There was a big departure in Jets identity in the win last night over the Cowboys.
The ground and pound New York Jets took a night off last night. Mark Sanchez tied his career high with 44 pass attempts. The pass to run ratio, 48-16, was the most lopsided of the Rex years.
A few reasons for the dramatic departure: Sanchez has earned more trust from the coaching staff. The Cowboys played without their best cornerback (Terence Newman), and their No. 2 and No. 3 corners (Mike Jenkins and Orlando Scandrick) missed parts of the game. The Cowboys also did a heavy amount amount of run blitzing.
Sanchez may have paid a price however. Although he didn’t state that he suffered a concussion, many of the reporters at the game noticed that he appeared groggy in his post game interview. He paused more often than normal to ask questions, and when light was shined in his face, he looked away. He also spent an unusually long time in the trainer’s room.
One footnote following the game. There is obviously a lot to get better on, but one facet of the game there wasn’t. For the fifth time in franchise history, the Jets went an entire game without committing a penalty.