The second was the interception at the end of the first half. It was such an important one because it looked like the Jets were going to take it in and tie the score at 14. Mark was looking sharp, and the team was moving down the field quite nicely. But then, JJ Watt makes an athletic play to tip the pass, and it ends up in a field goal that opened up the Texans lead to 17-7. If the Jets score there, this could have been a very different football game. I don’t put that one as much on Sanchez, the offensive line has to do a better job at keeping the lineman’s hands down. Mark can make a better throw that wasn’t behind his receiver as well, and this was a huge momentum changer.
The final one was the throw to Cumberland that effectively ended the game. Yes, Cumberland got his hands on it, and if you can get your hands on it, you can catch it. But blame has to be put on Sanchez as well, as the throw was quite high. If Mark makes a throw that is more accurate, it sets up a manageable fourth down, and maybe the Jets get a chance to win this thing at the end. Instead, it’s a pick. That is what drives everyone nuts about Mark Sanchez. He can make great throws, and then horrible ones in the same football game. It’s hard to understand.
We definitely have to give some heat to Tony Sparano for the way he handled the game last night. The worst of it related to the communication. There was confusion on two separate occasions in the second half, where the players didn’t know who was supposed to be in or out. Mark would come in, Tebow would run in, one would run out. It was a big problem. The Jets wasted two timeouts, because they couldn’t get the plays and the players in. Inexcusable. If Brian Schottenheimer was here, we would have killed him for that. We have to kill Tony Sparano for that as well.
He also clearly has no idea as to how to use the Wildcat starring Tim Tebow. A prime example was early in the fourth quarter. The Jets were down 23-14 at the time, and Tim Tebow had just set the Jets up first and goal from the three after a 13 yard run up the middle. It seemed like the team was ticking with Tim in the lineup. However, they run just one more play for Tebow, run Sanchez back in, and two unsucessful plays later, settle for a field goal. You have to have a better feel for the flow of the game if you are the offensive coordinator. When the one quarterback is in a rhythm, don’t take him out for substitution’s sake. Tim made a great run, he set the team up at the three. Let him take a couple of shots to punch it in. Don’t just go back to Mark, now nobody has a feel for the game. It has to be handled better.
By the way, Tebow threw a great deep pass that got deflected, and I can watch him run the fake punt any time.