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Jets’ offense has serious drop-off

This is one they can’t pin on the coaching staff.

This is one they can’t pin on the coaching staff.

By the numbers, the Jets offensive output wasn’t deplorable in Sunday’s 9-0 loss to the Packers. Mark Sanchez and the Jets outgained Green Bay, 360-237. But, numbers never lie, so the saying goes, and one digit in particular doesn’t even come close to fibbing — the great pumpkin on the scoreboard.

Blame Rex Ryan’s blown challenges and fake punt calls all you want, but the dropped passes haunted the Jets on?Halloween.

“It definitely was a letdown for us, absolutely,” tight end Dustin Keller said. “The way our defense played, we as an offense didn’t step up. Quite frankly, we didn’t execute.”

The usually reliable Jerricho Cotchery dropped two fourth quarter passes. Santonio Holmes dropped a quick slant that could have gone for a touchdown early in the second half. And then when they actually caught a ball, they couldn’t hold on to it, as Keller had a ball wrestled away from him for one of the team’s three turnovers.

“Inexcusable. Everything that happened was inexcusable,” Holmes said. “Everybody takes the blame in our offensive room.”

Braylon Edwards couldn’t describe why the receiving corps came down with a case of butter fingers, only assuring it won’t happen again.

“It just happened,” Edwards said. “They just happened to be drops.”

Week 8 Grades

» Quarterback:
Turn two of those drops into completions and you’re looking at a 300-yard plus afternoon for Mark Sanchez. It still wasn’t an awful afternoon (16 of 38 for 256 yards), he did outhurl Aaron Rodgers after all, but a second two-pick effort in as many games is worrisome for an offense that was nearly mistake free to start the season.
Grade: C

» Running Backs – The Jets “ground and pound” offense was far from sound on Sunday, accounting for just 119 yards rushing. It’s never a good sign when your quarterback and your punter have the two longest runs of the day. The failure of Shonn Greene to get in a rhythm this year, now having just a singular 100-yard rushing game and that against hapless Buffalo, is most worrisome. Grade: C-

» Offensive Line – The beat up and paper thin (this is not a Howard Green joke) Packers defensive line managed to put consistent pressure on Sanchez all afternoon. Even rushing three, the pass protection was weak. Very poor pulling by the tackles all afternoon long, who failed to open holes and neutralize Green Bay’s linebackers. Worst performance of the year by the line. Grade: D

» Receivers/Tight ends:
Did Dustin Keller play at all? The tight end, who was off to a torrid start this year, didn’t register a catch until after halftime. Bad drops by Santonio Holmes coupled with Braylon Edwards’ inability to get open down the field doomed the offense. The unit’s worst performance since Week 1.
Grade: D-

» Defensive Line – Mike Devito had a solid game but where was the rest of the line? Shaun Ellis had but two tackles and Sione Pouha struggled to get in the backfield consistently. Mediocre showing at best. The loss doesn’t hang on the line, far from it, but it wasn’t a dominating performance. Oh, and still waiting for a Trevor Pryce sighting. Grade: C

» Linebackers: Some big plays by the linebackers, keyed by an outstanding performance by David Harris, including a big sack that stalled a Green Bay drive. Bart Scott was all over the field with six tackles. Unusually quiet afternoons from Calvin Pace, Jason Taylor and Bryan Thomas. Grade: B+

» Secondary:
Darrelle Revis finally looked healthy, and the unit never got beat over the top. Aaron Rodgers completed just 44 percent of his passes — the first time he’s dipped below 50 all year.
Grade: A

»Special Teams: Outside Brad Smith’s 47-yard return immediately after halftime, special teams coordinator Mike Westhoff’s bunch was a dud. First came Steve Weatherford calling for a fake punt deep in his own end, failing to convert. Then came a Nick Folk missed field goal. Grade: C-

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