Instant Impact: Miami Dolphins 30, New York Jets 9

Rocco Constantino@@br_jets_reportContributor IOctober 28, 2012

Oct 28, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets former players Dennis Byrd (right) and Scott Mesereau during half time ceremonies at the game against the Miami Dolphins at MetLife Stadium. Dolphins won 30-9. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE

This week marked the 10-year anniversary of Herman Edwards' "you play to win the game!" speech.

To mark that monumental day in the history of coaching meltdowns, the New York Jets did everything they could do to make a mockery of the game.

In a performance that reeked of an Edwards-coached team, the Jets rode a tidal wave of poor coaching, disastrous play from the quarterback and no sense of urgency to a disgusting 30-9 loss to the Miami Dolphins.  

Usually you can find silver linings even in the worst of losses.  However, as the Jets go to their bye at the midway point of this season, things are looking bleak, to say the least.

With a historic storm bearing down on the New York City area, the Jets looked like they wanted to get out of MetLife Stadium as fast as they could and get in line at Stop and Shop for break and milk.

Because of the impending storm, this week's Instant Impact with have a weather-related theme as the Tri-state area is bracing for what looks like a worst-case scenario. 

Champ of the Game: Clyde Gates

There weren't many noteworthy performances to say the least, but Gates had his best game as a Jet.  He finished with seven catches for 82 yards.  Gates also had a 47-yard kickoff return to start the second half.

Chump of the Game: Mark Sanchez

Sanchez played horrifically and gave the team no shot to win this game.  He focused in on one receiver consistently, allowing the Dolphins to jump a number of routes.  It's amazing that he had just one interception on the day.  He also had an early fumble that was key in turning the tides towards the Dolphins.

Defensive Star: Antonio Cromartie

Cromartie continued to play like a Pro Bowler in the absence of Darrelle Revis.  Cromartie wasn't targeted much, and when he did there was nothing to be gained.  Brian Hartline can be a very dangerous receiver, but with Cromartie on him, he was a non-factor.  

Offensive Star: Nick Mangold

The play of the offensive line was disgraceful at times, as the Jets could neither run the ball nor protect Sanchez.  One person who escapes blame, though, is Mangold.  As is the case every time the Jets face off against the Dolphins, Mangold was matched up with Dolphins Pro-Bowl tackle Paul Soliai.  

Mangold got the best of him today as the big defensive tackle had just two solo tackles and stayed out of the Jets' backfield.  Soliai did get credit for recovering Sanchez's fumble, but that doesn't fall on Mangold's shoulders. 

Special Teams Star: Clyde Gates

The Jets special teams was putrid today and the only person who had any kind of positive impact was Gates.  His 47-yard kickoff return to start the second half should have given the Jets a jolt of energy, allowing them to get back into the game.  However, all it did was set fans up for yet another disappointing end to a drive.

Key Injuries

Joe McKnight aggravated his high ankle sprain on his first kick return and missed the remainder of the game.  Give credit for McKnight again for suiting up and giving it a go, but he just wasn't able to finish.

Turning Point of the Game

After the Dolphins blocked a Robert Malone punt for a touchdown, the Jets got the ball back and their offense put together three positive plays in a row.  However, on a 1st-and-10 from the 37-yard line, Sanchez fumbled on a sack off a blind-side blitz by cornerback Nolan Carroll.  

Five plays later, Daniel Thomas scored on a three-yard run on 3rd-and-goal.  The play made the score 17-0 and completely demoralized the Jets. 

The Rookie Report

It was more of the same from Stephen Hill and Quinton Coples.  Hill dropped another potential touchdown and Coples was practically invisible.  

Coples was one half-step away from sacking Moore just before he tossed his touchdown to Anthony Fasano.  Moore couldn't even complete his follow through before to Coples, but he had enough on the ball to get it to Fasano.

On the positive side, Demario Davis was active once again with five tackles, playing a big role in Bart Scott's absence.  

Best Coaching Move 

Whether it was a coaching move or an organizational move, whoever made the decision to announce Dennis Byrd with the defensive starters made a nice choice.  It gave Byrd a well-deserved raucous ovation from the fans and temporarily fired up the MetLife Stadium crowd.  

As for the game, there's not one thing that any coach did right.

NFL Personality Tweet of the Game: ESPN reporter/Tim Tebow lover Skip Bayless

Once again Jets game was on silver platter for Tebow, down 17-0. Nope, Rex dug in with Sanchize, who kept getting worse. Dumb/dumber.

— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) October 28, 2012

Joe Namath Tweet of the Game:

At halftime, in the midst of calls for Tebow Time

NO I wouldn't start Tebow the 2nd half. I'd start Sanchez and expect him to play better. Hell, I'd expect the whole team to play better.

— Joe Namath (@RealJoeNamath) October 28, 2012



Great Quote From the Booth

After a near-interception with 2:20 left in the third quarter and the fans chanting for Tim Tebow.

"It's a can of worms to begin with, it's a bucket of worms if you put him in right now," CBS analyst Dan Fouts.



The Refs Blew This One

On the game's first drive, Antonio Cromartie was called for a personal foul for going after Reggie Bush after a play.  How about the punch to the head and possible facemask by Bush that elicited that response?

Mark Sanchez Instant Impact Approval Rating

Week 7: 72.9 (Patriots)

Week 6: 87.0 (Colts)

Week 5: 65.7 (Texans)

Week 4: 24.3 (49ers)

Week 3: 66.7 (Dolphins)

Week 2: 72.4 (Steelers)

Week 1: 98.9 (Bills)

The Calm Before the Storm

Game captains were Hayden Smith, Nick Mangold, Antonio Allen and David Harris were game captains.  Dennis Byrd accompanied the captains for the coin toss after being announced with the defensive starters.

Washed Away

Bart Scott's streak of starting 119 straight games came to an end as he sat out with a toe injury.

Mr. G

Clyde Gates caught passes of 17 and 20 yards to help set up the only touchdown of the day for the Jets.

Cone of Uncertainty 

Kyle Wilson and LaRon Landry had what looked to be a miscommunication that resulted in a 30-yard reception by Jabar Gaffney.  On first look, it appeared that Wilson was playing zone while Landry thought he was in man coverage.

On an Island

On Calvin Pace's sack that injured Ryan Tannehill, Dolphins tackle Jonathan Martin was left to face two free runners on his own.  Martin chose to intercept a blitzing David Harris instead of taking on Pace, who was lined up outside.  It was a lose-lose situation for Martin.

Category 2

Nick Folk's blocked field goal was his first missed field goal of the year.

Storm Surge

Lex Hilliard missed a blocking assignment on Nolan Carroll, allowing the defensive back a strip-sack of Sanchez from the blindside.  The one person who was actually blocked well on the play, Paul Soliai, came up with the recovery.

Did you Notice?

Both Tebow and Tanner Purdum mixed up blocking assignments that resulted in the Dolphins' blocked punt for a touchdown.

Sanchez's interception was his third inside the 20-yard line this year, tied with Matthew Stafford for the most in the NFL.

Rookies Josh Bush and Demario Davis had a nice tackle for no gain on Daniel Thomas on 1st-and-goal at the 3-yard line. 

Landry looked to be confused about the coverage on Anthony Fasano's touchdown that made the score 27-3.  

Despite being thoroughly embarrassed by the Dolphins, the Jets out-gained them 363-236 and won the time-of-possession battle 31:13-28:47.  The Jets also had more rushing yards, more passing yards and more 3rd and 4th-down conversions.  That doesn't seem to add up to a blowout until you factor in all the negative plays by the Jets.

The Jets weren't necessarily caught by surprise by the Dolphins onside kick.  Josh Bush alertly kept his eye on the kick and reacted when it was kicked short.  The only problem was that the ball went right through his hands and hit him in the facemask. 

The Jets allowed a blocked punt for a touchdown for the first time since 1984, a 440-game span.

The start of the Jets-Dolphins was preempted by the NFL to show the signing of the American and British national anthems in the Patriots-Rams game.  Like the Jets fans really needed to see Tom Brady and Bill Belichick one more time before the start of this game.

What This Means Now

If Rex Ryan was exasperated about answering Tebow questions the past few months, what's he going to be thinking now?  Losing to teams like the Texans, 49ers and Patriots was understandable.  However, losing a home division game to a mediocre team is inexcusable.  

The only way the Jets could make up for this loss is by either beating the Seahawks in Seattle or the Patriots at home.  A win in one of those games, especially the Patriots game, will put them back on track to salvage the season.

How the Jets come out of the bye will tell everyone whether the Jets will compete or will be picking in the top 10 of the NFL Draft next April. 

Next Week

The Jets are thankfully on a bye next week.  Fans won't be relegated to having to see them in person or on television until November 11 against the Seahawks.

Look for RC Cos' Instant Impact immediately following every Jets game this year.  For even more analysis and for all Jets' breaking news, follow the B/R Jets Report on Twitter: @BR Jets_Report.


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