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Something the Jets actually did well

Let's step away from the general-manager search for a moment to analyze actual football. What a concept.

Despite a myriad of problems, the Jets were the fourth least-penalized team in the NFL. They committed 83 penalties. Only the Falcons (55), Giants (72) and Dolphins (82) made fewer penalties. This is a tribute to Rex Ryan and his staff. If you recall, the Jets got off to a bad start with penalties, but Ryan made it a point of emphasis and the numbers dropped.

Here are some trends, based on NFL stats:

THE JETS' NAUGHTY LIST

(The most frequently penalized)

• CB Antonio Cromartie: 7 penalties for 86 yards

• CB Kyle Wilson: 7 for 59 yards (one declined)

• DE Muhammad Wilkerson: 5 for 40 yards

• DE Quinton Coples: 4 for 54 yards

• S LaRon Landry: 4 for 28 yards (one declined)

• G Brandon Moore: 4 for 25 yards

• T Austin Howard: 4 for 20 yards (one declined)

• CB Ellis Lankster: 4 for 15 yards (two declined)

• WR Stephen Hill: 3 for 20 yards

• TE Konrad Reuland: 3 for 17 yards

• QB Mark Sanchez: 3 for 10 yards (one declined)

• G Matt Slauson: 3 for 10 yards (one declined)

GOLD STARS

Players with no penalties: TE Jeff Cumberland, DT Mike DeVito, WR Clyde Gates and FB Lex Hilliard.

FAMILIAR FLAGS

(Most frequent penalties)

False start: 16 (8th most in the NFL, led to nine stalled drives)

Offensive holding: 13 (2nd in NFL; plus four declined)

Defensive pass interference 9 (12th)

Defensive holding: 8 (24th)

Unnecessary roughness: 6 (11th)

Roughing the passer: 6 (25th)