I am at a 5 with most of it coming from Wayne Hunter.
It is preseason. If we went 4-0 like the Rams did recently it means nothing just as if we go 0-4 it means nothing.
Despite what all the fanaticals want, we will not be showing the league our best plays in the preseason so that they can game plan for them come the REAL season. This means that when it is 2nd and long or 3rd and long we are NOT going to call the plays that we would in the regular season to get the first down. They are TOO IMPORTANT for us to do that.
As for Sanchez, anyone who says they see no improvement are chicken littles who haven't been paying attention. As opposed to last year, his passes have had much more zip, he has been getting them out quicker, and for the most part they have been right on target.
As for his pocket presence, I studied his drop backs last year. Last year he would routinely shift either left, right or back when feeling pressure. Many times there would be an open pocket if he only moved up. This year, he has almost always shifted up into the pocket, he has avoided at least 5 sacks doing this and when he does get sacked it is usually of the drag-down variety as opposed to the helmet crushing the middle of the back plays he was suffering last year.
When the real season starts and we have real WR's and hopefully a RT who doesn't have his head COMPLETELY shoved up his ass I think we will be ok. AND REMEMBER we knew it was going to take some time for this offense to gel, it is a NEW OFFENSE. But like always the fanaticals want perfection NOW screw that the preseason is for learning! It is better to score 0 TD's in the preseason than 0 TD's in the regular season. The truth is noone on this board knows how the O will perform once the big lights come on.
I'd say a 9. And outside of Holmes coming back, I don't see a lot that will change the situation.
Preseason records don't mean anything. But preseason play does. And the Jets offense is as bad as last year, if not worse. Leaky RT, pedestrian running game, no WR.
But worst of all is the QB play. Sanchez looks like a deer in the headlights out there. He holds the ball too long. Too many checkdowns. His decision making under pressure is questionable. It's his 4th year and he should be much better.
No matter how good the defense is, if it's constant 3 and outs, the D will get worn down. Without sustained drives even a strong D will eventually fail.
Very very concerned and surprised at how awful we are but I shouldn;t be. I hated the sparano hire and couldn't believe we did not at least go after a vet who could hold the fort at RT. 'Believing' in Hunter is going to deep six this team.
Simply the jets seem to totally over value some players on this team.
If offense and defense accounted for 50% each, I'd say 5 but because of the context (nearly every position on offense has question marks and who knows if and when our starters will all be on the field together and can we can score a touchdown- along with how it's becoming more difficult for defensive powerhouses with average offenses to succeed in the playoffs), I'm getting humble and would say no less than an 8.5, probably a 9.