4.) Quick offensive/defensive analysis from the All-22 game film…..
-The opening drive by the Jets vs the Steelers was nothing short of magnificent. Sanchez looked poised and confident and hit WRs in stride. Sanchez hit Kerley on a 45 yard seam route that Steelers defenders had no chance of defending because of Kerley’s speed. The TD pass to Holmes was a beautiful throw off of playaction that froze a few defenders and allow Holmes to get a step on Steelers CB Ike Taylor to get open for the TD in stride.
-After the initial drive it seems as if the Steelers defenders adjusted and played the Jets WRs more aggressively at the line of scrimmage.
-WR Stephen Hill seemed overmatched at times by these veteran CBs and they completely made him irrelevant. He consistently showed an inability to escape press coverage off the line of scrimmage thus taking another option OFF the read for Mark Sanchez! Hill is a rookie and we only hope he learns as he goes but because the Jets refused to bring in a vet WR, they are counting on him learning sooner rather than later.
-Sanchez missed an open Holmes in the endzone for a TD that was a bit too high.
- Holmes route running became lazy as the game progressed but he still was able to consistently get a step on Taylor and get open but dropped 2 crucial passes on crucial drives. Inexcusable!
-The hot read that Cumberland missed was a drive killing mistake. Sanchez notices the blitz right away and audibles for the adjustment but Cumberland just continued the streak pattern instead of turning for the quick pass. Had he turned for the ball, it was not only a first down but he had no one within 5 yards of him and it could’ve gone for a big gain. Needless to say, Keller probably turns that into a huge play.
-Sanchez seems to lock in on Holmes a bit much BUT I understand why as the film shows he’s consistently BEATING Taylor but it appeared as if Holmes is more interesting in garnering flags instead of catching passes.
-Defensively the Jets pass rush seemed to get minimal push against the Steelers o-line. The interior got minimal to NO push and when they did, they couldn’t seem to capitalize off it.
-Antonio Cromartie gave a CUT worthy effort on the Wallace TD…. He looked like a undrafted rookie on that TD play against Wallace and that’s NOT an exaggeration.
-Jets run defense played a very solid game and the D-line looked very disciplined when it came to defending the run
- I count 7 times defenders got to Roethlisberger but was unable to drop him and 3 of those times it was on crucial 3rd downs…… Inexcusable!
- Kyle Wilson played a solid game. Wasn’t caught out of position and remained disciplined, a good sign considering Revis may not be back this week against the Dolphins
5.) My issues with the Jets’ offense thus far
First week of the season vs the Bills, the Jets’ offense didn’t seem to have any problems with getting into the endzone and even on the first possession vs Steelers Mark Sanchez and the Jets offense didn’t seem to have any problems marching 90 yards for a TD. It was after the initial possession vs the Steelers in which the Jets’ offense seemed to remind everyone of the offensive struggles last season and even this past pre-season. Through 2 games, offensive coordinator Tony Sparano has been pretty solid in his playcalling but has been failed by the execution portion of the offensive game plan, specifically in the Steelers game. Though Sparano has been a solid offensive coordinator, I still have a few minor gripes with him;
Where are the screens to McKnight? McKnight is one of the fastest, if not THE fastest player on the team. 2 games in the season we’ve yet to see a screen to McKnight. Steelers defense were playing very aggressive at times and produced several perfect moments for the Jets to run the screen to the speedy McKnight against an over aggressive Steelers defense.
Where’s the end arounds? Again, we have a speedster at wideout in Stephen Hill and getting the ball into his hands as much as possible can only help the team and help the rookie get better and more confident at what he does. Between Hill and Kerley, the Jets have 2 WRs that are perfect for end around with their speed and ability to run after the catch.
Why trade for Tebow? Why is Tebow even a Jet if he isn’t going to be utilized when the moment is perfect to utilize him? The Jets’ offense struggled vs the Steelers and Tebow was brought in and managed to scamper for an impressive 22 yards and after one more failed play he was taken out. Why not mix in a few more plays to keep the Steelers defense on their toes? Not only does Tebow need to be utilized more often but he needs to be in some packages where he’s on the field at the same time as Sanchez. With Tebow and Sanchez on the field simultaneously, you can run with him, hand off and then go wildcat, direct snap to him to initiate a direct wildcat with him, hand off and have him pass, or just use him as a decoy and run standard plays. It will basically keep the Steelers defense ON their toes and provide the Jets with a viable and effective offensive weapon.
Where’s the No-Huddle offense? Again, I know we’re only 2 games in so I’m not making TOO big a deal of it but where’s the no huddle offense? Mark Sanchez has always shown a knack of playing on a high level in the no-huddle offense but we are yet to see it utilize by the Jets offense. I believe there was certain moments in the Steelers game to utilize the no-huddle in order to get in some kind of rhythm, maybe take advantage of the step Holmes was getting on Ike Taylor or to help rookie WR Stephen Hill get into some kind of rhythm. I sure hope Sparano plans to utilize the no-huddle going forward as the Jets certainly HAS the weapons to execute it adequately imo.
-6.) Sanchez missed Dustin Keller vs Steelers
Jeff Cumberland replaced an injured Dustin Keller (hamstring) in Sunday’s game vs the Steelers and he showed how and why Dustin Keller is important to Mark Sanchez and the offense as a whole. Cumberland seemed lost at times and even showed his lack of awareness when he missed a hot read on the blitz pickup by Sanchez. It wasn’t just Cumberland, the Jets WRs were consistently taken out of the game by Steelers defenders and Holmes was too occupied with crying for flags from the replacement refs. Keller has always been labeled as Sanchez’s most reliable target as he and Sanchez has always had tremendous chemistry but I think Sanchez’s numbers look a lot better if a healthy Keller plays vs the Steelers.