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07 Aug 2012

ESPN: Can Jets' Air Attack Improve

Can the Jets' improve their passing game in 2012? It really depends on Mark Sanchez, not Tim Tebow.

Posted by: Sean McCormick on 07 Aug 2012

8 comments, Last at 15 Aug 2012, 2:49pm by chemical burn


by Shattenjager :: Tue, 08/07/2012 - 1:31pm

I'm still waiting for a professional writer sometime to mention that Tebow fumbles too often. He led the league in fumbles last year in 11.5 games. I know it's partly a function of his discussed ridiculous propensity for taking sacks, but that's not all of it.

by djanyreason :: Tue, 08/07/2012 - 1:44pm

Yeah, but he also leads the league in gritty comebacks, just wins baby, and teh Jebus.

by Shattenjager :: Fri, 08/10/2012 - 8:47pm

I just wanted to point out that, just a few days after my bitching, Vince Verhei actually noted the fumbling on Twitter. So, he wins the award.

by akn :: Tue, 08/07/2012 - 6:41pm

Well, their attacks against each other have certainly improved.

by Mr Shush :: Wed, 08/08/2012 - 7:16pm

Meh. Bench Sanchez, implement an offense built around Tebow with at least an 80-20 run-pass ratio and going for it on the vast majority of fourth downs. Everyone's a winner.

by chemical burn :: Thu, 08/09/2012 - 1:24pm

Except for, you know, the Jets.

by Mr Shush :: Sat, 08/11/2012 - 11:58am

I'm not saying I'm sure it would work, but I genuinely think it might. Not in the sense of producing an actually good offense, but in the sense of producing a somewhat competent, very low-variance and low-turnover offense that could be part of a winning team given the strength of the Jets defense, and that might be better (in context) than allowing Sanchez to actually throw the ball.

by chemical burn :: Wed, 08/15/2012 - 2:49pm

Ha! True. I think if any team should start from a philosophy of "we're always going for it on fourth down" it should be this Jets team. Winning with defense and just grinding down the clock does seem like it would yield better results than the "Sanchez to Curley: the greatest show on grass" approach.

Even still, I don't think Sanchez is quite as bad as he's made out to be. I do really believe that Rex has a lot of his dad in him and just doesn't have the faintest clue what to do with a QB and is just doing nothing to help Sanchez development, the way Ryan was all too happy to let Cunningham run around with no real plan and use his "athleticism" in place of an actual game-plan. Also, the Cunningham/Jaworski change-over debacle eerily resembles the impending Sanchez/Tebow disaster of 2012...