Tony Sparano’s Mantra: Protect the Football

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If the Jets are going to play a ball control scheme, it would help if the control the ball. The Jets turned the ball over 34 times last year, fourth highest total in the NFL, and Sanchez accounted for 26 of them. Clearly unacceptable.

Chad Pennington knows the offense as well as anybody, as he helped lead the 2008 Dolphins to an NFL record tying 13 turnovers for the year. It’s not perfect, though, as from 2009-2011 the Dolphins actually had the same amount of turnovers as the Jets, 85.

Sanchez has accounted for 63 turnovers in his first three seasons, only one QB has accounted for more. That QB is Eli Manning, who has actually accounted for 72 turnovers in that time. These sins are forgiven with two rings.

Pennington feels that Sparano’s offense will fit in well with Rex’s defensive schemes:

“When you have a Rex Ryan-style defense, attacking all the time, you have to complement it,” Pennington said in a phone interview. “You have to run the ball, keep the defense off the field and protect the football. … More football games are lost in this league rather than won.”

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Topics: Alan Schechter, Chad Pennington, Eli Manning, Fumbles, Interceptions, Jets Turnovers, Mark Sanchez, Miami Dolphins, NY Jets, Offensive Coordinator, Sanchez And Pennington Meet, Tim Tebow, Tony Sparano

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