Although game planning and team chemistry involve the offense and the defense, we’re going to narrow it down to the offense. Besides, there’s not much to complain about with the defense.
Recently, the defense has stepped up. Even without Revis, they still look to be in sync and communicating well with one another.
The offense? Not so well.
With a ground and pound offensive mentality, it’s important to have one of two things… a strong offensive line to open up lanes for a backfield of committee, or a decent o-line that can benefit from a star running back.
The Jets fall into the category of “backfield of committee”. You know them… Greene, Powell, and McKnight.
Last week in Jacksonville, Brandon Moore took a stand at halftime and got the rest of the offensive line to move as one. Moore’s motivation was the main reason the run game was so effective during the second half… and ultimately led the Jets to a victory.
Shonn Greene doesn’t look so bad when the o-line dominates. Bilal Powell suddenly seems to be a great change-of-pace back when he’s healthy… but the credit goes to the o-line, and rightfully so.
So what’s the key to success?
Now that Brandon Moore has stood up, wh0′s going to be next?
My eyes are on Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow.
All year I’ve been waiting to see these two quarterbacks come together and celebrate their team’s success.
We’ve seen a glimpse here or there (with a head-butt during pregame or a celebration after a touchdown) but what ever happened to “Tebowing”?
I’m laughing out loud, because I could’ve sworn Tebowing was the biggest thing in football less than a year ago.
I’ll be honest, if you asked me if Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow would both be a part of a touchdown once before week 15, I would’ve said no… more than once! But Tony Sparano has failed to come up with a creative play that had both Mark and Tim on the field.
Sparano can do better. His play-calls involving Tebow indicate that he’s just an idiot. Most of the time, It’s a direct snap to Tebow, who takes it up the middle for an insignificant gain.
What about a halfback toss to Tebow, with the option to run or pass?
What about having that direct snap to Tebow become a screen pass to Sanchez instead of a predictable run up the middle? If you throw a screen to Sanchez behind the line of scrimmage, the defense gets caught off guard, and Sanchez could throw it deep.
These are just two examples of how to utilize Sanchez and Tebow simultaneously.