The offensive line was no help with the “Ground and Pound” either. Shonn Greene had some flashes, but nobody can make runs when the line doesn’t block for you. The running game did nothing, to the tune of 2.7 yards per rush. That, in short, will never cut it. Greene as I said had some flashes, and led with 36 yards on 11 carries, and Bilal Powell looked better than last week, with 6 carries for 21 yards, but the performance overall was terrible. I know that this is the preseason, but seeing the offense go backwards is not going to help anyone. And it starts with the offensive line. Like I said yesterday, everything falls apart when the offensive line does.
It is a rough sign when only one team has not scored a TD in the preseason. That team? The New York Jets.
Now, let’s talk about Tim Tebow. He clearly still has his difficulties throwing the football. He made some accurate throws, but made a lot more inaccurate one. He did get the ball downfield a bit more than Mark did, but was not accurate, finishing 5-14 for 69 yards.
But, there were some good things I liked from Tebow. Even though he took some sacks, his instincts were more like a quarterback. There was no doubt that he was going to take sacks, that was unavoidable based on the offensive line play. However, he had his head downfield much more than he did last week. Last week, I talked about Tim having instincts as a running back. The moment he felt a rush, he took off. This week, he felt the rush, and rolled out looking downfield. Sometimes he took a sack, sometimes he threw it away. THAT is the way a quarterback needs to think. Believe it or not, I was happy with Tebow for that.
But he still can’t throw. Sorry, I can’t change my tune entirely.