Monday, December 24, 2012
Stock watch: Risers and fallers
By Rich Cimini
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- A look back at positives and negatives from the Jets' 27-17 loss to the Chargers:
1. Quinton Coples: One of the few bright spots in the season. The No. 1 pick recorded 1.5 sacks, taking the team lead, and three quarterback hits. He had another roughing-the-passer penalty; he's had a major penalty in three straight games. Otherwise, the kid is all right.
2. Jeremy Kerley: Say hello to the Jets' most efficient passer -- one attempt, 42 yards. He had another completion nullified by a penalty. Too bad he's a wide receiver.
3. Greg McElroy: This is for courage and durability, not quarterback expertise. The man was sacked 11 times and was hit on at least five other occasions, according to the press-box stats -- and that's probably conservative. A lot of it was his own doing, but he's a tough dude.
1. The offensive line: Yeah, they played with a neophyte quarterback. Yeah, they have an offensive system that's flawed againt the blitz. But we can't ignore 11 sacks allowed; some of that has to go on the big fellas.
2. Tim Tebow: He was so upset at being passed over for the starting job that he told the coaches he didn't want any part of the Wildcat package. Fortunately for the Jets, it happened early in the week, allowing them to prep Kerley.
3. Special teams: Another week, another calamity. This time it came in the form of a punt return for a touchdown, the first allowed by the Jets since 2003.