2012 Preview: Your New York Jets Offense

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Dec. 11, 2011; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets offensive guard Matt Slauson (68), quarterback Mark Sanchez (6) and tight end Dustin Keller (81) celebrate in the end zone after a touchdown during the second half against the Kansas City Chiefs at MetLife Stadium. Jets defeat the Chiefs, 37-10. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE

Getting ready for the 2012 season, we begin to take a look at our beloved New York Jets, starting today with the offense, led by new coach Tony Sparano.

QUARTERBACKS

By far, the biggest hot button position on this team.  We know why, for now we can just call it “the trade”.

A lot of people debate whether Mark Sanchez should be the starter on this team.  He did look bad at times, I mean, you have to worry about a QB when he throws more than one interception to defensive linemen, which Sanchez did.  However, he has improved statistically every season.  He accounted for 32 TDs last season (26 passing, 6 running).  He led the Jets to four playoff wins on his young career.  If everyone just gives Mark a chance, he will be just fine.

But, the elephant in the room, or I guess, the praying man in the room, is the backup, Tim Tebow.  We all know about Tebowmania, we don’t need to go into it.  Clearly, Tebow can also inspire football players, and that is something that cannot be taught.  However, if you read his stats, he just isn’t a good quarterback.  He can run the “wildcat”, but that is all he has done effectively.  Aside from a few passes in big spots, he hasn’t been anywhere near 50 % completion rate.

The fear is that the team will be divided amongst Sanchez supporters, and Tebow supporters.  They say that teams with 2 quarterbacks really don’t have a quarterback.  Time will only tell if the Jets will follow the rule or be the exception.

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