Week Four Grades: Gang Green has an Identity Crisis



PASSING OFFENSE:
Mark Sanchez was a sitting duck in the pocket, getting peppered with hits from every angle. New York’s offensive line was just that, offensive. The Jets were forced to shrink their play calling selection to one and two step drop backs and even Sanchez’s quick hit passes were returned for six points. Sunday night was an all around miserable performance leaving much to be desired.
Grade: F

RUSHING OFFENSE:
Shonn Greene and LaDanian Tomlinson could barely manage their way out of the Jets backfield. The Ravens had more carries (40) than New York had rushing yards (38). In the absence of Nick Mangold New York’s offensive front struggled to win the battle at the line of scrimmage as Gang Green’s backs were engulfed by a ravenous Baltimore defense. New York’s decline in rushing output is a disconcerting trend for a team that rode their robust ground game to two straight AFC title appearances.
Grade: F

PASSING DEFENSE:
Joe Flacco went two quarters without a completion, finished 10 for 31 for 163 yards including an interception returned for a touchdow
n, yet he still managed to outplay Mark Sanchez. Flacco looked bewildered at times, but with his Ravens building a two score advantage, Baltimore’s signal caller made the high percentage plays to lead his team to victory.
Grade: A

RUSHING DEFENSE:
The Jets limited Ray Rice to a 2.6 yard per carry average and 66 total rushing yards; a much better effort than last week’s dismantling in Oakland. Linebacker Calvin Pace forced a fumble on Ravens tailback Ricky Williams, while the Jets held Baltimore to a long run of 10 yards.
Grade: B+

SPECIAL TEAMS:
One of the few bright spots for Gang Green, highlighted by Joe McKnight’s first quarter 107 yard kick return. McKnight’s run back set a new Jets franchise record eclipsing Brad Smith’s 106 yard return against Pittsburgh Week 15 of the 2010 season. Nick Folk connected on his only field goal attempt, a 40 yarder, making him a perfect 7 for 7 so far this season.
Grade: A-

COACHING:
Rex Ryan was misty eyed returning to the city where he spent nine years of his assistant coaching career; including earning a Super Bowl ring with the 2000 Ravens. Ryan left Baltimore Sunday night, with tears of frustration as his Jets were outmanned, outcoached and outplayed in virtually every facet of the game. It’s back to the drawing board as the guys in headsets need to help Gang Green rediscover their identity.
Grade: D
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