Jets report card: Gregg Williams’ mind-blowing call cost them

Jets report card: Gregg Williams’ mind-blowing call cost them

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Grading the Jets following Sunday’s 31-28 loss to the Raiders.


They started strong and then came with two scores in the fourth quarter to make things interesting, but three second-quarter turnovers hurt. QB Sam Darnold (14 of 23, 186 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT, 2 fumbles) played better than last week but those turnovers. RB Ty Johnson (22, 104 yards, 1 TD) is the first Jets running back to gain 100 yards in more than two years. The line did a good job in the running game but rookie OT Mekhi Becton gave up two sacks that led to fumbles.

Grade: B


The Jets had no answers for Raiders TE Darren Waller (13 catches, 200 yards, 2 TDs) and then defensive coordinator Gregg Williams lost his mind on the final call of the game. Williams called a cover-zero blitz, leaving undrafted rookie Lamar Jackson in single coverage on Raider speedy WR Henry Ruggs III and Derek Carr hit him for a 46-yard touchdown with five seconds left. Carr (28 of 47, 381 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT) did a good job of taking what the Jets gave him.

Grade: D

Special teams

The Jets did not get much impact out of their special teams again this week. Punter Braden Mann averaged 45.5 yards per punt and did a nice job on the final punt of the game not allowing a return. Kicker Sergio Castillo missed an extra point, his second straight week with a miss. Corey Ballentine had a 33-yard kick return and set the Jets up with decent field position.

Grade: C


Williams lost this game for the Jets. His decision to dial up an all-out blitz on the Raiders’ game-winning touchdown is mind-blowing. The Jets had four rookies in their secondary, including Jackson, who gave up the 46-yard touchdown to Henry Ruggs. To give him no help is criminal.

Grade: F

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