Greats and Goats: First Half Recap

There's been more good than bad from the Jets first eight games of the 2012 campaign. Here's a look at the the highlights and lowlights of the season thusfar.

With the second half of the season fast approaching, the New York Jets will look to bounce back from a disappointing first half that has left the team with a losing record. Currently sitting at 3-5 including three losses in their last four games, the Green and White will face opponents with a combined 28-39 record the rest of the way. The downside to Gang Green's upcoming games is that five of eight will be played on the road. With the Jets never having suffered a losing season during Rex Ryan's coaching tenure, New York will have to pull out a couple of road wins to keep their penchant of success alive.

This week on "Greats and Goats", GWR will look at the greatest Jets' players from the first half of the year as well as those who.

Greats

1. Antonio Cromartie, CB

Cromartie has often been overlooked as the "other" cornerback on the Jets defense. With star cornerback Darrelle Revis lost for the season with a torn ACL, Cromartie relished his chance to shine as the No. 1 cornerback on the team. The Brooklyn native has been assigned the role of shutting down top receivers and has done so extremely well with such a tall order. Cromartie held wide receivers Andre Johnson and Reggie Wayne to just 15 yards and 87 yards respectively without allowing either to reach the end zone.

2. Safety Tandem

Both Yeremiah Bell and LaRon Landry are in their first season with the Jets and have already made a major impact on both playing field and in the locker room. Their hard hitting style of play has inspired a more physical defense and both players thrive on making bone-crunching hits that intimidate opposing players. Through eight games, Bell has 52 tackles to Landry's 58.

3. Jeremy Kerley, WR

After losing No. 1 receiver Santonio Holmes to due to a LisFranc injury, many wondered if the Jets' offense would be able to survive such a devastating blow. Kerley has helped to fill the void greatly. He is the Jets' leading receiver through eight games this year with 476 yards and he makes an impact on special teams as well, with some memorable returns including punt return for a touchdown against Buffalo in the Week 1 contest.

Goats

1. The offensive line

While many fans are critical of Mark Sanchez's poor play under center this season, it is hard to believe that he is the sole reason for Gang Green's 27th ranked offense. Sanchez has often been rushed into his throws by poor offensive protection. The Jets had offensive line questions in the preseason that go deeper than the scapegoat in Wayne Hunter. It is the line that is the biggest contributor to Sanchez's lowly 52 percent completions as well seven fumbles. If the Jets want to rebound the offense, the line will have to step up their game.

2. Special teams

Special teams are where games are won and lost over the course of four quarters. The Jets' special teams coverage has been atrocious this season through eight games. They have allowed two blocked punts, an onside kick recovery, a 104-yard kickoff return for a score and a blocked field goal. Tim Tebow's effectiveness has been a pleasant surprise with him converting many 4th downs to keep drives alive.

3. The coaching staff

When the Jets brought in Tebow this offseason, there was so much talk that a quarterback controversy was inevitable. While Ryan and company have stuck with Sanchez through thick and thin, they need to be reprimanded for how they have handled Tebow. Through eight games, they still do not know what to do with the young Jacksonville native. When he comes onto the field, the defense knows that he is going to run and respond accordingly. If he saw more snaps, than the trick plays that work on the punt team would also work on the offensive unit.


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