It was an interesting day for the quarterback, Mark Sanchez. Interesting, as we was pretty much a non-factor. He basically did what was asked, and going 12-19 for 111 yards and not throwing an INT is not a “bad” day. But, he did fumble the ball away once, and you could tell in the second half that the Jets coaching staff didn’t really trust Mark to do much. In the second half, Mark dropped back to pass a total of 8 times. Eight. They left the rest of it to the ground game. Don’t get me wrong, the running game broke loose and looked terrific in the second half. I am just saying that it appeared that Rex and company didn’t want to give Mark a chance to blow this football game, which is a scary position to take with your starting quarterback. He made the throws that he had to make, no doubt, but he wasn’t called upon that much.
Muhammad Wilkerson continues to be an absolute beast. He added another sack, as well as 3 quarterback hits to go along with 3 tackles. This is what the Jets expected out of their former first round pick, as he has made himself an impact in almost every game. The defense made a nice impact getting into Henne’s face all afternoon, the peak for me being the huge hit by Garrett McIntyre that forced the INT by Bart Scott. The Jets threw a lot of different looks at the Jaguars, and had the offensive line and quarterback confused for a good portion of the afternoon.
Two things to say about the defense today. First is that to me, this is the first day you noticed the absence of Darrelle Revis. Not by any big plays, nothing like that. You saw it in smaller ways. Especially in the first half, you saw Henne taking advantage of the more frequent use of zone coverage, caused by no Revis. Henne, when he had time, was dinking and dunking the Jets to death. The Jets have used less man coverage since Darrelle went down, and Henne’s receivers were finding spots in that zone early. Secondly, they have to close. There is no reason why this game should have come down to one score. The defense needs to put it’s mark on the end of a game and end it.
But a win is a win. We are 6-7, and one game behind in the wild card race. We’ll be back this afternoon for the report card.