Jets vs. Giants: Schottenheimer's Unit, Sanchez Struggle on Offense
The first half of Jets-Giants is one that Gang Green's offensive unit would probably like to forget.
The Jets have looked anemic on offense, and QB Mark Sanchez has completed only three of nine passes for 12 yards. The Giants have been blitzing early and often and have disrupted his timing. And worst of all, he just fumbled during the Jets best field position of the night in Giants territory (following a David Harris interception).
Sanchez, entering his third season in the NFL, will be facing his biggest test in the 2011 season. In his first two years in the league, the Jets operated behind a run-heavy offense and the young quarterback's role was to be a game manager. Gang Green ran to setup the pass, which made Sanchez's job a lot easier with the pressure off him.
Now, with a plethora of receiving targets around him, OC Brian Schottenheimer has said he's going to remove the handcuffs from Sanchez and look to the air more this year. But how will Sanchez respond?
Critics have said Sanchez has relied on a dink-and-dunk gameplan, sticking to check-downs and quick slants. Until he expands his vertical passing repertoire, they will continue to be critical of his game.
Sanchez does present the ability to extend the play with his athleticism, which is one of his best traits. His accuracy in the short passing game is solid too -- when he is in a rhythm. And right now, midway through the second quarter in tonight's game, the Giants pass rush has taken him out of sync.
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