If you watched the New York Jets last minute comeback against the Detroit Lions last week, you noticed three things:
1. The Jets are a good team when they play they quick-tempo 2 minute offense;
2. Mark Sanchez is a much better QB when he doesn’t think and plays the 2 minute offens; and
3. The Jets, a notoriously good running team, might be a better passing team.
Five of the Jets past six scoring drives, over three games, have occurred in the final two minutes of a half or when the offense is in its two-minute mode. After scoring 10 points in the final 2:46 of regulation against the Lions, the Jets stayed with their hurry-up offense to start overtime. It worked, as they needed only 2:18 to win the game.
Sanchez called it “the ultimate fast-break situation.” If it were up to him, they’d use it more often. It was Sanchez who lobbied the coaches on Sunday to start overtime in the two-minute.
“Mark likes to go fast,” offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer said. “He likes to have a tempo to him. It puts him at ease. He gets people moving and he’s comfortable and confident, knowing, ‘Hey, I’m dictating the tempo of the game and they’re going to have to adjust to me.’”
“In the two-minute, it’s bam, bam, bam, bam — there’s no time to think,” WR Braylon Edwards said. “There’s no time to drop back and think and assess.”
About a month ago, WR Santonio Holmes made a suggestion to coach Rex Ryan, asking if they could practice the two-minute drill against the starting defense. Usually, the starting units don’t face each other in practice, but Holmes told Ryan that’s how he did it for years in Pittsburgh.