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    Cool ESPN : Mid-Season Report Card ~ ~ ~

    Midseason Report: New York Jets

    On the eve of the season opener, New York Jets coach Rex Ryan gave his team a visual presentation that set a tone. He showed the ESPN.com Power Rankings for Week 1, which placed the Jets at No. 32. They took it as an insult and used it as motivation.

    Two months later, the Jets still talk about those Power Rankings, mocking them.

    Can you blame them? At 5-4, the Jets are one of the biggest surprises in the NFL, a legitimate wild-card contender in the AFC. Except for the front seven, there's not an abundance of talent on the roster, but Ryan and his staff have terrifically managed the highs and lows that come with having five rookies in the starting lineup, including the quarterback. Only one of their remaining opponents has a winning record, so the Jets should be in it for the duration.

    On to the grades ...

    GRADING THE NEW YORK JETS
    Position Grade Analysis
    Quarterbacks Because he's a rookie, Geno Smith is graded on a curve. The arm talent is obvious, but his decision-making remains suspect. His ability to perform in the clutch (four winning drives in the fourth quarter and overtime) has been a pleasant surprise. The passing game has ground to a halt the past two weeks; he has to pick up the pace for the team to make a strong playoff push.
    Running Backs Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell form a solid one-two combination, with Ivory emerging in recent weeks as the No. 1 back. You can't call them Thunder and Lightning because there hasn't been much lightning (save for Sunday), but the Jets can win games with these two backs.
    Wide Receivers Injuries (mainly Santonio Holmes) and ineffectiveness (Stephen Hill) drag down the grade. They've already used 10 different receivers, making it tough to build continuity with Smith. Jeremy Kerley has held up his end, and David Nelson has been a nice addition to this banged-up unit.
    Tight Ends There hasn't been much production in the passing game, as the tight ends have combined for only 37 catches and four touchdowns. Kellen Winslow still leads in receptions even though he missed the past four games while serving a suspension. Jeff Cumberland has demonstrated big-play ability, but he doesn't get enough opportunities.
    Offensive Line The Jets have allowed way too many sacks (31, the third-highest total in the league), but a lot of them can be attributed to Smith, who holds the ball too long. The run-blocking has been decent, but they struggle against big, physical fronts. The left side (D'Brickashaw Ferguson and rookie Brian Winters) needs to step it up.
    Defensive Line This is the strength of the team. The Jets are No. 1 against the run, and they already have 27 sacks, only three shy of last season's total. Muhammad Wilkerson (eight sacks) should be in the conversation for NFL Defensive Player of the Year, and Sheldon Richardson is having an all-rookie kind of season.
    Linebackers Thanks to DeMario Davis and a lighter, quicker David Harris, this is a more athletic unit than last season. As a result, the linebackers have become better space players. Quinton Coples has plenty of talent, but he needs to be more consistent on a down-to-down basis.
    Secondary This used to be the strength of the team. The Jets have allowed 251 passing yards per game (21st), with only five interceptions. Antonio Cromartie has slipped from his Pro Bowl form, and rookie Dee Milliner has disappointed. The bright spot is Antonio Allen, a unique athlete with better-than-advertised coverage skills.
    Special Teams In terms of the return and coverage units, the Jets have been fairly average across the board, but the overall grade is high because of one man -- Nick Folk, who is 23-for-23 on field goals. Folk has won three games with clutch kicks. That's the difference from last season, when special teams actually cost them games.
    Coaching This was supposed to be a rebuilding year, but Ryan has his team in the playoff hunt. He reinvented himself, allowing him to overcome huge challenges -- a rookie quarterback, seven new starters on defense and the pressure of having to please a new GM. If the Jets make the playoffs, Dead Coach Walking will hold the hammer in contract-extension talks.

    > http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york/jet...-new-york-jets

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    Cimini surprisingly dead on (in my view) with these grades. His C & D grades are exactly where the Jets should be focused in the upcoming offseason, except for QB. Hopefully.

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    You have to give this team a B+ for beating the Pats, Saints, and Falcons. For a team that they had last in the power ratings 32/32 and then get to within wildcard playoff status deserves a little more credit. Geno is also a B+ as a rookie who has to learn everything on the job training.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GreenWave View Post
    Cimini surprisingly dead on (in my view) with these grades. His C & D grades are exactly where the Jets should be focused in the upcoming offseason, except for QB. Hopefully.
    so far...Geno looks like " a keeper "

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    Quote Originally Posted by RMJK View Post
    You have to give this team a B+ for beating the Pats, Saints, and Falcons. For a team that they had last in the power ratings 32/32 and then get to within wildcard playoff status deserves a little more credit. Geno is also a B+ as a rookie who has to learn everything on the job training.
    And he really doesn't have much at WR or TE. It's funny how they always forget to mention that when they evaluate Geno.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RMJK View Post
    You have to give this team a B+ for beating the Pats, Saints, and Falcons. For a team that they had last in the power ratings 32/32 and then get to within wildcard playoff status deserves a little more credit. Geno is also a B+ as a rookie who has to learn everything on the job training.
    Meh. I'm not sure I buy that. B-/C+ for Geno sounds right. He's played well in spots, and terrible in others, his numbers are about average (if not worse) for a rookie QB starting in their first season, he's near the league lead in turnovers (16), and given up 4 TO/TDs (3 pick 6s, and an ugly fumble 6). Of the 16 turnovers, 4 were TDs, and another 7 gave the other team the ball inside FG range (anywhere from the Jets 26 to the Jets 5).

    Again, he's played well at times, too. He's had a series of great game winning drives, and played exceptionally well against the Falcons. He's also has limited weapons and that was furthered coupled by injuries to almost every single skill player that started a game for the Jets this season. He needs to improve in the 2nd half, he needs to turn the ball over a lot less, but he also needs help, and there's been enough good that a C+ is warranted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Batmans A Scientist View Post
    Meh. I'm not sure I buy that. B-/C+ for Geno sounds right. He's played well in spots, and terrible in others, his numbers are about average (if not worse) for a rookie QB starting in their first season, he's near the league lead in turnovers (16), and given up 4 TO/TDs (3 pick 6s, and an ugly fumble 6). Of the 16 turnovers, 4 were TDs, and another 7 gave the other team the ball inside FG range (anywhere from the Jets 26 to the Jets 5).

    Again, he's played well at times, too. He's had a series of great game winning drives, and played exceptionally well against the Falcons. He's also has limited weapons and that was furthered coupled by injuries to almost every single skill player that started a game for the Jets this season. He needs to improve in the 2nd half, he needs to turn the ball over a lot less, but he also needs help, and there's been enough good that a C+ is warranted.
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    10 Best Jets Highlights from the First Half: Part I

    The first half of the season is in the books — all right, the first 9/16ths — and as rookie QB Geno Smith said of what he'll be doing for the bye week, "It'll be all preparation for the Bills. Now is not the time to reflect on anything."

    Well, maybe not for Geno, but we can reminisce just a bit on the highlights of a rousing first half of the schedule.

    We've put together a list of 10 top "moments" at the midway point of the season — 10 plays plus the key developments and background that led to those plays, from the first nine games, as selected by us here at newyorkjets.com, accompanied by video to help us reflect just a little this week.

    Not surprisingly, the 10 moments come from the five victories to date. We're counting them down for you, with Moments 10 through 6 today and Moments 5 through 1 plus honorable mentions Thursday at midday.

    10. QUINTON COPLES' LATE 4TH-DOWN HEROICS vs. NEW ORLEANS

    QB Drew Brees’ fake handoff to his running back before giving the ball to TE Josh Hill on an end-around might have fooled many, but not LB Quinton Coples.

    “I was thinking that he was going to put it away and throw the ball,” Coples said, “but when he handed it off, my eyes just got big because I knew I was going to run right through him.”

    It wouldn’t be Q's only fourth-quarter, fourth-down stop of the game, as you can see beginning 2:45 into the clip above. He also pressured Brees on fourth-and-19, forcing the incompletion that ended any prayer the Saints might have had of preventing the Jets' fifth win of the season by 26-20.

    9. JEREMY KERLEY'S THIRD-DOWN PROWESS vs. NEW ENGLAND

    We were without WR Jeremy Kerley for our Week 2 matchup in New England. To say we missed him would be an understatement as we managed just 10 points in a game in which a pair of touchdowns would’ve been enough to win.

    But Kerley was back with a vengeance for our Week 7 rematch with the Patriots. The 5’9”, 188-pound slot receiver converted three third downs on our opening drive alone, the last for a touchdown, and he ended up with six third-down conversions by the time our 30-27 overtime win was complete.

    8. CHRIS IVORY'S THREE RUNS OF 25-PLUS YARDS vs. NEW ORLEANS

    On April 26, New Orleans traded RB Chris Ivory to the Jets for a fourth-round pick. On Nov. 3, the Saints likely regretted that decision.

    Ivory carried the ball 18 times for 139 yards and a touchdown vs. his former team, none bigger than a 52-yard burst down the right sideline when the Jets were backed up at their own 2. He became the first Jet since the 1970 merger to have three rushes of 25-plus yards in one game and was nominated for the FedEx Ground Player of the Week award for his performance.

    7. MO WILKERSON LEADS WAY TO 8 SACKS vs. BUFFALO

    What do you call six tackles, five QB hits, two sacks and one forced fumble? If you’re DE Muhammad Wilkerson, the answer is just another day at the office.

    No. 96 and his teammates combined for a first-half-of-the-season-high eight sacks against QB EJ Manuel and the Bills as the Green & White brought the pressure early and often in their 27-20 Game 3 division victory.

    6. PATRIOTS PENALTY, FOLK'S GAMEWINNER vs. NEW ENGLAND

    Three straight Tom Brady incompletions and a punt gave the Jets the ball in overtime needing just a field goal to win. Quite a few Ivory runs later, K Nick Folk lined up for a 56-yard try. The wind pushed it left, but Patriots rookie Chris Jones had a push of his own, of a teammate in the middle of the line.

    The penalty flag was thrown, the Jets moved 15 yards closer and received a fresh set of downs, and a few plays later, Nick jogged back on the field for a second chance to be the “Folk Hero.” The kick was good, and the Jets had slain the Patriots.

    > http://www.newyorkjets.com/news/arti...b-d3502ddaa6bf

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    Quote Originally Posted by ctjetfan View Post
    And he really doesn't have much at WR or TE. It's funny how they always forget to mention that when they evaluate Geno.
    but they do mention when Bress and Brady have receivers hurt and the jets beat them

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    Quote Originally Posted by sect313 View Post
    but they do mention when Bress and Brady have receivers hurt and the jets beat them
    shhhh !


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    Quote Originally Posted by Batmans A Scientist View Post
    Meh. I'm not sure I buy that. B-/C+ for Geno sounds right. He's played well in spots, and terrible in others, his numbers are about average (if not worse) for a rookie QB starting in their first season, he's near the league lead in turnovers (16), and given up 4 TO/TDs (3 pick 6s, and an ugly fumble 6). Of the 16 turnovers, 4 were TDs, and another 7 gave the other team the ball inside FG range (anywhere from the Jets 26 to the Jets 5).

    Again, he's played well at times, too. He's had a series of great game winning drives, and played exceptionally well against the Falcons. He's also has limited weapons and that was furthered coupled by injuries to almost every single skill player that started a game for the Jets this season. He needs to improve in the 2nd half, he needs to turn the ball over a lot less, but he also needs help, and there's been enough good that a C+ is warranted.
    If Geno strings together some back to back wins and takes us to the playoff - I'll give him that B+. He certainly has the ability and has shown some big play potential already. This guy's got a live arm. the only thing is consistency is something he doesn't havce at this point. However, his cool, settled demeanour and work ethic lend themselves well to unlocking consistent, excellent play.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FijiJet View Post
    If Geno strings together some back to back wins and takes us to the playoff - I'll give him that B+. He certainly has the ability and has shown some big play potential already. This guy's got a live arm. the only thing is consistency is something he doesn't havce at this point. However, his cool, settled demeanour and work ethic lend themselves well to unlocking consistent, excellent play.
    agreed !..i'm hoping with experience and good coaching he develops into a good qb

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    Sometimes, it’s nice to stop and take a look back. John F. Kennedy once said, “We can’t know where we’re going, until we know where we’ve been.” I like that quote a lot. So, I wanted to take a few minutes to look at where we have been in the first half of the season, specifically, at the quarterback position.

    Geno Smith has definitely put up moments that we want to forget. However, he has shown us a lot of good as well. He has shown flashes of a guy that can be an effective quarterback for the New York Jets for the next ten years. That is what we are going to look at today.

    Courtesy of great Jets’ fan Michael Pagano, on Twitter @mikey_pags, comes the following video. It’s a compilation of Geno Smith highlights from the first half of the season to date. Take a look:

    Great job by Mikey on this highlight piece. Follow him on Twitter as he is a great Jets fan. Here’s hoping he gets a lot more footage for a second half highlight video compilation.

    video -
    > http://thejetpress.com/2013/11/07/ne...lf-highlights/

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