Fact is, when Mark Sanchez has been given weapons, and a decent offensive line, he has performed well. The Jets had a great running game in 2009 and 2010, and nobody was calling for Mark Sanchez’s head. Heck, nobody was calling for Schotty’s head either. Early in Rex’s reign as the coach, the Jets had an offense that was set up for success, and the team reaped the benefits in the first two years. But since then, Mike Tannenbaum has let weapons that Mark Sanchez has had chemistry with go away, and replaced with weapons that are unproven, and otherwise not very good.
So there’s that, the lack of help. But either way, Mark Sanchez is going to be here a while, whether the fan base likes it or not.
THE PASSING GAME IS WHAT IT IS
This goes along with what we have been saying all article, so we will briefly review. The weapons are what the weapons are. Mike Tannenbaum didn’t address this issue in the offseason, and trades don’t happen mid-year. There really isn’t anyone out there to bring in, so this is what we have.
Unfortunately, all we can do is deal with it.
BART SCOTT IS HERE TOO
Everybody wants to see less of “Can’t Wait”, since these days it’s, “Can’t tackle”. Time to go with Demario Davis, he’s younger, faster, and will help us more now and going forward. I too, have been frustrated with Bart Scott since last season.
He won’t be on the bench.
Why? Because he is Rex’s guy. The first minute of the offseason that started Rex’s time as head coach, he was at Bart Scott’s house recruiting him. This is Rex, on the field. Bart Scott is the on field version of Rex Ryan. He’s not going anywhere.
You might say, “Well, his playing time dipped last year”. Yes, it did, but that was just as much about Bart’s attitude as it was his play. He was a different guy last season, acting like he didn’t even care. His weight was up, and his demeanor was that of a player that didn’t want to be on the Jets, so he sat.
He worked hard to get back into shape this past offseason, and his attitude has been that of the old Bart. Therefore, he will continue to play. Yes, his play has clearly fallen off, but Rex is loyal to his veteran players, that is his history. Look at Calvin Pace, has done very little, he still plays. He is the biggest example. Rex is loyal to his guys. Bart will play folks. The Demario Davis era will not start in full at least until 2013.
So, what’s the short term answer? Gameplanning and execution. We’ll talk more on the next page.