The 2012 NFL First Quarter Report Card for the New York Jets would certainly have some mixed results. Although anyone who watched the Jets get blown out at home on Sunday at the hands of the San Francisco 49ers would probably immediately give them an F through the first four games.
That is not entirely the case, although the Jets have not been overly impressive on either side of the ball by any means. All in all, this team has been disappointing once again through the first quarter of the season. It all starts with the offense.
More specifically, the weak play at quarterback.
The Jets had a strange offseason in which they signed Mark Sanchez to a lucrative contract extension, only to go out and trade for Tim Tebow as well. Neither player has done anything to endear themselves to the coaching staff or fans, and the struggles appear as if they will only get worse for the Jets on offense if Sanchez cannot turn things around.
Then again, New York may decide to insert Tebow into the starting lineup and see if he can do any better.
Also not helping matters is the fact that Shonn Greene has been disappointing in the backfield yet again. He just cannot seem to get things going on the ground, and that is hurting the entire offense. If Greene cannot average more 2.8 yards per carry going forward, things will only get worse for New York.
The Jets are 2-2 so far, so it is not as if the entire 2012 campaign has been poor. With two divisional wins over the Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins, the Jets are tied with the Bills and New England Patriots atop the AFC East. But going forward, this is a team with many flaws.
Rex Ryan pretty much made that clear in Sunday’s loss to the 49ers. he must have taken a look at the offensive numbers on offense so far.
Mark Sanchez: 63 completions of 128 attempts for 813 yards // 5 TD and 4 INT
Shonn Greene: 68 rushes for 191 yards // 1 TD
Bilal Powell: 26 rushes for 99 yards // 0 TD
Santonio Holmes: 20 catches for 272 yards // 1 TD
Jeff Cumberland: 11 catches for 88 yards // 0 TD
Jeremy Kerley: 10 catches for 197 yards // 2 TD
Stephen Hill: 5 catches for 89 yards // 2 TD
New York has been a bit injured on offense as well, and things got even worse on Sunday when Holmes went down with what appeared to be a serious injury. He could miss a few games going forward.
With Darrelle Revis already lost for the season on defense, you can figure that the Jets’ No. 4 pass defense will get worse, and their No. 31 rushing defense is as bad as it gets.
The Jets are used to winning with defense. But if the offense cannot move the chains, the defense will become exhausted rather quickly. With that being said, things could get much worse before they get better. Through the first quarter of the 2012 NFL season, the Jets should get a grade of incomplete. But if I had to assign them one, it would only be a C.
Had they fallen to the Dolphins, which many feel they should have, New York would have been looking at a D+.