Dolphins @ Jets REPORT CARD

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    Dolphins @ Jets REPORT CARD

         Seems that theres' quite a bit of interest in the 'Fins 30-25 win over our pals, the Jets. So...since the Patriots aren't playing this week, I'll dedicate a report card segment to the jolly Green Gothams. Here are my grades:

         A.) OFFENSE: Scored enough points to win, in a game that the Jets had to have. One bad play cost the team 7 points. But, when a team holds the ball for 34 of 60 minutes, runs 25 more plays than the opposition, and outgains them by 250 total yards, that should be more than enough to score a comfortable win. But...

    1.) QB: Can't blame this loss on Mark Sanchez. His 20/35, for 265 yards and 2 TDs...and a QB rating of over 100...should have been more than enough to win this game. Had a chance to be a hero in the closing minutes, but couldn't get his team into the endzone. Nonetheless, you can't ask for a much better game from a rookie. 
    GRADE: B;

    2.) RBs: For the second straight week, Thomas Jones ran like a bull in a china shop, posting 102 yards on 27 carries. Unfortunately for the Gothams, RB Shonn Greene came nowhere near matching his productive performance in Oakland. His critical fumble when hit behind the line of scrimmage was scooped up by Jason Taylor, and returned 48 yards for a TD. This gave the 'Fins a commanding 17-6 lead in about midway in the 3rd quarter, and ended what appeared to be a promising NY drive. Leon Washington was certainly missed today.
    GRADE: C;

    3.) OL: Did a decent job most of the day. But, the above mentioned costly fumble. That, along with horrific kick coverage, cost the Jets this game...and perhaps their season.
    GRADE: B;

    4.) WRs & TE: Typical good job by Dustin Keller, who, despite one bad drop, led the team in receptions with 8, for 76 yards. Great one-handed grab by Braylon Edwards led to one score. Jerricho Cochery celebrated his return with 3 catches...averaging over 20 yards per catch. Illegal shift penalty negated a two point conversion, which would have pulled the Jets within a FG of the 'Fins. This necessitated that the Jets get a TD on their final drive...though they were easily in FG range. 
    GRADE: A-;

         B.) DEFENSE:
    When a "D" holds the opposing offense to just over 100 total yards, and allows just 3 FGs for the entire game, whats' to complain about? But...

    1.) DL: Despite the absence of star NT Kris Jenkins, the Greenshirts up front controlled the line of scrimmage, and caged the Wildcat. Anytime a "D" can hold Ricky Williams and Ronnie Brown below 100 yards for an entire game, whats to complain about? But...
    GRADE: B+;

    2.) LBs: LB Bart Scott backed up his big mouth with some rather big plays...as he led his team in tackles. Calvin Pace and David Harris, due at least in part to some solid work from the DL, the were also able to roam free, and stymie the 'Fins' offense. But...
    GRADE: A;

    3.) SECONDARY: Gave up no big plays, and supported well against the run. But...
    GRADE: A;

         C.) SPECIAL TEAMS: Heres' the but. The Jets' kick coverage was awful, allowing Ted Ginn Jr. to return two kickoffs for 100 and 101 yards, respectively. The missed tackles and poor lane discipline was more reminiscent of the Keystone Cops than an NFL team. This unit is sure to be the buttt of jokes from the press, and to get kicked repeatedly in the buttt by disgusted head coach, Rex Ryan. Credit kicker Jay Feeley for a 55 yard FG. Buttt, when coverage teams allow 299 yards on 6 kickoff returns, what can you say buttt: 
    GRADE: F- (though a G grade is probably more appropriate, as in giving the game away);

          D.) COACHING: 
    The offense played well. The defense played well. But...the special teams couldn't cover a glass of water with a beach towel. Unfortunately, for each game, it usually takes production from all three units, not two, to earn a win. Perhaps a little less trash talking, and a little more coaching, and paying attention to detail, is whats' needed at this stage of the season. Also, was late on throwing a challenge flag which would have resulted in a Jets' fumble recovery 
    GRADE: C-;

         E.) PLAYS OF THE GAME: The Ginn kickoff returns, and the Jason Taylor fumble return for a TD;

         F.) GAME BALL:
    Ted Ginn, Jr....who may have recessitated the Dolphins' season.

         Here are the game stats: http://espn.go.com/nfl/boxscore?gameId=291101020

         Heres' more from the disbelieving Jets, who keep right on trash talking. Heres' a quote from the NY Times:


         "The Jets continued talking after their latest loss. The first time Miami beat them, linebacker Calvin Pace called the Dolphins’ Wildcat formation nonsense and said Chad Henne was a “second-year clown quarterback.” "This time, Bart Scott answered questions about the Dolphins in a voice dripping with sarcasm. He called them “a great team” and “a tremendous offense” and said that, even at 3-4, “they’ll probably contend for a Super Bowl.”

     
    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/02/sports/football/02jets.html?ref=football 

         Thoughts?   

      


     

      
      

      
     
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    Agree with your assessment Tex.  Jets should have won this game hands down, except for the special teams play.  The encouraging thing is that we should be able to emulate the Jets "D" next week and eliminate the special teams mistakes.

    Miami worries me, they are winning ugly, just last last year.  We definitely need to win next week at home.  I know BB will be watching alot of game film against the JETS and Saints.  Both teams have stiffled the Wild Cat, and with an extra week of preparation, lets hope that BB does not disappoint.

    I'm curious, how would you grade the Fins?
     
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    In Response to Re: Dolphins @ Jets REPORT CARD:
    [QUOTE]Agree with your assessment Tex.  Jets should have won this game hands down, except for the special teams play.  The encouraging thing is that we should be able to emulate the Jets "D" next week and eliminate the special teams mistakes. Miami worries me, they are winning ugly, just last last year.  We definitely need to win next week at home.  I know BB will be watching alot of game film against the JETS and Saints.  Both teams have stiffled the Wild Cat, and with an extra week of preparation, lets hope that BB does not disappoint. I'm curious, how would you grade the Fins?
    Posted by SmokingJoe[/QUOTE]

         Heres' a quick grading of the 'Fins' play:

    1.) QB: D-;
    2.) RBs: C-;
    3.) OL: F (6 sacks allowed, and only 52 yards rushing);
    4.) WRs & TEs: D;
    5.) DL: C;
    LBs: C; 
    Secondary: D-;
    Special Teams: A+;
    COACHING: L (as in lucky). 

        
    If the Pats don't sweep Miami, and beat the depleted Jets in Foxboro...they don't deserve to be considered as an "elite" team.
     
     
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         Heres' more on Bart Scotts' sarcastic comments on the Dolphins: http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2009/11/01/bart-scott-takes-backhanded-slap-at-dolphins/
     
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    Thanks Tex.

    I am not prepared to call the PATS elite, until they can beat a decent team on the road.  Until then, they are just good.  The next 5 weeks will tell us whether the PATS are "elite".  If we win 4 of 5, I will concede elite status.  They have to beat either INDY or Saints.




     
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    In Response to Re: Dolphins @ Jets REPORT CARD:
    [QUOTE]Thanks Tex. I am not prepared to call the PATS elite, until they can beat a decent team on the road.  Until then, they are just good.  The next 5 weeks will tell us whether the PATS are "elite".  If we win 4 of 5, I will concede elite status.  They have to beat either INDY or Saints.
    Posted by SmokingJoe[/QUOTE]

         I agree. Lets' make it the Colts!!
     
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    In Response to Re: Dolphins @ Jets REPORT CARD:
    [QUOTE]     Heres' more on Bart Scotts' sarcastic comments on the Dolphins: http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2009/11/01/bart-scott-takes-backhanded-slap-at-dolphins/
    Posted by TexasPat3[/QUOTE]

    GREAT POST!  The players are starting to take on the personality of their coach.  Ryan's emotional style is not effective for the long haul.  As soon as the team faces some adversity, they cannot handle it.  Too much coaching and not enough game-planning.  The players should also focus on playing rather than dissing the opposition.  Can you ever imagine BB or a PATS player talking like this after a loss?  NEVER!
     
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    In Response to Re: Dolphins @ Jets REPORT CARD:
    [QUOTE]In Response to Re: Dolphins @ Jets REPORT CARD : GREAT POST!  The players are starting to take on the personality of their coach.  Ryan's emotional style is not effective for the long haul.  As soon as the team faces some adversity, they cannot handle it.  Too much coaching and not enough game-planning.

    RESPONSE: Actually, its' too much talking, and not enough coaching. Rex Ryan's game plan was fine. His defense stopped the wildcat cold, and held the Dolphins to just 104 total yards. The offense put up 25 points...which should be more than enough to beat the "3 yards and a cloud of dust" Dolphins. The Jets must be made to understand that it takes a complete team effort for 60 minutes to win. To allow one kick return for a TD is a football mortal sin...to allow two in a game is pathetic.

      The players should also focus on playing rather than dissing the opposition.  Can you ever imagine BB or a PATS player talking like this after a loss?  NEVER!

    RESPONSE: Amen. The Pats' don't need to waste time and energy convincing themselves about how good they are. The Jets do.

    Posted by SmokingJoe[/QUOTE]
     
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    This game might serve as a blueprint by which to shut down the Dolphins' offense.

    I'm giving the Jets' defense an "A" for helping Belichick find Miami's weaknesses
     
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    In Response to Re: Dolphins @ Jets REPORT CARD:
    [QUOTE]In Response to Re: Dolphins @ Jets REPORT CARD :      Heres' a quick grading of the 'Fins' play: 1.) QB: D-; 2.) RBs: C-; 3.) OL: F (6 sacks allowed, and only 52 yards rushing); 4.) WRs & TEs: D; 5.) DL: C; LBs: C;  Secondary: D-; Special Teams: A+; COACHING: L (as in lucky).       If the Pats don't sweep Miami, and beat the depleted Jets in Foxboro...they don't deserve to be considered as an "elite" team.  
    Posted by TexasPat3[/QUOTE]

    Why C- for the backs? Every time i looked in on that game ricky williams was loose in the jests secondary, running over their DBs.
     
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    In Response to Re: Dolphins @ Jets REPORT CARD:
    [QUOTE]In Response to Re: Dolphins @ Jets REPORT CARD : Why C- for the backs? Every time i looked in on that game ricky williams was loose in the jests secondary, running over their DBs.
    Posted by unclealfie[/QUOTE]

         You must not have looked too long. The Dolphins only rushed for 52 yards for the entire game.
     
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         Apparently, Rex Ryan is getting some heat from the NY press: http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/jets/2009/11/02/2009-11-02_myers_jets.html

         Check out the fan posts in response to the above cited article. Several mention why the Jets can't measure up to the Pats. 
     
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         Lots of knashing of teeth after lastest Jets' debacle: http://www.examiner.com/x-779-New-York-Jets-Examiner~y2009m11d2-Jets-find-a-new-way-to-lose
     
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    Coaching could be a little lower.  Skinny started chasing 2 point conversions (and missing) when there was absolutely no need or reason to.  Dumb @$$ rookie mistake.

     
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           D.) COACHING:  The offense played well. The defense played well.

    The calls on chasing the 2 points were weak. He just created another chance for his rookie to look and feel bad. When they did make it they had it called back..not great motivation at a key time in the game.

     
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    In Response to Re: Dolphins @ Jets REPORT CARD:
    [QUOTE]Coaching could be a little lower.  Skinny started chasing 2 point conversions (and missing) when there was absolutely no need or reason to.  Dumb @$$ rookie mistake.
    Posted by K-max[/QUOTE]

         Perhaps...but you've got to give Ryan credit for devising a scheme that shut the Wildcat down cold. Furthermore, his offense put up almost 400 total yards. If  his guys has done even an adequate job of covering kicks, the Jets would have won this game by two TDs or more.
     
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    [QUOTE]In Response to Re: Dolphins @ Jets REPORT CARD :      Perhaps...but you've got to give Ryan credit for devising a scheme that shut the Wildcat down cold. Furthermore, his offense put up almost 400 total yards. If  his guys has done even an adequate job of covering kicks, the Jets would have won this game by two TDs or more.
    Posted by TexasPat3[/QUOTE]

    Actually the way the game turned out, the JETS gave the PATS the Blue-Print to beat the Dolphins.  All they have to do is avoid Ted Ginn on the kickoffs.  Hopefully the PATS can stop the run, so far this year the PATS have not been that impressive stopping the run, but since they really do not have to worry to much about the Dolphins WR's they should be able to stack the box.  Big day for Seau and McGowan
     
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    Dolphins secondary is horrific Brady with time should shred there D. Dolphins secondary is/was bad even before Will Allen got hurt. The Phins real chance is to control the ball. Henne has a live arm but he really hasn't stretched the field yet.

    Miami has to get that running game going to control the clock but if Brady get's time he will put the Dolphin defense down in the dirt.
     
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    In Response to Re: Dolphins @ Jets REPORT CARD:
    [QUOTE]In Response to Re: Dolphins @ Jets REPORT CARD : Actually the way the game turned out, the JETS gave the PATS the Blue-Print to beat the Dolphins.  All they have to do is avoid Ted Ginn on the kickoffs.  Hopefully the PATS can stop the run, so far this year the PATS have not been that impressive stopping the run, but since they really do not have to worry to much about the Dolphins WR's they should be able to stack the box.  Big day for Seau and McGowan
    Posted by SmokingJoe[/QUOTE]

         I tend to agree...and expect the Pats to blow out the 'Fins on Sunday. 
     
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         The sainted one, Tony Dungy, has criticized Rex Ryan for trash talking: http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/jets/2009/11/03/2009-11-03_new_york_jets_head_coach_rex_ryan_rejects_tony_dungys_criticism.html
     

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