Three interceptions for Mark Sanchez in one day at OTA’s. We don’t care who is at fault. The QB, his receivers learning a new system, overall offseason rust. It doesn’t matter.
This competition, for the good of the team, has to survive to August. We do not want a rookie being handed a job that he hasn’t earned, by outplaying a veteran for it. Isn’t that how this all started in the first place?
Who is Deep Throat?
Last week the Daily News broke a story that stated an unnamed Jets player (who else of course) believed that 80-90 percent of the team wanted Sanchez benched. Ok, enough is enough. Who is Deep Throat (If you don’t understand the reference here, read this).
Is it NYDN Jets beat writer Manish Mehta? Backup Greg McElroy, who wants the job himself? Owner Woody Johnson, who may be looking to validate a switch to Geno, following a long term deal gone bad with the Sanchize? Stories like this one can’t just be popping up out of thin air, can it? Somebody is simply airing it out in secrecy.
We hope that like Watergate in the early 1970’s and the shadowy talks that went down in empty garages between reporter and informant, after flower pots moved, the snitch’s identity is one day revealed.
Marty, the Backs, and Some Modest Help From the Wideouts
Chris Ivory reportedly looked quick and hungry to show that he can be a feature back. Mike Goodson hasn’t been released yet after all, and could even be at practice tomorrow. Bilal Powell showed some potential last year and god knows, many of us still hold out hope that Joe McKnight can have an offensive package designed for him.
Could this group, assuming that Goodson survives his gun and drug drama, be potent enough carrying and catching the rock to ease the heat on the Jets moribund offense?
If the Holmes, Kerley and Hill trio can modestly stretch the field and instill some fear in opposing defenses, well then hey, Marty Mornhinweg has turned running backs into stars before.
Now was it the abilities of those Eagles backs in recent years, the system itself, or the speed of the receivers that opened up the screen and running game in Philly? Our guess, or hope is a little of both. If so, the Jets will need to follow suit with a little of each as well. Talent, system, and wideouts who make plays.
Another TE please Part II
Jeff Cumberland is still the starting TE folks…with no other proven vet behind him. Just making a second straight note of this folks.
Rex, Tortorella, Woodson and Melo
It’s funny how all three of these New York HC’s, two of whom have most recently gone from the playoffs to vacation, all starved offensively when it counted, yet in theory thrive defensively. Rex and Woodson through X’s and O’s, Torts thanks to King Henrik. Sure wish the Jets had their own version of Melo though.
The whole outlook for the 2013 Jets will be different if one player could be counted on for yardage and scoring or contributing to 7-10 points weekly. One scorer covers up many deficiencies.
Now as we saw with the Knicks, a lone star cannot guarantee a championship. However it allowed the team to win 50 plus and have a shot to win night in night out. Different sports, same truth. A bona fide threat on offense is not everything, but it sure helps.
Could the Jets ONE rise out of the aforementioned backfield? Let’s hope. Let’s really and truly hope.