The Jets offense stumbled out the gates Friday night against the Bengals, recording -3 yards in three plays on the first drive and 38 yards in 11 plays on their second, both resulting in zero points. Mark Sanchez threw for 21 yards on four of six passing and was sacked twice.
Tim Tebow had success scrambling for yards, but completed four of eight passes with an interception. Granted the play calling was as vanilla as it gets, the quarterback sacks (McElroy was sacked three times) and turnovers may be a hindering, ongoing problem for this year’s offense.
The struggles continued on Wednesday.
Sanchez had his first multiple-interception day at practice today and would’ve been sacked three times. Tebow was also intercepted and sacked one time during team drills.
The question marks are beginning to pile up.
Along with the offensive line issues, wide receivers Santonio Holmes (ruled out for Saturday against Giants), Jeremy Kerley and Chaz Schilens didn’t practice today due to various injuries. Sanchez has had little time with the complete offense in top gear. Learning a new system is complicated enough and with multiple pieces flip flopping in and out of the lineup, will there be enough time for this offense to gel?
On a positive note, the tune of the week has been how Sanchez is carrying himself on and off the field.
On Tuesday, former Jets quarterback Chad Pennington visited Cortland, N.Y., and had nothing but praise when it came to how Sanchez looked on the field. “Mark is throwing the ball better than I’ve ever seen,” said Pennington. “He’s got excellent control with his throws and his ball placement. He’s definitely gotten better over the offseason and made a point to bring it up to the next level. Kudos to him because that’s a decision you have to make as a pro, to listen to the criticism and do something about it.”
Cornerback Darrelle Revis reiterated those thoughts today saying, “I think the best thing that he’s been doing is the placement of his balls on deep throws. He’s throwing them away from the defenders. He’s putting the ball where it needs to be.”
Linebacker Bart Scott added comments on Sanchez’s new demeanor. “I think everybody has seen a difference in how he walks, how he handles it if he throws a bad ball, how he carries himself. Mark’s always been a guy that you can see his emotions and how he’s feeling about himself by his facial expressions,” said Scott. “I think now he carries himself upright and he sticks that chest out like a peacock and I think that really shows confidence to him, but it also helps and inspires his players because they respond (to him) because he’s their leader, and they’re are going to go as he goes.”
Which do you put more stock in, Wednesday’s positives or Wednesday’s negatives?