By Tyson Rauch
The New York Jets (5-6) magic carpet ride has officially come to an end after a disheartening 19-3 loss to the Baltimore Ravens (5-6). The Jets had no answers for a physical Ravens defense and leave Baltimore searching for answers as the team is clearly headed in the wrong direction.
Offense Grade: F
You know it is bad when quarterback Geno Smith is tied for the team lead in receptions (1) at halftime. It is truly difficult to explain the Jets ineptitude on offense as the entire unit played poorly. The offensive line was manhandled by the Baltimore front seven while the wide receivers were experiencing a case of the dropsies. Add in a rookie quarterback that was playing with minimal confidence and you have an offense that was 1-for-12 on third down and had a mere 220 yards in total.
Defense Grade: B-
As expected the Jets defense completely stifled the Ravens rushing attack holding Baltimore to 67 yards. Unfortunately for the Jets the unit also gave up some big plays in the passing game which was expected as well. As good as the Jets front seven is playing, the secondary just cannot get their act together in pass coverage. Once again Antonio Cromartie was burned on a deep pass, while newly signed safety Ed Reed blew a coverage as well. There are just no excuses for how poorly this unit is playing.
Quarterback Grade: F
Geno Smith’s slide continues as the rookie quarterback had another putrid game. The Jets signal caller, who was once again facing constant pressure, was not able to establish any type of rhythm on offense. As the game progressed Smith’s confidence deteriorated and the turnover amount increased. You can make a solid argument to bench Geno Smith especially after watching the play of the offensive line and receivers. Giving the rookie a chance to regroup could be beneficial to both the player and the team.
Special Teams Grade: B
In the battle of field position the Jets special teams units did their part while dealing with serious wind conditions. Josh Cribbs has become a reliable returner for the team.
More questions than answers
The New York Jets offense has become a complete joke as defenses are selling out to stop the run with no fear of the passing game. Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg is calling plays to protect his quarterback but the conservative nature is hindering Smith’s development and holding back the offense. If you are scared to let the quarterback throw the ball, then he should not be in the game.
Going forward it is going to be interesting to see how Rex Ryan handles his quarterback situation. The Jets head coach is walking a fine line with his rookie quarterback and an offense that is amongst the worst in the NFL.
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Tyson Rauch is a freelance writer covering all things NFL. His work can be found on Examiner.com.