No Huddle – New York Jets Struggles Continue

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TJ Rosenthal kicks off another week of New York Jets coverage here at Turn On The Jets with his weekly No Huddle, looking at the struggles of the past weekend and how the Jets can improve heading into their third pre-season game. 

Alright so we can all agree, THAT was ugly. The Snoopy Bowl rematch was way too much reality for us. The Giants are in the Penthouse. Defending Champs and all that. The Jets aren’t. Worse, Big Blue doesn’t need Hakeem Nicks to throw downfield  but the Jets are dying for Santonio Holmes to return to regain a license to. The Giants don’t need a blitz to get sacks. The Jets would love to say that about themselves one day soon, but can’t just yet.

Hey, the best way to swallow being outplayed by the crosstown team Gang Green ignited on Christmas is to just shrug it all off, right?

Wrong.

Which leads us to the first “No Huddle” point in our latest installment.

1 -It Is Only The Preseason 

We know it’s only August but folks, let’s not forget the way 2011 crumbled late in the year: Primarily from a lack of protection for Mark Sanchez.

If you can’t stretch the field, you can’t run. Play action, a weapon Mark Sanchez needs, won’t be respected either. Ground and Pound? How, with eleven defenders waiting for it? Over these first two prsesson games we’ve seen nothing from the first team
but much of the same. Little pass protection, rare separation from WRs, and modest runs from backs at best.

When push came to shove Saturday, the Jets run game got stuffed on 3rd and short and 4th down.

Not good.

The Jets have implemented a new OC a new system, remained adamantly against adding skill position vets and linemen up front, sure that things would change without the need to add more dynamic players. Sorry. we expected to see more already. Some sign, even one sign, that things will be different. A RB breaking loose, a solid string of throws downfield aided by a pocket created up front.

A glimmer from the first team.

Instead we bring you Rudy Giuliani’s 2008 GOP convention speech regarding Obama’s leadership record, to describe what’s taken place so far on offense. “Nothing. Nada. Zero. Zilch.”

Don’t be shocked if ” it’s only August” turns to it’s only September soon if nobody else is brought in, and Holmes or the Wildcat don’t alter things dramatically.

We’re concerned.Can you tell?

2 – Landry Lays A Lick On The Salsa Dancer

Victor Cruz called it legit, as the NFL looks into it. We on the other hand,  are celebrating a Jets safety who for the first team seemingly since the days of Victor Green, made his presence felt physically. Landry’s hit on Victor Cruz, provided that we can assume it was legal, is hopefully a sign of things to come for the Jets. A unit that needs to become a mean shutdown machine.

Especially if you’re one of those who can’t see the offense elevating to great heights this year.

Cough cough.

3 – Veteran Help, Why Not?

Call us ignorant when it comes to the salary cap and it’s restrictions. We’re no gurus like Mike T is in this field. Far from it.
However, we dont see why names like Cedric Benson, Ryan Grant, Braylon Edwards and Plaxico Bureess were never seriously explored.

Add Terrell Owens to the list too. What media circus would TO bring that isn’t already here?

Maybe Plax did himself in by dissing Sanchez publicly during the offseason. Perhaps Edwards knee scared off Jets brass. We can live with those reasons. We have a harder time though, accepting the fact the Jets may have been comfortable with a skill position crew that aside from Tone and Shonn Greene, bring no resume at all to the table.

The Jets can’t go 2-4 or 1-5 while their young players grow and gain experience. It will be too late. The AFC East won’t allow for it. Yet patience with the younghans will be key early on now, as so many get their feet wet in regular season duty.

Was this scenario necessary?

4 – Hiding the Wildcat

What are the Jets really hiding with this formation that won’t be put on tape the minute it’s unveiled?

Instead of being so wrapped up in keeping this “back to the future” formation secretive, why not run a few basic vanilla Wildcat plays in games just to practice rotating QBs and other personnel? The mechanical parts of the operation that must run seamlessly, before week one features 12 men in the huddle, and time outs wasted due to communication breakdowns.

Imagine the offense needing five more penalty yards for a first down right now… The marker would feel as far
away as NYC feels, while stuck in Jersey traffic near the toll, trying to cross over the GW Bridge.

5 – What Next Week Means

The Jets and Sanchez have to show up for a brief period on offense. One solid drive. Period.

C’mon, that’s not exactly reaching for the stars here.

It would help if the defense didn’t  make them sit for long as they wither drives down to FG attempts.
Give the offense the ball right back. We know it’s gonna be the dynamic Cam Newton on the other side of the line, but look at the Jets first half schedule. Alot of quality QBs are on the way.

It’s the last dress rehearsal for the starters. We want a healthy night, with the offense making a cameo, and the defense turning up the heat a few times.

We don’t need a 21-0 lead. Just some proof that many of us are hitting the panic button too early