Wednesday, January 1, 2014
Playing-time breakdown: Week 17
By Rich Cimini
An analysis of the snap counts from the New York Jets' season-ending win over the Miami Dolphins:
OFFENSE (Based on 72 snaps)
Quarterback -- Geno Smith 72.
Running back -- Bilal Powell 53, Tommy Bohanon 16, Chris Ivory 8, Alex Green 3, Sheldon Richardson 2, Damon Harrison 1, Kenrick Ellis 1.
Wide receiver -- David Nelson 60, Santonio Holmes 57, Jeremy Kerley 54, Greg Salas 8, Saalim Hakim 1.
Tight end -- Jeff Cumberland 60, Kellen Winslow 22, Zach Sudfeld 13.
Offensive line -- D'Brickashaw Ferguson 72, Brian Winters 72, Nick Mangold 72, Willie Colon 61, Austin Howard 72, Vladimir Ducasse 12.
Offensive analysis: You have to feel for Colon. He came to the Jets last March with durability questions, having suffered major injuries in recent years. Before Sunday, he had missed only two snaps this season. He made it through most of the finale, then suffered a biceps tear that will require surgery. He came within 11 plays of making it through an entire season. A tough, tough break. He was replaced by Ducasse, who played perhaps his final game as a Jet. He's a free agent. ... Ivory fractured a rib and suffered a hip pointer early in the game, resulting in an early exit. The Jets never announced the injury during the game; teams are required to do so. ... Richardson scored in a goal-line situation, and later lined up for one play with Harrison and Ellis in the same backfield -- 990 pounds of defensive linemen. They call it the "Destroyer" package. It was an in-your-face messsage from Rex Ryan to the Dolphins.
DEFENSE (Based on 64 snaps)
Line -- Muhammad Wilkerson 61, Richardson 42, Leger Douzable 26, Harrison 16, Ellis 13.
Linebacker -- David Harris 64, Calvin Pace 54, Demario Davis 53, Quinton Coples 45, Garrett McIntyre 12.
Secondary -- Dawan Landry 64, Antonio Cromartie 64, Dee Milliner 63, Ed Reed 46, Isaiah Trufant 37, Antonio Allen 33, Kyle Wilson 8, Jaiquawn Jarrett 1.
Defensive analysis: Wilson went down early with a knee injury, resulting in a season-high snap count for Trufant, who replaced him in the nickel. Prior to Sunday, Trufant had played only 31 snaps. ... Richardson was hampered by a hip injury throughout the game, which meant an increased role for Douzable. ... The Jets were in nickel for about two-thirds of the game, which explains Harrison's low snap count and Reed's high count.