Mark Sanchez had a rough game last week, as we all saw. With Miami sporting a weak pass defense, the Jets will be counting on Mark and the passing game to be efficient, along with the rest of the offense. Here is what Mark had to say about the defense of Miami as a whole:
(We) see the same thing every year, (a) physical, tough strong defense (that’s) great in the back end. (It’s) one of the toughest front sevens we will play, similar story (to) the week before. We have to hold up in protection. We have to run the ball well and it’s up to me to find more completions than I did last week.
As bad as the Miami defense is against the pass, and great against the run, the Jets will not lose their identity of running the football. Here is what Mark had to say about running the ball against Miami’s defense:
The emphasis is on our front five, the tight ends blocking, our receivers blocking down the field and me putting us in the right running play. If it’s a check at the line, identifying it correctly when we’re up on the ball and making sure we have the mike point. All of those things are critical and then it comes down to execution. Our one-on-one matchups, we have to win those and this is not an easy group to play against. They have playmakers all over the field from (Karlos) Dansby to (Paul) Soliai, (Koa) Misi is playing really well (and) Sean Smith is always tough to play against, so it’s going to be a physical game and we need to play well.
Rex talks about division games practically counting as 1.5 games in the standings, and he is right. Even though every team in the division is 1-1, for the Jets to go 2-0 in the division out of the gate would be huge in the race to return to January football. Make no mistake, this one is huge.