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You may be wondering why the title of this slide says "Player(s)", well that is because we have a three way tie for the Jets worst player of the 2011 season.
First off, is right tackle Wayne Hunter who I spoke about in the last slide. You can say that Hunter unlike most Jets was consistent in 2011, but not the kind of consistency you'd want on your football team. His consistency was horrible blocking which never helped Mark Sanchez and the Jets. For a player coming in after having a solid end in 2010, not only has Hunter been a disappointment, he has just been flat out atrocious.
Next is safety Eric Smith. Smith is the Jets free safety and for the last few years has skated by at the position, getting the job done as an average player. But this year, he was exposed for the terrible player that he actually is.
With the way the Jets run their defense, in most cases covering tight ends is left up to Smith and the safeties. The majority of the time, starter Jim Leonhard does a great job and maybe gets beat on 1 play a game, meanwhile Smith gets destroyed constantly. His and the Jets failure to cover tight ends, especially the big ones was a major flaw during the 2011 season. Just take Rob Gronkowski's performance in the Jets-Patriots Week 10 game when Gronkowski caught 8 passes for 113 yards with two touchdowns. The Jets really need to take a hard look at their safety situation and address it over the offseason.
The third and final worst player of the year is tight end Matthew Mulligan. After the way he performed in 2011, I'm sure he is asking for a mulligan for this season. While the third year tight end from Maine is not a starter or a staple in the Jets offense, his play negatively affected the Jets time and time again.
Each and every game, the Jets like to use Mulligan as a blocking tight end, mainly because Dustin Keller does not have the body and skill-set to do so. A lot of the time when Mulligan comes in, he gets called for some sort of penalty, whether it be for a false start, block in the back or like during Sunday's loss, illegal hands to the face, which pushes the team back 15-yards.
While Mulligan does not cause trouble on the team with his mouth like some players, he does not help by constantly getting called for penalties. Matthew Mulligan is simply one of those guys the Jets need to let go, before anymore harm is done.