In the second preseason game, the New York Jets faced their cross-town rivals, the New York Giants. After a brutal offensive display by the Jets’ quarterbacks in Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow, the New York Jets are nowhere close to being ready for the 2012 NFL upcoming season.
Jets’ QB Mark Sanchez was given six opportunities to lead his team down the field [six offensive drives], but unfortunately wasn’t able to muster any points. Sanchez threw for only 59 yards and was sacked three times.
Backup QB Tim Tebow played poorly as well. Tebow finished the game throwing 5-14 for 69 yards in the second half.
Maybe it was us giving the New York Jets too much credit this season, but as the days progress, it certainly appears that “Gang Green’s” offensive attack of “Ground N’ Pound” hasn’t been working. To add, the offensive line still is penetrable as the team continues to give up sacks every game.
Yes, Sanchez didn’t have any weapons against the New York Giants as Santonio Holmes, Jeremy Kerley and Chaz Chillens were all out due to injuries. However, the Jets have continued to preach to the world about their run game, but throughout the first two preseason games, the only running back that has given us some excitement is Joe McKnight.
Shonn Greene ran for 36 yards against the Giants on 11 attempts, nearly a 3.3 yard per run average. If this is the productivity that the Jets are going to provide using the “Ground N’ Pound,” then the team has a big problem.
Mark Sanchez stated to the media that it’s not yet time to panic, however due to what occurred last season in the Jets’ locker room, we highly disagree. Honestly, we had enough of Sanchez saying things are all right, when it fact they aren’t.
How many times has Sanchez mentioned how the Jets will make changes and bounce back the next? How many times have the Jets lost and all Sanchez could say is that the team will play better because the Jets wouldn’t want to feel that “hurt” again? Seriously, the excuses during the interviews have got to stop.
While this might only be the NFL preseason, what a team does in practice, during preseason games ultimately will reflect what that team does in the regular season.
In the most simplistic evaluation, the Jets haven’t done anything worth getting excited about. Rather than the team’s problems being swept underneath the rug for a second straight year, these issues must be met head on by management, the coaching staff, and most importantly, the players.
The New York Jets can no longer be given a pass just because the team has Tim Tebow along with all this entertainment value. The Jets have a huge problem and it’s one that not even the “almighty” Tim Tebow’s popularity could solve.
So yes, we disagree with Mark Sanchez. It’s time to press that panic button until it’s broken.
What do you guys think?
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