WHITE: Eye in the Sky Week 1 - Mario's Debut
I took a look at every passing play from Mark Sanchez in Week 1. One thing that is very clear is that the Jets had a plan to get the ball out of his hands as quickly as possible. The gameplan proved to be exceedingly effective at rendering the Bills pass rush non-existent, and exposing the Bills DBs who couldnít hack it in coverage.
Jets Possession #1
1st and 10 @ NYJ 19
From the start of the game the plan is clear. Sanchez opens up with a quick three step drop and then a throw to the flat on first down. Thereís no pressure and there isnít going to be any, in any game in this league. Itís a quick play.
3rd and 6 @ NYJ 23
Our first indication that itís going to be a long day of failing to get off the field. On 3rd and 6 Sanchez sits in the shotgun with three receivers left, one right, and a back to his right.
The back stays in for a quick chip block which brings a total of 6 blockers to battle the Bills front 4.
Sanchez makes a quick throw and converts the first down.
Later in the drive we get one of Marioís best opportunities to get at Mark Sanchez. Itís a deep drop and Williams is singled up on Austin Howard. As Williams moves up field to swim through Howard, Cumberland comes open by cruising right by Nick Barnett.
Easy throw for Sanchez. Williams had some time...but not much. Two plays later the Bills intercept Sanchez on a play that runs a bootleg and gets Sanchez doing something TOTALLY different than heís done to this point in the game. We donít see it much more from there either.
Jets Possession #2
On a 3rd and 7 we see Sanchez in shotgun formation with four receivers and his ultimate target is split off to his right. Jeremy Kerley gets singled up against Leodis McKelvin who has dropped off a good 8 yards in coverage.
McKelvin gets close but at the moment that Kerley springs open...Williams (the blue X above) rush has already been thwarted around the right side.
There wasnít a ton of time to get there, but this is another one on one and it comes on one of the deeper drops. Sanchez only completes one more pass on the drive and thatís the TD pass to Kerley. Williams was not on the field on the play.