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Inside Jets vs. 49ers Film Room: Offense

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RUNNING GAME

We basically covered this before but we will rehash just a bit.

Shonn Greene and Bilal Powell are not runners that are going to make something happen out of nothing. They are not Adrian Petersen or Maurice Jones-Drew. These guys don’t run around making plays when there is no opening, and they have to hit the hole at the point of attack. Shonn Greene looks painfully slow, no doubt. Bilal looked a bit faster, but nothing to write home about.

The offensive line is not opening holes at the point of attack. These guys need to fire off the line, hit somebody, and open holes. That did not happen Sunday, and thus, the longest run of the day was for five yards.

In a word, pathetic.

WILDCAT

The Jets clearly don’t trust Tim Tebow to throw the ball, at least not yet, and the opponents know it. How do I know? Look at the formation above, because it was similar every time Tebow took the snap. See how there are 7 guys in the box? Every single time. Not only that, look at the guys in the red circles. See how they are cheating towards the line of scrimmage? They know that it is unlikely that the Jets are going to throw it. This has to change fast, otherwise the Wildcat will be nothing more than a trained housecat.

MARK SANCHEZ AND THE PASSING GAME

Other than a few plays, the offensive line gave Mark Sanchez time to throw the football. He was quickly sacked on a couple of occasions, but for the most part, Mark had time to throw.

What was the problem? Wide receivers getting open, and Mark Sanchez’s decision making. First a look at the wide receivers’ inability to get open:

Here’s the setup: Sanchez is in the shotgun, one receiver to his left, and two are lined up to the right. Let’s see what happens as the play develops:

Sanchez is stepping up in the pocket, looking to make a play. But where can he go with the football? Look at the circles, nobody is open. Defenders are around Mark’s every option. The result?

Down goes Sanchez. Could he have thrown the ball at the feet of Santonio Holmes, avoiding the sack? You could make that argument, he probably could have. But, he didn’t. You can talk all you want about Mark Sanchez, but his wide receivers have to help him out too. It’s not easy for ANY quarterback when his weapons are not helping.

We will talk more about Mark Sanchez on the next page.

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