It has been a tough road so far for Mark Sanchez and the Jets offense. No touchdowns to date, obviously Mark Sanchez and Rex Ryan are not happy. Mark Sanchez and the first team offense have one more dress rehearsal before week one against Buffalo, and that is Saturday night against the Carolina Panthers. They have to get better.
Despite all of this, Mark Sanchez and Rex Ryan are still feeling pretty confident about where they are. Here is what coach Ryan had to say when asked if the offense’s progress is behind what they expected. His answer might be a little surprising:
No, I wouldn’t say that at all. When you look at it, yeah you would like to score 40 points or something. It’s a work in progress. It’s not even the fact that we’re not showing everything. That’s not it. I see some of the things that we’re stressing. For instance, Nick Mangold, that might have been the best game that I’ve seen Nick Mangold play and here’s a Pro Bowl center, the way he was blocking downfield on plays. I see us doing some little things that are going to pay dividends for us in the long haul. I see us getting movement on the double teams, all of those type of things. I see Shonn Greene running behind his pads again. There were positive things. Now, there were some negative things. Everybody in this league is going to get beat. Even Darrelle Revis gets beat. Brandon Moore gets beat. It’s very rare for both those guys. But you come back and you play fundamentals. You clean up your fundamentals. That’s something where we have to fall back on. We talk about Wayne Hunter where he got beat by (Jason) Pierre-Paul. He’s not the only one in the league that’s going to get beat by Pierre-Paul. That is one heck of a football player. With that said, could his fundamentals be better? Of course, absolutely. That’s what I’m stressing to him. We’ve got to get back to playing technique and fundamentals. It’s not just him, it’s across the board. We’ve got to get better at our techniques and when you get beat, you’ve got to rely on those even more and more.
Rex believes that it is more about lack of technique, rather than progress. They are where they need to be with the learning, but not the executing.