The Jets finished off a bitterly disappointing 2014 season with a win. New York defeated the Dolphins 37-24 in Miami today. Gang Green's final record in 2014 is 4-12. Let's put a bow on the season below.
Geno Smith: In two seasons, there were really only two times where I thought Geno Smith played great. They were early games last season against Buffalo and Atlanta. I would add this as a third game to that list. This game had the mind-boggling mistake that has become far too typical with Geno, a fumble where he did everything in his power to not protect the football. This set up a Miami touchdown. Unlike most of his games, Geno made up for it by making a lot of big plays and putting a lot of points on the board.
Geno was 20 of 25 for 358 yards and 3 touchdowns. He identified receivers running open. He delivered passes that were if nothing else good enough for his receivers to make plays down the field. He did a good job on the move. This game was pretty much Geno has not been for most of his first two NFL seasons. In the grand scheme of things, what does this mean? Not much. One game isn't particularly meaningful. That goes double when it means nothing to either team. That goes triple when a new regime is likely to come in. The Jets really can't enter 2015 planning on Geno being their starter. It still was a nice way for him to end what was otherwise a disastrous 2014.
Eric Decker: This was by far Decker's best game as a Jet. He did a little bit of everything. He threw double moves. He used his size and stretgth to win at the line. He did work on short stuff. He ran tough after the catch. Decker's day ended with 10 catches for 221 yards and a touchdown. He accounted for half of Geno Smith's completions and 61% of his receiving yards.
Chris Owusu: He had a 36 yard catch where he won a ball in the air, a 23 yard touchdown run on an end around, and an 87 yard kickoff return. This probably earned him a spot in training camp in 2015. We might as well see what he can do in the open field with more opportunities.
David Harris: He was everywhere. He had 9 tackles. He had 2.5 sacks. He forced a fumble. He was solid in coverage. This was a strong last impression before he hits free agency.
Jace Amaro: Amaro returned to the mix today with 3 catches for 37 yards. He ran a good route and got to the sticks to covert a third down and ran with authority on a 17 yard reception.
Muhammad Wilkerson: He made his presence felt. He had half a sack. He had a couple of hits. He controlled his assignments. He obstructed a few throws.
Quinton Coples: He heated up with a pair of sacks when the Dolphins were put into a situation where they had to throw it late in the fourth quarter. It felt like he started to come on near the end of the year where he was allowed to put his hand in the dirt and get after the quarterback.
Ryan Quigley: Zach Sudfeld might have been wide open, but no throw on a fake punt is easy for a punter.
Calvin Pryor: He ended the year by doing what he had done so frequently this season, taking a bad angle as the last line of defense to allow a long touchdown.
Demario Davis: It looked like he didn't drop enough in his zone on a long touchdown.
Phillip Adams: He was beaten on a couple of big plays on Miami's scoring drive right before the half.
Chris Johnson: Only 17 yards on 11 touches from scrimmage.
Now comes the real drama.