Is the offensive game plan conservative because the coaches fear Sanchez will make too many turnovers or because they don’t know how to utilize the limited talent at the skill positions? Either way it’s painful to watch the Jets’ offense repeatedly self-destruct at crucial junctures of the game.
Sanchez has trouble mounting any kind of rhythm or consistency. Part of it is his fault and part of it is on the coaches. After Sanchez completed a 32-yard pass to tight end Dustin Keller that got the Jets to midfield midway through the fourth quarter, he was pulled and Tebow came in to throw an incomplete pass. Two plays later Sanchez fumbled after getting sacked.
“It’s something that we’re all just getting used to,’’ Sanchez said regarding having to give way to Tebow after a big play. “I’m getting a better feel for it. Just keep rolling. When I’m in there I have to play better and take care of the football.’’
Of course if Mark Sanchez was actually a competent player, then the Jets wouldn't need to round out snaps with a home-schooled southpaw and a loopy throwing motion at quarterback. Sanchez was not getting all the snaps because he doesn't deserve them all. All the outcry so far this season has been about giving someone else a shot, on a snap, on a series, on a set of downs to see what they might do since it isn't like Mark Sanchez is singeing the game book with his scorching statistics. No one is substituting Peyton Manning, Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers for Wildcat formations. Doing so would be anathema.
The offensive gameplan is conservative by design, but it's put into super slow-mo by a wholly unimaginative coordinator, an offense devoid of talent and a quarterback who seems to be unable to make progress as a player. If the Jets want to run the ball and play ball-control offense, then that's fine, but they don't even have the bodies to make that happen. It makes a helluva lot more sense why the Jets might have been even apocryphally interested in trading up for Trent Richardson right before the draft -- they knew their backfield was going to be a dud and the team wanted it to be more of a focus this year.
Rex Ryan hated that Brian Scottenheimer would get counter-intuitive on plays for no good reason and that he'd create all these wrinkles in his offense to help mask intentions or whatever. Ryan didn't like that and so he went out and recruited Tony Sparano. Ryan told everyone who would listen this summer during training camp that he felt Sparano was the perfect complement to his defense. Scottenheimer might not have been Rex's guy, but Sparano most assuredly is, just as Mark Sanchez was too. So now that Ryan has two of 'his' guys at two of the most critical spots on any offense ... how's it working out?