 1 TD) was not good today. He wasn’t awful but keep in mind he had a couple of sure interceptions dropped. No doubt he seems to be almost constantly under pressure but he could have done a better job. He missed Robby Anderson long.

The Ugly
The Jets have a rookie quarterback. Sam Darnold is the real deal. He will eventually get the Jets to the playoffs if they don’t ruin him first but they have to do better than rush for 34 yards. We all know that the NFL is a pass happy league but you still have to produce some kind of positive running game. Averaging 2.4 yards per rush will not cut it in today’s NFL. The offensive line is a major priority for this off-season. Left tackle Kelvin Beachum should get his life insurance license and get it soon so he can become a salesman. He was atrocious today. He was constantly being pushed back into Darnold and allowed the safety. He also had a huge gain called back because of a penalty. He is starting to remind me of Giant offensive lineman Ereck Flowers who could not block a pillow. The Jets have got to find someone and quick before Darnold gets injured from his blind side.

Green Tidbits
…..Time of possession, Jets 22:25, Jaguars 37:35 tells it all…..Not to forget Darnold had some balls dropped by Powell and Enunwa…..Someone has to explain to my why rookie linebacker 
Frankie Luvu was a healthy scratch today. All he does is play hard and make plays…..Last year we saw Raider coach Jack Del Rio go for a late field goal to run it up. Today it was Doug Marrone. And Todd Bowles shakes hands with both of them after the game. Hey man, show some self respect! You look and act like a wimp…..Please someone tell me Terrelle Pryor is alright. He was MIA today…..I love Enunwa but the spike after the great reception and run was uncalled for. Another reflection on Bowles on top of last week’s 2 unsportsmanlike penalties…..Next 3 games are at home vs. Broncos, Colts and Vikings. Things can spin out of control quickly….As a huge Jeremy Bates fan, I’m at a lost for words with his play calling today…..Hey Sam, bet you wish you had comments back about NFL seems easier than college with hash mark location…..Probably won’t see any Robby Anderson on sideline canvasing for Pro-Bowl votes for a while…..Please tell Jamal Adams that great players keep their mouth shut and make impact plays…..

What The Jets Scribes Are Saying
Rich Cimini, ESPN
Twitter During Halftime: 
The Jets are getting their butts kicked in every way imaginable. The most damning part? They were never in the game. You could sense from the first series they had no business being on the field with the Jaguars, who lead at halftime, 16-0. They've had no answers for Blake Bortles (16–for-19, 216 yards, 1 TD) and the Sam Darnold-led offense has developed no rhythm. The play calling is too pass-heavy, which hasn't helped.

…..Between Mayfield and Bortles, the Jets allowed 589 passing yards -- in only six-plus quarters, mind you. The pass coverage was terrible; too many busted coverages. They were confused by the Jaguars' shallow crossing routes, leaving open receivers in the underneath zones. They were two major breakdowns -- one mental, one physical. They left T.J. Yeldon open out of the backfield, resulting in a 31-yard touchdown. Later, cornerback Trumaine Johnson -- their $72 million free agent -- surrendered a 67-yard touchdown to Donte Moncrief.
“We made Bortles look amazing,” said linebacker Avery Williamson, who, along with Darron Lee, took responsibility for poor underneath pass coverage.
Oh, we forgot to mention the Jaguars played almost the entire game without their No. 1 weapon, running back Leonard Fournette. Good teams overcome injuries. Bad teams don't capitalize.

Manish Mehta, NY Daily News
Doug Marrone’s team had just put one final stake through the Jets’ collective hearts before the Jaguars coach channeled his inner weasel. T.J. Yeldon’s one-yard touchdown run with 25 seconds left gave the Jaguars a 31-12 lead that obviously wasn’t in jeopardy. Then, Marrone took a gratuitous, childish, petty shot at a team that he wanted to work for once upon a time. Rather than kick the extra point – or just take a knee — Marrone opted to try a two-point conversion. Blake Bortles’ pass for Dede Westbrook was incomplete. The game was obviously over, but Marrone, evidently still bitter over not getting the Jets head coaching job after he quit on the Buffalo Bills after the 2014 season, wanted to send a message to the organization that didn’t hire him. (Imagine if Bortles were injured on the play). Oh, we know. We all know exactly what Marrone was trying to do in the waning moments of a dominating performance by his team. No, it wasn’t enough for Marrone to take the win and show good sportsmanship.
“I don’t tell another guy to coach their team,” Todd Bowles said of the bush-league move by Marrone. “If they run it, they got to defend it.”
Marrone offered some lame excuse about banged-up players that prompted his classless act. He even delivered this beauty: “The chart said go for 2.” So, in addition to coaching a legitimate Super Bowl contender, Marrone evidently is now Kevin Hart. What a knee-slapper. Although Marrone also claimed that “we’re not good enough to send a message right now,” you’d have to be the dumbest life form in the Milky Way to not believe that he sent a pointed message to Woody and Christopher Johnson for passing up on him four years ago after he bolted Buffalo with a cool $4 million in his pocket with an eye on the Jets vacancy……So, Marrone held on to the grudge for one more year. It was unnecessary for a guy who has one of the most talent-rich teams in the league. The Jaguars out-played, out-coached and out-everythinged the Jets Sunday.
Marrone deserves credit for the rout. His team won fair and square. Jacksonville is a terrific team that has what it takes to make a true Super Bowl run. There was no need to act like a five-year-old. Maybe he’s better than that. Maybe he’s not. It was garbage either way.

Brain Costello, NY Post
Offense: Grade: F
The Jets looked lost on offense for most of the day. They averaged 3.5 yards per play and managed just 178 total yards. QB Sam Darnold (17-of-34, 167 yards, 1 TD) could not find a rhythm. The Jets ran the ball just 14 times. Offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates looked like he had no plan for the Jaguars’ defense. 

Defense:Grade: D-
The only reason this group avoids an F is because of some late life that ended up with three takeaways and gave a small glimmer of hope for a comeback. The Jaguars rolled up 503 yards, the most a Jets defense has given up since 2008. Jaguars QB Blake Bortles (29-of-38, 388 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT) looked like he was unstoppable. The Jets had no answer for the short crossing patterns Jacksonville continually ran. It was an abysmal effort.

Coaching: Grade: F
The Jets looked unprepared at the start of the game and seemed to have no fire. Todd Bowles had 10 days to get his team ready and it looked like his players were sleepwalking. Bates had a terrible game. He gave up on the run too soon and became pass happy.