Monday Morning Quarterback: Jets vs. Panthers

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Aug 26, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterbacks Mark Sanchez (6) and Tim Tebow (15) stand on the sideline during the first half against the Carolina Panthers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-US PRESSWIRE

Alas, we have the Monday Morning Quarterback, on a Monday morning for the first time in 2012. Here are thoughts from last night’s 17-12 loss to the Carolina Panthers:

First and foremost, we must give it up to Austin Howard. Granted, he wasn’t playing against the pass rushers that Wayne Hunter had to face in the previous game, but you can’t choose your opponents. The fact of the matter is, Howard was terrific in pass protection, and was making blocks at more than one level in the running game. This performance by Howard should take the urgency away from finding another right tackle elsewhere. It looks like we have one, and a good one. Hats off to the great Jake Steinberg (@Steiny31) for calling it months ago.

On another note, Mark Sanchez looked much better tonight, getting the ball down the field on a few occasions. He finished 11-18 for 123 yards and 1 INT. He was the victim of a couple of costly drops by Santonio Holmes and Stephen Hill. Mark had several completions for over 20 yards, and if not for the previous drops, the Jets might have scored their first TD last night.

Stephen Hill did have a strong night, other than the drops, finishing his night with 5 catches for 68 yards. He’s a rookie, folks, he is going to have his drops as well as his big plays. The running backs showed “flashes”, Shonn Greene with an 18 yard run, and Bilal Powell had a bit of spring in his step tonight. We need to see more from the running game, obviously.

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