Here's some of what occurred to us in the aftermath of Week One:
1) Ground and pound ain't dead yet -- Don't despair at the notion that the Jets only gained 118 yards on 36 carries (a 3.3 YPC average) just yet. The Bills were selling out against the run much of the game and that left players like Stephen Hill in single coverage. Hill was able to get open in multiple ways, be it with his speed or physicality. Now starts the game of NFL cat-and-mouse. Teams will start to dial back the eight-in-the-box stuff and that will only help the Jets running game benefit from the softer defensive front they'll see.
2) Po'uha was missed in the lineup -- The Jets were probably wise to rest up Po'uha for the first game. Backs are tricky things and any extra rest heading into a smashmouth game against Pittsburgh can't be a bad thing. Ellis didn't have the best game and so Po'uha's presence was missed and maybe some of what we saw from CJ Spiller in the second half (granted it was meaningless) might have been avoided. Also, Po'uha does a great job of pulling double teams and his absence made getting after the ballcarrier harder for Mo and Coples. For as good as the defense played in the first half, we think they can play better and Po'uha might be a big part of that.
3) Comfortable Sanchez is Best Sanchez -- One of the biggest problems Mark Sanchez had last year was that he rarely had enough time to deliver a football - and when he did, one of his top two guys was rarely able to get open outside the red zone. The receivers are better and the line looks to be in a better place this year than a year ago. When Sanchez has some time, he tends to be more decisive and we got to see him that way yesterday, I don't believe I saw one triple pump-fake all day. Sparano's mantra to speed up the play and speed up getting the ball out of his hand could be working.
4) Landry and Bell are fitting in -- There were some missed tackles and lapses in coverage to account for, but on the whole Landry and Bell are officially an upgrade to the Jets safeties. Landry had some fearsome hits and was an intimidating presence and Bell defensed two passes nicely. The Jets corners make the job easier for these guys, but they are going to be respected in their own right. We're still waiting to see how they do against one of the league's better pass catching tight ends.
5) Santonio Played Well -- Tone did a great job all day. While he only had four catches they were all first downs and there were two more plays where he could have added to that, most notably the almost touchdown. Holmes was able to get other guys open during the day by his route running and reputation and while the Bills tried to contain him it made life easier on some of the other receivers. Holmes will see better statistical days now that teams might move to cover Hill and Kerley more closely.