Thursday, October 4, 2012
Quarter-mark report card: Jets
By James Walker
The New York Jets are in first-place in the AFC East after four games. The Jets are 2-2 but is the only team with two division wins.
Here is the quarter-mark report card for New York:
New offensive coordinator Tony Sparano has not sparked New York’s offense. The Jets are ranked 28th offensively in the NFL. This is actually down three spots from last year, which got former offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer fired. The Jets still lack an identity and don't do anything particularly well. The season-ending foot injury to No. 1 receiver Santonio Holmes certainly doesn't help. The Tim Tebow experiment also has been disastrous so far. Starting quarterback Mark Sanchez has not made the necessary strides so far in his fourth season. It's been bad all around.
I've been most disappointed in New York's defense. I thought this group had the potential to be a top-five defense this year. Currently, the Jets are 21st in total defense. It’s a long season. But certain things like poor run defense and Darrelle Revis' season-ending knee injury are major concerns. The run defense can be fixed, but Revis isn't coming back.
Special teams: B
New York’s special teams have mostly been good. Kicker Nick Folk is perfect in six attempts and nailed some big kicks. Receiver Jeremy Kerley also had a big punt return for a touchdown in Week 1. The punt block in Week 4 was ugly. But three out of four games with good special teams is solid.
The Jets are in first place, but it sure doesn't feel that way. New York has a tough early schedule and came out of it 2-2. The Jets won't make the playoffs this year without Revis, Holmes and a sputtering offense. Perhaps their best chance is to try to hang around .500 most of the year and at least play meaningful games in December.