Mark Sanchez, The Jets Offense, and the AWOL Long Pass

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Aug 15, 2012; Cortland, NY, USA; New York Jets offensive coordinator Tony Sparano walks back to the locker room following practice at SUNY Cortland. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-US PRESSWIRE

It has been an interesting preseason so far for the New York Jets, especially for the Jets offense. Well, “interesting” might be a bit kind, but this is a family website. It has been very bad. Being the only team in the entire league yet to score a touchdown, is bad. The “Ground and Pound”, is doing anything but, as they averaged under 2 yards per carry on the ground last week.

And then there is Wayne Hunter. Whether he is hurt, as I wondered the other day, or just isn’t good enough anymore, he has to take much of the responsibility for the fact that Mark Sanchez has been running for his life.

But, what about stretching the field. As much as the Jets are going to be a run first offense, offensive coordinator Tony Sparano has talked about the importance of the vertical passing game in his offense. To date, we have not seen it, as Mark Sanchez is averaging 4.7 yards per pass attempt.

The question is, where is it? How do they get it back into the offense? What is the problem?

Our buddy Joe Caporoso, lead writer of wrote a great piece about the Jets offense.  Take a look at it by clicking here.

In it, he takes a good look at how the offense is going to improve, looking at factors like getting healthy, personnel decisions, and other factors.

One point he made that I want to take a closer look at, is the point on Mark Sanchez, and about him getting the ball down the field.  Turn the page to learn more.

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