Check below for grades and analysis for each of New York's positional units in the tough loss.
New York: 3
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vs. Dolphins Week 13
Final Analysis for New York
Pass Offense: Matt Simms replaced the struggling Geno Smith to begin the second half and was equally ineffective. Simms completed just nine of his 18 passes for 79 yards and two turnovers. Neither Simms nor Smith looks like the long-term answer at quarterback.
Run Offense: The Jets had decent success on the ground in the second half, as Chris Ivory busted out a 32-yard run and was solid throughout. Ivory and Bilal Powell combined for a solid 95 yards on 19 carries. However, the duo's success was largely meaningless, as New York couldn't move the ball downfield.
Pass Defense: The Jets secondary was horrific once again on Sunday. After giving up over 200 yards to Ryan Tannehill but limiting Miami to six points in the first half, the unit let the Dolphins passing game drive downfield at will in the final 30 minutes. Tannehill consistently found open receivers, and he ended the game with 331 yards and two touchdowns.
Run Defense: New York's run defense was solid again, limiting Lamar Miller to just 72 yards on 22 carries and backup Mike Gillislee to 21 yards on six touches. The run defense, as in the last few weeks, was the lone bright spot in the contest.
Special Teams: New York's special teams made no impact whatsoever in this one. Antonio Cromartie had a couple of decent returns, but they didn't lead to any points. Nick Folk nailed a chip shot for the Jets' only points.
Coaching: The Jets' season is over. The team has now lost three consecutive games and looked awful in the process. Rex Ryan's seat is warm, but his defense continues to play relatively well. Ryan needs to spend the next few weeks discovering whether Geno Smith can be a starting quarterback in the NFL.
First-Half Analysis for New York
Pass Offense: Geno Smith miraculously only turned the ball over once, as the rookie signal-caller was less effective than a rock in the first half. Smith completed just four of his 10 passes for 29 yards, as inaccuracy continues to plague him. It didn't help that Miami got consistent pressure on Smith throughout the first half.
Run Offense: The Jets rushing game didn't do anything in the first 30 minutes, largely due to Miami stacking the box in preparation for the run. Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell combined for just 16 yards on five carries, as New York's offense struggled mightily to move the ball. The Jets need the running game to improve in the second half to have any shot of winning the contest.
Pass Defense: Ryan Tannehill completed nearly two-thirds of his passes for over 200 passing yards in the first half, but the Jets pass defense was still solid. The secondary didn't give up a backbreaking long pass play like it has in recent weeks, and Antonio Cromartie even recorded a crucial red-zone interception. New York's pass rush was decent, but it should perform better in the second half against such a weak Miami front.
Run Defense: Tannehill found success scrambling out of the pocket twice, but the Jets front was once again dominant in the first half. Lamar Miller rushed for just 30 yards on 13 carries, as he couldn't find any room to run. The Jets front also recorded two big stops on late downs to prevent Miami from putting points on the board. Expect Gang Green's run defense to hold firm in the second half.
Special Teams: The Jets didn't have a single return in the first half because of the lack of scoring, and Nick Folk didn't even come close to attempting a field goal. Ryan Quigley averaged just 44 yards on four punts, though.
Coaching: It's a miracle that the Jets are only down by six considering Miami's domination in the first half. Miami recorded 14 more first downs and 226 more total yards than the Jets. Ryan's defense was terrific in limiting the Dolphins, but Marty Mornhinweg needs to find a way to get his offense rolling.