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Jets Quarterbacks Struggling

If you’re worried about how the Bills offense has looked through the first two games of the pre-season, it could be worse. They could be the New York Jets.
The Jets offense has been grounded.  They did not score a touchdown in losses to the Cincinnati Bengals and New York Giants.  I’m not just talking starters here, it’s the entire offense. 
New York has managed but three field goals although they did play a playoff team from last season(Cincinnati) and the defending Super Bowl champions(NY Giants). The Bills offense has struggled against Washington and Minnesota, neither of whom made the post season in 2011.
I was on Long Island over the weekend so I took the opportunity to watch  the annual Jets-Giants exhibition game on Saturday night.  I also saw most of their game with the Bengals and there were striking similarities.
Both Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow have struggled, which is what they were doing during training camp workouts in Cortland. 
Mind you the Jets did play without their best receiver Santonio Holmes in both games and were also down two other wide outs, Jeremy Kerley and Chaz Schilens in the game against the Giants.
Sanchez looked shaky although his line didn’t give him much time to throw.  For those of you worried about the lack of plays from Mario Williams to this point of the pre-season, he should have a field day on opening day against Jets right tackle Wayne Hunter, assuming Hunter still has the job on September 9th.
Sanchez threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown and was unable to put together a scoring drive.  The Jets started one possession at the Giants 45 yard line but turned the ball over on downs after being stuffed on 3rd and 1 and 4th and 1 run plays.
Exit Sanchez(who has been sacked five times so far) and enter(to more applause than Sanchez got), Tim Tebow. The Jets number two signal caller faced second stringers but didn’t fare much better than Sanchez.
Tebow was ……Tebow.  He’d make a couple of good throws then make some hideous ones.  Tebow completed a couple of short passes to begin his first drive. Later on,he had a wide open Stephen Hill(good looking rookie wide receiver from Georgia Tech) in the end zone for an easy touchdown. But Tebow badly underthrew him and the Jets settled for a field goal.
He missed badly on two passes that should have been easy completions to backs in the flat. Tebow did use his legs to his benefit, running for a first down on third and six.  The Jets did not use Tebow in any wildcat formations.  Apparently they are waiting to unleash that on the Bills in week one.
As for Tebow-Mania, we had a caller on the show last week  from the New York metropolitan area and he told us the media wasn’t getting carried away with their coverage of Tebow. 
I would beg to differ.  There’s been a daily “Tebow Tracker” in the New York Post. Didn’t see one for Sanchez anywhere in the paper. 
In last Friday’s “Tebow Tracker”, I found out what time he took the field at Cortland for the previous day’s practice. It listed the exact times he did drills and how he did in the various drills. It included a quote from Tebow about his day of work and a quote from Head Coach Rex Ryan on Tebow’s performance that day.
For what its worth, I also learned the media kept stats for both quarterbacks during their camp workouts.  Their numbers might make what Vince Young and Tyler Thigpen did at St. John Fisher look like Pro Bowl performances. 
Sanchez ended up completing 52% of his passes with 5 touchdowns, 7 interceptions and he was sacked 20 times.
Tebow had a 48% completion rate with only 2 TD passes, 3 INT’s and 29 sacks.
We should always take what we see in the pre-season(good and bad) with a grain of salt but I still think this is an indication of what will happen with the Jets offense this season.
A new system with a new Offensive Coordinator(former Dolphins Head Coach Tony Sparano), a shaky offensive line, a number one quarterback constantly looking over his shoulder(and always answering the questions about how he feels when Tebow receives more applause than he does), an inconsistent backup qb and a thin corps of receivers should add up to a fairly ineffective unit. 
It should also add up to a productive day for the Bills defense in the opener at MetLife Stadium.  You might want to bet the under that day when you take into account how the Bills offense has looked in their rehearsals.
In addition, the Jets defense held Eli Manning and the Giants offense out of the end zone during their one half of work the other night.

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