New York Jets' Most Disappointing Players Through 5 Games
Outside of an embarrassing shutout loss to the San Francisco 49ers at home, the team has been competitive.
Additionally, Gang Green has been bitten badly by the injury bug. Santonio Holmes, Josh Mauga and Darrelle Revis are out for the season, and Sione Pouha and Dustin Keller have played in a combined three games.
However, the team is littered with players who have been disappointing, to say the least.
Many may consider Mark Sanchez one of these lackluster performers, but because of the lack of decent receiving options at his disposal and the tough defenses he has faced, I will give him a pass at this moment.
With that said, here are the most disappointing players for Gang Green fives games through the season.
After leading the team in sacks last season, Aaron Maybin has been invisible through five games in 2012.
"Mayhem" has recorded just one tackle through five contests, and he has not put any pressure on the opposing quarterback.
The former Buffalo Bills draft bust was expected to anchor New York's pass rush after he exploded for six sacks in just 13 games last year, but he has been unable to live up to the task.
If Maybin can not improve his game as the season wears on, he could have a hard time finding a job next winter.
After leading the league in rushing in 2009 and 2010, New York entered this season looking to get back to its "ground and pound" roots that made the offense run.
However, the rushing game has been nonexistent.
Shonn Greene has shown a continued lack of explosiveness and vision.
The Iowa product has recorded just 217 yards on 76 carries, which equates to a lowly 2.9 yards per carry. That average is the worst among NFL running backs with at least 60 carries.
Greene has also reached the end zone just once, and his long run of the year is 14 yards.
If the fourth-year man can not step up and become even an average runner, he will likely be relegated to the bench in favor of Bilal Powell and Joe McKnight.
The expectations for Quinton Coples in his rookie season were probably too high, but he has certainly disappointed through the first five games of his career.
In limited playing time, the first-round pick has been unable to register a single quarterback hit, let alone a sack.
Coples has been able to get some leverage on offensive linemen, but missed tackles and a lack of awareness have hindered him.
As a result, New York's pass rush has been a monumental failure through five games. The team has recorded just five sacks, good for 30th in the league.
Coples has the athletic ability to turn that number around, but he will need to make some serious progress quickly.
Since Darrelle Revis' injury in Week 4, Antonio Cromartie has played lights out, but Kyle Wilson has been the opposite.
Wilson is seemingly beat every single play by the opposing team's No. 2 wideout.
Although Alex Smith and Matt Schaub missed some key opportunities, quarterbacks will most likely destroy Wilson as the season wears on.
The former first-round pick has also been a horrific tackler, allowing ball-carriers to explode for even bigger gains in important moments.
Wilson could be the downfall of New York's otherwise superb secondary.
After dropping weight this offseason and showcasing improved speed in the preseason, Bart Scott was expected to revert back to his elite self.
However, the 32-year-old has seemed to decline even more.
Scott can't make a tackle if his life depended on it. He has missed key backfield hits, sacks and open-field tackles through the first five games.
Scott's continued mistakes have been costly, as they have extended opponents' drives.
The loudmouth linebacker needs to shut up and play some football before he can get back to talking a big game.
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