The New York Jets have been called many things over the past few years, but one thing that they haven't been called is Super Bowl champions. Jets fans had to watch on as the only other New York football team won two championships during the past four seasons. However, this might be the year that the Jets' offense plays more of an impact role.
The Jets lost in their preseason opener 17-6 against the Cincinnati Bengals, but most football fans know that preseason production doesn't have any bearing on the regular season.
This season, the Jets' offense will be successful, and here's a few reasons why.
There's many quarterbacks that have something to prove this upcoming season. Some of those players include newly acquired Indianapolis Colt Andrew Luck, the Broncos new All-Star quarterback, Peyton Manning, and his brother, the reigning Super Bowl champion, Eli Manning. However, Mark Sanchez is right there at the top of the list of quarterbacks that must prove themselves worthy of the starting position this season.
During Sanchez's first two seasons with the Jets, he made it to the AFC Championship game both times. Last season, Sanchez and company didn't even make the playoffs. I mean, let's be honest. The Jets made it to those championship games with an incredible defense, but Sanchez was still there as the starting quarterback.
Sanchez went into Indianapolis in 2010 and beat Peyton Manning and then a week later went into New England and shocked the NFL world when they took down the Patriots 28-21. Sanchez knows he has a lot to prove, especially with backup quarterback Tim Tebow on the sidelines, who would probably be happy to take over as a starter.
Sanchez told ESPN's Rich Cimini that he feels good about the 2012-2013 season.
"I'm going into my fourth year, I’m not a young quarterback anymore," Sanchez said. "I’ve seen a lot of playoff experience. I’ve seen a lot of games now. I’ve played against some good defenses and with that experience comes a little maturity and I just feel good about things."
Sanchez seems mentally ready to start fresh and have a more successful season than last year, but Jets fans will just have to hope that he's physically ready as well.
If anyone knows about Tony Sparano's wildcat, it's former Jets quarterback and former Miami quarterback Chad Pennington. Pennington spoke in a recent interview and acknowledged that the Wildcat was extremely important towards short yardage and action in the red zone.
With Tim Tebow on the Jets, the Wildcat must be run every game. If possible, more than once a game. For anyone not aware of what the Wildcat is, it's an offensive formation which basically replaces the quarterback with one of the team's most athletic players, such as a running back. The quarterback is is usually replaced in the backfield by a running back, who then will continue to take the direct snap from the center.
“It’s truly about finding an edge as a team. If this can provide a spark and provide an edge for this team,” Pennington said. “Whether or not you use the Wildcat or not, a team has to prepare for it week in and week out."
Even if the Jets don't plan on using the Wildcat often, it will still be in the minds of opposing teams that it can be used at any time. And with Tony Sparano as your offensive coordinator, opponents better be ready to face one of the best Wildcats the NFL has ever seen.
Tim Tebow might be the most "excited," energetic player the NFL has seen in a long time. That's not saying he's a top-tier quarterback, or one of the best, but he pumps up a team like most players can't.
During the first preseason game against the Bengals, Tim Tebow might have had a pick and only four receptions, but he also rushed three times for 35 yards. He completely avoided sacks, dove and scrambled as if the playoffs were on the line.
It doesn't matter if it's a preseason game, a pick-up game or having a friendly catch with Mark Sanchez during practice; Tim Tebow seems to always want to be on his A-game. He's a classy player that is continuously kind to the media despite the circus that has been the New York Jets this offseason.
Whether it's playing quarterback, running back or the bench, Tebow will contribute positively to this Jets offense. He's the type of player that will do what he needs to do in order to push his team ahead. Some people may view the Tim Tebow trade as silly, but he will be a team player in New York who will make the sacrifices he needs to make in order for his team to go far.