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Jaguars QBs set them up, but Jets look like real deal in rout

by | CBSSports.com National NFL Insider
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Somewhere, maybe on a beach, possibly in wine country or maybe just sitting on his living room couch, ex-Jacksonville quarterback David Garrard is laughing his ass off.

Garrard was dumped by Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio just days before the start of regular season in favor of Luke McCown, and against the Jets on Sunday at MetLife Stadium, the law firm of McClown, McFrown and McDown proceeded to throw four picks against New York. Luke McCown was the Jets' best offensive weapon.

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McCown finished with a 1.8 quarterback rating off 6-of-19 passing for 59 yards, plus the four interceptions. Those numbers qualify him for the Rick Mirer Hall of Shame. In addressing his team afterward, coach Rex Ryan bragged to his players that McCown's rating was lowest by an opponent in the history of the Jets franchise.

And sure, Garrard had more than his share of multiple interception dung-fests as Jaguars quarterback, but when Del Rio dumped Garrard, he was in effect making the statement those days were over, and faulting Garrard as the reason for the Jaguars' woes. What McCown did against the Jets proves that reasoning faulty and now puts Del Rio himself on the hook.

Mark Brunell ain't walking through that door, Jack.

Del Rio inserted rookie first-round pick Blaine Gabbert in the fourth quarter, and he once was hit so hard, everyone in the stadium felt it on a subatomic level. Gabbert might be good in the future, just not this season, so in the meantime the Jaguars will be in the hunt for the 2012 No. 1 pick.

The Jaguars were perfect sacrificial cats for the undefeated Jets. This 32-3 victory is the kind New York needed to convince doubters -- and to some degree themselves -- they've matured to the point where disposing of garbage teams like the Jaguars can happen with the flick of a finger.

The Jets weren't perfect, to be sure. Plaxico Burress didn't have a catch, and while he's regularly drawing double coverage, it's only a matter of time before he starts complaining if the ball doesn't go his way more. You can count on it, despite the Jets saying they're not worried about it.

CBSSports.com Grades
Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville Jaguars
D
How does a team not get an F in a 32-3 loss? The reality was the Jaguars' defense didn't play poorly much of the game and actually did a very good job keeping Jacksonville in the game early. But too many mistakes and too little offensive firepower was way too much for the Jaguars to overcome.
By John Oehser
RapidReports Correspondent
New York Jets
New York Jets
B
The Jets finally got the fast start and redzone scoring they've been looking for -- in spite of QB Mark Sanchez's two early interceptions. They have also yet to put up big numbers in either the rushing or receiving games. The defense was sharp, benefiting from the Jaguars inexperienced QB Luke McCown.
By Lisa Zimmerman
RapidReports Correspondent

"He's going to get plenty of catches and plenty of touches," said quarterback Mark Sanchez. "It's a long year."

The Jets also lost center Nick Mangold for much of the game because of an ankle injury. If he's gone for any significant time, that would be a huge blow to the offensive line.

The biggest concern is Sanchez. He is at times spectacularly accurate, at others unbelievably sloppy. He threw two interceptions -- really bad ones -- which should cause concern he hasn't shaken his tendency to be careless at crucial moments in a game.

"You can't give them two cheap throws," he said.

Still, overall, this Jets team is 2-0 because it's damn good. The Jets are deep, ferocious on defense and have one of the top five coaching staffs in the league. Their weaponry is expansive. One week the receivers can kill you. Another it might be Shonn Greene. This week it was Dustin Keller who had six catches for 101 yards and a score.

There is talent all over this team. Not only did corner Antonio Cromartie, who took a beating on some New York talk radio shows after Dallas receivers torched him Monday night, get two interceptions this week, he was also brilliant on kick returns with two for 85 yards.

In what was a fairly fiery team meeting Saturday night, Ryan challenged the offense to reverse a trend and start quickly. They did with a lot of help from McCown.

In one humorous moment, after a 10-yard run by Jacksonville workhorse Maurice Jones-Drew, the back made his way to the sideline of the Jets and had a few playful words with Ryan. Then Jones-Drew, the Jags' only great weapon on offense, shook Ryan's hand. The runner probably also slipped him his business card and whispered: "Help me."

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