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Memo to Rex Ryan—Your offense, at least on Monday Night, was offensive.
If you need any further proof, just look at the stats:
60 net yards passing
176 total yards on 44 plays (4.0 Yards Per Play)
Six Total 1st downs (which ties a franchise-low)
Longest offensive play—22 yards by Brad Smith
Not exactly the type of performance Rex Ryan had in mind when his offense took the field in the Jets’ Home Opener at the New Meadowlands in front of 78,127 faithful. But then again, Mark Sanchez and the Jets offense had never seen a defense like the Baltimore Ravens in a while.
With all of that said, let’s hand out grades for each of the offensive positions:
Mark Sanchez was only 10-21 for 74 yards. His longest completion of the night was 13 yards to Jerricho Cotchery and too often, instead of trying to find someone down field, he would check down. After a while, it wasn’t too hard for the Ravens to shut down the passing attack. Santonio Holmes can’t get on the field quick enough for Sanchez.
Running Backs: B
LaDainian Tomlinson, at least on the first night, made fans forget about Thomas Jones. His 11 carries for 62 yards, including runs of 21, 18, nine, and six , led the Jets rushing attack.
Shone Greene only carried the ball five times for 18 yards, but had a costly fumble after the Cromartie 66 yard interception return. As a team, the Jets carried the ball 21 times for 116 yards.