Aug 17, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez (6) celebrates a touchdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars with center Erik Cook (70) during the third quarter of a preseason game at MetLife Stadium. The Jets defeated the Jaguars 37-13. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Sunday Morning Quarterback: Jacksonville Jaguars vs. New York Jets


Well, week 2 of the preseason is in the books for the New York Jets. Not that the result is that important, but the Jets won 37-13, defeating the Jacksonville Jaguars at MetLife stadium last night. There were some good signs, and some things not to be too happy about. Let’s talk about it:

The first drive of the game showed a lot about what the offense could look like, when it is clicking. It showed us what it can be when the quarterback is on his game. On that opening drive, Mark was about as sharp as we have seen him, going 3-3 for 48 yards, including a 23 yard TD hookup with TE Jeff Cumberland. The chemistry between Mark and Jeff is becoming exciting. He has improved leaps and bounds over 2012, and is becoming quite the weapon.

Another guy that continues to make the most of the chances that he is getting is Bilal Powell. He did much of his work running the “Wildcat” last night, and had some giddy-up out of the backfield. He ran the ball 7 times for 68 yards, leading all rushers for the game. Chris Ivory finally saw game action, and ran it 6 times for 13 yards in limited time. He flashed, with one run of eight yards. Let’s seem more next week, as he gets back into the swing of things.

Kahlil Bell is trying to stick with the Jets again, in his second tour of duty, scoring twice.

Joe McKnight became quite the expendable player last night. Clyde Gates looked quite fast in the kick return game, running 3 of them for a 33 yard average, and Kyle Wilson added one for 24 yards. Coach Ryan has already mentioned that there are “concerns” about McKnight’s durability, for obvious reasons. Instincts tell me that he won’t be on the roster for much longer.

On defense, Ricky Sapp broke through with his first sack, exciting the fan base, but nobody more than our buddy Jake Steinberg, who has championed Sapp’s ability for two years now. Dawan Landry did his best to make fans forget his older brother Laron, leading the team with 7 tackles, 6 solo.

However, other than Sapp’s sack, that was the extend of the Jets’ defense getting to the QB last night. We have seen this story for many years as Jets fans, not having a pass rush. It’s amazing, how often the Jets draft on the defensive side of the ball, but must blitz in order to get any push on the QB. For this defense to be all that Rex Ryan envisions, they are going to have to get a rush on the QB from the front seven, without exotic blitzes.

The first team defense also had some difficulty, especially when the Jaguars ran the hurry up offense. They seemed to tire quickly, and had moments that they were blown off the ball. The low octane offense of the Jaguars took the ball right down the field on them on their first drive, moving the ball as they saw fit. When Blaine Gabbert goes 4-4 for 71 yards and a TD, you know your defense got it wrong. The backups, for the most part, outplayed the starters on defense in the second half.

Mark Sanchez played three quarters, because of Geno Smith and Greg McElroy being banged up, and overall, he played a game consistent with, well, Sanchez’s last two years. He threw an end zone interception, which will drive coach Ryan crazy. He tried to force a pass to Kellen Winslow when he wasn’t open, and the usual result happened, it was picked off. Earlier in the drive, nobody was open on a screen pass and Mark threw it into the ground, so we thought he was making a transition. Oh, well. It was a nice thought.

With Geno sidelined, Mark could have really taken a firm lead in this QB competition. He couldn’t do that, instead he left it nicely muddled. His final stats on the evening were 13-23 169 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT. Not terrible, but terribly inconsistent, and this is what drives everyone nuts about Mark.

The redzone offense left a lot to be desired as well.  Two times down deep in the first half, and coming away with no points?  Absolutely unacceptable, even if this was preseason.  That must get better.

I still need to see much more out of Dee Milliner before he can start opposite Cromartie. He seemed to have a tough go at times sticking with his opponent, and getting his head around to the thrown ball at the right moment at times. He seems like a young man who is learning. That is fine, but just please don’t anoint him the starter Rex. He can play in nickel for a while, it wouldn’t hurt. Danny Lansanah made an excellent play on his interception to set up points for the team. He’s a very active linebacker that everyone should pay attention to.

That’s it for the recap. I would think we are going to see Geno Smith for most of the game against the Giants. We will update as we hear more and more on that.

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  • Joe Willie

    Much improved offensive line makes a big difference—you can grind with even with mediocre play at skill positions –QB-RB WRs….they can get better as the season progresses– our TE play seems to be much improved also. Sanchez is what Sanchez is–up- down. As a Jet fan of 45 yrs I say let the players who play the best play it’s pretty simple.

    • TheJetPress

      sounds like Quinton going to be out 3-4 weeks, so he won’t miss too much regular season time. Agreed on o-line…..I always say that it starts there.

  • Bennny K

    Alan great recap, you really painted a clear picture of the game.

    I feel like if we cut McKnight the Pats will pick him up and make him a pro bowler. I guess that’s just my paranoia though.

    • TheJetPress

      Thanks Ben.
      I always get that same paranoia, that guys the Pats take from us will become all world….oh well.

      • matr dontelli iii

        They did something with Danny woodhead but Danny had guts and desire. I can’t recall anybody saying that about McKnight. If he can’t get on the field here I doubt he’ll get on the field for someone else. He fumbles one out of 35 touches. That’s too high. His return skills were a product of westhoff s system just like brad smiths, Leon washingtons, Justin millers and the list goes on. We can’t draft a tight end or running back or QB but miraculously we always find pro bowl kick returners? I don’t think so. bye joe, get well soon. Someplace else.

        • matr dontelli iii

          I forgot Santana moss (punts, not k.o.s) chad Morton, Jericho cotchery and how did i ever forget Jonathan carter?!?

        • TheJetPress

          I agree that Joe was a big product of Westhoff’s system. I think you can throw just about anyone into it.

  • Paul Newbold

    You’re much more the optimist then myself Alan. I saw some good things, but overall it was pretty flat. The “dominating defense” that has been so highly touted in the media must have missed the bus to the game. Our lineman looked like they were stuck to blockers with Velcro! The blitzes (though few) were generally ineffective. The Jags moved the ball in chunks and for the most part the safeties couldn’t seal the outside against the run, The hurry up was way too effective, even for a preseason game. It seems our linebackers still can’t catch a back coming out on a pass route. Defense looked much like last year’s only with different personnel.
    Offensively the run game was the highlight Bell and Powell stepped up, Ivory obviously missed a lot of camp, and it showed. Cumberland has definitely been a surprise so far, hope he can keep it up. Sanchez had a fair showing, typical Sanchez, good first drive, then threw the pick in the endzone! I can’t say I like the fact that one of our starting corners and one of our starting receivers were fielding kicks. Gates looked good in the role, but with receivers at a premium on this team, it is a gamble.
    I know its preseason, but after two games I’m a bit concerned.

    • matr dontelli iii

      I think we should be using reserves as our returners and that includes taking fair catch duties away from kerley. Let kotwicka show us what he learned from westhoff. I trust the defense will improve or else all bets are off and I look like a dope. The only way mark should step on the field again is if he learns how to quick kick! His halftime performance was the worst I’ve seen since ‘up with people’

      • Paul Newbold

        I’m sure the defense will improve, a lot of new faces on the unit. They just seemed awfully flat and the hurry up sent them reeling. The tackling was horrendous, and that is fundamentals, maybe I was expecting too much for game 2, but I was disappointed.

    • TheJetPress

      I was disappointed in the defense as well….

  • matr dontelli iii

    I wouldn’t let mark on the field next week. That nightmare before halftime was simply inexcusable. If you have hopes for the team you cannot accept that type of play. Marty has been around too long and has been too successful not to see that. I think markie fried his last eggs last night. Saturday should be geno and Greg splitting time with the ones, no ifs ands or buttfumbles! Truth, justice and the American way!

    • TheJetPress

      I think that is a very likely scenario Matr.

  • Dustin Schrank

    Again rex took the blame for mark saying it was his fault before halftime and there is no chance that is true and again when mark threw the pick in the endzone rex goes well you gotta give it to the Jag defender he made a great play, hes willing to put mark out there no matter what….Idzik better check him, we need the guy that gives us the best chance I don’t care if that means matt simms goes out there….rex worry about the defense because it looked horrible and let marty and david decide who the QB is because rex is too in love with sanchez feet

    • TheJetPress

      He does have an undying loyalty to Mark, that’s for sure.