NFL 2014 New York Jets Final Report Card
The 2014 NFL season is thankfully over for the New York Jets. The finished the season 4-12. That was good for fourth in the AFC Eastern. That's not good.
Okay so there were poor decisions. There was an inept secondary commanded by a defensive minded coach. And a season ending with a 4-12 record. Result? Head coach gone. General manager gone. A "D" may be way to high.
What saved this offense from completely failing? The two C's of course. The Jets finished third in average rushing yards per game! I know right! Third! They finished the season averaging 142.5 yards a game. Chris Ivory finished the season with 821 yards. He averaged 4.1 yards a carry. While the other C, Chris Johnson finished the season with 663 total yards. He averaged 4.3 yards a carry. They were responsible for seven touchdowns.
The rest of the offense just sucked.
Quarterback Geno Smith finished the season iwth 13 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Sometimes quarterback Michael Vick chucked in three touchdowns and two interceptions. The team averaged 184.1 passing yards a game. That was 32nd in the league. For total yards they were 22nd in the NFL, averaging 326.6 yards a game.
And the man who collected the money, wide receiver Eric Decker collected 74 receptions for 962 yards and five touchdowns.
The front seven was good. The secondary wasn't.
How bad was the secondary? They were responsible for capturing a paltry six interceptions for the entire season. They consistently got burnt for touchdowns. Opponents completed 345 passing on the secondary out of 538 attempts. They gave up an astonishing 3746 yards for the season.
The defense ranked 24th in points allowed, giving up an average of 25.1 points a game.
Thank you defensive line. The front seven finished the season fifth in rushing yards allowed. They allowed a miserly 93.1 rushing yards a game. They also managed to even out the yards given up by the secondary. The defense finished sixth in total yards allowed, allowing 327.2 yards a game.
Linebacker Demario Davis finished the season with 116 total tackles and 3.5 sacks. Linebacker David Harris added 124 total tackles and 5.5 sacks. While second year defensive end, Sheldon Richardson found and sacked opposing quarterbacks eight times. He also added 67 tackles. The team finished the season with 45 sacks.
The Jets season was a failure. It was saved from being a total failure by the defensive line. It appeared to get better by omission.
But did it? It rid itself of a defensive minded coach. It acquired a defensive minded coach.
For now Geno Smith, Eric Decker and faulty offensive line remain.
Yep, it looks like the same old Jets. For 2014, they grade out at a D+. Will 2015 be any better?
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