Saturday Morning Quarterback: New York Jets vs. Detroit Lions

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Aug 9, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez (6) on the sidelines in the second quarter of a preseason game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

It’s a new year, so back with the “Quarterback” column. For the people who are new to the blog this year, I think this one is pretty self-explanatory. Normally this will be a “Monday Morning Quarterback” article. During the season, this article will be where I talk about the keys to either the victory, or the defeat. During the preseason, however, we will instead talk about some points from the game, good or bad.

We’ll start with the offense. Overall, Mark Sanchez had a nice game. He finished 10-13 for 125 yards and 1 TD. His shining moment came on a 5-5 drive that was capped off by a 26 yard TD pass to Jeff Cumberland up the seam on the right side. He spread the ball around to several different receivers, characteristic of a West Coast offensive scheme. Marty Mornhinweg called a nice variety of plays for him, as he did for all of the quarterbacks.

However, the inconsistency was there, and it is what drives everyone so crazy about Mark. He threw one pick six, nearly two, and the one he threw was bad. It was again on a screen pass, which for some reason has been a tough play for Mark recently. On his opening drive, he threw an attempted screen pass that was picked off by rookie Ziggy Ansah and taken to the house, bringing back memories of the last two seasons. Obviously, Mark Sanchez has to be more consistent if he is going to earn and keep the starting job.

Before leaving with an injury, Geno Smith did a nice job in his own right, going 6-7 for 47 yards. The injury apparently is not serious, and Smith is hopeful to practice quickly next week. Greg McElroy had a nice night as well, posting a boxscore of 11-19 for 145 yards and 1 TD. Rex, however, has mentioned that he is competing solely for the third quarterback position. He acquitted himself well for that spot.

One thing is for sure, the Marty Mornhinweg offense will be known for attacking the defense, no matter who the quarterback is.

There is one element that needs to improve with the quarterbacks as a group, and especially with the two main competitors. They are holding the ball far too long. It is great the offensive line allowed them time to do so, but that doesn’t mean they should be doing it. A characteristic of the West Coast system is short dropbacks, and getting the football out quickly. I want to see Mark, Geno, and everyone else take a three step drop, and get rid of the football. Same with a five step drop.  This will improve with time in the offense.

A couple of more things on the offense before we move onto the defense. Great to see Ryan Spadol spending time with the ones. He has worked hard, and the recognition is great, but making a catch with that group is even better.

The first team offensive line did a nice job in the passing game. Mark Sanchez and Geno Smith, when Geno was with them, had forever to throw. That’s a good sign. They didn’t get much going in the ground game. Bilal Powell ran it 9 times for only 14 yards. The o-line will need to get better with the run schemes, especially on the straight ahead runs.

Zac Rogers had a bad drop on a wide open pass, but came back and recorded a TD from Greg McElroy. Other players that stood out a bit were Chad Spann, and Ben Obomanu. It was a tough debut for Oday Aboushi, with far too many penalties to suit anybody.

We will talk defense on the next page.

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  • Joe Willie

    Good report Alan thanks–Mark had 2 other near miss ints both to #81 he is what he is–too bad Geno went out with the ankle I hope he bounces back fast– he needs the reps–In my view the Jets brass wants Geno to win the job outright and the best scenario for all is both Sanchez and Smith having a good preseason –another team’s QB gets hurt and the Jets trade Markie for a 3 or a 4rd draft choice. Preseason wins and loses means nothing.

    • TheJetPress

      That would be a good result. That team with the injury had better have a lot of money so they can pick up some of Mark’s money though. Totally right the result of the game means nothing.

    • Paul Newbold

      Mark will be cut or traded if Geno succeeds, but NOT this season. the shopped him quietly during the off season by some reports…no takers. His salary is too prohibitive and would hit the Jets cap hard. if he can make a showing of himself this season, then the Jets can pull a 3 or 4 for him If he’s the back up or plays poorly…good luck getting anything! After watching Geno friday night, in my opinion he’s not ready. He looked tentative, indecisive and seemed to have a problem with the speed of the game. I don’t doubt that the potential is there, but the kid needs time to develop his game, they threw Sanchez in early in his career and look at the results!

  • Paul Newbold

    No run game, I think they averaged 1.3 yds per carry or something like that. I know its early on, but RB is becoming a major concern. The O line first stringers looked pretty good, the back ups not so good. The back ups need to get better or the Jets depth on the O line will be questioned. The defense looked good, not dominant by any means, but its game 1. Over all the game was played like a pre season game, way to0 many penalties, formation problems and misreads, It was sloppy but many of these guys are playing together for the first time at game speed. It’s to be expected. I’m going to be optimistic and say that the next game will be much better. GO JETS!

    • TheJetPress

      Very fair evaluation Paul. Penalties were far too much, especially by Aboushi. Not a great debut for him. Next week will be much better.

  • Dustin Schrank

    Man the Offensive Scheme looked a billion times better then last years run,run,pass,punt…..I thought that was the most impressive thing was the plays and the play calling. If they give Marty some weapons next year we are gonna be sic.

    • TheJetPress

      Absolutely right Dustin.