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Jets grades: Week 14

The Jets more than doubled the Dolphins in terms of total yards, held a steep advantage in first downs and time of possession. And yet, they still lost, 10-6. A look at the grades:

The Jets more than doubled the Dolphins in terms of total yards, held a steep advantage in first downs and time of possession. And yet, they still lost, 10-6. A look at the grades:

Quarterback: A third straight poor performance for Mark Sanchez, who has completed just under 48% of his passes during that stretch. Five turnovers over the past two games, both losses, are a worrisome sign that is costing this team points. Postgame, head coach Rex Ryan admitted to contemplating the benching of Sanchez in the third quarter. Where is the Sanchez who made plays and was resilient in comeback attempts? It seems like that only happens against teams with a losing record. Grade: D-

Running Backs: It is hard to blame LaDainian Tomlinson and Shonn Greene for their combined 66 yards rushing as the running game featured an unimaginative blend of inside run, inside run, trap play, trap play and then an inside run with an occasional fourth down Wildcat play. Mind boggling stuff from offensive coordinator Brian Schottenhiemer. In a game where wet conditions hurt the offense, running the ball and forcing Miami’s defense to chase the Jets all over the field and using the play action along with short passes out of the backfield should have been the call. Tomlinson needs to get the ball wide and not between the tackles. What a waste of talent. Grade: D

Offensive Line: The unit struggled to open holes for the ground game and conceded five sacks to the Miami pass rush. This was the poorest all around game for the line in two years. The injury to Damien Woody hurt the line but the struggles persisted from the first snap. Horrendous. Grade: F

Wide Receivers/Tight Ends: Dropped passes, poorly run routes and the inability to get separation marred the receivers. And when they did get open, the receivers either didn’t get the ball because Sanchez was already sacked or they were dropping the pass. Case in point - following a double move, Santonio Holmes was streaking into the end zone in the second quarter when Sanchez delivered a beautiful ball to him, right in stride. Holmes put up his hands and got the ball on them…and then the ball hit him in the chest…and then the ground. Typical of the afternoon. Grade: D-

Defensive Line: The Jets three man front forced some pressure on Chad Henne under center, but it came largely via Sione Pouha pacing the team with seven tackles and a sack. But other than Pouha, the Jets did little else along the front line as the Dolphins became the first team all season to gain more than 100 yards rushing on the Jets. Grade: C

Linebackers: Bart Scott provided the double coverage on Brandon Marshall for the first quarter touchdown, a soft and suspect job of covering his man but it was unreasonable to expect Scott to cover one of the game’s best receivers. The unit was let down by the defensive line once again failing to generate a consistent pass rush but Calvin Pace nevertheless enjoyed a good afternoon with four tackles, a sack and a forced fumble. Unfortunately, the Jets failed to capitalize on the turnover. Grade: B-

Secondary: Along with Scott, it was safety Eric Smith who was caught two steps too slow on the Marshall touchdown. It was a difficult day to judge the unit as Miami’s passing game was just awful. The cornerbacks were helped by Chad Henne’s poor timing, as the quarterback consistently overthrew his receivers and was poor in his delivery of the ball. It was hard to tell what type of progress the secondary has made since Monday’s 45-3 loss to New England because Henne almost made Sanchez look competent in comparison. Almost. Grade: B

Special Teams: Brad Smith started the game with a 45-yard kickoff return but of course, the Jets failed to capitalize on the field position, the story of the game. His numbers weren’t gaudy, just a 35.9 yards per punt average, but Steve Weatherford pinned Miami inside their own 20-yard line six times in a good strategic game for the punter. After some recent struggles, Nick Folk had two solid field goals with a wet ball. Too bad Miami's punter outplayed them all. Grade: B

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