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Dolphins vs. Jets: Instant Grades, Analysis for New York

Rocco ConstantinoContributor IOctober 24, 2016

Dolphins vs. Jets: Instant Grades, Analysis for New York

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    This was an outright disgusting performance by the New York Jets at home.

    Aside from the fact that they were totally whipped 30-9 by a mediocre Miami Dolphins team, there were so many factors that should have given the Jets motivation to come out with their best.

    First, they were playing their hated rivals at home after a spirited week of trash talking.

    Then there was also the fact that the Jets were retiring the number of Dennis Byrd, the most inspirational player in their franchise's history.

    Byrd addressed the team, was announced before the game with the defense and joined the team for the opening coin toss.  

    After all the pregame hype, the Jets simply mailed in their effort as they made a beeline to their bye week.  

    Frankly, they looked like school children during the middle of June who knew summer vacation was right around the corner.

    Today's unit grades are brought to you by the letter "F."

Quarterbacks: F

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    This was one of the brutal performances in Mark Sanchez's career.  The Dolphins' pass defense ranks about the same as the Patriots, so there is no excuse for him to play like this.

    Sanchez looked like he did when he was at his worst as a rookie.  He forced passes all afternoon and the defense knew what he was going to do before he did it.

    Sanchez missed Stephen Hill at the goal line and threw an interception inside the 2-yard line while this was still a game.  If he connects on either of those passes, it could have been a different game.

    A brutal performance that gives Sanchez haters plenty of ammunition for the next two weeks.

    Although it doesn't matter, Sanchez finished the game 28-for-53 for 283 yards and a touchdown.  



    Sanchez finally got the ball into the end zone, but by the time he did, nobody cared.  He did make a few nice throws, but they all came in garbage time.  Whether is was Sanchez's fault or the coaching staff, there was no urgency whatsoever all game and in the fourth quarter. 



    Mark Sanchez continued his brutal game, with his poor play punctuated by an interception in the end zone after a Yeremiah Bell fumble recovery.  Sanchez has been forcing passes all afternoon and after coming close to a few interception in the quarter, the Dolphins finally got the pick everyone knew was coming.

    How much longer could the leash possibly be on Sanchez?



    Aside from the final drive of the half, the offense has been completely brutal and Mark Sanchez is a big part of that.  Sanchez has been under pressure all game and even when he has had time, he hasn't been able to do anything.

    If the Jets have any hopes for a comeback, the momentum of the final drive of the half better be continued into the second half. 

    Sanchez is 10-19 for 109 yards at the half.


    Mark Sanchez is 4-for-7 for 28 yards, but had a turnover that set the Dolphins up deep in Jets territory.

    He has had no protection, but hasn't done much to help himself either. 

Offense: F

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    A disastrous joke performance by the Jets' offense.  Mark Sanchez was awful, the line wasn't able to handle the Dolphins and the running game was non-existent.  There really isn't much more to say here.    


    The offense finally moved the ball, but all of their production came in garbage time.  While this was still a game, they couldn't protect Mark Sanchez, couldn't get the running game going and just couldn't produce anything.

    The Jets scored with 7:20 left in the game and a successful two-point conversion could have given the Jets hope.  However, the play never looked to have a chance as a pass to Dustin Keller fell incomplete.



    The Jets got on the board with three points in the quarter, but it should have been much more.  Mark Sanchez threw an absolutely killer interception with the Jets driving on a play that could have ultimately sealed the Jets' fate today.

    Shonn Greene had a 36-yard run, the longest of his career.  Even with the long run though, the Jets could not do anything as a result.  The drive was halted when Karlos Dansby batted down a 3rd-and-5 pass attempt while being blocked by Jon Grimes.



    Aside from the shutout at the hands of the 49ers, this is the worst the Jets offense has looked all season.  The play calling has been awful, the play execution has been terrible and there is no urgency whatsoever.

    After looking revived in recent weeks, Shonn Greene has regressed back to a plodding, unproductive running style.  Austin Howard is getting absolutely abused.



    Not only did the offense not do anything in the first quarter, but they practically gave the Dolphins one touchdown and set them up for another.  Their failure to move the ball resulted in Robert Malone punting from deep inside his own territory.  That resulted in a blocked punt for a TD.

    Their inability to protect Mark Sanchez has resulted in two sacks and two pressures.  Their second sack resulted in a fumble that set up Miami deep in the Jets territory.

Defense: B

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    The defense is the only unit who escapes this game without being totally ripped.  Considering some of the situations they were put in, the defense didn't play poorly overall.

    Geriatric linebackers Calvin Pace and Bryan Thomas each recorded sacks and Yeremiah Bell recovered a fumble. 

    Each of the Dolphins' touchdown drives started in Jets' territory.  



    The Jets kept the Dolphins out of the end zone in the fourth quarter as the Dolphins were content to run out the clock.



    Just when the Jets started to creep back into the game with a field goal, the defense allowed the Dolphins to march right down the field for a touchdown.  The touchdown came after a 30-yard pass from Matt Moore to Jabar Gaffney on a miscommunication by Kyle Wilson and LaRon Landry.

    Yeremiah Bell recorded the Jets' first turnover of the day, but Mark Sanchez gave it right back to the Dolphins. 

    Overall, the Jets have been able to get decent pressure or Moore and have played an above-average game on run defense.



    The Jets defense is the only unit that is playing with any urgency.  They have been put in difficult situations the entire first half and have held strong.  The Dolphins have been going conservative with a big lead and their backup quarterback in the game.  

    The fact that Kyle Wilson allowed a 37-reception to Marlon Moore is alarming.  The defense held after that though, forcing a Dolphins field goal.

    Bryan Thomas recorded the Jets' second sack of the game.  



    The Jets defense played a chippy first quarter, hitting hard and talking harder after each hit.  Calvin Pace's sack of Ryan Tannehill was a crucial play as it forced a three-and-out by the Dolphins and injured Tannehill.

    The defense has been aggressive and if the Dolphins are going to revert to a conservative game plan without Tannehill on offense, it will play right into the Jets' hands.

Special Teams: F

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    In one of the rare occasions under Mike Westhoff, the Jets were completely overmatched on special teams.

    The Dolphins blocked a punt for a touchdown, blocked a field goal and had a number of big returns.  They even executed a successful onside kick that caught the Jets by surprise.

    If it wasn't for the putrid Jets offense, the special teams would be the focus of a lot of hatred in New York this week. 


    The only impact the special teams had in the fourth quarter was that they failed to recover an onside kick.



    Clyde Gates' 47-yard return helped set up a 38-yard Nick Folk field goal, but the Jets allowed a 57-yard return on the ensuing kickoff.

    Aside from that, there wasn't much action on special teams in the third quarter.



    The blocked field goal at the end of the first half was a killer.

    The Jets had gained some momentum on a nice drive, but it resulted in no points as the Dolphins blocked what would have been a chip shot field goal.

    Robert Malone had punts of 39, 48 and 54 yards.

    Joe McKnight was injured in the first quarter and Clyde Gates is now returning kickoffs.



    Tim Tebow missed a blocking assignment on a Robert Malone punt at the 4:00 mark, allowing the Dolphins to record a blocked punt for a touchdown.

    The Jets were victimized by a Dan Carpenter onside kick after their first field goal.  The Jets weren't necessarily surprised by the kick, but Josh Bush and Marcus Dowtin each blew a chance to recover the kick.  

    Malone did boom a 59-yard punt on his only attempt.

Coaching: D

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    Two things will really draw the ire of the fans over the next two weeks.  First, Tony Sparano's play calling will be called into question again.  Second, fans will rightly question why there was no sense of urgency at all as the Jets tried to battle back.

    It was the most frustrating game to watch this season.  

    The Jets simply didn't show up and that falls on the coaching staff.



    It's been a theme today, but that's because it's true.  The Jets had no tempo and no urgency whatsoever.  They did get themselves on the board in the fourth quarter, but it took 5:39 off the clock to do so. 

    At some point, the coaches have to say "Hey, Sanchez, hurry the heck up!" 

    The decisions to go for two points and the onside kick attempt were both the right calls.



    The Jets continued their uninspired play and Tony Sparano continued his uninspired play calling.  The Jets need to go into a hurry-up offense immediately as they try to find a spark on offense.  The Dolphins have one of the worst pass defenses in the league, yet Sparano hasn't called a single deep shot down the field.

     There is no urgency whatsoever from the offense, and that falls at the hands of the coaching staff.

    The Jets were faced with a 4th-and-inches at the end of the quarter at their own 21-yard line.  Rex Ryan correctly chose to go for it and Lex Hilliard converted.  



    With the Jets trying to answer Daniel Thomas' touchdown at 12:45 in the second quarter, Tony Sparano dialed up a pass on 3rd-and-1.  It went incomplete and forced a punt.  He didn't learn a thing from last week's mistake.

    The Jets can't run the ball, can't throw the ball and can't protect the passer.  The creativity that buoyed the team against the Texans is conspicuously absent today.

    The only thing keeping this from being an "F" is that the staff hasn't had any crucial decisions for them to botch.



    At first glance, the play calling looks like it will be on the conservative side today.  Whether it's because of the windy conditions or the Dolphins defense will be a question to be answered after the game.

    Rex Ryan hasn't been faced with any crucial decisions yet.  An uneventful quarter for the coaching staff.

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