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2012 New York Jets Season

2012 New York Jets season
Head coachRex Ryan
General managerMike Tannenbaum
OwnerWoody Johnson
Home fieldMetLife Stadium
Results
Record6-10
Division place3rd AFC East
Playoff finishdid not qualify
Pro Bowlers30 LaRon Landry S
31 Antonio Cromartie CB
Uniform
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The 2012 New York Jets season was the franchise's 43rd season in the National Football League, the 53rd overall and the fourth under head coach Rex Ryan. The Jets failed to improve their 8-8 record from 2011 and were eliminated from postseason contention for the second straight season.

2012 was overall one of the most turbulent seasons in franchise history. The team was distracted by increased media presence during the off-season due to a quarterback controversy between incumbent starter Mark Sanchez and trade acquisition Tim Tebow. In addition, numerous blunders on and off the field as well as injuries often led to sloppy play, and the team was compared to a "circus".[1][2] The Jets' offense scored 281 points, ranking them 30th in the league,[3] while the defense was ranked 8th best in the league.[4]

Transactions

Coaching changes

  • The contracts of wide receivers coach Henry Ellard, outside linebackers coach Jeff Weeks and assistant head coach/offensive line coach Bill Callahan expired after the conclusion of the 2011 season and subsequently they were not retained. Ellard and Callahan, when offered contract extensions prior to the expiration of their contracts, refused to re-sign.[5]
  • Mike Smith was promoted from his position as a defensive intern to the outside linebackers coach, replacing Jeff Weeks.[5] Smith later left the team to become the linebackers coach and co-coordinator at West Virginia.[6] He returned to the Jets two weeks later after discovering his responsibilities with West Virginia were not the same as the team had first indicated.[7]
  • Tony Sparano was hired as the new offensive coordinator, replacing Brian Schottenheimer on January 11, 2012.[8]
  • Sanjay Lal was hired as the new wide receivers coach on January 13, 2012.[9]
  • Dave DeGuglielmo was hired as the new offensive line coach on January 24, 2012.[10]
  • On February 13, the team named Karl Dunbar as the new defensive line coach. In addition strength and conditioning coaching assistants Justus Galac and Paul Ricci were hired.[11]
  • Defensive line coach Mark Carrier left the team to accept the position as the Cincinnati Bengals' defensive backs coach.[12]

Arrivals

Greg McElroy hands off to Bilal Powell against Arizona Cardinals in week 13 of the 2012 season
Greg McElroy and the Jets offense against Arizona

Departures

Trades

To Jets

From Jets

2012 Draft class

RD PK Player Position College Notes
1 16 (16) Quinton Coples Defensive end North Carolina
2 11 (43) Stephen Hill Wide receiver Georgia Tech From Seattle Seahawks for Draft Picks Round 2 Pick 47, Round 5 Pick 154, and Round 7 Pick 232.
15 (47) Traded to the Seattle Seahawks for Draft Pick Round 2 Pick 43.
3 14 (77) Demario Davis Inside Linebacker Arkansas State
4 13 (108) Traded to the Denver Broncos for QB Tim Tebow.
5 19 (154) Traded to the Seattle Seahawks for Draft Pick Round 2 Pick 43.
6 17 (187) Josh Bush Safety Wake Forest From Indianapolis Colts through Philadelphia Eagles for QB Drew Stanton.
18 (188) Traded to the Denver Broncos for QB Tim Tebow.
32 (202) Terrance Ganaway Running back Baylor Compensatory selection.
33 (203) Robert Griffin Guard Baylor Compensatory selection.
7 7 (214) From Jacksonville Jaguars for CB Dwight Lowery, then traded to the Indianapolis Colts along with QB Drew Stanton.
17 (224) Traded to the Green Bay Packers for OL Caleb Schlauderaff.
25 (232) From Denver Broncos for QB Tim Tebow, then traded to the Seattle Seahawks for Draft Pick Round 2 Pick 43.
35 (242) Antonio Allen Safety South Carolina Compensatory selection.
37 (244) Jordan White Wide receiver Western Michigan Compensatory selection.

NOTES:

Free agents

Position Player Free agency
tag
Date signed/released 2012 team Notes
QB Mark Brunell UFA - - -
WR Plaxico Burress UFA November 20, 2012 Pittsburgh Steelers [105]
CB Marquice Cole RFA March 19, 2012 New England Patriots [106]
PK Nick Folk UFA March 14, 2012 New York Jets [107]
CB Ellis Lankster ERFA January 4, 2012 New York Jets [108]
S Jim Leonhard UFA August 4, 2012 Denver Broncos [109]
LB Aaron Maybin RFA February 24, 2012 New York Jets [110]
TE Matthew Mulligan RFA March 26, 2012 St. Louis Rams [111]
QB Kevin O'Connell UFA July 29, 2012 San Diego Chargers [112]
S Brodney Pool UFA March 15, 2012 Dallas Cowboys [113]
DL Sione Pouha UFA March 12, 2012 New York Jets [114]
CB Donald Strickland UFA - - -
LB Bryan Thomas UFA March 13, 2012 New York Jets [115]
RB LaDainian Tomlinson UFA June 18, 2012 Retired [116]
WR Patrick Turner RFA February 7, 2012 New York Jets [117]
OL Robert Turner UFA March 30, 2012 St. Louis Rams [118]
LB Jamaal Westerman RFA March 15, 2012 Miami Dolphins [119]
RFA: Restricted free agent, UFA: Unrestricted free agent, ERFA: Exclusive rights free agent, FT: Franchise tag

Schedule

Preseason

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 August 10 at Cincinnati Bengals L 6-17 0-1 Paul Brown Stadium Recap
2 August 18 New York Giants L 3-26 0-2 MetLife Stadium Recap
3 August 26 Carolina Panthers L 12-17 0-3 MetLife Stadium Recap
4 August 30 at Philadelphia Eagles L 10-28 0-4 Lincoln Financial Field Recap

Regular season

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 September 9 Buffalo Bills W 48-28 1-0 MetLife Stadium Recap
2 September 16 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 10-27 1-1 Heinz Field Recap
3 September 23 at Miami Dolphins W 23-20 (OT) 2-1 Sun Life Stadium Recap
4 September 30 San Francisco 49ers L 0-34 2-2 MetLife Stadium Recap
5 October 8 Houston Texans L 17-23 2-3 MetLife Stadium Recap
6 October 14 Indianapolis Colts W 35-9 3-3 MetLife Stadium Recap
7 October 21 at New England Patriots L 26-29 (OT) 3-4 Gillette Stadium Recap
8 October 28 Miami Dolphins L 9-30 3-5 MetLife Stadium Recap
9 Bye
10 November 11 at Seattle Seahawks L 7-28 3-6 CenturyLink Field Recap
11 November 18 at St. Louis Rams W 27-13 4-6 Edward Jones Dome Recap
12 November 22 New England Patriots L 19-49 4-7 MetLife Stadium Recap
13 December 2 Arizona Cardinals W 7-6 5-7 MetLife Stadium Recap
14 December 9 at Jacksonville Jaguars W 17-10 6-7 EverBank Field Recap
15 December 17 at Tennessee Titans L 10-14 6-8 LP Field Recap
16 December 23 San Diego Chargers L 17-27 6-9 MetLife Stadium Recap
17 December 30 at Buffalo Bills L 9-28 6-10 Ralph Wilson Stadium Recap
Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

Standings

AFC East
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(2)New England Patriots 12 4 0 .750 6-0 11-1 557 331 W2
Miami Dolphins 7 9 0 .438 2-4 5-7 288 317 L1
New York Jets 6 10 0 .375 2-4 4-8 281 375 L3
Buffalo Bills 6 10 0 .375 2-4 5-7 344 435 W1

Staff

Rosters

Opening training camp roster

Week 1 roster

Final roster

Regular season results

Week 1: vs. Buffalo Bills

The Jets erupted to a 21-0 lead in the second quarter following two Mark Sanchez touchdown throws and a Jeremy Kerley punt return score. Following Antonio Cromartie's interception return score and Sanchez' third touchdown (to Stephen Hill), Ryan Fitzpatrick, despite three interceptions, erupted to three consecutive touchdowns, but the Jets put the game away in a fourth quarter drive ending in a one-yard Shonn Greene touchdown run.

Tim Tebow, acquired from the Broncos amid heavy publicity about his presence with the Jets and the team's plans on how to utilize him, rushed five times for just eleven yards.

With their 6th straight win over the Bills, the Jets began their season 1-0.

Week 2: at Pittsburgh Steelers

The Jets traveled to Heinz Field for a rematch of the 2010 AFC Championship game against the Steelers. The Jets limited the Steelers to just 68 rushing yards but Ben Roethlisberger tossed for 275 yards and two touchdowns. With the loss, the Jets fell to 1-1.

Week 3: at Miami Dolphins

With the win, the Jets improved to 2-1. However, they lost star cornerback Darrelle Revis for the season as he suffered a torn ACL during the game.

Week 4: vs. San Francisco 49ers

After their Week 3 road win over their division rival Dolphins, the Jets headed home to face their first NFC Opponent of the season, the 49ers. However, the Jets struggled in this game being shut out at home 34-0 by the 49ers. This was the first time since 2010 that the team has been shut out at home since the Packers shut them out 9-0 that year. With the huge shutout loss, the Jets fell to 2-2.

Week 5: vs. Houston Texans

The Jets stayed home for a game against the red-hot undefeated 4-0 Texans. This game would mark the first time ever that the Jets have lost to the Texans, and as a result New York dropped to 2-3 on the season.

Week 6: vs. Indianapolis Colts

The Jets faced Colts rookie sensation Andrew Luck; they sacked him four times and intercepted him twice. Shonn Greene and Joe McKnight combined to rush for 232 yards and three Greene touchdowns. Mark Sanchez threw for just 82 yards but had two touchdowns, while Tim Tebow had one throw for 23 yards but was limited to seven rushing yards.

The huge win was the Jets' first win over the Colts without Peyton Manning since 1997. They improved to 3-3 and a four-way tie in the AFC East.

Week 7: at New England Patriots

This game would determine who would be atop the AFC East. The Jets erased a 23-13 gap in the fourth quarter. After a Dustin Keller touchdown catch Devin McCourty fumbled the kickoff. Following back-to-back Nick Folk field goals, Tom Brady whipped the Patriots to the game-tying field goal in the final 1:37. In overtime Stephen Gostkowski booted a 48-yard field goal; the Jets got the ball back but Sanchez was strip-sacked by Rob Ninkovich and Jermaine Cunningham, ending the game in a 29-26 heartbreaking Jets loss, allowing the Patriots to take 1st Place and dropping the Jets to 3-4.

Week 8: vs. Miami Dolphins

Despite losing rookie sensation Ryan Tannehill for the game after a first-quarter sack, the Dolphins raced to a 30-9 win, their fourth road win in the rivalry in their last five trips to New Jersey. The Dolphins scored on a blocked goalline punt, then added touchdowns by Daniel Thomas and a short toss from Matt Moore to Anthony Fasano. Sanchez managed a late touchdown to Chaz Schilens but the two-point throw to Dustin Keller failed.

Week 10: at Seattle Seahawks

The surging Seahawks under former Jets coach Pete Carroll limited the Jets to 185 total yards of offense and forced two fumbles. Golden Tate caught a touchdown from Russell Wilson then took a reverse and threw to Sidney Rice for a fourth-quarter score. The Jets only score came when Wilson was strip-sacked and Muhammad Wilkerson ran in a 21-yard touchdown.

It was the Jets' second straight loss to the Seahawks, and they fell to 3-6 and 0-2 against the NFC West.

Week 11: at St. Louis Rams

The Jets posted their sixth win in their last seven meetings against Jeff Fisher. They picked off Sam Bradford once and forced two Rams fumbles. The two teams combined for just 570 yards of offense. The Jets improved to 4-6 while the Rams fell to 3-6-1.

Week 12: vs. New England Patriots (Thanksgiving Day game)

The Jets were thoroughly dominated by the Patriots; they scored five touchdowns in the second quarter, three of them in a span of 52 seconds of game clock. The first came on an 83-yard pass to Shane Vereen after the Patriots recovered a Shonn Greene fumble. On the Jets' ensuing drive, Mark Sanchez fumbled after running into lineman Brandon Moore and Steve Gregory ran back a 32-yard score. The play later became known as the "butt fumble".[120] The third touchdown came on the ensuing kickoff, Devin McCourty forced Joe McKnight to fumble, which Julian Edelman recovered and returned for a third touchdown (he later caught a 56-yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady).

With the huge loss, the Jets fell to 4-7, and were swept by Bill Belichick's Patriots for the sixth time.

Week 13: vs. Arizona Cardinals

Mark Sanchez was benched in the fourth quarter and Greg McElroy threw the winning touchdown. The switch escalated brewing controversy over Sanchez's declining play.

Week 14: at Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jets improved to 6-7 and stayed alive in the playoff race after twice intercepting Chad Henne, who'd replaced faltering sophomore Blaine Gabbert four weeks earlier. The Jets had 166 rushing yards and two scores, limiting Mark Sanchez to just nineteen throws for 111 yards.

Week 15: at Tennessee Titans

Chris Johnson ran in a 94-yard touchdown while following a Jeff Cumberland touchdown catch for the Jets Jake Locker ran in a 13-yard score. Mark Sanchez threw four interceptions yet a short Titans punt gave the Jets the ball inside the Titans 25 in the final minute. The Jets blew the snap and the Titans fell on the ball, ending the game.

With the loss, the Jets not only fell to 6-8, but got mathematically eliminated from postseason contention for the second straight season.

Tim Tebow entered the game for the first time since Week 10 and made what turned out to be his final plays with the Jets, missing on his only pass while rushing three times for fifteen yards.

Week 16: vs. San Diego Chargers

Due to a decrease in popularity for the game, it was flexed out of Sunday Night Football on NBC and rescheduled to 1:00 PM on CBS. Following the loss to the Titans Rex Ryan announced that Greg McElroy would start for the Jets against the Chargers. Following a 63-yard Micheal Spurlock punt return touchdown McElroy led back to back scoring drives ending in 1-yard Shonn Greene touchdowns. The Chargers took over the game in the third quarter with two Philip Rivers touchdowns and a Nick Novak field goal while McElroy was intercepted once and strip-sacked once.

With the loss, the Jets fell to 6-9, their first losing season since 2007.

Week 17: at Buffalo Bills

The Jets' plan to start Greg McElroy was changed due to a concussion he'd suffered. As a result, Mark Sanchez started and managed 205 passing yards but was intercepted by Bryan Scott in the first quarter for the Bills' first touchdown of the game. The Jets led 9-7 in the second quarter before the Bills scored three unanswered touchdowns, including one from ex-Jet Brad Smith. Tim Tebow suited up for the game but was never used. It was the first win for the Bills in the rivalry since 2009.

Statistics

Regular season statistical leaders

Player(s) Value
Passing Yards Mark Sanchez 2883 Yards
Passing Touchdowns Mark Sanchez 13 TDs
Rushing Yards Shonn Greene 1063 Yards
Rushing Touchdowns Shonn Greene 8 TDs
Receiving Yards Jeremy Kerley 827 Yards
Receiving Touchdowns Stephen Hill
Jeff Cumberland
3 TDs
Points Nick Folk 93 Points
Kickoff Return Yards Joe McKnight 1072 Yards
Punt Return Yards Jeremy Kerley 208 Yards
Tackles David Harris 123 Tackles
Sacks Quinton Coples 5.5 Sacks
Interceptions Antonio Cromartie 3 INTs

Statistical league rankings

  • Total Offense (YPG): 308.9 (29th)
  • Passing (YPG): 194 (32nd)
  • Rushing (YPG): 115.2 (12th)
  • Total Defense (YPG): 336.0 (10th)
  • Passing (YPG): 198 (32nd)
  • Rushing (YPG): 137.7 (29th)

Stats correct through week 14.

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