A.) OFFENSE: Scored enough points to win, in a game that the Jets had to have. One bad play cost the team 7 points. But, when a team holds the ball for 34 of 60 minutes, runs 25 more plays than the opposition, and outgains them by 250 total yards, that should be more than enough to score a comfortable win. But...
1.) QB: Can't blame this loss on Mark Sanchez. His 20/35, for 265 yards and 2 TDs...and a QB rating of over 100...should have been more than enough to win this game. Had a chance to be a hero in the closing minutes, but couldn't get his team into the endzone. Nonetheless, you can't ask for a much better game from a rookie.
2.) RBs: For the second straight week, Thomas Jones ran like a bull in a china shop, posting 102 yards on 27 carries. Unfortunately for the Gothams, RB Shonn Greene came nowhere near matching his productive performance in Oakland. His critical fumble when hit behind the line of scrimmage was scooped up by Jason Taylor, and returned 48 yards for a TD. This gave the 'Fins a commanding 17-6 lead in about midway in the 3rd quarter, and ended what appeared to be a promising NY drive. Leon Washington was certainly missed today.
3.) OL: Did a decent job most of the day. But, the above mentioned costly fumble. That, along with horrific kick coverage, cost the Jets this game...and perhaps their season.
4.) WRs & TE: Typical good job by Dustin Keller, who, despite one bad drop, led the team in receptions with 8, for 76 yards. Great one-handed grab by Braylon Edwards led to one score. Jerricho Cochery celebrated his return with 3 catches...averaging over 20 yards per catch. Illegal shift penalty negated a two point conversion, which would have pulled the Jets within a FG of the 'Fins. This necessitated that the Jets get a TD on their final drive...though they were easily in FG range.
B.) DEFENSE: When a "D" holds the opposing offense to just over 100 total yards, and allows just 3 FGs for the entire game, whats' to complain about? But...
1.) DL: Despite the absence of star NT Kris Jenkins, the Greenshirts up front controlled the line of scrimmage, and caged the Wildcat. Anytime a "D" can hold Ricky Williams and Ronnie Brown below 100 yards for an entire game, whats to complain about? But...
2.) LBs: LB Bart Scott backed up his big mouth with some rather big plays...as he led his team in tackles. Calvin Pace and David Harris, due at least in part to some solid work from the DL, the were also able to roam free, and stymie the 'Fins' offense. But...
3.) SECONDARY: Gave up no big plays, and supported well against the run. But...
C.) SPECIAL TEAMS: Heres' the but. The Jets' kick coverage was awful, allowing Ted Ginn Jr. to return two kickoffs for 100 and 101 yards, respectively. The missed tackles and poor lane discipline was more reminiscent of the Keystone Cops than an NFL team. This unit is sure to be the buttt of jokes from the press, and to get kicked repeatedly in the buttt by disgusted head coach, Rex Ryan. Credit kicker Jay Feeley for a 55 yard FG. Buttt, when coverage teams allow 299 yards on 6 kickoff returns, what can you say buttt:
GRADE: F- (though a G grade is probably more appropriate, as in giving the game away);
D.) COACHING: The offense played well. The defense played well. But...the special teams couldn't cover a glass of water with a beach towel. Unfortunately, for each game, it usually takes production from all three units, not two, to earn a win. Perhaps a little less trash talking, and a little more coaching, and paying attention to detail, is whats' needed at this stage of the season. Also, was late on throwing a challenge flag which would have resulted in a Jets' fumble recovery
E.) PLAYS OF THE GAME: The Ginn kickoff returns, and the Jason Taylor fumble return for a TD;
F.) GAME BALL: Ted Ginn, Jr....who may have recessitated the Dolphins' season.
Here are the game stats: http://espn.go.com/nfl/boxscore?gameId=291101020
Heres' more from the disbelieving Jets, who keep right on trash talking. Heres' a quote from the NY Times:
"The Jets continued talking after their latest loss. The first time Miami beat them, linebacker Calvin Pace called the Dolphins’ Wildcat formation nonsense and said Chad Henne was a “second-year clown quarterback.” "This time, Bart Scott answered questions about the Dolphins in a voice dripping with sarcasm. He called them “a great team” and “a tremendous offense” and said that, even at 3-4, “they’ll probably contend for a Super Bowl.”