Jets vs. Dolphins: 5 Quick Hits
By Bob Montgomery
Oct 28, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan before the game against the Miami Dolphins at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE
The Jets special teams looked horrendous. Mike Westoff’s squad was embarrassed today as they had both a punt and field goal blocked, as well as giving up a surprise on sides kick. Tim Tebow seemed confused on his assignment during the punt block, as he was seen being coached up by Westoff on the sideline. The normally consistent play on special teams seemed non existent, as if the Dolphins game planned specifically to destroy the concepts and schemes of the Jets special teams. The Dolphins had held the ball and scored 20 points in the first half compared to the Jets zero, executing perfectly in all phases of the game.
Mark Sanchez once again failed to deliver. Sanchez looked rushed in the pocket as the Jets offensive line was shaky throughout the game. A bad interception on a pass attempt to Dustin Keller over the middle showed what little progress Sanchez has made lately, as the pass was late and off target to an area surrounded by Miami defenders. Sanchez failed to pull the trigger on three step drops, consistently throwing late and off his back foot as the pocket collapsed. Much os his 280+ yards in the air were in garbage time, as the Dolphins simply backed off and allowed Sanchez to complete passes short and over the middle. At this point it looks as if little progress has been made in the Tony Sporano offense as Sanchez continually struggles to produce.
Kyle Wilson is a liability on the outside. Wilson for what seemed like the 100th week in a row was consistently burned on the outside. His press coverage fails to push the receiver off their route and his slow hip turn and lack of make up speed allow the receiver to beat him deep time after time. While Wilson has often been the receipt of gifts in the form of over throws, Matt Moore pulled the trigger and beat Wilson deep for 50 yards. Another identical play was ran and Wilson got beat deep once gain, only the pass was dropped from rusty Jabar Gaffney. At this point its fairly obvious that Wilson is a defensively liability, and has failed to live up to the hype after being drafted in the first round in 2010.
Stephen Hill has also failed to impress in what is his debut rookie season. After a two touchdown game in the season opener Hill has had a bad case of the drops. He never seems to catch the ball with his hands, always seeming to pin the ball against his body to secure the catch. Hill had a drop on a touchdown pass that bounced off his chest as he failed to locate the football and real in the catch in the endzone, further digging the Jets offensive ditch. Poor route running and failure to recognize defensive coverage has failed to allow Hill to be a consistent offensive weapon. Only further development of his pass catching and route running skills will allow Hill to blossom into the dominant receiver the Jets have drafted him to be.
The bye week may hold some surprises for the Jets. With Mark Sanchez performing badly and the Jets under .500 heading into the bye week there could be changes on the both sides of the ball to look out for. First and most importantly what will the Jets do with Mark Sanchez? Will Tebow emerge from the bye week the new starting Quarterback? There are also questions on defense, regarding the diminishing playtime of defensive staple Bart Scott. Only time will tell what the next move will be to the struggling New York Jets team of 2012.