Jets Defense Stiffins, Offense Still Hobbling
Added by Marvin Turner on September 19, 2011.
I wrote a few articles during the preseason pointing out all the issues I though the Jets would face going into the year; issues that were very obvious watching this team play during the preseason. It’s getting a little redundant to write about the obvious week in, and week out.
The 2-0 record looks great right now, but things can turn around for the worst very fast if Rex and his entire offensive staff don’t get together and fix some of these issues. What Jet fans are seeing out of this offensive unit should not be. It’s very painful at times to watch. Times like today when quarterback Mark Sanchez throws the ball to the other team twice, and the O-Line does very little right in this game.
Jet fans might have to just get use to this style of quarterback play from Mark Sanchez. What we have seen from him over the past 2 years, and into this year so far, might be who he is. Might!! is the key word here because who know if he is a product of the system that Shotty employs, or as we have seen since the preseason games till now, could it be the offensive line play that has not been very good this far. Even if one or all of these examples are the reason for his inconsistent play, Sanchez is still not seeing the entire field, he is still locking in on one side of the field which could be the reason he is so interception pron.
What we saw against the Jags today, was another defensive front pushing the Jets O-line around. I mean the O-Line played with no leverage what so ever. As in the preseason games, and against Dallas last week, the Jags d-lineman was playing in the Jets backfield ALL DAY!! It was embarrassing at times to say the least.
To start with, the Jets can’t run the ball because they can’t get any push up front. Shotty loves running on the right side of the line, (something I never understood), Right tackle Wayne Hunter is just not getting the job done. He was not bad as he was against the Cowboys, but he is just not the long term answer at RT. Hunter plays best in sub packages, he is not a starting RT. I said this in the preseason, if we do not find a veteran tackle to replace Hunter, Sanchez might now finish the year standing.
When Nick Mangold went down, the offense got much worse. Rookie center Colin Baxter came in and had a few mistakes, and the offense was never the same. As far as the running game, I still say we have to be more creative in our run plays/calls. I would love to see more sweeps plays, running out of a power O, and pulling lineman, however, the jets are build to run straight ahead, we don’t have lineman that are athletic enough to pull. Teams already know what the Jets what to do in the run game, we are very predictable in that area.
Someone has to help me understand this one. Why in the world can’t Shotty find a way to get the ball to Burress. This is the second game where we did not see very many balls go his way. I believe the first ball he saw thrown his way (if I’m not mistaken), was 4 min left into the 3rd quarter. Plax was wide open over the middle for a TD on that play, but Sanchez threw the ball to high. How can you throw a ball to high to a wide open 6’5 receiver? And I get the fact that just having Plax on the field can open things up for others, but there is still no reason for Sanchez not to even look his way.
With the Raiders, Ravens, and Pats up next, all on the road; this 2-0 start could easily turn to a 2-3 start if the Jets offense doesn’t start playing sound, consistent, fundamental football. All of these teams play great defense at home. Yeah we know all about the points that the Jets offense has put up in the first two games, and the defense is a big part of that, but with penalties, and turnover on the road, the end result might be a little different.