A 2012 New York Jets List of
by Tony Medley
It can't be enjoyable if one
is a fan of the New York Jets. Let's start out with the Tim Tebow
situation. I'm going to ask a question, class. Why was Tebow so
successful last year as Denver's starting quarterback? Tick-tock tick
tock. I did not hear correct answer, so I will tell you.
First, Tebow is not the
world's greatest passer, nor is he going to make the world forget Barry
Sanders as a runner. However, he is an adequate passer, and he is a
better than average runner. To answer the question, however, I have to
pose another: What kind of a field situation enhances a runner's
capabilities? Tick tock tick tock. Again I did not hear the correct
answer so I will tell you. An open field!
The reason why Tebow was so
successful last year was because almost every play he ran started with
him fading back to pass. What did this do? Receivers were running down
the field; defensive backs spread out trying to cover the receivers,
opening the field. Tebow would scramble. One place where Tebow is
exceptional is his judgment on when to pass and when to run. Once the
passing formation had started to develop he could see the run
opportunities. The field was wide open with gaping holes here and there
and Tebow could gain substantial amount of yards running. So, in order
for Tebow to be effective as an offensive back, the play has to start
with him fading back to pass with potential receivers running out,
spreading the field.
But how have the Jets used
Tebow? Except for two plays this year, it has been entirely as a
line-plunging running back in a running formation. His talents have been
totally wasted by the Jets, because he has not had a spread field giving
him the opportunity to use his judgment about when, where, and how to
run. The Jets have totally dissipated his capabilities. And these guys
get paid big bucks to make decisions like this.
Now to the issue at hand. The
Jets have a quarterback named Mark Sanchez. Sanchez is not a smart
quarterback, as he proved today when he took a terrible sack on the last
running play of regulation, and fumbled on the final play of the
overtime because he couldn't decide whether to try to throw the ball
away or tuck it down and keep it for another play. So he chose the third
alternative; he fumbled in a key situation, a Sanchez specialty.
Even worse, if possible,
Sanchez leads the league in passes tipped by linemen. While this might
be partially the fault of a weak offense in line, it's mostly the fault
of Sanchez. Sanchez can't even throw a normal screen pass. Several times
this year he has had potential large gains squandered because he
couldn't throw the ball over a rushing defender, when all he has to do
is lob the ball over the defender's head. But this simple maneuver is
beyond Sanchez's capability.
Finally, the Jets' defense.
Everyone knows that the best defense against Tom Brady is to pressure
him with a big rush. So what did the Jets do today in defending against
a Brady two-minute drill and in defending him in the overtime? They
relied on a three-man rush (akin to the old, constantly discredited
"nickel" defense), which might keep Brady in the pocket but gives him
scads of time to pick out a receiver, which makes Brady akin to
Superman. And that's what Brady did twice driving his team down for a
tying score and then a winning score. Something has happened to Rex
Ryan's brain because several years ago he did pressure Brady and that's
how the Jets beat New England. Now he seems to have forgotten the word
"blitz." Stupid, stupid, stupid.
To summarize, the Jets are
hopeless. Although Sanchez is from USC, which has never produced a Super
Bowl playing quarterback, he is not a totally horrible quarterback. But
he can't function without a strong offensive line. The Jets have Tim
Tebow, who is capable of functioning without an offensive line, as he
showed last year. But they simply do not understand how to use him.
Until they bench Sanchez, give
Tebow a shot, and revise their offensive game plan to suit Tebow's
unique talents, it's R.I.P New York Jets.
October 21, 2012