The Jets have a lot of guys that will be under the microscope as we move forward in the 2012 season, but none more than the starting quarterback, Mr. Mark Sanchez. With Tim Tebow lurking in the background, all eyes are on Mark’s performance. The chants have begun, and if the poor performances continue, they will only get louder.
Another group that faces tough sledding, and a lot of scrutiny, is Mark’s young receiving corp. Right now, taking injuries into account, Jeremy Kerley is the longest tenured Jet at wide receiver. It’s a very inexperienced group, that needs direction from its quarterback. Mark Sanchez talked about if he can do a better job at coaching those guys:
A little bit. I think more of it’s in the classroom and just being together, studying together. When we get on the field, there’s little reminders and tags here and there. You also can’t be a pacifier to them. You can only do so much because then it takes you away from what you’re doing. I know Coach Sanjay (Lal) will hear me give a tag, ‘Hey don’t forget its third-and-seven, make sure your route is the right depth. Make sure you get all eight yards. Don’t cut it short, don’t shave, do this, do that. Be friendly on this in route.’ They’re good tags and stuff, maybe during training camp, but Sanjay’s pushing me to not say anything because he needs to know when those guys don’t know that. Naturally, I want to tell them and remind them, but at the same time I (have) to trust them just like they trust me. They’re not talking to me in the huddle, “Hey, don’t forget it’s a three-step drop here.” They don’t say stuff like that, so I have to trust them to be in the right spot, and I do. These guys are working hard. It’s on me to keep leading them and give them the best opportunity they can to catch and run.
What does Mark expect from the wide receivers?
The important thing is just to be in the right spot at the right time, whatever it says on the piece of paper. If it’s 15 yards, it means 15, and whether you’re press, whether the guy’s off, it’s first-and-ten, third-and-ten. You have to be in the right spot. After that, catch the ball. Coach (Tony) Sparano always says catching the ball is 33 percent of your job. The rest is blocking and running after the catch. They have a lot on their plate too. We’ve set a high standard for those guys and they’ll meet it.