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After watching the Jets starters get extended action last night, it is hard to think we won’t be seeing much of the same things we saw from the team in 2009. The Jets first defense has been rock solid. They can run football but inconsistencies remain in the passing game. Hopefully, the inconsistencies won’t show themselves as frequently as they did in 2009.
First off, it is a huge blow to the Jets defense to lose Calvin Pace. As of now, it sounds like he will only miss the first game or two but still you’d like to be at full strength coming out of the gate. Jason Taylor is nowhere near the complete player Pace is at this point of his career. Staying on the defense, there were definitely too many occasions where there were receivers running wide open down the field. The defense still played very well overall but you know every time one of the Redskins average receivers was running wide open, Mike Tannenbaum was thinking of caving on the Revis negotiations.
Over on the offensive side of the ball, how about LaDainian Tomlinson? It was looking like 2006 out there. You have to love seeing Tomlinson averaging 7.8 yards per carry and Shonn Greene at 4.7 yards per carry. Of course there was still Joe McKnight with his 5 carries for 9 yards and his lost fumble.
Mark Sanchez played great against the Giants after his early interception and has been erratic since then, very similar to 2009. He still continues to lock on his first target occasionally and gets a little jumpy in the pocket. However, there were still some positive sings and he did bounce back with a fourth quarter touchdown pass. Dustin Keller is certainly looking like his favorite target, while he did finally hook up with Santonio Holmes, #10 forgot to tuck the football away. The offensive line also needs to improve in pass protection. I can’t be watching Mark Sanchez rolling around on the ground anymore with geriatric Mark Brunell waiting in the wings.
Despite his shank on the extra point, you still have to be encouraged by Nick Folk’s pre-season. Joe McKnight has looked good on punt returns, which will probably knock Larry Taylor off the roster.