The bye week comes at a perfect time for the New York Jets as the team is battered and bruised on both sides of the ball. Gang Green has surprised many with their 5-4 record which means that several players have performed at a high level in 2013. Here is my version of the bye week awards for the New York Jets.
MVP: Marty Mornhinweg - The New York Jets offensive coordinator has had to implement his west coast offense while dealing with a rookie quarterback and a revolving door at the wide receiver position. Mornhinweg has done an excellent job with Geno Smith and has been very effective in attacking the weaknesses of the opposing defenses. It has been refreshing to watch creative and aggressive playcalling. Runner up: General manager John Idzik – The Jets offense has been decimated by injuries and Idzik has done his best to fill the holes. David Nelson, Josh Cribbs, Greg Salas, Alex Green, Zach Sudfeld have all made contributions.
Star performer: Nick Mangold- The Pro-Bowl center has become the eyes and ears for rookie quarterback Geno Smith. Mangold has helped the rookie identify formations and protections and once again has galvanized an offensive line that was incorporating two new starters.
Prize pickup: Chris Ivory- The Jets running back has emerged as a force on offense with over 100-yard performances in two of his last3 games. Ivory runs with a violent nature that wears down opposing defenses as the game progresses.
Biggest disappointment: Stephen Hill- The second year wide receiver has become an enigma for the Jets as he remains an inconsistent pass catcher. Hill should have become a primary target with all of the injuries on offense but instead he remains a third and fourth option. Runner up: Vlad Ducasse- Gang Green’s second round pick in 2010 was given a chance to start and lost his job to rookie Brian Winters.
Incomplete grade: Santonio Holmes- The Jets best wide receiver worked hard to return from injury only to find himself back on the shelf after 4 games. Holmes should be ready after the bye and could be a huge lift to the passing game.
MVP: Muhammad Wilkerson- Leads the team with 8 sacks including 1 in each of the last 5 games. Mo is quickly becoming one of the best defensive players in the National Football League.
Star performer: David Harris- The veteran linebacker has re-emerged as a hard hitting guy that can make plays sideline to sideline. Runner up: Damon Harrison- “Snacks” has been excellent as he always seems to be getting penetration at the line of scrimmage. Damon has given Rex Ryan tremendous depth on the defensive line.
Prize pickup: Sheldon Richardson- The rookie defensive lineman has a non-stop motor and a ferocious nature that fuels his teammates. Richardson has rare athletic ability for a big man and will be in the Defensive Rookie of the Year conversation.
Biggest disappointment: Antonio Cromartie- With the departure of Darrelle Revis the spotlight has been put on Cromartie and his ability to cover the opposing team’s best receiver. The Pro-Bowl defensive back has struggled at times which has created some holes in the Jets secondary. To Antonio’s credit he has been dealing with a hip injury, but he has to play at a higher level for the remainder of the season. Runner up: Quinton Coples/Dee Milliner
Career year candidate: Nick Folk- 23/23 on field goals including big kicks with the game on the line. Doesn’t get much better than that.