The Jets offense failed to make anything happen in the annual preseason matchup against their in-state rivals, the Giants. The Jets were defeated 26-3 and once again the offense sputtered and showed very few signs of life.
I thought this offense would be bad, but not this bad.
I'm not one to make a big deal out of preseason wins and losses, but when a team looks as bad as the Jets have in the first two weeks of exhibition football, the results become alarming.
Being outscored 43-9 in two preseason games says just as much about the second and third string players as it does the starters. Not only are the starting players playing poorly, but even worse, nobody on the lower end of the depth chart is stepping up their play and opening our eyes to some hope.
But let's briefly step away from the offensive side of the football. The Jets defense has looked very solid in their opening games of the season. Yes, the Jets have given up 43 points in two games, but let's not forget that 14 of those points came from a pick six and a blocked punt return for a touchdown. I guess in that case you can say the offense has scored, but for the other team.
Last night newcomers LaRon Landry and Quinton Coples had very good performances. Landry recorded an interception, and Coples racked up three tackles and his second sack in a Jets uniform.
The Jets defense only surrendered 230 total yards during the game, which is impressive against the Giants, who averaged just over 385 yards per game last season. At least things seem to be going according to plan on one side of the ball.
But even the best defense in the league can't win with an offense that hasn't managed to get over 200 total yards yet this preseason. And just when it looked like the Jets were going to put it in the end zone, Sanchez threw behind receiver Dexter Jackson and before you knew it Jayron Hosley was running 77 yards the other way to extend the Giants' lead to 13-0.
But I can't blame this one on Sanchez. Other than that interception, he threw only one other incompletion in 11 attempts. If the Jets expect to be a running team, the offensive line needs to improve. An offensive line is only as good as its weakest link, but in the Jets' case, there are three links in that chain who are ready to snap.
The Giants sacked Sanchez and Tebow a combined seven times, and the Jets only managed to gain 65 yards on 24 attempts. A minuscule 2.7 yards per carry. Not exactly the "ground and pound" running game Jets fans remember.
It also should be noted that Santonio Holmes, Chaz Schilens, and Jeremy Kerley—three of the four top receivers on the roster—did not play because of injury. But one of the great things about the preseason is that it sometimes brings out a low draft pick or undrafted player with playmaking ability (Victor Cruz anyone?).
This hasn't happened for the Jets this season at the wide receiver position. Sure the pitiful offensive line and sub-par quarterback play has something to do with it, but an average of 3.3 yards per completion in tonight's game also falls on the receivers.
What can be done at this point? Not much. Other than Chad Johnson and former Jet experiment Plaxico Burress, there aren't many free-agent options out there. I suppose a trade for holding out Steeler Mike Wallace isn't out of the question, but that is as hopeful as it gets.
Like I mentioned earlier, I try not to make a big deal about preseason results, and there are still two weeks left for something to be sorted out, but if these first two preseason games are any inclination of the Jets' upcoming regular season, it is going to be a long and frustrating year for Jet fans.