Yes, Braylon Edwards had chemistry with Mark Sanchez, no doubt. But, the last time he caught a pass from Mark Sanchez was nearly 24 months ago. The last time they played together was in January of 2011, when the Jets faced the Steelers in the AFC title game. Anyone who has watched this team knows, that is a LONG TIME AGO. Both in the literal and figurative sense, it has been a while. It’s unrealistic to think that he will come back to NJ, and the relationship on the football field will just pick up where it left off. The relationship between quarterback and wide receiver is about timing, and feel for one another. That will take time to re-establish.
Secondly, keep in mind the stats that Braylon did put up while he was here. He did score 11 TDs, we can’t take that away from him. But in his best year, he recorded 53 catches for 904 yards. I know people are excited, but let’s not get carried away. Don’t make it seem like we just re-acquired Jerry Rice in his prime. This is not a move that has fixed this team. It will help, but it is far from the only move that this team needs to make in the long term.
Braylon Edwards has never played in this offense. Remember, he was here with Brian Schottenheimer, not Tony Sparano. It will take time for Braylon to learn the playbook. Hopefully, they will be able to have Braylon set up with a package of plays that he will be able to run on Monday night, but don’t expect him to be a master of this offense in 4-5 days. It is just not realistic. He also hasn’t played with THIS version of Mark Sanchez. The Mark Sanchez that Braylon Edwards played with was a confident version. It was a version that had fun playing football, and took his team to back to back AFC championship games.
We have talked about this at length, Mark Sanchez is a broken down version of himself. Despite the win last week, to say that Mark has regained his confidence would be pretty far from the truth. To say that the coaches have a lot of confidence in Mark would be wrong as well, despite what coach Ryan says. Last week, Mark Sanchez was not out there to win the game, he wasn’t given that opportunity. He was out there just not to lose it. Does the return of Braylon Edwards magically bring back all of the confidence to Mark Sanchez? I don’t think so, it’s not that simple. Does Tony Sparano all of a sudden open up the offense because Braylon Edwards is here? I doubt that even more. He will help, but this is not a magic fix for the Jets offense.
Finally, Braylon Edwards has not exactly been setting the world on fire since he left the Jets, racking up only 23 catches for 255 yards and 1 TD. Yes, he has had some problems with injuries, but the lack of production still has to be part of the equation. Is he truly healthy enough to make an impact? We really don’t know until we see it on the field, do we?
Don’t get me wrong, I am happy with this move. It’s nice to finally see a move that could BENEFIT Mark Sanchez. No doubt about it. Let’s just be real about it, and not book our day off to visit the ticker tape parade just yet. The Jets have many more issues to solve.