You have to give credit to Mark Sanchez for making big throws when the game was on the line, but overall he has to play much better. Don’t get me wrong, he made huge throws at the end of the game. The throws to Holmes, Kerley, and even the few to Cumberland were huge, and at just the right time. We don’t win the game without Mark making those throws. But overall, he did not show the accuracy we need. For the game, Mark was 21-45 for 306 yards, 1 TD and 2 INTs. The early pick was not so much on Sanchez as it was on the receiver, Clyde Gates for running a poor route, allowing the defender to cut in front of him.
The second one, however, was terrible, and could have lost the game for them in the end. Thankfully it didn’t. This INT actually was at a huge part of the game. Early in the second half, the Jets were coming off the LaRon Landry pick 6 that tied up the football game. Almost immediately after that, the Jets had the ball again after the Darrelle Revis fumble recovery, setting them up at the Miami 26 yard line. If the Jets had scored a TD on that drive, they would have been up 17-10, and the momentum would have been strongly in their favor, and the Jets might have gone on to win this one going away. They get it to first and goal from the three, but instead of taking it in for the score, Mark throws a terrible pass on third and goal from the seven that is intercepted. Thankfully it did not, but this could have been the play that brought this game back around for the Dolphins. Luckily for the Jets, the Dolphins aren’t good enough to take that game over, otherwise we would be talking about a 1-2 Jets team heading to face the 49ers and Texans.
He again didn’t get a lot of help, as the receivers, other than Holmes, didn’t play really well. We already talked about the poor route run by Clyde Gates that caused an interception. Stephen Hill is showing how young and raw he is. He is dropping too many passes to be counted on as the number two wide receiver. The play in the back of the endzone has to be caught, Mark put it in the perfect spot. He has to get better at catching with his hands, like we have talked extensively about in previous weeks.
This running game is not getting it done, pure and simple. For those of you that are returning readers, you know the support that I have for Shonn Greene, a support that is stronger than most people have for him. However, it is getting harder and harder every time he runs. 19 carries for 40 yards is not going to get the job done. Maybe it is time to let Bilal Powell start. A lot of people were screaming for him yesterday, but let’s not get carried away. 10 carries for 45 yards is a good average, but let’s not make him Barry Sanders as of yet. But I am beginning to agree, that it may be a time for a change back there.