Until the past couple weeks, the New York Jets used their passing game sparingly, only when they really needed it. It has now become a major part of their offensive game plan.
Second-year quarterback Mark Sanchez looks more confident and comfortable running the offense. The coaching staff has opened the playbook, allowing Sanchez to play football. The results are paying off when it counts.
All the questions surrounding Sanchez and whether or not he had the ability to handle an NFL offense seem to be slipping away.
From last season, everyone expected the Jets' running game to be the big play threat. Shonn Greene and new addition LaDainian Tomlinson had the explosiveness to break a game open with a long run. The question was always whether or not Sanchez was ready to control the passing game as well and give the Jets a balanced offensive attack.
Sanchez still has some accuracy problems. For the year, he is 30th in the league, among quarterbacks that have thrown at least 150 passes, with a 55.1 completion percentage. However, he has been showing a knack for coming up big with the game on the line. He is becoming a clutch quarterback on a team that needs it.
Late in games, Sanchez seems to get better. Maybe he gets more focused in crunch time.
It’s not just making plays. Sanchez is making big plays. He has teamed with wide receivers Santonio Holmes, Braylon Edwards and Jerricho Cotchery and tight end Dustin Keller to form a dangerous aerial assault.
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