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Overall Grade — B+
The defensive line was the best looking unit today for the Jets. Their defensive line depth is tremendous, and they will have some trouble tomorrow making roster cuts.
Q4 — B
The defense overall was average in the fourth quarter, but the defensive line continued to be solid. Defensive end Marcus Dixon had a tackle for loss on opposing running back Chris Polk. Shortly after he suffered a stinger, which hopefully will not be a big deal.
The Jets defensive line continually had pressure on the Eagles quarterbacks in this game. Better play from the secondary almost certainly would have resulted in more sacks by keeping the quarterbacks in the pocket longer.
The defensive line was not great in the fourth uarter against the running game. Polk ran up the middle successfully several times, ultimately for a touchdown after a broken tackle.
Q3 — B-
The Jets defense had a weak third quarter and were bailed out by a missed field goal by the Eagles. A horse collar by safety Antonio Allen was the low point of the quarter. The defensive line was however solid. Defensive end Marcus Dixon did a very nice job of chasing the Eagles' quarterback out of bounds.
Q2 — B+
The Jets defensive line was again strong in the second quarter. Defensive end Quinton Coples continued to get pressure on the quarterback and on running places. While the defense gave up two touchdowns, the fault rested more on the secondary. The second touchdown was on a long pass that was thrown in haste after the line got good penetration.
The first touchdown was the result of a blatantly wrong late hit penalty against Coples. The quarterback was well within the field of play, so Coples deserved a sack instead of a penalty.
Defensive end Jay Richardson has made his presence felt in the second quarter and throughout the game. He got a quarterback hit, as well as a tackle for loss and a few quarterback pressures in the second quarter. He will most likely keep his roster spot tomorrow.
Q1 — A-
The defensive line looked great in the first quarter, mostly due to Quinton Coples. Coples was the only starter in the game for the defense, so his dominance was not surprising.
The defense started out a little bit soft, letting the Eagles move the ball. Rookie linebacker Demario Davis missed a key tackle, and Isaiah Trufant was beaten for a long game on a play action pass.
Coples, however, saved the defense. He got penetration on two running plays in the opening drive. The second one resulted for a tackle for loss on third down, ending the Eagles' drive. Coples also recorded a sack and a pass deflection on the second drive.
Although Coples is expected to be the opening day starter, he did not get to rest this week. Head coach Rex Ryan wanted to test his conditioning and also shrink his ego a little bit.
Going up against mainly second-string players, Coples put on a clinic.