The Jets didn’t blitz Ryan Tannehill as often as feared but they didn’t have to. The rookie had some accuracy issues. He had a big mistake in locking onto Anthony Fasano — allowing Jets safety LaRon Landry to read his eyes and intercept a pass he returned for a touchdown. Tannehill did have the 41-yard completion to Brian Hartline but the two failed to hook up most of the afternoon. GRADE: D.
Reggie Bush was having a good day, gaining 61 yards on 10 carries when coaches gave him an insignificant snap to end the half and it cost him. He injured his left knee and could not return to the game. Daniel Thomas got the next chance and fumbled it. And then Lamar Miller came in and picked up where Reggie Bush left off — but only until coaches sat him down, surprisingly, for Thomas. Thomas finished with 19 carries, the most of any Miami runner. He averaged 3.6 yards per carry — the least of Miami’s three primary ball carriers. GRADE: Thomas D, everyone else B-plus.
Davone Bess was outstanding, particularly on a sideline reception that showed great hand-eye coordination combined with great footwork. But that’s where it ended for Miami’s receivers. Brian Hartline managed to get behind Antonio Cromartie only once after he had a great game last week. Anthony Armstrong had a slant pass go right though he hands and arms. And tight end Anthony Fasano, open enough to be a target, could manage only five catches on the 10 passes targeted toward him. In fairness, several of those misses were on Tannehill. GRADE: C.
The Dolphins have tweaks to make up front, but they have the ability to run on a team that knows Miami wants to run. Proof of that comes on Miami’s 185 rushing yards. The Dolphins averaged 4.3 yards per rush. The pass blocking was equally good. Tannehill was rushed at times, but the Dolphins handled their business and yielded zero sacks. Miami’s offensive line is emerging as a team strength. GRADE: A.
When it really mattered, Mark Sanchez had too much time to pass. Yes, he was knocked about early in the game. Yes, he was rushed. But later, particularly in the fourth quarter and overtime, he got too much time. Way, way too much time. And that lessens the outstanding job the front did against the run. GRADE: C.
Kevin Burnett had a fine game, leading the team with nine tackles and contributing a pass defensed and good work in the Jets backfield. Karlos Dansby also showed up with eight tackles and a key pass defensed. And Koa Misi was active as he’s been all year, with a tackle for loss credited among his eight tackles. GRADE: B-plus.
Too many penalties by this group. Richard Marshall had a couple. Sean Smith had one. It simply isn’t winning football. Chris Clemons did contribute an interception and Reshad Jones had a hit in the first half that caused the stadium to rock. But ultimately, Santonio Holmes backed up his words, catching nine passes for 147 yards. GRADE: C-minus.
Dan Carpenter missed two field goals, including the potential game-winner and Tim Tebow converted a fourth-down run out of punt for a first down. That effectively erased the efforts of Brandon Fields, who averaged 42.5 net yards per punt. GRADE: D.
The Dolphins inexplicably abandoned the run in the fourth quarter when it was running the football that helped them carry a lead into the period. Coaches also seem to think Daniel Thomas deserves more carries than Lamar Miller when anyone who watches the two players can see Miller is the better runner. GRADE: D.
The Dolphins try hard. They don’t quit. They are physical. But sometimes that’s simply not good enough when everyone else is also trying hard and not quitting and playing physical. GRADE: C.