New York Jets vs. Tennessee Titans: Live Grades and Analysis for New York

Aidan MackieSenior Analyst ISeptember 29, 2013

Can Geno Smith lead the Jets to a 3-1 start?
Can Geno Smith lead the Jets to a 3-1 start?Rich Schultz/Getty Images

The New York Jets were embarrassed by the Tennessee Titans on Sunday, losing 38-13 and being dominated in every aspect of the game. The loss drops New York to 2-2 on the season. 

Check below for grades and analysis for each of the Jets' positional units in the loss.


New York: 13

Tennessee: 38


Final Analysis for the New York Jets

Pass Offense: Four games into his career, Geno Smith looks like a Mark Sanchez clone. Smith has all the physical capabilities to be an NFL quarterback, but his continued physical and mental gaffes cost the team dearly. Smith committed an atrocious four turnovers, and each mistake led to a Tennessee touchdown. The West Virginia product needs to learn how to hang onto the football. It also didn't help that the Jets offensive line was manhandled by the Titans front seven. Smith was hit 11 times and sacked another five. 

Run Offense: After having success running the ball in the first half, the Jets completely abandoned the rush late. Bilal Powell, after gaining an impressive 5.7 yards per carry in the first half, rushed the ball just five times in the final 30 minutes. The rushing game was the only decent aspect of the game for New York, but for some reason, they only ran the ball 23 times out of 63 plays. 

Pass Defense: The pass defense was dominated by a subpar aerial attack by the Titans throughout the game. Jake Locker and Ryan Fitzpatrick combined for 244 yards passing on 32 attempts for four touchdowns and zero interceptions. Darrin Walls was picked on considerably, and Antonio Cromartie looked like a shell of the player he was last year. The two cornerbacks gave up three touchdowns when playing man-to-man coverage. The pass rush was decent, but the Titans neutralized the blitz by continually throwing it short. 

Run Defense:  In an otherwise embarrassing performance, the Jets run defense was once again phenomenal. The Jets continually stuffed Chris Johnson at the line of scrimmage, and the Pro Bowl running back only managed 21 yards on 15 carries. Johnson's backup, Jackie Battle, had more success, but he was still hampered by New York's front seven. Expect this unit to continue to excel. 

Special Teams: Nick Folk and Ryan Quigley were both solid when called upon, but the Jets' special teams unit was horrific as a whole in the second half. Jeremy Kerley was blanketed on his pair of punt returns, while Titans running back Darius Reynaud brought a punt back 35 yards into Jets territory in the third quarter. 

Coaching: The coaching staff should be ashamed of themselves after that performance. New York committed an atrocious 10 penalties, lost the turnover battle with four to Tennessee's zero and failed to adjust accordingly to Tennessee's game plan. Marty Mornhinweg did the offense no favors in his play-calling. He leaned heavily on the passing attack, despite the fact that Geno Smith was being destroyed every time he stepped back in the pocket, and abandoned a successful rushing attack in the second half. 

Sep 29, 2013; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans defensive end Ropati Pitoitua (92) sacks New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith (7) during the first half at LP Field. Mandatory Credit: Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports
Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports



First-Half Analysis for New York 

Pass Offense: Geno Smith's play continues to be a roller-coaster ride. The rookie was efficient, as he completed eight of 13 passes for 120 yards, but he committed three killer turnovers that handed the Titans great field position. Tennessee scored 21 points off Smith's mistakes, which has been the difference in the game so far. Smith needs to make better decisions if the Jets are to compete in the second half.

Run Offense: Bilal Powell has continued his terrific play from last week thus far. Powell carried the ball nine times for 51 yards and an impressive 5.7 yards per rush. Powell did a great job fighting for extra yardage and finding holes against an underrated Tennessee front. New York's offensive line also did a nice job getting push up front. 

Pass Defense: The Jets' defense was continually burned by bad field position in the first half. The unit couldn't find a way to stop the versatile Jake Locker either. The secondary's coverage collapsed twice at the goal line, giving up two easy touchdown passes. Despite getting consistent pressure in the pocket, Locker was able to use his legs to evade the rush and extend plays. 

Run Defense: The Jets' run defense was once again impressive in the first half of action. The front seven never allowed Chris Johnson to find space and they continually limited him to short gains. Even on the goal line, the run defense held up accordingly. New York allowed just 30 yards on 11 carries to Titans running backs through the first 30 minutes. 

Special Teams: The return game was once again nonexistent, but special teams continue to be a solid unit for New York. Nick Folk hit a pair of long field goals to stay perfect for the season, and Ryan Quigley's lone punt went an impressive 53 yards. 

Coaching: Rex Ryan's strategy of making the team do push-ups for every penalty committed in practice is obviously not working. The Jets were incredibly sloppy throughout the first half, committing a ridiculous seven penalties for 55 yards. Marty Mornhinweg also needs to stop putting the game in Geno Smith's hands. The running game is emerging as the team's strength. The passing game is a liability.